I've been a Remington 700 fan for a very long time. About a month ago I bought a B14r steel barrel 22. Tomorrow I'm picking up another one. The 22-250 HMR is calling my name. All while I'm trying to downsize my gun collection! I'm pretty impressed do far.
I have a B-14 Ridge in 22-250 that is an extremely good shooter. Like others have said, they do carry a bit of extra weight. The barrel contour on the Ridge is similar to a light varmint contour, so a bit of extra weight is to be expected. Barrel is threaded fir a brake
Posted this a couple of times before, but some models at least have a MIM or pot metal bolt shroud that can break off. Lots of internet chatter on this. Happened to a guy at our range while I was there. I think there’s a factory fix. Search “Bergara MIM bolt shroud fail”. I think there’s a factory response on FB too, but I don’t go there.
I handled one of the Custom, made in US models a while back and it looked pretty nice, but it’s also pretty spendy, maybe more than a FC (was) IIRC.
I know nothing about them. What says the gallery of those who have used them?
I don't either except for the talk that they came a long ways after hiring Ed Shilen as a consultant in their effort to have their engineers produce a better factory barrel.
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Love my Woodsman rifle. I like the wood stock very much. It is fun to shoot and is accurate. I have had no issues at all concerning function. I wanted a Remington 700 type rifle for a long time and don't regret going Bergara instead.
I bought one when they first came out. The first one came with the stock broken in half at the pistol grip. The replacement came about six weeks later. Accuracy was good, but the stock ergs didn't work well for me. I didn't like it enough to keep it and sold it to a friend who is a one box of ammo a year shooter and he seems happy with it.
I had a Timber in 308. Pretty rifle and it functioned and shot great. But it was chunky in the hands. Had I bought the Woodsman instead I'd probably still have it
Maybe not. I had a Woodsman in 7-08 and the forearm felt like holding the barrel of a baseball bat.
To the OP, The barrel on mine was skewed way to the left in the barrel channel. That's a sure sign to me of crappy QC. I had to send it back to Georgia because it didn't shoot to their accuracy guarantee. According to the factory rep I was dealing with, they pulled every 7-08 Woodsman in their inventory, and couldn't get 1 that would shoot to spec. After more than 10 weeks, they finally took one of those rifles and did some work on the action and the crown. I don't know exactly what they did. They also, at my request, cherry picked a stock with some nice figure, for my troubles and sent it back to me. When I got it back, it shot a few groups in the low .7s. But I just couldn't abide by that thick fore end. PLUS!!!!, the barrel is skewed on this one too! I ended up giving it to a young guy in my hunting club who is struggling to start a family and had to always borrow a rifle for deer season.
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I've owned about a dozen and every one of them was "super accurate". The HMRs are definitely heavy; but, they are a type of gun that is expected to be. Most of the others are not heavy; but, I would say they are typical sporter-weight rifles. I only currently have one now. It is the Premier Mountain Rifle. They are, in my opinion, exceptional rifles with exceptional function and exceptional accuracy. One has to be deliberate in re-assembly because if you don't have the mag box lined up correctly, your mag starts ejecting shells randomly. That's not a big deal once you are aware of it. It's not a fault, it's just a head scratcher when one starts searching for problems that don't exist. All of my triggers on my Bergaras have been great and I never felt the need to replace one. I've seen others complain about or allude to stocks being "bulky". That's always subjective. I have small hands but seem to prefer and shoot better with a little thicker stock. I wouldn't call them thick at all. But, I'm also one of those guys who likes my Bell and Carlson stocks where others complain about the heft or thickness of them. I think that Bergara has created really good "bang for your buck" rifles. Now, if I could only find one of their Premier Mountain Rifles in 7/08 or 280 AI, I would be one happy camper. Unfortunately, after the Gen 1 Premier Mountain Rifle, Bergara sent those the way of the horse and buggy. I guess they feel they can sell more PRCs of various flavors. Hey, their call.
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Thanks for all the input. I actually got hands on one today, a B-14 Hunter I believe. Stock dimensions felt fine to me, a tad barrel heavy, but again thats not an issue, at my age the only place Ill carry it is into a Texas Box Blind...the rifle did indeed look like good bang for the buck.
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