I can’t recall if I’d heard of Bergara USA prior to attending the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) conference in Knoxville, Tennessee in March. If I’d heard of the company, it was likely about the quality of their rifle barrel division. I’m quite sure that I hadn’t heard of their custom rifle shop, which is still very new. I spoke to several of the factory representatives during the course of the conference, and made sure to find them on the firing line at media day.
The first Bergara I fired that day was the BCR20 Heavy Tactical Rifle, which utilizes the Ashbury Precision Ordnance SABER-FORSST chassis system with a rear monopod, a bipod, and a Bushnell ERS scope.
The BCR20 is a very serious rifle for very serious shooters, and capable of incredible sub-minute-of-angle (sub-MOA) accuracy. My trigger controls needs work—I write too much, and shoot too little—but the rifle was incredibly accurate. I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that if someone asked you to shoot a dime at 100 yards with a properly set-up BCR20, the only question you should ask is, “which part of the dime?”
The second rifle I fired at POMA was the Bergara Long Range Hunter (BCR15), a much more conventionally-styled rifle that has features that split the difference between Bergara’s tactical rifles and the company’s dedicated line of hunting rifles. I liked it immensely as it simply seemed to be a well-balanced, all-around rifle.
It comes with a 24″ Bergara barrel and bolt-action, a McMillian A3 Sporter stock, and has a bunch of other cool specifications that you can read about here.
Not too many weeks after POMA a Long Range Hunter in .308 Winchester outfitted with a Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50 front-focal plane scope showed up at my FFL. Being the Appleseed-trained shooter that I am, the first thing I did with it was to add one of the G.I. web slings I keep around the house. I did some (not enough) dry-firing in advance of taking the rifle to the range, and brought the Long Range Hunter with me to a designated marksman’s match several weeks ago to do a little plinking at 200+ yards before the competitors arrived at the stage. Several picked it up and admired the rifle’s balance and relatively light weight compared to the much heavier tactical rifles they were toting around.
It wasn’t until last week that the weather co-operated and I was able to take the Long Range Hunter to Ramseur, NC, to use the Revolutionary War Veterans Association’s 500-yard known distance range.