aussiehunter Voere KA15 rifle

Voere recently brought out the K15A model, and what an interesting little rifle it is.  Little is the operative word here too.  The K15A is a dinky little rifle that appears positively toy-like.  However, this is no toy.  The Voere K15A is a fully functional, bolt-action repeater in 22LR.  In the hand, this rifle gives the impression of being weightless, tipping my kitchen scales at a bare 1.434 kilograms!  The SSAA Australian Shooter/Hunter was given the opportunity to review this rifle, with a sample specimen coming straight from the first shipment to arrive.  Alcock & Pierce are the Australian importers and kindly provided the rifle, scope and mounts.  This review was originally published in the SSAA Hunter edition 67 in January 2019.

The K15A offers an intriguing array of features not normally found on rimfires, and certainly not on featherweight rimfires at that.  Alcock & Pierce advised that this first shipment all feature match chambers designed specifically to chamber RWS R50 ammunition.  Of course, the K15A will chamber other ammunition too, being particularly comfortable with the fit of European target ammunition.  Alcock and Pierce also advised that it was only this first shipment that has match chambering.  Subsequent shipments of the Voere K15A will have standard chambering that will accommodate all varieties of 22LR ammunition.

First Impressions

Wow – is this a real rifle?  Yes, absolutely.  It is the most petite and near-weightless rifle I have ever handled.  Extensive use of carbon fibre and diminutive scaling of the metal bits combine to give a bare rifle weight of 1.434 kilograms.  And, of-my-gosh, it has an adjustable cheekpiece and butt plate.  The forend has a Freeland rail embedded in it.  Overall length obviously depends on the adjustable length of pull, and I measured from 94 to 99cm.

The Barrel

The small diameter steel barrel is wrapped in layers of reinforced epoxy carbon fibre which provide great stiffness for minimal weight.  I measured the barrel length at 480mm with a 15mm diameter.  The muzzle is capped with a ½-20 UNF thread for installation of flash-hiders, suppressors and the like.  I measured the rifling as a 1:16” right-hand twist, which is a standard twist rate in the 22LR.

Receiver and Bolt

An integral 11mm dovetail rail is machined into the receiver.  When chambering a round, Voere recommends that this always be done from the magazine.  This will avoid the risk of broken extractors, which could happen if the round is placed in the chamber and the bolt closed, forcing the extractors to fit over the rim of the cartridge.  When chambering from the magazine, the cartridge is picked up, in controlled-round fashion, and slides up and behind the extractors.  The K15A bolt is of standard rimfire design, albeit a smidge smaller than many.

The bolt has 60o lift and cocks on opening.  The bolt handle knob is of generous size which will make hunting with the K15A while wearing gloves an easier proposition.  The bolt knob is a hollow cone shape in keeping with the mantra of minimal weight.

Trigger and Safety

The K15A has a two-stage, adjustable trigger.  The instruction manual said that the trigger weight of pull could be varied between 1 and 2 kg.  My first use of the trigger was at the range, and I felt it was heavier, in both the take-up and release.  When I got home, I put my trigger scales on it and measured 2.5 to 5 pounds weight of pull.  I removed the barreled action from the stock and set about trying to lighten the trigger pull.  I ran out of adjustment at about 3.25 pounds, so tweaked it back to 3.5 pounds and left it there.

The safety catch is a lever that rotates down into a notch in the stock, similar to the bolt handle arrangement.  A red dot on the action is exposed when the safety is off, and the rifle is ready to fire.  Rotating the safety lever into its notch in the action brings up a white dot indicating safe.

Magazine

The magazine nominally holds 8 rounds, in a staggered fashion.  I found that the eighth round was a pretty tight fit, especially for greasy little rounds like the 22LR, so limited myself to six or seven rounds.  The magazine fed okay, there were no issues there.  One thing to be aware of, especially if hunting in the field, is the magazine dropping out.  When the magazine is pushed upwards into place, it then needs a gentle push forward for the latch to take hold.  Failure to give that little nudge forward means that the magazine will slide out after a few shots.

Stock

The stock is lightweight in keeping with the featherweight design, weighing in at less than a kilo.  The adjustable butt piece can be quickly moved between five separate pre-set notches, at the push of the release button.  This allows the length of pull to be varied from 365 to 415mm (14.4 to 16.3 inches).  The butt pad is a soft, sponge-like rubber which is comfortable to shoot.  There is, of course, negligible recoil from the 22LR.  The pistol grip is slimline and would suit those shooters with small hands.  A 2.5mm Allen key is needed to loosen the four cheekpiece holding screws.  The cheekpiece can be raised to suit the shooter.  The forend of the stock has a Freeland rail embedded in it.  If required, Freeland can supply a conversion adaptor to install a UIT rail.  The rifle comes with a sliding handstop in the Freeland rail, which can be adapted to the shooter’s preference.  There is a threaded recess in the handstop that allows a suitable QD swivel stud to be fitted.  Voere have designed the forend with provision for mounting a Picatinny rail on either the left or right-hand side if required by the shooter.

Scope

The rifle came with a UTG 3-9×40 TF2+ Tactical scope featuring a duplex type reticle with mil-dots on elevation and windage.  Certainly, a 3-9x scope provides good versatility for a rimfire, and the UTG was a good scope.  One thing to be wary of is parallax error.  This UTG scope is really intended for centrefire calibres and has a fixed parallax set to about 150 metres.  As a result, the shooter needs to be aware of some parallax error at rimfire ranges and ensure good technique when shooting.  That is more of an issue for target shooting and less so for hunting and plinking.

Off the Bench

I was warned that the larger dimensions of USA manufactured ammo might prove difficult to chamber and some care would be required when attempting to use that.  The K15A manual stressed that the rifle was designed around RWS R50 ammunition and it was recommended that be used in the rifle.  I tried to track down some RWS R50, but none of the gunshops I contacted had any.  All were waiting on the importer’s next shipment.  My ammo box has a good range of 22LR choices, so I started by testing the K15A with all the target type ammo I could find, starting with UK and European brands.  That ammo all functioned okay, so I then moved onto Federal and CCI target and hunting ammunition.  That all chambered, fired and extracted without any problems as well.

I have to say that shooting such a lightweight rifle, with a relatively heavy trigger, off sandbags was a challenge for me.  After a bit of practice though, I got the hang of it and discarded my first half-dozen groups and started again.

Accuracy Results for the Voere K15A

AMMO

50m equivalent MOA

Eco 22LR Pistol

1.8

Lapua Centre-X

1.9

Elley Edge

2.2

Federal Premium Target

2.2

Federal Premium Match

2.3

CCI Velocitors

2.6

SK Rifle Match

3.0

SK Standard Match

3.3

Elley sub-sonic Hollow

3.9

 

Overall

While the Voere K15A 22LR rifle has been designed with many of the attributes of a target rifle, I feel it would be at its best as a featherweight hunting and plinking rifle.  Fitted with a red dot, or small 4x scope, to match this amazingly light rifle, it would be an effortless little rig to carry on a day of rabbit hunting.  It would also be the ideal companion on longer treks in the wilderness where weight is a major consideration.  Retail pricing seems to be from around $950, but as always, it pays to shop around.