Re: Blaser for backpacking?
I do very much agree on the point about staying on target. A break open needs to be tilted over like a lever action when shooting prone. Reloading is quicker than you think though, especially with a german blitz cartridge holder on the side. but, on a sheep hunt, do you really need those quick 3-4 follow up shots? I mean, when you need more than one deliberate shot in the mountains you're really screwed? the chances of hitting good in a stressed situation is less likely than to begin with? I know - everbody can make a bad shot, but that's the exception of the rule, not the rule..
I' m not convinced about the R93 in rough contotions though. I'd much rather have a Kimer Montana than a R93! (I had a .308 Montana - soldit to get the K95 - couldn't afford both..) the R93 is a truly engineer-rifle.. not something to go to war with!
It doesn't take much debries in the mechanism to render the R93 useless. You won't be able to lock it and fire until you've cleaned it. all when the trophy of a lifetime walks away..
With a proper bolt, there has to be a lot to make it jam! Mind you, I have had an old Tikka bolt-action jam due to ice on a winters hunt. Ice is the worst - it doesn't give one bit..
It is a bit different with the K95 when it is closed it is safe and clean - just wipe off snow etc before opening and you're fine when you close it again.
Beeing able to go loaded, yet not cocked is a good thing.