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Thread: Merkel Helix or Blaser

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    Merkel Helix or Blaser

    What are folks opinion as a straight comparison to these rifles?

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    No body got an opinion on this?......

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    I have several Blasers and a doyen barrels. Very happy with them especially the way they shoot. Aesthetically the Helix doesn't do it for me and my Blaser does everything that I need.

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    I've never seen a Helix in the flesh so they might be pretty rare and it might be even less common to find someone who has owned both and can make a useful comparison for you.

    Given that all I can say is that Blaser are very common and popular and have a great reputation as a stalking rifle, I have one and love it for all sorts of practical reasons, and so if you ever came to sell again the Blaser might be easier to shift than the Helix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caorach View Post
    I've never seen a Helix in the flesh so they might be pretty rare and it might be even less common to find someone who has owned both and can make a useful comparison for you.
    You see hardly any Merkel shotguns or rifles in the UK. I don't know why not, they are splendid guns, they really deserve to do better!

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    The Blaser R93 would get my vote. Rifle choice is a very personal thing. I don't care for most of the new fangled designs like the Helix or the R8 although I havent tried them. The newer Steyr SBS models also dont float my boat. Yes the rifle is a tool but I like to feel something for it if that doesnt sound too strange. I second the quality of the shotguns, combination guns and drillings that Merkel have produced.

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    Hard to contribute without re igniting pro/anti views on xyz rifle model - and consequently answer the reasonable question asked!

    Not owned either, but tested examples of all three - Helix, R93 and R8 in addition to range sessions and stalking outings with clients using the latter two.

    If straight-pull floats your boat and barrel changeover is anything of an issue for you then I'd recommend at least trying the helix - it does various 'Blaser like' things in a slightly different way that I personally prefer - others will have different preferences. A quick search of various online reviews will highlight these.

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    tikka... nuff said

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    I currently own 4 Merkel shotguns and drillings and have used some of them for many years. All are lovely firearms and beautifuly made, however I have also owned and used 5 R93/R8's and rate then very highly. They have many great features but one that I always find particularly useful to me where I hunt is the way the action seals against the elements. Yesterday I only just returned from western NSW hunting pigs with my Blaser. It is extremely dry out there at the moment and the dust is a real challange for firearms. It gets into everything, including me and the GSP. I just tape the muzzle and when I cleaned it this morning and put a patch through it, not dirt was on the patch after a week in the paddock.To me this is a useful advantage, however I realise this may not be important for others in their hunting enviroment. I again gave the R8 a big knock against a tree stump whilst pushing through some thick scrub. The Blaser professional stock is very tough and does not even appear to mark easily. I have also handled the RX Helix, it also handles great and the action is very slick. It is obvioulsy also well made. I doubt you would be dissappointed with any Merkel or Blaser. Personally I prefer Merkel guns and drillings and Blaser rifles. I hope this helps you a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9.3x64 View Post
    I currently own 4 Merkel shotguns and drillings and have used some of them for many years. All are lovely firearms and beautifuly made, however I have also owned and used 5 R93/R8's and rate then very highly. They have many great features but one that I always find particularly useful to me where I hunt is the way the action seals against the elements. Yesterday I only just returned from western NSW hunting pigs with my Blaser. It is extremely dry out there at the moment and the dust is a real challange for firearms. It gets into everything, including me and the GSP. I just tape the muzzle and when I cleaned it this morning and put a patch through it, not dirt was on the patch after a week in the paddock.To me this is a useful advantage, however I realise this may not be important for others in their hunting enviroment. I again gave the R8 a big knock against a tree stump whilst pushing through some thick scrub. The Blaser professional stock is very tough and does not even appear to mark easily. I have also handled the RX Helix, it also handles great and the action is very slick. It is obvioulsy also well made. I doubt you would be dissappointed with any Merkel or Blaser. Personally I prefer Merkel guns and drillings and Blaser rifles. I hope this helps you a little.

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