Last year, legendary German firearms manufacturer Merkel tested the waters of the American market with the company's first bolt-action rifle. Freshly renamed the MHR 16 for its official full production run, this bolt-action rifle was designed and manufactured specifically to exceed the expectations of American hunters and shooters.
Available in both wood- and synthetic-stocked versions, the MHR 16 features a cold-forged and precision-machined receiver. The rifle's full-bodied bolt has three lugs for maximum strength and safety, and a 60-degree throw allows it to glide effortlessly for fast follow-up shots. The receiver is mated to a Merkel's world-renowned cold-hammer-forged barrel in a standard contour.
The MHR 16 features a direct trigger that breaks at just less than 3 lbs. The rifle's safety is located behind the bolt handle and acts directly upon the sear. It also features a separate chamber lock, which allows safe unloading while keeping the safety "on."
Additionally, the detachable box magazine is removable by way of an innovative release built to surround the front of the trigger guard and optics can be mounted with standard Savage mounts.
Merkel offers the MHR 16 in two versions: a grade-one walnut-stocked version and a fiberglass-reinforced, black synthetic-stocked version. Both versions are available in standard and magnum calibers: .243 Win., 6.5x55, .270 Win., .308 Win., .30-'06 Sprg., 9.3x62, .300 Win. Mag. and 7 mm Rem. Mag. The walnut MHR 16 weighs 7 lbs., 4.4 ozs., and the synthetic version weighs 6 lbs., 9.8 ozs.
MSRP for the walnut MHR 16 is $899, and the synthetic MHR 16 is $799.