Blaser USA (importer of Germans firearm brands Blaser, Mauser, and J.P. Sauer) has announced that the Blaser R8 straight-pull bolt-action rifle is now available in 6.5 PRC. Similar in caliber to 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC has a higher impact velocity and a flatter trajectory, which makes it popular with long-range hunters.
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Blaser R8 Straight-Pull Bolt-Action Rifle Now Available in 6.5 PRC
The R8 series has always offered hunters loads of premium features including a sub-2lb trigger pull (listed as 900 grams), a manual cocking system for added safety during hunting, quick takedown and reassembly, and fast barrel changes from calibers ranging from .204 Ruger up to the mighty .500 Jeffery. The fast barrel change system allows traveling hunters to carry a single rifle with them while maintaining the versatility of multiple calibers to match the environment and game they will be hunting in next.
If you combine all the different standard options on an R8, you can build over 47 million unique rifles and that does not even include custom shop options. The interchangeability makes it incredibly easy to convert your rifle from one caliber to another by simply switching out the barrel and bolt head. This can be done in less than a minute. The engineering and craftsmanship is so extraordinary, after any barrel change, the rifle will shoot to within 1/2 MOA every time.
-Jason Evans CEO, Blaser Group
The new 6.5 PRC version of the R8 straight-pull rifle will be available with a synthetic stock, wooden stock, the highly stylized Leather Edition, or the R8 Ultimate edition which features an ergonomically optimized synthetic stock with adjustable comb, recoil pad, and an integrated recoil system for those heavier hitting calibers. It is not yet known if the new 6.5 PRC caliber option will be available for the R8 Ultimate Silence with an integrated suppressor.