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I have just got back from the IWA in Germany, met Egj 223 and his family there as well top block. Me and Kaleidoscope spent 4 days walking the Trade Stands and still on the last day we were seeing stuff we had missed in.
The show was well run with typical German efficiency. The only down side was the traders were forbidden to sell there wares, it was a show only. (Although some traders did break the rules on the last day, but most did not. Kal tried really hard to get the lady on the Marlin stand to sell him a 450 Marlin but they would not budge. )
I will mention a few things that caught my eye.
They have a new bolt action rifle out called the XL7 it reminded me of a Savage it has what they call a “Pro-fire” trigger which like the Savage Accu-Trigger, it has a trigger blade inside a trigger blade. The barrel has a locking nut like the Savage so you can adjust head space, the bolt is fluted and the bolt shroud looks like a Sako 75, it is a push feed two lug bolt. Synthetic stock and top feed only mag’ ………..Now the best bit they are retailing at only $300 in the US, they would made a good base for a semi-custom rifle.
We also got our hands on a 450 lever action rifle with a 18” barrel, I think it would make a get boar gun it did impress us.
The bullet manufactures, have brought out a custom rifle of there own, designed for all weather use just right for Fiordland. It is a 2 lug push feed bolt action with fluted bolt, Pac-nor barrel, floor plate and has a reworked Timney trigger fitted. The whole lot has then been Cerra coated (a tough ceramic coating a bit like Duracoat) the stock is a synthetic one, of course. It looked a nice rifle, price will be competitive.
Another US manufacture had a range of custom rifles built on there own Remmy 700 Patten receivers, Pac-Nor barrels again, Manners stocks ect price at around $4,000.
Had some good scopes the, 4-28X50 caught my eye this has a 7X mag’ making it a very versatile scope they also had a 3-18.