German firearms manufacturer Merkel has announced that it will be releasing its new MHR 16 to the American market. Designed to be the company's first "budget" bolt-action, the MHR 16 was designed and manufactured specifically for the expectations of American hunters and shooters.
The MHR 16 will be available in both and wood- and synthetic-stocked versions. It 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 easily for fast follow-up shots. The receiver is mated to Merkel's well-known 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 separate chamber lock, which allows safe unloading while keeping the safety "on."
The detachable box magazine is removable. Optics can be mounted with standard Savage mounts. Two versions of the MHR 16 will be available at launch: a grade-one walnut stocked version and a fiberglass-reinforced, black synthetic-stocked version. They'll be chambered in the following calibers: .243 Win., 6.5x55, .270 Win., .308 Win., .30-'06 Sprg., 9.3x62, .300 Win. Mag. and 7mm Rem. Mag.