Merkel RX.Helix. Worlds fastest bolt action?

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Merkel’s answer to the new Blaser R8 is the Merkel RX.Helix. This takedown rifle makes use of a straight pull bolt action.

Its name is derived from the bolt’s rotation system. The bolt is rotated in a helical motion at a 2:1 ratio (of forward motion to rotational motion). Apparently this allows for a smooth and fast bolt operation. This video shows the rifle being shot at 1 round per second. Pretty impressive!

The gun will be available chambered in 222 Rem., .223 Rem., .243 Win., 6.5x55mm SE, .270 Win., 7x64mm, .308 Win., .30-06, .308 Win., .30-06, 8×57 IS and 9.3×62. The magazine capacity is 3+1 rounds. The rifle weighs 6.4 lbs.

Takedown demonstration of the RX.Helix

I have not heard anything regarding pricing or availability.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Jack Jack on Apr 03, 2011

    Merkel has made falsestart! The promised Helix available to sell to the end of 2010. But in their Polish dealer is still not available. Merkel send only two pieces od Helix to Poland!
    Merkel makes good rifles but have not got any experiences in rifle bolt actions, so I think that they should not start produce rifles they have no idea how to do it well and as soon as possible!

  • Rick Rick on Jul 20, 2012

    Very interesting rifle system. Does anyone have accuracy results? I'm tossing up between this Merkel RX Helix, a Blaser R8 and a Mauser M03. Which is inherently the most accurate? The balance of reports suggests the M03 wins - perhaps due to the twin locating bolts in the steel receiver. The Helix's clamp is not retaining the barrel along as long a section of the reinforce as with the Mauser and Blaser, nor is the tension as great (it seems). But, the proof is in the shooting.

    The ergonomics, safety and balance of the Helix look great.

    Any comments from users?