The Titan 16 is a straightpull rifle at a decent price, says Bruce Potts.
The Titan range of well-made, well priced rifles has been available in Britain for some time through various distributors; now Country Sports Wholesale has taken over the dealership. The rifles come from Rosler, a small family-run business, based in Austria since 1996. The firm offers a traditional bolt-action designed rifle, Titan 3 or 6 dependent on action length, and the newer Titan 16, which is a straight-pull bolt-action. Both have exchangeable barrels, differing calibre and stock options with practical finishes and detachable magazines.
I had the Titan 16 .308 Winchester rifle on test as a package with a Vortex Hog Hunter scope 3-12x56mm, plus rings for £1,595. This offers a straight-pull designed rifle for people who like the design but without the expense. The rifle alone costs £1,505.40.
Action/bolt and barrel assembly
The action on the Titan 16 is an encapsulated bolt design — that is, the bolt reciprocates within the action, but the bolt handle stops it fully exiting the rear-action shoulder.
The action is 8in long and the bolt is operated by a right-sided handle that is 2in long, with a rounded plastic knob to grip. To unlock the bolt, you pull the knob 90°; it moves 4.75in rearward to eject or cycle a new round. The bolt itself has 16 locking lugs that lock directly into the barrel — that’s playing safe! There is a Sako-type extractor and stepped plunger-type ejector.
To remove the barrel, you remove the stock and loosen two Allen screws, then a replacement barrel can be installed with the appropriate bolt size to suit the calibre change. The barrels, sourced from a famous Suhl barrel maker, are hammered and drawn with precision rifling on this .308 Win model. They are 22in long. Two barrel diameters are available — 15mm (on test) or 19mm, with optional lengths as desired. There is a good range of cartridges, from .243 Win to .338 Win Mag, but sadly no smaller cartridges such as .222 Remington, .223 Rem or .22-250.
There is a tough carbonitrided and oxidised finish that gives good corrosion resistance and a non- eflective surface that’s ideal for hunting.
There is a fast lock time (the time from trigger-pull to firing pin hitting the primer in the cartridge) which aids accuracy. The bolt operation is smooth but the handle could be longer as it is too close to the stock’s woodwork.
Trigger and magazine
The trigger is nice, crisp and single stage in operation, with no lag or creep at all. The weight was 2.75lb when tested and this can be adjusted if you wish. The safety is sited like a shotgun on the tang section and has three positions: forward to fire, mid-point is safe, but the bolt operates, or fully rearward to lock both the trigger and bolt.
The detachable magazine is calibre-specific for a range of cartridge sizes and is released from the stock via twin buttons either side of the magazine’s base. The .308 Win had a three-shot capacity.
This model wore the standard thumbhole stock, though higher grades of “Luxury” and “Exclusive” can be ordered. A more conventional profile Sporter is available in all three grades, but you can also opt for a synthetic stock. The standard grade is plain and has a dry-oiled fi nish that will improve with use.
I like thumbholes and this is a good design with a straight raked pistol grip area that keeps the firing hand close to upright. This is a more natural hold and the actual thumbhole is large for assured grip, though there is no provision for a thumb rest.
There is a typically Bavarian-styled cheekpiece with little to no rise to the comb, but it’s fine for scope use and the fore-end is nicely finished with a Schnabel tip. Fine-cut chequering adorns both sides of the fore-end and pistol grip, and a small, solid recoil pad finishes off a good function hunting stock.
Titan on test
Both factory and reloads shot well in the Titan 16 with no hiccups, and all cycled without fault. Recoil was well contained by the thumbhole stock design. The Vortex Hog Hunter scope 3-12x56mm supplied with this package deal was particularly good.
The Norma 150-gr Ballistic Tips were the best factory ammunition tested. They produced consistent 1.25in groups at 100 yards, with a velocity of 2,755fps producing 2,529ft/lb energy.
A heavier load such as the S and B 168-gr Barnes TSX also shot good 1.4in groups, making them ideal for those wanting a leadfree option. Reloads tightened up the groups to below 1in for three shots.
Those wanting a faster load will like the Nosler 125-gr Ballistic Tips, which gave a velocity of 2,876fps for 2,296ft/lb with an accurate load of 0.95in. The all-round 150-gr bullet weight was well represented by Sierra’s GameKing bullet propelled with 47.5 grains of RL 15 powder for 2,791fps and 2595ft/lb. Again, accuracy was good with 0.85in groups possible.
The Titan 16 is good value with a good range of hunting calibres and stock/barrel options