This is the first batch of Merkel MHR-16 rifles. It is a pre MHR-16 or R-15. The guns are identical in every way except the name engraved on the side. In order to avoid a lawsuit with another manufacture, the name was changed from R-15 to MHR-16 (Merkel hunting Rifle 2016). We have the only ones that will be stamped R-15. Save hundreds of dollars! This rifle (the R-15) is the same as the Merkel MHR-16. The only difference is “R-15” stamped on the side.
At last, Merkel has listened to their customers, and created an incredible rifle at an affordable price! Brand new for December 2016, the MHR 16 is a truly elite rifle for more than just the elite.
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 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 7 Rem. Mag. The walnut MHR 16 weighs 7 pounds, 4.4 ounces, and the synthetic version weighs 6 pounds, 9.8 ounces.