The Savage Mk II BTVS test model made an immediate impression when it arrived – in .22LR, a pleasing stainless barrel and action fitted into a nicely finished brown laminate thumbhole stock.
As the ‘K98 action’ description dragged my gaze across the page of the magazine, I was sure that I had never come across Voere rifles before. This despite the Austrian company being in business for more than 60 years. It looked like it ticked all the boxes for being a real gem of a rifle, so I hunted down Global Rifle online and went about organising a rifle to test.
At my local stalking patch in East Yorkshire, a colleague often calls for my assistance when his time is limited and fraying activity by roebucks is giving the farmer some serious cause for concern. During the last season, three of us had hit the roe population hard on this particular farm due to significant damage to restocked hardwoods and commercial willow.
The Lynx is manufactured by Pirkan ASE, based in Finland. Specialising in handcrafted rifles, the company works with the Finnish Defence Forces Technical Research Centre to test weapons and projectiles. Pirkan ASE is renowned for developing high-quality sporting and competition rifles since 1979
Most UK riflemen would never get the chance or have the need to use a double rifle. More intriguing is that the intended quarry for this calibre would be more than capable of dispatching the person behind the butt if things did not go to plan. So why is the double rifle format so popular in Europe and abroad?
I first came across Nosler rifles by mistake. Browsing through a gun trading website for a new rifle, my search for a 7-08 Rem gave up half a dozen results. Of these only two tickled my fancy, and a Nosler Custom 48 was one of them.
The RX Helix manifesto states: “Hunting has moved on in the 21st century. It has become faster, more versatile and more exciting. This demands better gun ergonomics: ideal combination of responsiveness, speed and accuracy.”
I have to admit that until for most of my life I had never shot a Merkel rifle. It was a make that had eluded me, with none of my shooting companions having one in the cupboard. It wasn’t until testing a number of straight-pulls with Tim Pilbeam that I finally got my hands on one.
For those not familiar with the Blaser concept: Blaser uses a straight-pull bolt action when the case is being recycled, which gives it a faster cycling time than a traditional turn bolt movement.
When anyone mentions the name Nosler, the first thing that springs to mind for most sporting rifle owners is bullet heads, such as the Partition and Ballistic tip, which other ammunition manufacturers also use.