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Does anybody own or have shot a Bergara Stalker rifle? If so, how do you like it? I found this gun in several places for $1700. Is it worth that price?
First time I ever heard of em'.
In that price range, there are several great otions. I've handled the Bergara before, its nice. At 1200-2000 though, it would be a hard choice between them, LAW or Forbes, maybe throw in the Kimber Ascent.
"Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
Yeah, I have been thinking about just adding a nice stock from Boyd's Gunstock to the Ruger and keeping it.
They've been an OEM barrel maker for a couple decades at least. They have held contracts with huge American companies to make barrels. Word is many folks probably owns a gun with a Bergara barrel and don't even know it. They make a couple long range rifles and one I handled (the "HMR") seemed damn well made.
What they describe for their extractor sounds like a clone of what was used on the Post '64 Model Winchester 70. Interesting they'd choose that, but it works - I used one of those hard for five years on my Highpower Match Rifle and never had an issue with that part of the gun.
They describe their 2-position safety that does not lock the bolt closed and allows unloading when on safe as a positive feature, so they and I have that difference in design philosophy at least. I've hunted many days with that setup on 700's and have yet to have the bolt inadvertently forced open by brush, but for my custom-gun money would prefer the Mauser/Enfield/Winchester approach that locks the gun closed. Yes, loading and unloading is the part of the movie where lots of people screw up and have their guns go off. . .which is why it's the part of the movie where you should PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU'RE DOING!
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The more I look into these the more I like them. They seem to have all the custom features I like in some custom rifles such as Montana and Dakota rifle companies without overkill that makes them expensive. These look to be just a half step or so up from Kimbers.
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