Adapting to the needs of the American market, Ritter & Stark, an Austria arms company, debuted their SLX Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor.
The SLX is a short action multi-caliber rifle that allows end users to quickly change out their barrel with common tools. Before the 2018 SHOT Show, the rifle was only available in .308 Winchester.
During the 2018 SHOT Show Range Day, I had the pleasure getting to shoot the Ritter & Stark SLX. The trigger on the SLX was phenomenal, and I loved the fact that the comb and butt plate could be adjusted without tools. I had no problems hitting the 980-yard target with the 6.5 Creedmoor, and spotting the impact.
The SLX feeds from SR-25/Ar-10 magazines. The SLX that was available during Range Day fed perfectly from inexpensive Magpul AICS Short action magazines.
A key feature of Ritter & Stark rifles is the barrel. The rifling in the barrels are made in a CNC controlled electrochemical machine which reduces mechanical stress, and according to Ritter & Stark, produces a barrel with a longer lifespan.
- Caliber : 308WIN / 6.5 CM
- Stock: Standard
- Barrel: 609 MM 24”
- Twist: 1:11″/1:8”
- Rifling: 6 Groove
- Length: 1106 MM (43,5”)
- Weight: 5000 G (11 LBS)
Ritter & Stark guarantee these rifles to be capable of .5 MOA accuracy. The MSRP of the SLX is $3,635, which at first would appear to be expensive, but when compared to similar European rifles is pretty reasonable. If you want to purchase an additional barrel, it is $1,300.
If you are looking for a large action rifle, I would take a strong look at the SLX’s big brother the SX-1. The SX-1 has a modular receiver, that can be configured for short and long action cartridges. I am currently doing a detailed review of the SX-1, and it should be available in the coming weeks. Ritter & Stark make fantastic rifles, and I strongly recommend them.
Visit the Ritter & Stark website to learn more.