I recently recommended a Bergara rifle to my cousin who was looking for his next rifle. He was after a quality gun that would give him all the performance he was looking for without going the full custom route. We chatted back and forth about calibers and manufacturers and ultimately landed on a Bergara. I myself picked a Bergara up prior to the summer of 2019 and took it on a hunt with the Field Ethos guys in the mountains of Africa. The terrain was tough and we did our fair share of bouncing around in the Land Cruiser. I can’t say I always took great care of the rifle, but I did my best. Needless to say, it’s a tough and durable platform. It put up with the punishment and stayed ready.
The model we decided on for my cousin was the newest generation of the Premier Approach in 7 mag. It’s only gotten better since they improved on the model I currently have. It maintains all the quality components that make it near custom – the Greyboe stock, TriggerTech trigger, and Bergara Premier action and barrel – but has incorporated a muzzle break and a new hinged floor plate. With the flush cups on the Greyboe stock, it lets the rifle rest easily against your back when slung – a good feature on a long stalk. The action is simple and easy to use and mimics a custom Remington 700. It’s streamlined and good-looking. The Approach is as good as it gets for an out-of-the-box rifle. Performance with my Approach has not wavered as I have stretched mine out to 500 yards without a second thought. Though not a crazy distance, for me it’s out there. The rifle is smooth, tough, and hits whatever you’re aiming at. I shoot factory ammo out of mine and honestly I don’t see the need for a custom load. Toss a good scope on there, get your ammo information dialed in, and the gun will put your bullet where you’re aiming. For an out of the box rifle it’s difficult to beat.
The Bergara Premier Approach gets a thumbs up from me.