Configured to excel in match shooting and the field, the Bergara BMR looks to be a regular do-all rimfire.
A rifleman would have to have been asleep at the trigger not to have caught wind of Bergara by now. The Spanish barrel maker has taken the American shooting world by storm the past decade, delivering turn-bolts that excel in the field, at the range and otherwise. While centerfire tack drivers are its signature irons, a few years ago the gunmaker jumped into the rimfire game with equally impressive results. And it continues to grow its plinker arsenal.
Dubbed the Bergara Micro Rifle (BMR), the gunmaker’s newest addition fills a do-all role in its rimfire catalog, yet lives up to the high standards set by its predecessors. Crossover appeal similar to Bergara’s centerfire B-14 HMR (Hunting Match Rifle), the BMR should prove as comfortable in an NRL22 match as it is bagging a woodchuck.
Better yet, as compared to Bergara’s top-shelf rimfire, the B-14R, the new rifle comes in much less expensive than the $1,245 precision model. The base No. 4 contour steel-barreled gun has an MSRP of $565, while the lightweight No. 6 contour carbon-fiber wrapped barrel option comes in at $659.
So, what can shooters expect from the BMR, outside of barrel choice and relative affordability? Overall a very compact package with an excellent selection of calibers. To the latter point, Bergara offers the rifle in perennial favorites .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR, with the barrel length corresponding to the cartridge. The .22 LR boasts an 18-inch firetube, while the magnum rimfires come outfitted with 20-inch barrels, helping them live up to their ballistic potentials.
Bergara enhanced the BMR for the utmost accuracy, carrying over a number of the B-14R’s precision features. Chief among these, a match chamber and a unique, upgradeable trigger. Out of the box, the BMR has the gunmaker’s solid Bergara Performance Trigger, which should prove snappy enough for most shooters. If not, the rifle is compatible with Remington 700 aftermarket triggers, giving shooters a wealth of choice in upgrades. Other notables on the gun include 5- and 10-round detachable box magazines, oversized bolt handle, 30 MOA scope rail and threaded muzzle (1/2-28” TPI) with thread protector.
Bergara BMR Specs
Barrel: Carbon Fiber Bergara Barrel. No. 6 taper; 4140 steel matted blued finish. No. 4 taper
Twist: 1:16 for .22 LR and .22 WMR and 1:9 for the .17 HMR
Barrel length: 18” (.22 LR) or 20” (.17 HMR and .22 WMR)
Threaded muzzle: 1/2-28” with thread protector
Weight: Carbon Fiber 5 – 5.4 lbs. depending on caliber: steel 5.5 – 5.8 lbs. depending on caliber
Length: 36” or 38” overall
Mag capacity: 5 and 10 round magazine included
Scope mounts: 30 MOA Rail Included
Trigger: Bergara Performance Trigger. Compatible Rem700
Stock: Black with tactical grey specks
MSRP: Steel Barrel $565; Carbon Fiber Barrel $659
For more information on the Bergara BMR, please visit bergara.online/us.
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