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.
The Ruger Gunsite Scout .308 is an interesting-looking rifle, and one that doesn’t give away its identity too lightly.
The French Chapuis Armes company was founded in the 1920s by Jean Chapuis, the father of current owner René. The company’s success and subsequent growth saw a move to a new factory facility in Saint-Bonnet-Le-Château, just outside of Saint Etienne at the end of the 1980s.
The name ‘Bergara’ is well known in the custom rifle world for high-quality barrels.
Baikal produces a comprehensive range of products including shotguns, rifles and airguns. Its shotgun range covers all types – single-barrel, side-by-side, over-and-under, pump and semi-auto. Baikal also produces good single-shot, over-and-under and side-by-side rifles, plus combination guns. All Baikal products are robust, and offer exceptional value for money.
Chris Parkin puts Edgar Brothers’ all-in-one starter package based on the CZ 512 rimfire through its paces
The Sako Quad Hunter is an innovative rimfire with four calibres to choose from. Mike Powell puts it through its paces