Rifle and barrel specialist Bergara is launching the new BMR, or Bergara Micro Rimfire rifle series with two lines, Carbon and Steel. These lightweight rimfire rifles are designed for long-range shooting with match components and barrels.
“With accuracy being so important to us, we wanted to build the BMR series to hold its own in the rimfire world,” said Bergara vice president Ben Fleming. “We’re so excited about seeing this BMR Series come to life. It has been a long time in design, and we’re thrilled to bring it into the Bergara Rimfire Series for 2021.”
Both lines come in .22 Long Rifle, .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire and .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire. The main difference is that the Carbon rifles have tensioned, carbon fiber-wrapped barrels while the Steel guns have traditional barrels.
All feature Bergara’s B-14 action scaled down to micro size along with their match chambers for consistent down-range performance. The .22 LR rifles have 20-inch barrels while the .22 Mag and .17 HMR sport 22-inch barrels.
One of the standout features of the BMR action is the trigger. While it comes with a simple, user-adjustable trigger that can be tuned with just an Allen wrench, the action is compatible with many Remington 700 triggers, which are probably the most commonly supported trigger systems on the aftermarket.
For now, the BMR rifles are offered with one stock option, a synthetic sporter stock. The Carbon series has a black composite with a grey speckle finish while the Steel series is grey with black speckles. The actions and barrels have a black satin finish and are fitted with a 30-MOA rail to get the most out of these rimfire cartridges.
The micro action and synthetic stock do a lot to make these lightweight rifles. The .22 LR model weighs just 5.5 pounds, with the longer .17 and .22 Mag. guns weighing a still light 5.8 pounds. And that’s with the Steel series; the BMR Carbon rifles start at 5 pounds and go up to 5.4 pounds before optics and accessories.
All of the BMRs come factory threaded for 1/2-28 muzzle devices. They also each come with one 5-round and one 10-round magazine. The magazines are also multi-caliber and will work with all three chamberings.
And the BMR rifles are very competitively priced. The Steel series is set at $565 and the Carbon rifles are just a little extra at $659. As with most Bergara rifles, dealer pricing should be even less.
With the costs of long-range shooting, especially right now, there’s extra promise in micro-scale long-range marksmanship, and that’s where the BMR shines. With its low entry price point, and at least, easier-to-find ammunition, the BMR series gives shooters the chance to hone their skills on a budget.
The Carbon and Steel BMR rifles are an interesting option going into 2021. For more information about these and other Bergara products, check them out online.