Firearms

Merkel Launches Its MHR 16 Bolt-Action Rifle in the U.S.

Merkel MHR bolt action rifle with synthetic stock right

Last year, legendary German firearms manufacturer Merkel tested the waters of the American market with the company’s first exceptionally affordable bolt-action rifle. The market responded very positively to this rifle, which combines the classic hunting rifle style with old-world craftsmanship and the latest manufacturing technology.


Here is the full release from Merkel.

Merkel MHR bolt action rifle with synthetic stock right Freshly renamed the MHR 16 for its official full production run, this bolt-action rifle was designed and manufactured specifically to exceed the expectations of American hunters and shooters.

Available in both wood- and synthetic-stocked versions, the MHR 16 rifle is a platform that is a functional, practical and beautifully refined, yet it is surprisingly affordable for the American market. The MHR 16 features a cold-forged and precision-machined receiver. The rifle’s full-bodied bolt has three lugs for maximum strength and safety, and a 60-degree throw allows it to glide effortlessly for fast follow-up shots. The receiver is mated to a Merkel’s world-renowned cold-hammer-forged barrel in a standard contour.

The MHR 16 features a direct trigger that breaks at just less than three pounds. The rifle’s safety is located behind the bolt handle and acts directly upon the sear. It also features a separate chamber lock, which allows safe unloading while keeping the safety “on.” The detachable box magazine is removable by way of an innovative release built to surround the front of the trigger guard. Optics can be mounted with standard Savage mounts.

Merkel offers the MHR 16 in two versions: a grade-one walnut stocked version and a fiberglass-reinforced, black synthetic-stocked version. Both versions are available in standard and magnum calibers: .243 Win., 6.5×55, .270 Win., .308 Win., .30-’06 Sprg., 9.3×62, .300 Win. Mag. and 7mm Rem. Mag. The walnut MHR 16 weighs 7 pounds, 4.4 ounces, and the synthetic version weighs 6 pounds, 9.8 ounces.

The suggested retail price for the walnut MHR 16 is $899, and the synthetic MHR 16 is $799. Rifles are now on dealer’s shelves wherever Merkel firearms are sold. The Merkel MHR 16 rifles will be in the Steyr Arms and Merkel USA booth at SHOT Show, #10246.

Model: MHR 16
Purpose: Hunting & target shooting
Manufacturer: Merkel Jagd und Sportwaffen, GmbH Schutzenstrasse 26 D-98527 Suhl, Germany
Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc. 2530 Morgan Rd. Bessemer, AL 35022 (205) 417-8644 www.merkel-usa.com
Operation: Bolt-action repeating
Caliber: 6.5×55, .243 Win., .270 Win., .308 Win., .30-’06 Sprg., 9.3×62, .300 Win. Mag., 7mm Rem. Mag.
Magazine type/capacity: Detachable steel/polymer box/standard: 3 rounds, magnum: 2 rounds
Action material: Steel
Barrel: 22-inch, Mag: 24-inch
Rifling: 4 grooves, 1:12” RH twist (.308 Win.)
Sights: No sights, drilled and tapped for Savage-style mounts
Finish: Blued
Safety: 2-position-trigger-safety with separate chamber lock
Trigger type: Direct trigger
Pull weight: 2 lbs., 10.4 ozs.
Stock material/type: Walnut or polymer/straight
Length of pull: 14.5 inches
Drop at comb: 1.5 inches
Drop at heel: 1.5 inches
Recoil pad: Elastomer; 0.7 inch thick
Sling swivels: 1-inch
Checkering: Machined checkering on grip and foreend (walnut)
Weight, empty: 7 pounds, 4.4 ounces (6 pounds, 9.8 ounces: synthetic)
Overall length: 43.3 inches
Included accessories: Owner’s manual
MSRP: $899 walnut; $799 synthetic
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Comments (2)

  1. Nice looking bolt gun but if that price is their idea of “exceptionally affordable” they’re being somewhat optimistic. I can buy American made rifles of equal or better quality in most of those calibers for significantly less. If they intend to make any serious inroads into the American market they’re going to have to do better than that.

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