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Lightweight and shorter for easier carrying on long walks around the mountains
Adjustable length of pull spacers to fit all shooters
100% Carbon fiber stock
Cerakoted, fluted barrel
Threaded barrel for muzzlebrake or suppressor
Shorter Barrels could produce slower speeds than longer barrels
MSRP starting at $1,999
No adjustable cheek piece on stock
In the world of precision shooting, where accuracy and performance reign supreme, one name stands out near the top of innovation and quality: Bergara. With a legacy rooted in crafting exceptional firearms, Bergara has consistently pushed the boundaries of what's possible in the realm of precision hunting rifles. The new B14² CREST is described by Bergara as a high performance ultralight rifle designed for long distance hunting, and especially mountain hunting.
We've been impressed with this rifle, chambered in 6.5 PRC, since we got the Vortex Razor HD LHT Scope mounted and started shooting it. Let us give you some details and take you shooting with us to discuss the action, trigger feel, recoil, and accuracy.
Almost three years ago a good friend showed us a new rifle that he had just bought for each of his kids. Adrian shot one of them and actually took a nice buck two days later with that same rifle. Little did we know at that time, our friend was essentially starting us on a seemingly never ending quest for our favorite NEW rifle - and our appreciation for Bergara.
Not the one that Adrian borrowed, but the one almost exactly like it that we bought the day after she harvested that buck. If you haven't watched that review, check it out, so you can see how much we liked that rifle as well as how different our reviews are now!
Either way, that Bergara B14 Ridge started a long journey that has included shooting many different Bergara rifles. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Bergara Experience last July in Tennessee, where we were able to shoot almost as many of their rifles as we wanted!
And that brings us to our current review.
As fate would have it, we also have several hunting trips planned for this fall and really wanted to give this rifle a workout.
So far we've had it several weeks and have put a lot of rounds down range from several different ammunition manufacturers. Adrian decided we should attach her Dead Air Nomad 30 suppressor to the business end in place of the provided omni-brake. That combination has been lots of fun to shoot and obviously much quieter.
Before we get too far into talking about the rifle, we must mention the glass for the top. After several discussions with Vortex, we decided upon the Vortex Razor HD LHT 3-15x42. It has everything we were looking for, including an illuminated reticle. Stay tuned, there will be a review and more information on this scope coming soon also.
The lens quality has been amazingly clear, and I really like the ease of turret adjustments. We haven't had it out in low light conditions yet, but we're planning on that as soon as the season opens.
The main difficulty we've found with this rifle is that we fight over who is going to get to shoot it!
We've been shooting several different rounds through it and trying to figure out which bullet shoots the tightest groups at different ranges. And in doing so, we're searching for the bullet that we are planning to hunt with this fall.
I think you can tell from the picture above, we've been impressed with the ability to shoot tight groups with this B-14 Crest. Each round we've tried has been capable of producing sub-MOA groups from this gun, but the Norma Bondstrike (143 grain) and Hornady ELD-X (143 grain) bullets have been the most consistent of the hunting loads we've tried.
I haven't shot any other rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC, but I have shot plenty of other rifles. Both Adrian and I agree that recoil from this B142 Crest, chambered in 6.5 PRC is absolutely manageable. The included omni brake and the suppressor certainly help with that.
In comparison to our B-14 Ridge chambered in 6.5 CM, the recoil is slightly more but barely noticeably more.
A: .243 Win, 6.5 CM, 6.5 PRC, .308 Win, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag
A: It is a new carbon fiber monocoque stock that is manufactured using CF-RTM technology. This state-of-the-art manufacturing process consists of assembling the dry carbon fibers by hand with an injected resin, providing greater rigidity and strength to the stock.
A: Yes. According to Bergara, all B-14 rifles are capable of producing sub-1.0 MOA groups or less at 100 yards using factory match grade ammunition. And we would agree. While we've shot some bigger groups than 1.0 MOA, we've also shot 3 shot groups as small as .4 MOA.
Thankfully Adrian and I have a lot more shooting to do with this rifle before we can give you an answer to the question, "Should I Buy This Thing."
Between all that shooting, increasing distances while shooting, and hopefully shooting at several animals, we should be able to provide you with a thorough review. As you know, there are usually several "it depends" statements that help us answer the "Should I Buy This Thing" question, and our goal is to find those situations and options for each of you!
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Robbie has enjoyed the outdoors since he can remember. His earliest memories include hours upon hours of squirrel hunting and learning how to enjoy all aspects of hunting season in God's wonderful outdoors. Now he is always working hard and testing gear in the field to give you the best review and most thorough information he possibly can.
As you read this article, please remember that this review is from your average, everyday shooter's perspective. We do not claim to be experts by any stretch.
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