One of the major innovations at the weapons fair IWA 2013 was the VOERE X3, aimed at the services and military markets: another modular design precision repeater on the basis of the company's own 20-03 series and available so far only as a prototype (the evaluation is therefore with this reservation).
The modular design gives customers a choice between different calibers, barrels, coatings, stocks, grips, triggers, bolt handles etc. for the same basic rifle. Changing from the .308er barrel (twist 1:12“) to that in .408 CheyTac, the other caliber available for the X 3, takes two minutes. The .308 barrel came with a removable three-chamber muzzle brake. The receiver consists as usual of an aluminum alloy described as "high strength", here with a sand-colored coating of the Cerakote type.
The testers put the VOERE X3 through its paces at 100 meters as well as 300 and 500 meters. Already recording outstanding results on the "short” range, the rifle really came into its own over the longer distances.
At 300 meters the loads 1 to 5 produced groups of 28, 24, 33, 37 und 29 mm. And at 500 meters 55, 31, 74, 78 und 68 mm. The rifle handled the REMINGTON cartridge the best.
Range of uses for the VOERE X3
The VOERE X3 meets all the expectations of a good rifle for sports, services and military. It is less suited for hunting
The VOERE X3 in Overview:
|Price:||from € 7.500|
|Capacity:||6 + 1 cartridges|
|Barrel lenght:||665 mm|
|Total lenght:||1.025 / 1.250 mm|
|Trigger weight:||700 - 1.200 g|
Features: fluted match barrel, muzzle brake, pistol grip, long Picatinny rail, Weaver cage, pressure point match trigger, hand cocking
Shooting test VOERE X3 in .308 Winchester
|No.||Factory cartridges||SK 100 (mm)||v0 (m/s)||E0 (J)|
|1||168 grs Federal Sierra Matchking BTHP||9||814||3.611|
|2||168 grs Rem. ||7||795||3.445|
|3||168 grs RWS Target Elite||8||807||3.549|
|4||168 grs Sellier & Bellot Match HPBT||11||793||3.427|
|5||170 grs Lapua Lock Base FMJ BT||9||813||3.635|
Remarks: Grouping = five-shot groups, shot prone from bipod and ground spade at 100 m distance, reported in millimeters, measured from the shot-hole centers.
Abbreviations / bullet codes: BTHP: Boat Tail Hollow Point, HPBT: Hollowpoint Boat Tail, FMJ BT: Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail
VISIER Evaluation of the VOERE X3
|Precision (max. 50 points)||50 points|
|Stock (max. 10 points)||10 points|
|Trigger (max. 10 points)||9 points|
|Magazine/Handling (max. 5 points)||5 points|
|Sights (max. 5 points)||4 points|
|Receiver/Function (max. 10 points)||10 points|
|Finishing (max. 10 points)||10 points|
|Total points (max. 100 points)||98 points|
|Commendations||****** (6 of 6 commendations)|
Die VOERE X3 offers an excellent trigger with top craftsmanship. Comprehensive adjustment options on the butt leave nothing to be desired. The new barrel in .308 Winchester that the testers zeroed in yielded truly fantastic dispersion patterns. For sure, with the VOERE X3, the Kufstein-based factory builds a rifle for sharp shooters and precision shooters. But also one that is just as attractive to sport shooters, provided they can spare the € 7,500.