Laying out of Blaser R8 Calibers

This post is in response to a very direct question I received about the Blaser R8 system. Specifically the caliber change feature. The sender wanted to know two things. One, how does the caliber change work? And two, will the rifle accept, “match barrels”? This last question can put the reader in the trick bag so I must tread carefully.

Notice the fluted match barrel and pencil barrel on the same rifle.

In these photos you will see a wide variety of barrels that fit on this rifle. A semi-weight in 270wby. A semi-weight in 223. A semi-weight in 308. A heavy-weight, fluted, “Match-weight” barrel in 243. And a, “Safari-Weight” barrel in 300WM with open iron sights.

Notice the options. Open iron sights, threaded barrel, sling swivel options.

Now for the trick-bag. Blaser barrels are all made to the same “match” standard as it is commonly used in the precision rifle circles. Blaser denotes barrel profile as semi, standard, match, safari. And as long as your for-end channel is opened enough to accept the profile, your rifle can shoot that barrel. Pencil weight to bull-barrel.

And for those asking, yes there are 3rd party vendors who make Blaser barrels but that is a conversation for another time.

 

 

Marky
www.John1911.com
“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

Marky Mark

Marky Mark

Writer at John1911.com
Writer for john1911.com. Co-Host of the John1911 Podcast. Video content provider for John1911-TV.

Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
Marky Mark

Latest posts by Marky Mark (see all)

  • It was easier to show it then describe it. One thing, I left out was you’ll need to buy the appropriate bolt for the case head size. No worries. Blaser makes that easy as well.

    Marky

  • Brennen Munro

    The only thing you didn’t show, was the wheelbarrow full of cash that you would need to afford all those options of barrels and bolt heads!

    Munro

    • I have seen some Blaser owners bite off more calibers than they can possibly chew.

      Marky