European products?

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  1. Varberger757

    Varberger757 Well-Known Member

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    I’m wondering about if you in the USA are getting more than just brass (f. ex. Lapua, Norma), some types of rifles (Tikka…) and optics (Zeiss…) from Europe? I’ve never read about bullets of European production, any kind of powder or even fab – ammo in our blog. Is this because customers in the US are simply not interested in these products, or what could be the reason for this? Is it maybe the American industry, that doesn't want any more concurrence in its own country and therefore doesn’t import the stuff?
    In contrast to that do we have quite a widespread supply and demand of American shooting – hunting equipment in Europe.
    I’m looking forward to your answers.
     
  2. dig

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    We are blessed to have a robust industry from large corporations to cottage industry producing a mind bogleing array of "stuff". Throw in import restrictions and there is little reason to go outside the US. That being said we are seeing European brass and powders with more frequency.
     

  3. Varberger757

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    Thanks for the answer. It's more or less what I expected would happen. The interest isn't big enough to take a look over the atlantic. It's a pitty, because there is a lot of equipment in the "old world" American shooters/ hunters could benefit of. Even though that we got a robust, highly specified and developed industry too, are European hunters/ shooters more openminded and like to try equipment from other parts of the world. Over here we draw a comparison between parts of equipment, doesn't matter where they come from, and than take a conclusion. With a view not restricted it'll much easier to reach one's goal.
     
  4. ILtoMT50

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    I plan on purchasing a Zeiss hd5 in the near future. I can tell ya this much, Id be more apt to buying a product from Europe if we had them available than I would most of the Asian junk the markets are flooded with now. Shotty quality control and standard of materials used are lowgrade in most of them. Thats just my experiance and opinion.
     
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    Thanks a lot for your open answer. :) Zeiss is an absolute top product and always a superb choice even it's expensive. Worth the money! I personally have chosen the American 300 WM before the 8 x 68 S because of its versatility, and I do love it. Mounted on the gun is.. a high quality illuminated Leupold VX - 6. I often use ammo of American production like Hornady and Federal even in my shotgun. The opportunity of choices is one of the reasons that makes our sport so incredible interesting. If you sometimes get the opportunity to look at rifles like f. ex. the Heym (SR30, SR20), Mauser 03, Sauer 202 or the Danish Schultz & Larsen Victory, do it and you won't regret it! They are of highest quality standards out of the box, so you don't need to upgrade them at all.
     
  6. ILtoMT50

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    thanks, i was going to ask you to post a few of the euro companies that we should check out.
     
  7. Varberger757

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    All the compagnies beneath are easily to find by google, and all of them have an English webside. :) These are just some examples. You can find a lot more if you want to.

    Rifles:
    Heym Waffen; Mauser Waffen, Sauer Waffen, Blaser Waffen, Merkel Waffen, Steyr Mannlicher, Krieghoff...

    Powders: Norma, Bofors, RWS and Vihtavuori (will be shut down by its French owners)

    Bullets: Norma, RWS, Lapua, Brenneke, Blaser CDP, Sako, S & B...Lutz Moeller (fantastic) small manufacturer with best ammo for the money, 2 websides, some pages in English... and many , many more! :)

    Optics: a hell of them like Zeiss, Swarovski, Kahles, Schmidt & Bender, Doctor, Kaps, Steiner.... Good search! gun)
     
  8. MontanaRifleman

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    Europe produces a lot of high quality shooting products. That said, by the time they reach the US, import fees drive costs up making it difficult to compete with US made products.

    When it comes to brass, IMO, Lapua is hands down the best. I really wish they made it in more cartridges because i will always buy it if I have the opportunity. It puzzles me why no US manufacturers have not risen to Lapua's quality.

    As for rifles, IMO, most major US manufactures leave a lot to be desired in quality. They have a big corporation, bottomline/profit mentality and will produce the lowest quality product they can get away with with the best profit margin. I think Weatherby and Savage to a degree is an exception to this rule.

    That said, there are smaller companies like Cooper who take pride in their work and produce high quality products for a reasonble price and then there is Dakota that produces higher end/priced quality prices. Also for the more serious and descriminating shooters, there is a large array of makers custom rifles and custom rifle components with an equally large array of fine gunsmiths to put them together. So although Europeans make fine rifles, there is a great deal of competion here in the US for probably a little better price.

    Optics.... I currently own a Leica 1600 which is by far the best RF in its class. My next RF will likely be a Electronics Terrapin. Europe is way out in front when it comes to RF's. For rifle scopes, I think Nightforce is the best there is for a LR field scope. European glass has been better than the Japanese made NF glass until the development of the ACTAR and BEAST. Now I would say they are close to equal in glass quality. For the $$$$, NF is hard to beat in the US.

    Powder... A lot of powder sold in the US is made overseas. Hogdon powders are made in Australia and are some of my favorite. When it comes to powder, I choose whatever works best in my rifle no matter where it's made.

    Bullets... here, I think the US has the best selection. I find GSC bullets very interesting but also very spendy, so they need to prove their value to me to buy and use them.
     
  9. MontanaRifleman

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    That's a bit of a broad statement with a lot of truth in it.... but... there is a lot of extremely good quality glass coming from Asia, namely Japan, where Nightforce and many other scope makers get their glass. Even USO outsources some level of their scope manufacturing overseas, although they will not disclose as to who. My guess is probably the same company that does NF glass.... just a wild guess.

    As for the junk that floods our market, the reason it does it because there is a large market for it. Americans buy it. They/we fall for marketing and brand name loyalty. Most Leuplold users probably don't realize they are buying a highly Asian product.
     
  10. ILtoMT50

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    Definitely, I know Japan has pretty good optics, I noticed I failed to mention that after I posted lol I meant the Chineese products mainly. Your right the way people buy it up its going to stay the same as it is now for quite some time.
     
  11. Varberger757

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    Thanks for the extensive and reasoned answer. The most you are writing is correct, especially in terms of "value for the money". It was interesting that you named Cooper because the company has a great reputation and a lot fans over here. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to get them bought. Due to US - export restrictions, war on terror, it's very difficult to get guns or gunparts shipped overseas. I personally send a mail to cooper arms last week to hear if they've got an agent in Europe (Germany). They were very kind and serviceminded and answered immediately. They suggested shipping via Canada!! I love the Mod. 56 (LH) in 7 RM and are very interested in it. Here in Norway we have a dealer selling only a few types of Cooper, but the prices are just extreme in comparison to the US. NF produces fantastic scopes and they are getting better all the time, but they don't reach the clarity of European highend glasses. I know, they are much cheaper...:D
     
  12. MontanaRifleman

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    I hope you get your Cooper. They are a very good rifle. I plan to get one someday myself after a few other rifle projects are complete. I was thinking of one of the 6mm chamberings, maybe a 243. It's very unfortunate about all the fees and restrictions. BTW, I do have a Sako that is stamped, "Made In Finnland" Unfortunately it is a lemon and is shooting about 3 MOA. I am not at all happy with the US based Beretta customer service. Of all the rifles I have I like the Sako action the best. I'm going to rebarrel it and put it in a McMillan Stock.

    I know the NXS scopes do not have the same quality of glass that the upper end European scopes do, but it is still very good quality. What I like about the Nightforce scopes are their ruggedness and mechanical precision. I was once walking down an icy frozen forest road while hunting with rifle slung on my back. I slipped and my feet went up and I went back full weight onto my rifle and scope. It still works perfectly. That said, I think the ACTAR and BEAST may give the Europeans some competition in glass quality.
     
  13. Varberger757

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    Yes, would be really nice with a Cooper 56 in a Classic custom stock. Looks great and shoots surely the same. To mount the scope I'd like to use the Recknagel picatinny rail ssk - II combined with QRW or PQR rings. We'll see, I might realize the project in the course of the next 12 months, finances... What kind of Sako are you using, Mod. 75 or 85? They normally make rifles on very high quality levels and they really aren't cheap stuff, in contrary. All the people I know who have one are very satisfied especially everything concerning precision. So I'm really wondering. But mixing up serious Suomis with Italians won't work out! :D What kind of reticle in a NF - scope would be suitable for hunting at dawn or even night (moonlight) . In Europe we often have to hunt while it's dark (wild boar and sometimes stag).
     
  14. MontanaRifleman

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