Bergara Unveils The Woodsman

The release follows the 2015 unveiling of the company’s B-14 Performance Series of rifles.

Bill Buckley

The Bergara Woodsman follows the 2015 SHOT Show unveiling of the company’s first two offerings in its B-14 Performance Series of production-line rifles: the synthetic-stocked Hunter and the Timber, featuring a more traditional oil-finished, Monte Carlo–style walnut stock. The B-14′s appeal isn’t hard to understand: For less than $1,000, it offers many of the performance-enhancing features of Bergara’s custom rifles selling for three times that amount. With the new Woods-man, which made its debut at the 2016 SHOT Show, sportsmen whose tastes gravitate toward cleaner, more traditional lines than those of the Timber now can have their cake and eat it, too.

“When we first introduced the B-14, we had quite a few dealers tell us that a walnut stock in the American style—straight comb, no cheekpiece—could be very popular, so we copied the design of the Hunter’s synthetic stock,” says CEO Dudley McGarity. “At about a half pound lighter than the Timber, and with a slimmer profile, it has a completely different appeal, doubling the B-14’s potential sales to those shooters who love the look and feel of oil-finished walnut.”

The guts of the B-14 are Bergara’s Spanish-made 4140CrMo steel barrels, renowned for their accuracy, in part due to a multi-stage honing process that produces a mirror-smooth bore. As with the Timber, accuracy and stability are enhanced with two metal-infused epoxy pillars embedded in the walnut stock to facilitate the action screws. The free-floating barrel and crisp-breaking trigger further ensure superb accuracy, something I discovered at the bench prior to hunting with the rifle last fall. Four shots produced a half-MOA group with Hornady 165-grain SST ammo in .308.

Bergara’s Performance action, which features a two-lug bolt, coned bolt nose and breech, and sliding plate extractor, makes the Woodsman one of the smoothest-cycling rifles I’ve experienced, something I appreciated more than I’d hoped when a whitetail buck suddenly appeared 180 yards away. SRP: $945. ( —Bill Buckley