Bolt action shooting is the king of all rapid following-shot disciplines, and the RX.HELIX is a master of this discipline.
The Merkel RX combines a rotary bolt head with true straight-pull bolt action – without the slightest annoying rotational or tipping movement that one gets with other straight- pull bolt action rifles. The hunter can keep his or her eye on the target, and the bolt handle is positioned exactly above the trigger. The straight shaft, which is in keeping with the tradition of Merkel´s Africa rifles, provides the necessary stability for this motion.
The linear motion of the bolt handle is transmitted to the bolt head with a ratio of 1:2. It travels along a helical path as part of a special design, and moves gently and quietly into and out of the locking position. The bolt action path thus benefits from a gearing, fastest bolt action guaranteed. This means you can take aim quickly and enjoy accurate following shots.
The breech does not move beyond the stock wrist during the bolt action, and thus does not get in the way of the hunter’s sight – this is a problem that hinders aim-taking with conventional systems. With the Helix system, the movement only takes place inside the system housing. Nothing gets in the way of the shooter’s eye, which can remain focussed on the target. Then comes the second shot: set off by a crisp direct trigger which can be finely adjusted – an ergonomic masterpiece!