The introduction of new rifles, handguns and muzzleloaders each year is like a second Christmas morning for deer hunters as the wraps come off the top-secret details companies hold close for months or even years.
There’s a nice selection of firearms this year for deer hunters to choose from and, word is, more are on the way later this spring. I know of one company that will be introducing another deer rifle at the NRA Convention in April, so this list of goodies darn sure isn’t complete. We’ll be updating with more rifles, handguns and muzzloaders, too, along with accessories and ammo.
Among the new rifles this year is the Mossberg Patriot, which sports fine classic designs without fancypants flair or stuff you don’t need. Mossberg engineers listen to hunters and delivered, with a solid selection of calibers that will work for any big game animal or predator, including dangerous game in Africa.
Last November I was able to hunt with the Patriot, chambered in .308, while in Saskatchewan. We were almost four hours northeast of Regina on public land and doggone if the .308 didn’t do the job on a super buck. From the moment I pulled the Patriot out of the box, I was completely comfortable with it: synthetic stock, blued barrel and action, smooth bolt and great feel. While I appreciate a wooden stock, the synthetic is fine with me because a hunting rifle (or shotgun) is a tool.
I’ll have more on the Patriot rifle, and D&DH will have more on these other firearms, in upcoming issues and online in 2015. Stay tuned …
Mossberg Patriot Mossberg explodes this year with new rifles for deer hunting, small game, waterfowl shotguns and more with a wide variety of options and calibers. The new Patriot will find a home with deer, big game and predator hunters thanks to simplicity in styling and classic lines combined with the features that hunters want and need.
The Patriot is available in Walnut, Laminate or Synthetic stocked versions with 11 caliber choices. The classic styled Mossberg Patriot looks great on the gun rack and feels great when shouldered. Attractive, Accurate and Affordable, say hello to the Mossberg Patriot bolt-action rifle.
- Choice of Walnut, Laminate or Synthetic Stocks
- Choice of 11 of the most popular Centerfire Rifle Calibers
- Patented Lightning Bolt Action Trigger™ is user adjustable from 2 to 7 pounds
- Button rifled 22” fluted barrels with recessed crowns ensure accuracy and durability
- Spiral-fluted bolts with new bolt angle and knurl pattern ensure smooth, comfortable and reliable cycling.
- Dropbox Magazine for convenient loading and unloading
Winchester XPR The XPR is a rugged, reliable and precise bolt-action rifle built for the next generation of Winchester hunters. Combining proven concepts from the Model 70 with more efficient manufacturing processes means that the XPR is a superb hunting rifle at a more affordable price.
If you’re looking for a rifle that will stand up to the abuse you put yourself through in the field, the XPR is the rifle for you. The advanced polymer stock is built for superior grip in wet conditions and will stand up to the scratches and bumps you’re bound to encounter on the stalk or on the walk to the stand.
The matte blued finish is tough and non reflective. The detachable box magazine is a built in feature that is typically an expensive after-market addition, allowing you to keep extra shells in a spare mag instead of jingling loose in your pocket.
Glock MOS 10mm Hunter The all new G40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration combines a full 6 inch barrel length for improved velocity with a 15-round capacity magazine.
The G40 Gen4 in MOS is a powerful yet easily carried pistol for the outdoorsman, hunter and sport shooter. Designed to give the handgun hunter the ultimate choice in semi-automatic hunting handguns, the 8-inch sight radius improves shootability with open sights while the MOS system gives the shooter the ability to mount all popular reflex sights
Reflex sight advantages include faster target acquisition and enhanced long range accuracy. If you are a 10mm enthusiast, this is the Glock pistol you have been waiting for.
Colt M2012 The Colt M2012 is a precision rifleman’s rifle which has been designed to be comfortable for long sessions at the range. The Colt M2012 offers durability and accuracy to make all shooters happy. With a crisp, single stage Timney trigger and a custom match grade barrel, this rifle is capable of extreme accuracy at extreme distances.
Three models are available, each chambered in .308 Winchester and one optionally chambered in .260 Remington. This is the perfect rifle for long distance shots and medium sized game.
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. now offers the popular Gunsite Scout Rifle with a lightweight, black composite stock. The composite stock reduces the rifle weight to 6.25 pounds, 3/4 pounds less than the popular laminate wood stock version. This new version features a forward aluminum bedding block and rear aluminum pillar that positively locate the receiver and free float the 16.1″ barrel for outstanding accuracy.
The new composite stock, available on right-hand rifles chambered in .308 Win., contains the versatile adjustable length of pull found on all models of the current Gunsite Scout Rifle. Recognizing the importance of a proper fitting rifle, Ruger developed this adjustable system, which allows the shooter to change the length of pull to fit their individual needs. The length of pull can be adjusted from 12.75″ to 14.25″ to give the shooter the proper fit with outerwear or defensive gear of varying thickness, or properly fit the rifle to different shooters.
A swivel stud boss is molded into the stock immediately in front of the magazine well. This allows the stock to be drilled and a third swivel stud installed for use with the popular three-point “Ching” Slings.
Developed in conjunction with Gunsite Academy, America’s oldest private firearms training facility, the Gunsite Scout Rifle is a relatively lightweight, do-all rifle, consistent with Col. Jeff Cooper’s Scout Rifle concept. Based on the Ruger® M77® family, the Gunsite Scout Rifle has M77 features such as controlled round feed and integral scope mounts (scope rings included) and is supplied with a 10-round detachable steel box magazine. The rifle’s trigger guard and magazine well are formed with glass-reinforced nylon. The magazine release is a push-forward Mini-14-style paddle just ahead of the trigger guard.
Given the lighter weight of the composite stock, these new models are equipped with a radial port muzzle brake fitted on 5/8″-24 muzzle threads. A thread protector is shipped with each rifle and can be used to protect the muzzle threads if the installed muzzle brake is removed.
The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle contains a medium contour, cold hammer-forged 16.1″ barrel with a protected non-glare post front sight and receiver mounted, adjustable ghost ring rear sight. A forward-mounted Picatinny rail offers options in mounting an assortment of optics – including Scout Scopes, reflex sights and red dots for “both eyes open” sighting and super-fast target acquisition.
Browning AB3 Hunter The time-tested, field-proven experience and outright accuracy and reliability of an A-Bolt rifle is tough to beat. With the new Browning AB3, you add value to the A-Bolt legend. This new rifle combines streamlined manufacturing and Browning quality to produce a high performance rifle that doesn’t break your budget.
The AB3 includes a host of features you’ll also find on the X-Bolt rifle, notably the barrel. Arguably the most important factor in accuracy, the AB3 sports a high quality barrel that is made from cold-rolled steel and precision button-rifled. A premium Inflex Technology recoil pad reduces felt recoil by absorbing recoil and using directional deflection to pull the comb down and away from your face when shooting. The bolt unlock button allows the bolt to be opened with the top tang safety in the on safe position.
Today’s firearms market has many different offerings in bolt action rifles and making a decision can be daunting. But it need not be. With the AB3 you can have the accuracy and performance you demand in a hunting rifle with more money left over for ammunition.
Remington Model 7 LS The new Remington Model 7 LS is a light, compact rifle ideal for quick handling and smaller statured shooters. It features a carbon steel barreled action, a receiver 1/2-inch shorter than a Model 700 short action, has the famous “3 rings of steel” of the Model 700, and sports an 18.5-inch light contour barrel with rifle sights.
The brown laminate stock offers a Schnabel fore end. The X-Mark Pro trigger is externally adjustable, and total weight of the rifle is 6.5 pounds.
Thompson/Center Arms Encore Pro Hunter For 2015, Thompson/Center Arms is excited to re-introduce one of the most prevalent single-shot hunting rifles ever made – the T/C Encore Pro Hunter.
Now available as a fully complete firearm, today’s hunter can select either a T/C Encore Pro Hunter pistol or rifle to add to his or her hunting collection. The new T/C Encore Pro Hunter is available in .243, .30-06, or .308 as a complete rifle or chambered in .223 or .308 as a pistol.
The interchangeable firearm system is fully supported with accessory stocks and barrels ranging from .204 to .500 S&W Magnum along with additional shotgun, slug and muzzleloader barrels. The one-of-a-kind break-open platform is truly a gun for all seasons, allowing owners to customize the firearm to match their individual and hunting preferences.
Performance Center Model 460XVR(TM) Bone Collector The Performance Center by Smith & Wesson is offering big-bore enthusiasts and handgun hunters the opportunity to own a new X-Frame model built in collaboration with Professional Hunter Michael Waddell – the S&W460XVRÔ Bone Collector.
This new-age hunting revolver, with its two-tone finish, 7.5-inch barrel and five-round capacity cylinder, is capable of killing any big-game animal in North America. Embodying the look, feel and attitude of Waddell’s popular television show, “The Bone Collector,” airing on The Outdoor Channel, the newest Performance Center X-Frame is available in a limited edition run of 1,500 revolvers.
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