I joined this forum, just to answer your questions, and to give you some Blaser FACTS.
I too, was in the exact same sitution as yourself, and pondering the same questions ...... about 5-6 years ago. Even in the same country and state.
The Blaser I went for, was the LRS 2 in .223, ( only because it has an operator adjustable trigger ) and I must say, it has met all my expections.
The rifle is extremely accurate, with either barrel ( I shoot 300m Fly comp ) very robust and reliable ( not one mis-fire to date ) and once your use to the action, you will never go back.
Now the down side.
It will make all your other rifles obsolete. Since my original purchase, I have bought another R93 professional in 308, plus a 243 barrel for deer hunting, and also a 6mm BR for the LRS. ( you do save money on scopes LOL )
Reloading. Because of the firearms design, chamber spec etc, you must be absolutely spot on with case re-size ...... or else ..... if your lucky, the bolt will not close ?
I took a great interest in the so called "Blaser Accidents", and came to the conclusion, with consideration to the above comment, that Blasers are no more dangerous than any other brand rifle.
However, what I did find, is that our American bothers, are not entirely objective regarding this matter.
And the final downer ..... the Australian agent is completely useless ! But with the right paper work, there are some really good buys and service from retailers in the US.
Final comment ...... 69g Matchkings, with 23g's of Benchmark 2 ....... you can pick which eye you want to hit at 300m !