I love me some Blaser straight pull goodness. So when I saw that they had their R8 Long Range .338 Lapua Magnum GRS on the firing line, I had to get some trigger time. After all, sending five dollar bills downrange is more fun when its done with OPM. The R8 long range retails for around $5,900, which is a surprisingly competitive price for a top shelf precision rifle. Make the jump for more info . . .
One interesting design feature of the R8 which I wasn’t aware of is the fact that the magazine and trigger are an integral unit. In the case of the .338 Lapua, it’s only a two-round magazine. I’m not thrilled about that, especially given that buying extra fire control units can be expensive. But it was hard not to love the ergonomics and extreme accuracy of this rifle.
Hitting steel at 970 yards was easy, even with a noticeable crosswind. The Blaser muzzle brake really tames the recoil. I have always been fond of the Blaser synthetic tactical stock on my LRS-2, but Blaser has moved away from scary black guns. Instead, the new “Long Range” models feature the GRS stock, which is truly a work of art. I really appreciated the unique grip angle and adjustability potential.
Caliber:.338 Lapua Magnum
- Action:R8 Bolt action
- Safety:R8 tang safety
- Rifle Barrel Length:27″
- Rifle Barrel Twist:1:10
- Rifle Stock:GRS
Blaser also was letting folks fire their new R8 Success model that features a unique and highly ergonomic thumbhole stock