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Thread: Sauer - Outback or go for a Blaser?

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    Sauer - Outback or go for a Blaser?

    Already have a Sauer 202 Elegance in 308 and recently picked up a Tikka M690 in 6.5x55.
    I'd always been happy with the Sauer except for the weight (wood stock and a very nice one). The Tikka has become my go to gun because it just points and handles better than the Sauer (she is a bit of a broom handle in comparison).
    I've done the rounds of several dealers (incl. S Beaty) and tried the Blaser and the several Sauers, also the Heyms and Merkels.
    I just can't bring myself to switch to a Blaser but did like the handling of the Outback - light and quick onto target (like the Tikka).
    I do prefer 308 (the 6.5 is an excellent round) but just want a lighter, faster handling rifle, and do like the Sauer for quality & build.
    Will I solve my problem or am I about to spend a lot of money for no real gain?

    Thanks.

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    I just swapped my Sauer 202 out for a Blaser R8 in .308, im still in the honeymoon period so loving it with no regreats. For Fast handling however have you tried the Sauer Syncro or the Blaser success jobs? they are super quick to mount / point, not my cup of tea though. If you fancy swapping barrels etc then my preferance is the Blaser system over the Sauer, its a lot quicker and easier. Lets face it Sauer, Blaser theres only a car park between them!

    WH

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    I have been down Steve's twice in the last month to buy an estate rifle
    I opted for a very nice sako in 7mm 08
    both times I had friends with me in the market for a new rifle
    we went through all the makes and models and belive me there's plenty
    also what Steve doesn't know about rifles and there pros and cons is endless
    for me both times it was the Blaser pro success that came out on top
    the handling is superb
    the two guys that were with me most likely will go pro success

    I know there will be many on here reading this thinking well hes gonna say that hes
    A Blaser. Nut
    we had thousands of pounds of rifles in front of us and to me that was what I would
    buy
    last weekend saw me at the south west fitasc championship with my trusty beretta dt10
    i eventually went on to win the title with some of the best in the game there including
    our past gold Olympic medalist
    whilst there I picked up a krekolff parcors shotgun now that was probably the best handling
    gun I've ever picked up in my life and I've shot a few and if I'd had nine grand in my ass
    pocket that would be sat in the cabinet
    the Germans just seem to get it spot on with engineering and I have so much respect for there
    products
    at the end of the day it's your hard earned cash you must spend as you feel will benefit you
    the most
    sorry if I have rambled on just my two penneth
    good luck with your purchase
    regards pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roedinator View Post
    last weekend saw me at the south west fitasc championship with my trusty beretta dt10
    i eventually went on to win the title with some of the best in the game there including
    our past gold Olympic medalist


    stecad - what is it that is preventing you switching to the Blaser? Is it the engineering, the handling, the price or the reputation that supposedly comes with owning one? If the latter, ignore the naysayers. Those who have made the switch to Blaser tend to stick with them...and they shoot plenty of deer too.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    When mt mate bought a blazer I did like the concept myself. However on actually handling it I found it to be heavier (1lb when weighed) above a 202 sythetic. So if weight is the issue I feel you'll be taking a step back rather than forward.
    The new outbacks have built in rails so no longer have the issue of threads stripping in the ally action. I certainly would stick with the sauer. Like you I wanted something that real came up nice to the sholder and pointed well so I had my 308 cut down to 18". It really is a useful rifle now in woodland. 20" would have been fine and gained a little velocity but with home loads I've had no problem pushing 150gn to legal speeds without loading hot. All loads are below book maximums where longer barells were the test rifle.
    Shame you're not nearer you'd be welcome to come and try it out.

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    If you're buying new then surely the weight of the rifle can be somewhat determined by you when you choose which weight of barrel you want (be it a blaser or a sauer)? I have a heavy sauer but on purpose because I went for a heavy weight barrel. My friend's tikka is, like you say, a "broom stick" in comparison and very different altogether but great. So if you haven't considered barrel weight choices then perhaps have a look at that aspect. Given the opportunity I would also look at cheek height and choose a stock with an inbuilt adjustable comb.

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    I would not be spending that much without being sure about what I was buying. I also did a good shop around recently and ended up with a Mauser M03 synthetic. I love it. With your description I would be looking at a Heym but to be honest I don't have much experience with the recent models. SR20 takes some beating and Heym will do a compete refurb/rebarrel on an old one for cheaper than you would be spending on a blaser R93.

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    Thanks for all the wisdom. I'm a bit traditional with rifles and cannot even get my head around thumb hole stocks. I did try a wood Sauer with thumb hole and it did come up nice but just doesn't look right. The thin bit is bound to break. The Blaser actually comes in at similar weight to the Outback but the overall length is shorter. Same reason why a 26 inch barrel semi shotgun is the same length as a 28inch O/U. The Blaser is a cracking rifle - German engineering at it's best but the traditional bolt action style wins me over.
    I have a Krico 902 which is as light as the Tikka and quick to mount and shoot.
    Will check out the Mauser as Steve B didn't have any to try.
    Thanks

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    Taking it sideways a bit...... If you use night vision 'scopes then the Blaser has no bolt handle lift clearance problems.

    I use a zruncho (his ebay i/d) pic rail on mine with a Drone Pro 10x on that but I've also got a tubed nv fixed to a standard Saddlemount base with a custom interface to replace the high original mount.

    NV scopes traditionally tend to come with, annoyingly, high 'head-up military style' bases allowing the objective lens to clear any full length pic rails. Which means you need to consider cheekpieces on a sporting rifle and having to allow extra for bolt lift is a right pita. Even on the Drone I reckon you could easily lose another 5mm with a simple redesign of the mount. The Yukon Photon is a step in the right direction.

    's me 2p's worth

    Cheers

    Fizz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roedinator View Post
    whilst there I picked up a krekolff parcors shotgun now that was probably the best handling
    gun I've ever picked up in my life and I've shot a few and if I'd had nine grand in my ass
    pocket that would be sat in the cabinet
    Pete

    This was in the cabinet in the Gun Gallery at Cabela's in Hamburg, PA, yesterday. You'd get $5 from $14k.

    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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