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Blaser rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Nichl006, Mar 3, 2014.

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  1. Nichl006

    Nichl006 Member

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    Does anyone know if the blaser R8
    Professional Success rifle is worth
    The $ they are asking. For me the
    Bottom line is accuracy. My wife is
    GOING to spend some $ on a rifle
    And she remembers I commented
    On that rifle. I need some help guys.
    She might be persuaded by you.
    If it is worth the $ I'll let her spend.
     
  2. Nichl006

    Nichl006 Member

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    Blaser rifles, YES or NO ?

    Your opinions will be appreciated. I'm thinking about getting the R8 Professional Success.
     
  3. Sam1911

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    Probably not going to find too many folks who've even seen one around here, but what draws you to it?
     
  4. Rio Laxas

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    I don't have a Success, but I do have an R8 Professional. It is far more accurate than I am. I feel like my rifle was worth the money, but I was considering a lot more than just accuracy. If accuracy is the only consideration, there may be better options out there.
     
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    they are fine rifles, but only you can decide if it's worth it or not. they aren't your average run of the mill hunting rifle.
     
  6. EchoM70

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    Like others have said a Blaser rifle is a hefty investment, and if Accuracy is your only or main concern then you could get something to fit the bill without breaking the bank.

    Winchester or Savage are two that come to my mind. Anyways, If you want something of heirloom quality then Blaser would be a great choice.

    Ultimately it's up to you, and it's your money. But if you're just looking for an accurate rifle you have other options at less than 1/3 of the price of the Blaser.
     
  7. browningguy

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    The Blaser is a fine rifle, only you can decide if it's worth the money.
     
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    I don't own a Blaser but I shot an R8 at media day recently. I spent a lot of time examining a number of them and they are superb rifles with excellent fit and finish. I can certainly see why people buy them. If you like fine things that showcase outstanding engineering you won't be disappointed with a Blaser.

    If accuracy is the most important thing to you, there are many good options that cost considerably less. A Blaser is more than simply an accurate rifle.
     
  9. Robert

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    If he does not see this thread try sending a pm to H&Hhunter. He is, in my opinion, an expert on higher end rifles like this.
     
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    The R8 is a fine rifle, being able to easily change bbls is a big plus too! The folks I know that have them, all say for "hunting" accuracy, they are VERY good.

    It's the Blaser DR's and I wouldn't buy, but I think they have stopped production of those now.

    DM
     
  11. H&Hhunter

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    I have owned one and shot several R-93 Blasers. In a word unimpressed would describe my thoughts on the R-93. They had several issues that killed any and all interest that I had in them. I have not shot the R-8 but have heard nothing but good things about them apparently they fixed all of the serious issues that the R-93 had, time will tell. The major issue I had with mine was it wouldn't always go into battery or would go into battery then pop back out causing it to fail to fire. It was accurate, it had a stupendous trigger, it was short and light and it has the safest safety of any rifle ever built. The R-93 also had the bad habit of occasionally launching the straight pull bolt body out of the back of the gun and partially decapitating, severally disfiguring and blinding it's shooters. That was enough for me to get rid of it and never own another.

    Do I think Blasers are worth the money that you pay for them? Not only no but HELL no. That is my opinion on Blaser products and my opinion only take it for what it's worth.
     
  12. Rio Laxas

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    When I was looking at buying the R8, I had heard of this and tried to find all of the information that I could about it. I certainly didn't want to spend a lot of money on something that might be unsafe. It is my understanding that the incident where an individual was injured was due to extremely high pressure reloads. I seem to recall reading that the individual used pistol powder in his reloads, but I don't have anything to back that up. Would these reloads have done something similarly catastrophic to a Mauser 98 action? I don't know.

    Below is a letter that I found posted back in 2008 concerning the blow up issue.

     
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  13. H&Hhunter

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    almostfree,

    I also studied the bolt failure issues on the R-93 quit deeply. Blaser was able to get most of the information on these bolt failures swept up and hidden from public view since they first occurred. They also settled most of the lawsuits out of court quietly. So while there is obviously an issue with overpressure reloads, I also read of several, one in Scandinavian in particular, that occurred with factory ammunition.

    So I am not saying that you shouldn't own a Blaser. I am simply saying that my research led me to the opinion that I no longer was going to use mine. I am not a fan of the straight pull bolt system due to several factors.

    The very fact that the R-8 bolt and lock up was redesigned specifically to reduce the chances of an uncontainable bolt failure tells me volumes about if there were or were not real issues with the R-93 system. I am not a fan of the Blaser system and I think they are overpriced for what you get, my opinion only, I do not disparage anyone who wants a Blaser it is a superbly built and fit rifle. It's just not for me.

    That being said I would be willing to take an R-8 and test drive it for a season. If they have in fact fixed the failure to fire issues that I had with my R-93 I might find myself interested in the R-8 platform.
     
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