So in my search for a new .17hmr I did the unexpected… I picked up an LA101 .22lr.
I was looking hard at everything else, and really considering buying the B14R when the Lithgow fell in my lap, and since they are hard to come by I thought I’ll snatch it up and if I like it enough I’ll search for a .17HMR, in the meantime I’ll also look at the Bergara.
So the wife and I took a 2hr ride up to Grices yesterday and I checked out the B14R.
I really like the stock on the Bergara.The rifle feels like a big CF gun. It was a steel barrel. They had a CF gun but to keep it apples to apples I didn’t even handle it.
I wish the Lithgow had the adjustable cheek rest, but I think I prefer the lighter more nimble feel of the Lithgow, but I like them equally for different reasons.
I prefer the safety on the Lithgow. The Bergara safety felt a little soft, and spongy to me… not a lot of detent.
The action on the Bergara was nice, but to me the Lithgow feels tighter. It’s a more positive lock up, almost vault like, where the B14R felt looser, verging on savage like.
The trigger… man if only I could get the Bergara trigger in my Lithgow. I don’t know if they are all like this, but it was the best trigger I ever felt from a factory stock gun, and not just .22’s. The trigger on this particular B14R was between 2-3#’s and had absolutely no creep. I was amazed at the first squeeze of the trigger, it was perfectly crisp, and shockingly good.
Had I not bought the Lithgow the Bergara would’ve came home yesterday based on the trigger alone, it was that good.
So that’s it… take it for what it’s worth. If anyone is out there pondering one of these rifles I’d say buy a Lithgow if you can find one, but if you have the itch and not the patience, you won’t be disappointed in the Bergara.