More American shooters are turning to the thrill of Precision Rifle Shooting competitions, and the market is supplying increasing numbers of precision rifles designed to go the distance. For 2019, one of the latest players in the game is the Bergara Premier Series Ridgeback Rifle
“From the moment we laid our hands on the Ridgeback stock in early 2018, we knew it was destined to cradle a Premier barreled action," said Nate Treadaway, CEO of BPI Outdoors, parent company of Bergara. “Our only question was how fast we could work it into the production schedule. It truly has everything that a serious PRS shooter wants and needs in a production-class qualifying rifle.”
Each Bergara Premier Series Ridgeback Rifle features a 416 stainless-steel Bergara barrel, complete with a Medium Palma taper, paired with the company's enhanced Premier rifle action. This system is set inside the Grayboe Ridgeback stock, which is the first-ever composite stock designed to take M-Lok-style Picatinny rails and accessories. Twelve different M-Lok slots allow for a range of different accessory attachments, as well as custom placement options. Each stock also ships with an embedded bubble level, which allows shooters to ensure the system is completely level when making shots at longer ranges.
The Bergara Premier Series is an extension of the company's higher-end Custom Series of precision guns. To bring the price down while retaining the quality of the Premier custom action, Bergara streamlined the production process for certain components, as well as cut down on the amount of assembly time spent on each gun. The end result is a semi-custom rifle available at a more-affordable price. Each Premier action features a non-rotating gas shield, coned bolt nose and a sliding plate extractor.
What also enhances the performance of the Bergara Premier Series Ridgeback Rifle is the inclusion of a TriggerTech trigger. To prove the performance of each gun, Bergara accuracy-tests each rifle before it ships to guarantee the gun's sub-MOA performance when using factory ammunition. Calibers available in the new Ridgeback Rifle include .223 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor, 6 mm Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .300 Win. Mag., and .300 PRC. The suggested retail price on the rifle is $2,100.