Haenel Jaeger 10 Traditional hunting rifle – review

The Haenel Jaeger 10 series are classic bolt-action hunting rifles from the Merkel factory in Suhl, Germany. Viking Arms import two models – the adjustable synthetic stocked Pro, and the Heritage range you see here, with Grade 4 wood stock.

“It’s a great working bit of kit with a bit of classic style as well,” says Viking’s Andy Norris. “These retail at around £1,700, so that’s a lot of gun for the money. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for something a bit different and don’t want to run with the crowd.”

Andy Norris of Viking Arms explains the features of the Haenel Jaeger 10 Traditional rifle

The rifle has all the features a British shooter could want. It comes with removable open sights, and factory threaded for a moderator, in a range of calibres from .223 up to .30-06. The trigger is the adjustable single set type. This model comes with a traditional wooden stock in straight or Monte Carlo configuration.

The metalwork has a modern coating treatment rather than the traditional blueing. “It’s anti-rust and scratchproof,” Andy explains. “Your traditional stalking rifle used to scratch and wear when you were crawling through undergrowth, getting over fences or climbing into a high seat. This is now a much tougher, more durable surface that works really well.”

The rifle has a detachable box magazine that's easy to operate even with gloves

The rifle has a detachable magazine with a good positive click so you know when it’s in place. “One of the features I really like is the nice big magazine release,” says Andy. “If you’ve got gloves on or really cold hands it doesn’t hinder you at all.”

“It’s got a really nice bolt action, with six locking lugs – most rifles have two or three,” he adds. “You can hear the quality when you work the bolt. Everything comes back nice and slick – it’s what we’ve come to expect from German engineering these days.”

Read our review of the Haenel Jaeger 10 Pro model here.

Find out more about the Haenel Jaeger 10 series at VikingShoot.com

Andy Norris shooting the Haenel Jaeger 10 Traditional on the range

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