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    Merkel K1 - lovely

    Last year, the Steyr Mannlicher distributor ran a sale on Merkel rifles and shotguns, and three friends of mine bought single shot packages, with Swarovski or Zeiss scopes in QD mounts.

    I got out with one today. I love the Recknagel sights with the red fiber optic front bead and the three yellow fiber dots on the rear sight. Of course, the rifle shoulders and points like a fitted shotgun, sights all lined up. How quick!
    Last edited by Southern; 01-08-2015 at 22:08.

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    The action (Breech Block) on the Merkel K1 looks sooooo much like a Blaser K95..........Barrel fixing is different though.
    Looks like quite a nice rifle too.

    Recknaler = Recknagel (& they do make some very good mounts)
    Last edited by deeangeo; 01-08-2015 at 06:50.
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    Yes, the Blaser K95 was the first of the modern single shot rifles we saw in the USA in the 1990s. They seemed to disappear while the Merkels became a bit available. Kreighoff single shots, doubles and combination guns are only seen in catalogs.

    I like the Kreighoff style cocker / decocker on the Merkel K1. It is very shootable offhand, even being so light weight - no trouble hitting the orange center of a clay pigeon with the iron sights at 120 yards. The Swaro 3.5-10x42 with 4A reticle is a smaller and lighter package than I thought it would be - did not overpower the rifle nor make it top heavy in my hands.

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    When you pick up the Helix with driven sights it comes up just like a perfectly fitted shotgun - thats why I bought mine. Love it and would like a combination too.....
    Last edited by Hereford; 01-08-2015 at 22:35.
    For Gods sake - don't tell her how much I've spent

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    I had a good play with a Merkel K1 and the Bergstutzen. I think they are okay but I like the blaser K95 and BBF97 models. Not just because I own them but they feel better made. I guess that is reflected in the price.
    Blaser K95 Stutzen - the ultimate deer stalking rifle

    Blaser R93 - Retired now and probably Moshe Dayan's last choice of hunting rifles.

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