New Rifle: The Christensen Arms Mesa

Mesa rifle

Christensen Arms announced a new rifle platform for 2017. The new rifle, called the Mesa, is a bolt action gun that combines excellent accuracy with a lightweight design.

The company offers a sub-MOA guarantee on this rifle meaning that it should make for nice groups with premium factory ammunition. A skilled handloader can probably get things even tighter by working up a load that will offer optimal performance in the gun.

Overall, the guns weigh 6.65 pounds. Christensen Arms uses a 416 stainless steel barrel with a featherlight contour and match grade chamber.

On the end is a radial brake that is considered seamless because it matches the barrel so well. The brake is removable. Both the brake and the barrel have a tungsten colored Cerakote finish.

The action is the company’s own that is also made of 416 stainless steel. The Mesa has an enlarged ejection port, internal magazine with hinged floor plate, and is compatible with Remington 700 scope bases. The action has a Cerakote finish that matches the barrel while the spiral fluted bolt has a black nitride finish.

Initially, the Mesa will be available in the following calibers:

  • .308 Win
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • .300 Win Mag
  • 7mm-08
  • 7mm Rem Mag

According to Christensen Arms, the Mesa rifle carries a suggested retail price of $1,295.

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  • Penguin

    Not available in .30-06 or 270win? Interesting choices…

    • Goody

      Fudds don’t care about guns enough to stray from Browning, Remington & Winchester. This is a hunting rifle for the firearms hobbyist.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Still using off the shelf cheap automotive carbon tubes? Ok, no thanks.

    • iksnilol

      If it works, it works.

  • Ax

    What a ludicrous scope mount! Oversized rail and tall rings!

  • MrBrassporkchop

    We’re the man and woman hunting each other in the video? Who won?

  • Goody

    I was thinking about a 6.5cr after Lapua announced their small primer brass – this is ticking a lot of boxes and I hope they’ll make it down under. I hope to find a Sako/M16 type extractor at that price though.

  • John

    Lot of critcisms, but the fact that there’s a new rifle on the market that isn’t just another gas piston AR with cool guy plastic furniture is remarkable these days.

    • Wow!

      Its more that this doesn’t offer anything over other bolt actions on the market. Tactical is becoming practical and traditional is now becoming obsolete. Personally I would never pay over 300 for a bolt action that isn’t in a caliber .338 lapua or greater. I never buy a companies promises of sub moa either. I have turned beater Rem 700s (and even the plastic wonder 770) and Savage 110 into little tack drivers with just a little basic armoring experience and handloading. For the price, I rather by an LR308.