German Straight Pull Bolt Action Rifles by Steel Action

A German company located in Cologne, Germany and called Steel Action makes yet another straight pull bolt action rifle. If you have noticed, the straight pull action is pretty popular in Europe. Not only large companies make rifles utilizing this action but also smaller and newer ones like Steel Action come up with such designs.

The rifle features two sections of Picatinny rails machined as one piece with the receiver. It uses Lothar Walther barrels. It also has a rotating bolt head with three locking lugs. Also, note the wooden bolt handle knob – another feature frequently seen in European rifles.

The rifles come in two models called HS (Hunting Short) and HM (Hunting Medium). The former is a short action one available in .308 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, and .243 Win calibers. The HS version also comes with a 5 round magazine capacity and weighs slightly over 7 lbs (3.2 kg). The HM is the standard or long action version of the gun. It is available in one of the following chamberings: .300 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag, 7mm Rem Mag, .270 Win, .30-06 Springfield, 9.3x62mm, 8.5x63mm, 8×57 IS. The long action rifle weighs about 7 lbs 4 oz (3.3kg) and feeds from a detachable magazine of 5 or 4 round capacity depending on the caliber it is chambered in. The rifles also come with threaded muzzles of M15x1 metric thread pitch. Judging from the model designation system, the company probably will later introduce a magnum length action, too.

Here is a video from IWA 2017. The gentleman possibly demonstrates how smooth the action works by opening it and letting gravity to close it.

The price information and availability in the USA is not clear. Reportedly, the HS will cost around €2000 in Europe.



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  • Raginzerker

    Seems neat, I think bolt guns are as dull as dish water but straight pull is almost unheard of over here in the states

  • MeaCulpa

    No 6.5×55?! That’s a bit of an oversight.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    It’s nice to see what the bolt action rifle can become. Since anyone in the states who wants something besides the WW1-era turn-bolt just gets a semi-auto, bolt action development has kind of floundered (in regards to it’s operation). Also, I like seeing the rifle in the video with a red dot on it. Another thing you don’t see in the states very often.

  • ostiariusalpha

    It just looks like a variant of the Schmidt camming bolt that you’d see on old Swiss milsurps like the K31 and its predecessors, but with 3 lugs instead of 2. Usually you get something with a bit more exotic engineering on a modern straight pull, such as the collet pawls of the Blaser rifles, or QD-style ball bearing pawls of the Heym, or the rack and pinion reduction gears of the Merkel. The price on the Steel Action is lower than the others if you’re mostly budget-minded, but you can get the basic Blaser R8 or Merkel RX Helix for a few hundred more and they both have quick-change barrel systems.

    • iksnilol

      Don’t forget the Blaser R8 has a retarded magazine system (trigger is a part of the magazine… so removing mag also means removing trigger pack).

      • ostiariusalpha

        The first time I saw the integrated magazine/trigger unit I could only grimace at the condescending arrogance that would even consider that a good idea.

        • iksnilol

          “But it saves length”

          -A wrongly proud engineer at Blaser

        • gusto

          for its use it is just fine
          you can fix fix it aswell with a slight push of a lever anyway if you so choose

          and the r8x lacks the option to remove it

          not many other rifles are so easy to change the trigger weight on.

          it is a rifle made to hunt with anyway not fire 30 rounds reload and repeat

          • The R8 mag grew out of the R93. Which was a blind mag design. So the engineers needed a way to “upgrade” to a removable mag. Since the Blaser actions are so inherently short, they went THROUGH the trigger group. Weird? Yes. Works? Quite well. The only other way would be to drop the action in a Chassis system and put a mag forward. But that doesn’t work on a hunting rifle. Not enough room. But it works on the Blaser LRS2 / TAC2 system, —Marky

      • Brett baker

        The preferred term is “developmentally disabled” not “retarded”😐

        • iksnilol

          I meant evolutionary retarded in the sense that it is a developmental regression in regards to capabilities.

        • Kelly Jackson

          You should like a slow in the mind.

    • Marcus D.

      I was very impressed with the Blaser pawls when I first saw them. There can’t be anything tougher than 360 degree lock up. But I prefer one piece stocks—assuming I could come anywhere near being able to afford one. Some of the premium walnut is incredible.

    • Tassiebush

      Merkel helix is as much seduction gears as reduction gears. I got to handle one on Tuesday and it was such a minimal light movement to pull it back and fourth. It was really fast and user friendly except for the decocking motion which I just couldn’t get the hang of. I reckon in hindsight I probably wasn’t taking the load off it as I pushed the little button to release it. I did get it to work a few times and it was smooth when it works (all user error).
      I felt pretty fancy getting a Sauer 100 and Swarovski base model scope but after handling that I suddenly feel like the kid with cheap sneakers in primary school.

      • MeaCulpa

        If it’s any consolation I can tell you that the Helix is quite a mixed bag when it comes to reliability.

        • Tassiebush

          Interesting to hear. What are the main issues? I imagine it would be quite fussy about reloads and some ammo.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I’d buy one if it were under $1,000 USD and offered in .308
    It has nice basic lines and I like that the magazine is just a magazine and not part of the trigger like so many of these goofy guns

    • Michael Gallagher

      Take a look at the Browning Acera rifle.
      Magazine fed,
      Straight Pull Bolt Action,
      Number of calibers were offered including .30-06 and .300 Win Mag.
      Some came with the BOSS system.
      Can be found in good shape for <$850.

      It's not that Americans have not had the chance at straight pull, they just don't really like 'different' things.

      gl

    • Marcus D.

      That stock in the video will cost you over a thousand.

  • Juggernaut

    Dieter from Sprockets

    • Ax

      Merkel Helix

  • Alexandru Ianu

    What was that one German straight-pull where the handle’s throw is half the length of the bolt throw?

    • Schadavi

      Merkel Helix

      • Alexandru Ianu

        Thanks for the info. That is a really nice rifle.

      • Tassiebush

        I got to handle one a few days ago and it was such an economical movement to cycle it. You can probably work it with your index finger and thumb. Certainly can when empty. It really was very nice.

  • iksnilol

    No 10 round mags, no 6.5×55 (whilst having such stupidty as 30-06) and no stripper clip guides.

    Hard no from me.

    • gusto

      1940 called and want their technology back 😛

  • gusto

    if you don’t want need the barrel swap option but still want a modern straight pull

    Lynx is the way to go, awesome rifles in several different configs

    • Kelly Jackson

      There’s also the Browning Maral which only seems to be sold in Europe and is more or less a BAR minus the gas system.

      • gusto

        but remember the blaser is not only a hunting rifle

        it is a superbly accurate rifle out of the box for long range stuff

      • Tassiebush

        Maral is available in Australia too.

  • Zapp Brannigan

    I’d buy a straight pull rifle over a bolt action if it was something like the Browning Acera, were if things go wrong with the lockup there something between my face that the bolt.

  • East Clintwood

    2000€ no thanks…