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  • Prepping for Blaser field repairs

    The idiotic lever gun thread in the Hunting forum got me thinking about my latest acquisition, a Blaser R8. I've had it for a few months now and used the .223 barrel on a few foxes, but I haven't taken it on any big game hunts. I got to thinking about what could go wrong with it when I'm out hunting. Has anyone who owns a Blaser had any problems in the field in Alaska's harsh conditions? How did you fix it? Any recommendations for tools or spare parts?
    "Beware the man with only one gun; he may know how to use it."

  • #2
    I've put thousands of rounds through my blasers without any issues. I honestly don't know of anyone who has broken one yet with factory ammo. All you need is your blaser wrench to change barrels.

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    • #3
      In general the Blasers seem to be pretty reliable and hence trouble free in the field. I know of only one person that has had a problem and it wouldn't have been field repairable - some how he seems to have gotten a barrel obstruction which he didn't realize .... before he fired his rifle!! I have been told they are the most popular rifle in Europe.....don't lose your barrel wrench!!
      "Actions speak louder than words - 'nough said"

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      • #4
        You want to have a nylon punch in your field gear in case you get a case stuck. Need that punch to get the bolt housing back. I have had it happen once or twice, my fault, bad sizing job.

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        • #5
          Can you explain the process for using the punch? Are talking about something similar to running a cleaning rod down the barrel to pop out a stuck case?
          "Beware the man with only one gun; he may know how to use it."

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          • #6
            Easy. Get a stuck live round, you just put the punch on the top of the bolt housing and tap gently while exerting back pressure on the bolt handle.

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            • #7
              Ok, gotcha.

              I wonder if something along the M-16 removal of a stuck case by grabbing the charging handle and smacking the butt on the ground would work for the Blaser too?
              "Beware the man with only one gun; he may know how to use it."

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              • #8
                Probably...although I dont know If I would be slamming the butt of a $45,000 Imperial on the ground

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                • #9
                  I have had good luck with removing stuck rounds in Blasers, by placing the butt of the rifle on the ground, take a kneeling position, and pushing down firmly on the bolt handle with the palm of your hand, until it clears the round. Never had it fail yet. If your rifle is a 45,000 Imperial, place some clean padding on the ground.

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