Merkel Debuts MHR 16 Bolt-Action Rifle to American Hunters

The grade-one walnut stock MHR 16 bolt-action rifle is offered in .243 Winchester, 6.5x55, .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 9.3x62, .300 Winchester Magnum and 7mm Remington Magnum chamberings. (Photo courtesy of Merkel)

In 2016, German firearms manufacturer Merkel tested the waters of the American hunting market with the company's first lower-cost bolt-action rifle

After Merkel conducted a yearlong test run, the U.S. hunting market responded positively to the MHR 16 bolt-action rifle, which combines the classic hunting rifle style with old-world craftsmanship and the latest manufacturing technology.


Freshly named the MHR 16 for its official full production run, this bolt-action rifle was designed and manufactured specifically to meet, and hopefully exceed, the high expectations of American hunters and shooters.

Available in both wood- and synthetic-stocked versions, the MHR 16 bolt-action rifle is a platform that is a functional, practical and beautifully refined, yet it is affordable and competitively priced with other quality rifle brands on 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.


Merkel MHR 16 bolt-action rifle with synthetic stock
The Merkel MHR 16 bolt-action rifle also is offered with a black synthetic stock. (Photo courtesy of Merkel)

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 engaged.

The detachable box magazine is removable by way of an innovative release built to surround the front of 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 cartridges: .243 Winchester, 6.5x55, .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 9.3x62, .300 Winchester Magnum and 7mm Remington Magnum. The walnut MHR 16 weighs 7 pounds, 4.4 ounces, and the synthetic version weighs 6 pounds, 9.8 ounces.

The suggested retail price for the walnut MHR 16 is $899, and the synthetic MHR 16 is $799.

For more information about the Merkel MHR 16 bolt-action rifle, please visit: www.merkel-usa.com

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