Having attended a Swiss hunt, I was surprised to see that all the hunters were using Drillings or Bockbüchsflinte (over under shotgun rifle) without exception. After the hunt I was given the list of dates for the remaining hunts of the year and as I enjoyed it so much, I decided to invest in a Bockbüchsflinte. I called my dealer and told him that I was looking for the above and he mentioned that he a few in stock from Kreighoff, Blaser and Merkl.
THe Blaser had a free floating barrels and was also in a 12 bore/30 cal set up (Blaser 30R) and was highly recommended. We reached a deal and I left with the gun! I fired it today and I will need a few more sessions with it before I can offer a proper review. In short, it is very nice to look at but I will need to fit a proper recoil pad as it slipped a few times against my shoulder. I managed 2 inch groups which I believe will be bettered in time (assume barrel had been broken in at the factory so couldn`t be bothered to clean after each shot). The rifle barrel is very slim so I am not expecting super tight groups and I was advised to shoot very small groups in the beginning. typically 2 shot groups.
Regarding my first hunt, I managed to shoot a nice young vixen with my .308. I aimed for the rear half and almost cut her in two; I now understand why European hunters favour the rifle shotgun combination. However in this case she was 100m away and the shotgun would have been redundant in this instance, but for short range work it is ideal. THe calibre is quite interesting and is similar in performance to a 30-06 though the Blaser 30R cartridge is bigger. The gun is exceptionally light so muzzle flip was quite noticeable.The new recoild pad should resolve this. I would have preferred .308 or ..300Win Mag but I have been assured that the Blaser 30R is very popular in Europe so getting hold of ammunition shouldn`t be an issue.