Test: Pedersoli Boarbuster Mark II lever-action rifle, .45/70 caliber

The Pedersoli Boarbuster lever-action rifle is ideal for hunting boar in the woods. Easy-to-handle and compact, it’s chambered for 45/70 and 444 Marlin ammo, both of which are sufficiently powerful to stop big hoofed game in their tracks.

Now the Boarbuster is also available in the new MK II version, presented to the public at the IWA trade fair in Nuremberg last March: an evolution that will certainly satisfy even the most demanding of hunters.

Features of the Pedersoli Boarbuster Mark II rifle

The front sight of the Pedersoli Boarbuster Mark II lever-action rifle
The front sight is mounted on a ramp over the muzzle, and it’s easy to change.

The most obvious update to the gun is the Cerakote finish on the metal parts, representing the latest technology in terms of surface finishes.

Cerakote is a ceramic coating that’s highly resistant to scratching, damp and acid corrosion, but it’s so thin it lets mechanical parts slide smoothly, underpinning the renowned reliability of this lever-action rifle. Another characteristic of Cerakote is that it’s available in an infinite number of colors, and the olive green coating used on the Boarbuster Mk II is a nod to its hunting pedigree.

The Picatinny rail on the Mark II rifle
The Picatinny rail also acts as a base for the adjustable rear leaf sight, with Superluminova luminescent inserts.

The American walnut SoftTouch-covered stock has an adjustable cheek piece. It combines the “feel” of a wooden stock with the grip of rubber-coated parts; it’s very easy to handle and take precise aim also when using supplementary sights mounted on the gun. Finally, a Microcell shock-absorbent butt pad helps dampen the recoil of the Boarbuster Mark II. 

A shooter with the Pedersoli Boarbuster Mark II lever-action rifle 
The Pedersoli Boarbuster MK II lever-action rifle is both compact and easy-to-handle.

Various conventional or red dot scopes can be mounted on the Weaver and Picatinny rail that has a double ramp with a built-in rear sight, so even if you're not using a scope for close range shots taken during a driven hunt, you’ll always have a sight you can count on. The two positions at 4 cm and 20 cm are for different situations with the relevant optimal position of the rear sight. The reflective light-absorbing paint of the Superluminova inserts in the front and rear sights guarantee optimal visibility even in poor lighting conditions. 

The 19-inch (483-mm) barrel is broach-rifled and, like the mechanism, is CNC precision-milled from solid blocks, which is a characteristic of all Pedersoli guns. 

The new Boarbuster Mark II is available in two calibers, .45/70 Government and .444 Marlin, both of which are excellent for boar and other hoofed game on a driven hunt. The magazine holds 5 cartridges and this compact and easy-to-handle gun weighs just 3.5 kg.  The retail price is € 2,306 for either caliber.

Shooting the Pedersoli Boarbuster Mark II on the firing range
One of the best things about the Pedersoli Boarbuster rifles is they make point shooting almost easy, thanks to the short barrel and non-slip SoftTouch stock.

For more information, visit the Davide Pedersoli & C. website.

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Pedersoli Boarbuster Mark II

Shooting the Pedersoli Boarbuster Mark II on the firing rangeG.B.

Davide Pedersoli & C.
ModelBoarbuster Mark II
Typecarabina a leva
Caliber.45-70 Government, .444 Marlin
483 mm
adjustable rear sight, fixed front sight with luminescent inserts, Picatinny rail
Overall length950 mm
3.300 Kg

Olive green Cerakote


American walnut SoftTouch-covered with adjustable cheek piece