Bergara is one of the fastest growing rifle makers in the world and their success is easily attributable to their superior barrels. The Spanish arms manufacturer relies on state-of-the-art technology and decades of premium gunsmithing experience to produce their top-shelf rifles. While primarily a European company, they’ve since opened up a BergaraUSA division that is combing their famous quality with American military veteran skills and leadership to provide the firearms industry with even better rifles and barrels. Let’s take a closer look at some of these top-shelf guns to see how impressive they really are.
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Bergara rifles are known for their expertly-crafted barrels, and few companies can do it quite like them. These precision barrels start out as high-grade cylindrical steel that is scrutinized for faults to extreme measures. This crucial first step plays a key role in promoting their remarkable accuracy, but it doesn’t stop there. Once the steel is straightened, it goes on to the deep hole drilling process. Next, the steel rods go through an innovative process known as barrel honing. Whereas most gunmakers move onto reaming, Bergara utilizes three separate honing spindles with diamond tipped bits to effectively polish the interior of the barrels and avoid leaving tool marks. They then proceed to button rifling their barrels which produces the appropriate twist rate for each specific rifle and caliber. Their carbide process is so precise that it is said to rival gunsmiths who use hand lapping to create their rifling grooves. Lastly, the barrels undergo a high-temperature stress relieving process to ensure there are no deformities in the steel.
Although Bergara is known for the B14 rifles, the Spanish-American gunmaker has several other remarkable firearms in their collection of bolt-action rifles. For example, the Premier Series Stalker is a favorite among hunters across the globe, thanks to its Cerakote finish, custom engineered one-piece full carbon fiber stock, and proprietary Premier Action. This popular component is where the magic is and has helped cause Bergara to become a major force in the hunting community. The Premier Action is built from a reliable two-lug system, featuring a distinct floating bolt head and cone-shaped bolt nose. This provides shooters with nearly flawless feeding and an intuitive handling system. Additionally, they gave the bolt shroud and bolt stop full Nitride finishes and self-lubricating capabilities, so you can enter the field in confidence, no matter the conditions. Furthermore, the Stalker was crafted with a TriggerTech trigger, Frictionless Release Technology, and a two-position safety. Lastly, Bergara guarantees sub-MOA groups with factory match grade ammo. Overall, these bolt-action rifles are not messing around. They are as premium as premium gets.
Bergara B14 HMR
Bergara has many excellent rifles to choose from, but few are as popular as their B-14 HMR. These bolt-action rifles are in essence custom quality and feature some of the finest craftsmanship available on the market. It’s hard to pinpoint one component which takes the cake as the ultimate feature, especially considering their barrel’s reputation. Nevertheless, these rifles offer incredible accuracy that is perfect for all of your shooting needs. In fact, the B-14 HMR is becoming more and more common at shooting competitions and hunting expeditions around the world. After the fully free-floated barrel, the B-14 owes its extraordinary performance to its silky-smooth action. Although I only got to shoot the B-14 once, I was immediately impressed by its crisp 3 lb. trigger and AICS magazine. However, after speaking to some B-14 owners, I learned that Bergara ingeniously incorporated an integrated bedding girder (mini-chassis) for repeatable bedding and accuracy which runs from the pistol grip up to the forend.
Keep in mind that there are several B-14 variants, each offering their own advantages and drawbacks. Nonetheless, they still each offer sub-1.0 MOA groups at 100 yards and are crafted with the same world-class Bergara barrels. The major differences between these rifles mostly lie in their caliber, stock, and finish. For example, Bergara currently manufactures barrels for 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, 7mm Rem Magnum, .300 Win Magnum, .270 Win, .30-06 Springfield, .450 Bushmaster, .243 Win, .22-250 Rem, .280 Ackley, and 6mm Creedmoor.
• Model: Bergara B-14 HMR
• Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
• Capacity: 5-Round Mag
• Barrel Length: 22”
• Overall Length: 41.5”
• Twist Rate: 1:8
• LOP: 13” – 14.5”
• Weight: 9.3 lbs.
• Finish: Matte Blued / Cerakote
• Sights: Scope Mount Fits Rem 700 Rings & Bases
• MSRP: $1,150
Bergara used to run a custom shop which enabled users to build their rifle online but has since ended the popular program. However, they currently encourage buyers to check out their Premier Series if they are interested in custom-quality rifles. This line of bolt-actions is diverse and features some of the finest hunting rifles on the market. I was immediately drawn to the LRP Elite and it was even better than I could have imagined. Bergara constructs the Premier rifles with the finest barrels they can produce, throw in an impressive aluminum chassis stock, and include their iconic smooth Premier Action. That being said, I decided to give a closer look at these stocks and I was blown away. Bergara partnered up with Mega Arms and Killer Innovations to produce the CNC machined ORIAS chassis. Although lightweight, the 7075-T651 billet aluminum chassis is loaded with premium features and components. In addition to their Magpul PRS Butt Stock and self-adjusting recoil lug locking system, they also include keymod rail sections and an ergonomic AR15-style pistol grip.
• Model: Bergara Premier Series LRP Elite
• Caliber: .308 Win
• Capacity: 5-Round Mag
• Barrel Length: 20”
• Overall Length: 39.5”
• Twist Rate: 1:10
• Weight: 10.8 lbs.
• Finish: Matte Blued / Cerakote
• MSRP: $2,850
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At the end of the day, Bergara is a rising star in the firearms community, especially among hunters and competitive shooters. While many people may think that bolt-action rifles are a thing of the past, the Spanish-American gunmakers is making sure these rifles are here to stay. With a Bergara, you can expect incredible controls, insane accuracy, remarkable durability, and an overall excellent shooting experience.
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