Guest post by Chris Christian, courtesy of SHOT Daily.
Whether it’s rimfire plinkers, big-game hunting centerfires, tactical models, or 1,000-yard competition guns, shooters will see a staggering number of new rifle models at all price points. Some of these guns will be line extensions of popular and well-received products, while others are brand-new rifles designed to fill specific market niches. Either way, shooters will benefit.
Ashbury Precision Ordnance
APO specializes in custom precision rifles for law enforcement and sporting use, based on the patented Saber Forsst modular rifle chassis system that features the Saber SX bolt-action receiver. Two new models join the line this year.
The Ashbury SPR-308 bolt-action ($5,650) features a 20-inch Pinnacle Series fluted, contour barrel in 416R stainless steel with a .308 match chamber and finished with a recessed target crown. Muzzle threading for a suppressor is optional. The 1 in 10 twist rate is designed for optimal accuracy with 150- to 200-grain projectiles. APO claims sub-1/2 MOA with several .308 match-grade loads.
The rifle is a standard right-hand configuration, but left-hand models are available. It features a one-piece monolithic adjustable 20 MOA top rail, with rail space to “co-align” day optics, clip-on night vision, or thermal-imaging devices. In addition, the Quattro Alloy series V-17 vented forend offers 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock accessory rail attachment points, variable grip angles, adjustable hand-to-trigger distance, and an Ergo hand grip. The ASX-A3 Mod-1 chassis further incorporates a double-locking aluminum hinge on the adjustable folding buttstock cheekpiece height and length-of-pull spacer adjustment and a Limbsaver recoil pad. Flush cup sling-swivel sockets are evenly distributed along the entire length of the stock on both sides.
Empty weight is 11.3 pounds. Overall length is 39 ³/₈ inches with the stock extended; folded length is 29 ⁵/₈ inches. The SPR-308 is coated with ceramic Cerakote, and is available in black, olive drab green, flat dark earth, Nordic or tungsten gray finishes. It ships with a hard, lockable transit case.
The SPR-308K1 is a specialized law enforcement rifle. Offering many of the features of the SPR-308, it has a 16.5-inch 1 in 8 twist barrel to better handle heavy sub-sonic projectiles and a ⁵/₈-24 threaded muzzle Blackout muzzle brake/suppressor adapter. A suppressor is optional. The rifle is available in .308 and .223 Wylde to handle all .223/.5.56mm NATO loads.
Four new rifles enter the product line this year under the Sako and Tikka banners. The Sako Finnfire ll ($1,095) is a premium-grade bolt-action rimfire chambered for .22LR and .17 HMR. Built on the Sako 85 select walnut stock with blued metalwork, it features a two-lug bolt action with a 50-degree bolt throw and a fixed match-grade cold-hammer forged free-floating 22-inch barrel, and it feeds from a straight-line 5-round detachable magazine. The rifle uses a two-position safety, and the single-stage trigger is adjustable to deliver pull weights between 2 and 4 pounds. The barrel comes without iron sights but is ready to accept optical sights.
The bolt-action Sako A7 Big Game W/Roughtech Stock ($1,200) is designed for extreme conditions and features a stainless-steel construction with a fluted barrel and a Roughtech synthetic stock, which uses the TRG recoil pad system with spacers to adjust the length of pull and has sling swivel studs front and rear. The push-feed action features a three-lug bolt with a two-position safety and a separate bolt-release button. The single-stage trigger is user-adjustable between 2.2 and 4 pounds. The rifle comes without iron sights, but it has Weaver bases for easy scope mounting. It feeds from a detachable magazine and will be available in .308 Win., .270 Win., .30/06 Sprg., .300 Win. Mag. and 7mm Rem. Mag.
Tikka adds to the tactical bolt-action series with the blue steel T3 CTR ($1,100) and CTR Stainless ($1,225) models. Offered in .260 Rem. and .308 Win., they feed from a detachable 10-round steel magazine. Both models feature a 20-inch semi-heavy-contour cold-hammer-forged free-floating barrel with a ⁵/₈ x 24 thread to allow the use of suppressors. Additional features include a black synthetic stock with fixed cheekpiece, stock spacers to allow length-of-pull adjustments, aluminum trigger guard and magazine release, Teflon-coated bolt with oversize tactical knob and Picatinny upper receiver rail for optics mounting.
The Tikka T3 Lite Compact ($675) is designed for smaller-statured shooters and youths. Built on the proven Tikka two-lug push-feed bolt action, it features a black synthetic stock with a 12.5-inch length of pull that is adjustable to 13.5 inches via the included stock spacer. The 20-inch barrel has no iron sights, but it is fitted with a 17mm rail that is drilled and tapped to receive standard Weaver scope-mount bases. All metalwork is blued. The single-stage trigger is adjustable to deliver pull weights between 2 and 4 pounds. The action features Tikka’s two-position safety. Fed from a detachable magazine, it will be offered in .204 Ruger, .223 Rem., .22/250 Rem., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win.
In 2015, Browning will expand its AB3 bolt-action rifle line to include short-action calibers. The AB3 is a super-value bolt-action that features an Inflex recoil pad, composite stock, detachable box magazine, bolt-lock override button and 60-degree bolt lift. Short-action calibers include .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., and .308 Win. (in 22-inch barrel lengths), and .270 WSM and .300 WSM (with 23-inch barrels). SRP: $599.99.
Browning is also expanding its X-Bolt line to include the new X-Bolt Eclipse Target and Eclipse Varmint models. Both feature a laminated gray-satin thumbhole stock with a Monte Carlo cheekpiece. The X-Bolt Eclipse Target will be offered with a 28-inch heavy bull barrel in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. The adjustable Feather Trigger is factory set at 3 to 3.5 pounds. The 26-inch heavy bull barrel X-Bolt Eclipse Varmint will be offered in .204 Ruger, .223. Rem., and .22/250 Rem. SRP: $1,069.99.
The new X-Bolt Varmint Stalker Mossy Oak Brush model features a heavy sporter-contour barrel in matte-blued finish. Caliber offerings are .204 Ruger, .223 Rem., .243 Win., and .308 Win. (24-inch barrel) and .22/250 Rem. (26 inches). SRP: $939.99.
Cimarron Firearms Co.
Billy Dixon carried an 1873 Trapdoor U.S. Model Officer’s Rifle while serving as a civilian scout for the U.S. Army during the Red River Indian Wars. His bravery resulted in his being awarded the Medal of Honor.
For 2015, Cimarron re-creates the rifle he carried. The Billy Dixon Trapdoor Carbine 26 (SRP: $2,400) features a 26-inch barrel and a tangent rear sight and is chambered for .45-70.
The all-new CMMG MK47 Mutant rifle platform, which consists of three models, combines the accuracy of the modern sporting rifle with the reliability and ballistics of the 7.62x39mm Russian round. Chambered for 7.62x39mm, the upper and lower receivers are built from 7075-T6 billet aluminum and feature a uniquely designed upper and lower receiver engineered to manage the dimensions and pressures of the 7.62x39mm cartridge while keeping weight to a minimum.
The rifle, which runs on the proven carbine-length direct-impingement gas system and sports a 16.1-inch free-floated medium-taper barrel with a 1:10 twist rate, utilizes the heavier bolt carrier group derived from the AR10, but shortened. The lower receiver is designed to accept existing AK47 magazines and uses a standard hook-and-latch release system. A full-length Picatinny rail rides atop the receiver. All models ship with one Magpul PMAG 30-round 7.62×39 magazine.
The stock uses the CMMG RKM15 KeyMod hand guard, which gives users the option to mount a wide range of accessories via the KeyMod slots found at the 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock positions. For accessories that are not compatible with the KeyMod hand guard, a five-slot accessory rail is available.
The MK47 Mutant T ($1,449.95) features an A2 muzzle compensator, CMMG single-stage trigger, A4 six-position collapsible buttstock and A2 pistol grip. The MK47 Mutant AKM ($1,649.95) features the same trigger, CMMG SV muzzle brake, Magpul CTR buttstock and MOE Pistol grip. The MK47 Mutant AKM2 ($1,849.95) comes with a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger, Magpul CTR buttstock and MOE Pistol Grip.
A limited-edition big-game rifle, a flat-shooting plains rifle, a new Youth model hunting rifle, and upgrades to the rimfire line highlight CZ’s new rifle products for 2015. New to the Safari Classics line is the Craig Boddington Signature Series CZ 550 Magnum in .375 H&H ($3,099). This limited-edition piece (only 45 right-hand models and five left-hand models will be produced) features input from Craig Boddington and includes a barrel shortened to 24 inches, an upgraded Safari Classics front sight, and a barrel-band sling swivel. The stock has been redesigned to be a bit faster handling with a slimmer wrist and a shallower, shorter forend. The 13.5-inch length of pull is capped by a one-inch red Decelerator recoil pad. The stock is claro walnut and the metalwork is finished in a rust blue.
CZ’s Sonoran rifle will now be available in the flat-shooting 26 Nosler ($3,199). The popular 527 Carbine will now be available in a Youth model ($733). The Turkish walnut stock has been shrunk to a 12.75-inch length of pull with a smaller diameter pistol grip and slimmer forend. It will be chambered for .223 Rem. and 7.62x39mm.
On the rimfire side, the 455 Ultra Lux ($449) joins the 455 platform this year. It features a 28.6-inch barrel, an elevation-adjustable rear tangent sight, a beech stock with cheekpiece, and a 10-round magazine. As with other 455 models, the barrels and stock can be swapped. Another new 455 model is the 455 Varmint Thumbhole Fluted .22LR in a brown laminate stock ($549).
Legacy Sports International
Two new bolt-action rifle series join the Legacy Sports line this year. The Howa Alpine Mountain Series Rifle is designed as a lightweight bolt-action hunting rifle. It features Howa’s HACT two-stage trigger, the AMMO Boost detachable magazine system, a Cerakote barreled action, and a Pachmeyer Decelerator recoil pad. Empty weight is 6.7 pounds. It will be available in .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win. Shooters may choose the base rifle or opt for the scoped rifle package, which includes a Vortex Viper 3–9x42mm scope factory-installed with Talley rings.
Short-action bolt-actions are generally sized to the .308 family of cartridges. As such, cartridges in the .223 Rem. class, being smaller, tend to get lost in the extra room. Howa solves that with the new Howa Mini Action. The action and bolt are 20 percent shorter than standard .308-size short actions, which results in a shorter bolt throw when chambering a round. Available initially in .223 Rem. and .204 Ruger (with other calibers promised for the future), the rifle features a 20-inch hammer-forged barrel, a three-position safety, a HACT two-stage trigger and 5-round detachable magazine.
A new and somewhat radical rimfire rifle joins the Magnum Research product line this year. The MLR22ATU Ultra .22LR is built around a high-tech modular 18-inch barrel attached to a stainless-steel breech and muzzle caps inside a thin-walled aluminum shell. A patented heat sink located inside the barrel helps deliver improved accuracy.
The Ultra .22LR ($544) is a semi-auto that measures 36.2 inches in length overall and weighs 4.8 pounds. Features include a 1:16 twist barrel with a Benz chamber, an ambidextrous thumbhole stock designed with a higher comb for scope use, an integral Weaver scope-mount base on the receiver, extended magazine release, sling-swivel studs front and rear, and a checkered palm-swell grip.
Another model, the MLRATUT ($571), is identical, except that the barrel is threaded ½x28 to accept a suppressor. A thread protector muzzle cap is supplied.
Both rifles utilize the Ruger 10/22 trigger group and Ruger 10/22 rotary magazines. The barrels are also sold separately and can be installed on Ruger 10/22 rifles to upgrade accuracy.
Recent years have been a transitional time for Marlin, as the manufacturer has undertaken an ongoing project to revamp production lines to increase both the quantity and quality of the products. The line overhaul for the 336 and 1895 lever guns is complete. The revamping of the 1894 lever gun line of pistol cartridges became final in 2014, and that model roll-out is now underway with the 1894 .44 Rem. Mag./.44 Special, .357 Mag./.38 Special, and .45 Long Colt now in production.
For those looking for more power, there is Marlin’s new 1895 GSBL-.45-70 Govt. ($1,150). This lever-action carbine features a tubular magazine and a stainless-steel-barreled action with an 18.5-inch barrel that uses adjustable Williams FireSights with a front-sight hood. The metalwork is finished in FNC (ferritic nitrocarburizing), which darkens the stainless steel and creates a durable scratch-resistant finish. The laminated stock and forend are painted, and a big-loop finger lever makes for fast cycling.
An additional 1895 series gun is the 1895 Limited Edition .45-70 Govt., the second gun in a multi-year series. It features scrollwork on both sides of the receiver; an elk in 24-carat gold inlay is on the left side, and the classic Marlin horse and rider is on the right. “Limited Edition” and “1 of 1,500” are marked on the barrel. Other features include a gold-plated trigger and a B-grade walnut stock with an S-Grip. The 24-inch tapered barrel features Marble sights, and in keeping with tradition, the tubular magazine is full length. SRP: $1,350.
This is a big year for Mossberg, which launches new models in the rimfire, hunting, and tactical rifle lines. The new Blaze autoloading rimfire rifle series will be available in a number of configurations and stock finishes, but all share a 16.5-inch barrel, blue metalwork, a synthetic stock—and all are fed from 10- or 25-round detachable magazines. In addition to a black stock, models will also be available with stocks finished in Muddy Girl, Highlander, and Wildfire camo patterns. These feature a fixed front sight and adjustable rear. In addition, a Highlander model is offered with a Picatinny upper rail for mounting optics. All feature a 13.5-inch length of pull (except the black stock Bantam model, which is offered with a 12-inch length of pull to fit younger shooters). The Blaze Green Dot Combo is offered with the black synthetic stock and is equipped with a Picatinny rail featuring a Dead Ringer holographic red/green LED sight that offers four different reticule configurations.
A variant on the Blaze action is the AK-47. A dead ringer for the original AK-47, this rifle offers the same action, magazines, and barrel lengths as the AK-47. The Blaze version also comes with an adjustable fiber-optic rear sight and the distinctive AK raised front sight. It will be available with a fixed black synthetic stock, an adjustable CAR-style black synthetic stock, and a traditional wood AK stock configuration. All feature blued metalwork.
The new Mossberg Patriot bolt-action series are classically styled hunting rifles. Some models feature fluted 22-inch barrels, other utilize plain barrels. The Bantam youth series comes with a 20-inch fluted barrel, a spiral fluted bolt and streamlined bolt handle, and Weaver-style scope bases.
The rifles are fed from a detachable box magazine that holds three magnum rounds and four standard-caliber rounds. Caliber offerings include .22/250 Rem., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30/06 Sprg., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., .338 Win. Mag. and .375 Ruger.
Stock options include classic walnut, black/gray laminate, black synthetic, and a synthetic in Deer Thugs Break-Up Infinity camo. Matte-blue-metal finish is available on most models, Marinecote finish on others. Models are available with plain barrels and Weaver scope bases or fiber-optic adjustable iron sights—or in combo packages that include a mounted 3–9x40mm scope. All models feature the LBA adjustable trigger that allow the user to adjust the pull weight to any point between 3 and 7 pounds.
All the above models feature a standard adult-sized length of pull, but smaller-statured shooters were not ignored. The Patriot Bantam rifle features a 12-inch length of pull in a classic walnut stock, while the Patriot Super Bantam features a length of pull adjustable between 12 and 13 inches in a black synthetic stock. Both are offered with a bare barrel and Weaver bases. The Super Bantam is also available in a scoped combo package with a mounted 3–9x40mm scope. Stock options include a synthetic black stock or synthetic stocks in Muddy Girl or Deer Thugs camo.
Two new model series also join the target and tactical line. The MVP LC Bolt Action Target Rifle is available in 5.56mmNATO/.223 Rem. and in 7.62mm/.308 Win. The MVP bolt-action design accepts and feeds from standard MSR-style magazines. The 5.56mm features a 16.5-inch barrel (1:7 twist) while the 7.62 version sports an 18.5-inch barrel with a 1 in 10 twist. Both models use medium bull barrels and can be fitted with a removable Silencerco Saker Trifecta muzzle brake.
They are bedded in a lightweight aluminum target-rifle chassis that only makes contact with the receiver on the V-shaped bedding and recoil lug area, and they sport a Magpul CTR Adjustable Stock, LBA adjustable trigger and MOE Pistol grip.
The buttstock comes with three interchangeable cheek-height-adjustment combs, and a Picatinny rail allows the mounting of optics. The MVP LC is also available as a combo package with a mounted Vortex Viper HS-T 4–16x44mm scope and rings.
The Mossberg MVP LR Tactical bolt-action rifles are a compact package. Using the same bolt action as the Target Rifle (and accepting MSR magazines), each is fitted into a synthetic stock (which has an adjustable cheekpiece) with an OD green finish. Available in 5.56mmNATO/.223 Rem. (1:7 twist) and 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. (1:10 twist), they both feature 16.25-inch barrels threaded for accessories. In addition, both are equipped with fiber-optic adjustable rifle sights and a Picatinny rail. The adjustable LBA trigger is standard, and metalwork is finished in a matte blue.
New calibers in a popular centerfire bolt-action and an innovative muzzleloader highlight Remington’s rifle offers this year. Remington’s bolt-action Model 783 rifle isn’t fancy, but it has earned a reputation as a reliable workhorse. It features a pillar-bedded action in a synthetic stock with a free-floating barrel for consistent accuracy, and sling swivel studs front and rear. The barrel comes without iron sights and is drilled and tapped for mounting a scope. Remington’s CrossFire trigger is factory-set at 3.5 pounds, and the rifle feeds from a detachable box magazine with a rugged metal latch. A Remington SuperCell recoil completes the package. The current caliber selection of .243 Win., .270 Win., .308 Win., .30/06 Sprg., 7mm Rem. Mag., and .300 Win. Mag. will be joined this year by the .223 Rem. and the .22/250 Rem. with 22-inch barrels. SRP: $382.78.
It’s safe to say that the Remington Model 700 Muzzleloader reinvents the front loader. Built on the Remington 700 bolt-action, the inline can use up to 200 grains of powder to increase the range as well as the accuracy. With a 250-grain projectile, it can clock 2,400 fps, making it a legitimate 300-yard deer rifle that can deliver accuracy levels rivaling a bolt-action centerfire rifle.
This is made possible using the patented U.M.L. Ignition System. The U.M.L. consists of a uniquely sized brass case with a Remington 9 ½ magnum rifle primer. The case is push-fed into the breech plug in the same manner a rifle cartridge is pushed into a Model 700 rifle chamber. It is extracted and ejected in the same way. The gas seal is created in the flash hole at the primer, and the hot magnum rifle primer cleans the flash hole with every firing. The brass cases can easily be re-primed and re-used. Normal blackpowder cleaning methods will clean both the plug and the barrel at the breech. Three primed cases fit snugly in a specially designed compartment below the receiver. They are accessed by opening the hinged floorplate.
The Model 700 Muzzleloader will be available in two versions. The Model 700 Synthetic features a 26-inch stainless-steel fluted barrel, a Bell & Carlson Medalist M40 stock, the X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger, and 24 primed cases and 24 projectiles. It ships in a hard case. SRP: $999. The Model 700 Laminate features a 26-inch stainless-steel fluted barrel, laminate stock, X-Mark trigger,and 24 primed cases and 24 projectiles. It also ships in a hard case. SRP: $949.
The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle will now be chambered for 5.56 NATO, with a hybrid chamber to accurately shoot both 5.56mm and .223 Rem. Additional features include a 16.1-inch cold-hammer-forged medium-contour barrel with a 1:8 twist. A Ruger flash suppressor is included, and it can be removed to attach other barrel-threaded accessories. Other features include a controlled-feed bolt action, a 10-round detachable magazine that uses a Mini-14 push-forward paddle release located just ahead of the trigger guard, a Mini-14-style protected non-glare post front sight, and a receiver-mounted adjustable Ghost Ring rear sight. Additional sight options are provided by a forward-mounted Picatinny rail. The rifle is also equipped with Ruger’s integral M77 scope-mount bases and rings.
The rifle weighs 7.1 pounds, and the black laminate stock is equipped with sling-swivel studs. A soft-rubber recoil pad includes three ½-inch spacers to allow for length-of-pull adjustments.
The Ruger American Rifle series will now be available in true left-hand actions in the following calibers: .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .270 Win., .308 Win. and .30/06 Sprg. Like the rest of the series, they feature Ruger’s Marksman adjustable trigger (adjustable between 3 and 5 pounds), the Power Bedding system that utilizes stainless-steel bedding blocks, cold-hammer-forged free-floating barrel, three-lug 70-degree bolt throw, and flush-fitting detachable rotary magazine.
The Ruger American Ranch Rifle will now be available in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. and .300 BLK. Featuring a 16.12-inch barrel, it is available in standard and compact polymer stocks and provides an ambidextrous tang safety. Both barrels are threaded to allow the use of barrel-mounted accessories, and the rifles are supplied with a factory thread-protector cap. A one-piece aluminum scope rail allows the installation of a wide variety of optics.
The new Ruger AR-556 modern sporting rifle ($749) is the first firearm designed and built at the manufacturer’s new Mayodan, North Carolina, facility. Built on a direct-impingement operating action, the rifle features a 16.10-inch cold-hammer-forged medium-contour barrel (with M4 feed ramp cuts) chambered for 5.56 NATO with a 1:8 twist that will stabilize bullets from 35 to 77 grains. The threaded barrel is equipped with a Ruger flash suppressor. The upper 7075-T6 aluminum receiver features a Picatinny rail with a windage-adjustable Ruger Rapid Deploy folding rear sight, a milled A-2 F-height gas block with an elevation-adjustable post front sight, and a forward assist with a dust cover brass deflector. The buttstock is a six-position telescoping M4 style with a mil-spec buffer tube, and the rifle features sling-swivel attachments. The bolt-carrier group is chrome-plated and features a staked gas key. The MSR ships with one 30-round Magpul PMag. Standardized M4/AR parts are utilized throughout allowing for easy customization.
The Ruger 10/22, entering its 50th year of production, is one of America’s favorite rimfire rifles. For 2015, Ruger will acknowledge that with the production of the Ruger Collector’s Series 10/22 Carbine Rifle. Only 25,000 of these special-edition rifles will be produced.
In addition to the standard features of the 10/22, the Collector’s Series model will include a limited-time 50th Anniversary bolt marking, a commemorative 50th Anniversary box with an exclusive Collector’s Series box decal, the “Ruger 10/22 Rifle 22LR—Fifty Years 1964–2014” receiver marking, a Collector’s Series pin, a 10/22 50th Anniversary bumper sticker, a replica of the original 1964 10/22 ad, and a limited edition Ruger Collector’s Series street sign.
This is a big year for Savage. The manufacturer is introducing numerous new models as well as new calibers for current models. The recently introduced Savage AXIS bolt-action rifle has quickly built a reputation as an accurate rifle at an affordable price. For 2015, Savage follows that up with a heavy-barrel varmint version. The new AXIS Heavy Barrel ($386) features the same composite stock, pillar bedding, 4-round detachable magazine, sling-swivel studs front and rear, and button-rifled barrel of the standard AXIS line, but adds a 22-inch heavy contour barrel. It will be available in .223 Rem. and .22/250 (1:9 twist), .243 Win. (1:9.25 twist) and .308 Win. (1:10 twist). All feature a bare barrel and are drilled and tapped for scope installation.
Another addition to the AXIS line for 2015 is the AXIS II XP scoped-rifle series. The series will be available in a wide range of calibers and includes all the features of the AXIS rifle. Setting it apart is the addition of a factory-mounted and bore-sighted Weaver KASPA 3–9x40mm scope. Two AXIS XP series models will also be offered in a shorter-stocked youth model in .243 Win.
Savage created a new class of rimfire rifles with the B.MAG series. Built specifically for the .17 Winchester Super Magnum (which produces 3,000 fps from a rimfire cartridge), Savage added features normally reserved for centerfire rifles. This year Savage adds to that product line with two new versions.
The B.MAG Stainless Heavy Barrel ($408) is chambered for the .17 Win. Super Magnum rimfire. It features a heavy-contour stainless-steel barrel, composite stock with a soft, rugged butt pad, bolt-action with rear locking lugs, cock-on-close bolt, center-rotary-feed magazine, shooter-adjustable Savage AccuTrigger, and thread-in barrel head spacing system to increase accuracy.
The B.MAG Gray Laminate Thumbhole Stock ($566) offers all of the above features with the addition of a gray laminate thumbhole stock with a ventilated forearm that features two sling-swivel studs to allow both a sling and a bipod to be installed at the same time.
The increasing popularity of predator hunting hasn’t escaped Savage, and this year sees a special scoped-rifle package, based on the Model 11 bolt-action, designed for that purpose. The new 11 Trophy Predator Hunter ($692) features the Model 11 rifle with the user-adjustable AccuTrigger, medium-contour barrel, and a composite stock available in Mossy Oak Brush or Realtree Hardwoods Snow. Riding atop the rifle is a Nikon 3–9x40mm scope with a Ballistic Drop Compensator Reticule (BDC) that is factory-mounted and bore-sighted. The 11 Trophy Predator Hunter package will be available in .223 Rem., .22/250 Rem., .243 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor.
The popularity of suppressors continues to increase, and Savage has served this market by offering several firearms that are factory-threaded to accept aftermarket suppressors. This year Savage adds new models to that product line.
The bolt-action Model 93 FV-SR (1:16 twist) is chambered for .22 WMR, and the bolt-action Model 93R17 FV-SR (1 in 9 twist) is chambered for the .17 HMR. Both weigh in at 5.5 pounds, with an overall length if 35.25 inches. Barrel length is 16.5 inches. Each is equipped with a heavy, fluted barrel, oversize bolt handle, a 5-round detachable magazine, and Savage’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger. The semi-auto Model 64 FV-SR is chambered for .22LR and weighs in at 5 pounds. It features a 1 in 16 twist rate and a 10-round detachable magazine. Barrel length is 16.5 inches, and the overall length is 36 inches. All are ready to accept optical sights.
Since its introduction in 2006, the .338 Federal has earned a reputation as an extremely versatile big-game cartridge. The .338 Federal is based upon a .308 Win. case necked up to hold a .338 bullet. It offers a higher muzzle velocity than many .308 loads while launching a larger and heavier bullet. The result is a short-action cartridge that provides magnum energy and terminal performance on game, but with less recoil than comparable magnum cartridges. Savage will now offer the .338 Federal in six of its most-popular bolt-action big-game rifles: the 11 Long Range Hunter .338 Federal ($1,104), the 11 Hog Hunter .338 Federal ($560), the 16 FCSS .338 Federal ($885), the 16 Bear Hunter .338 Federal ($1,035), the 11 Trophy Hunter .338 Federal ($612), and the 16 Trophy Hunter .338 Federal ($740).
Another new addition to the Model 11 line is the 11 Scout Rifle ($794). It features a one-piece rail for forward-mounting of an intermediate eye-relief scope. The rifle also utilizes the user-adjustable AccuTrigger and the AccuStock bedding system. The stock is a flat dark earth synthetic with an adjustable cheekpiece to allow shooters to achieve perfect eye position with any chosen optic. The barrel is threaded, and a muzzle brake is included; it is easily removed to install a suppressor.
Savage’s Law Enforcement offerings become more versatile this year with the addition of a 10-round detachable box magazine to the new 10 FCP-SR rifle series in .308 Win. Barrel lengths are 20 and 24 inches, and a left-hand version will be available with a 24-inch barrel. SRP: $761.
The FCP-SR series is built around Savage’s proven 110 bolt-action that uses a floating bolt head, zero-tolerance headspacing, and a button-rifled barrel for extreme accuracy. The FCP-SR series features a threaded muzzle that is compatible with most current suppressors, an oversize tactical bolt handle, one-piece EGW scope mount base, 10-round detachable magazine, black synthetic beavertail AccuStock, fluted matte-blue barrel, user-adjustable AccuTrigger, and the AccuStock bedding system. In addition, the stock provides three sling swivel studs.
Lastly, if you never miss an episode of Swamp People, and your favorite firearms phrase is “Choot ’Em,” Savage’s new Landry Signature Series is worth a look. The Landry Signature Series will be available in existing Savage rimfire models with the Rascal ($168), Mark II ($244), and the Model 93 ($306). All carry the Landry Signature Series title and feature a rugged synthetic stock fully dipped in a gator camouflage pattern, with Troy Landry’s signature and a distinctive “Choot ’Em” logo.
The T/C Venture bolt-action rifle series sees a new Compact model designed to appeal to smaller-statured and youth shooters. Chambered in .223 Rem., the Compact model features a 20-inch free-floating blued barrel, a shorter classic-style synthetic stock with an included 1-inch spacer to allow shooters to grow into the gun, traction grip panels on the stock grip and forearm, a user-adjustable trigger, front and rear sling swivels, Weaver-style scope mount bases installed on a sightless barrel, and a single-stack detachable 3-shot nylon magazine. Empty weight is 6.75 pounds.
New line additions to the bolt-action Vanguard and Mark V series highlight Weatherby’s 2015 rifle introductions. The Vanguard Series 2 is guaranteed to shoot sub-MOA groups at 100 yards when using specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition. Four new models appear this year.
The Vanguard Series 2 Volt Compact ($749) features an injection-molded synthetic stock in bright-green splatter paint with a length of pull that’s adjustable from 12.5 to 13.625 inches. Metalwork is matte blue, and the barrel is a 20-inch No. 1 contour. The two-stage trigger is adjustable to 2.5 pounds, and the rifle comes with a three-position safety. It will be available in .22/250 Rem., .223 Rem., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win. The Vanguard Series 2 Saratoga ($749) features the same trigger and safety matte blue metalwork. But the synthetic stock has an American flag pattern finish, and it features a 24-inch No. 2 contour barrel. It will be chambered in .223 Rem., .243 Win., .270 Win., .308 Win. and .30/06.
The Vanguard Series 2 Kryptek ($749) is the same gun with a Kryptek Highlander Reduced finish on a synthetic stock. The Vanguard Series 2 Kryptek TR ($749) features the Highlander pattern with a 22-inch No. 3 contour (semi-heavy) barrel. It is chambered for .223 Rem. and .308 Win.
The Weatherby Mark V RC (Range Certified) line sees two new additions. Both are guaranteed to shoot sub-MOA groups with specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition. The Mark V Outfitter RC ($2,800 to $3,000) features a laminated raised comb Monte Carlo carbon-fiber stock in a desert-camo finish. The action is bedded with a CNC-machined aluminum bedding plate. The barrel is fluted stainless steel in lengths of 22, 24, 26, or 28 inches, depending on caliber. It will be offered in a Mark V Magnum or standard action in .240 Wby. Mag., .257 Wby. Mag., .270 Wby. Mag., 7mm Wby. Mag., and .300 Wby. Mag. as well as .270 Win., .308 Win., .300 Win., .30/06 and 7mm Rem. Mag.
The Mark V Arroyo RC ($2,800 to $3,000) features the same stock/bedding plate with a KUIV Vias camo pattern and a dark tan Cerakote finish on the metalwork. The barrel is a No. 3 contour in 24, 26, or 28 inches, depending on caliber. They include the same offerings as the Outfitter, with the addition of .30-378 Wby. Mag., .338-378 Wby. Mag. and .338 Lapua.
Lastly, a Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Mark V will be offered; 70 individually numbered rifles will be made. Chambered in .257 Wby. Mag., it features a 24-inch No. 1 contour barrel and a high-gloss California claro walnut stock that mimics those of 1960s-era Weatherbys. A leather case is included.
Winchester Repeating Arms
For 2015, Winchester Repeating Arms will introduce the innovative new XPR bolt-action rifle. The new XPR will feature the proven M.O.A. Trigger System, an adjustable three-lever trigger preset from the factory at a crisp 3 ½ pound pull with no perceptible overtravel. The XPR receiver is constructed of precision-machined chromoly steel barstock. The full-diameter bolt body creates a more rigid component and is coated with nickel Teflon for smooth operation. A short 60-degree lift offers fast bolt operation.
A button-rifled chromoly steel barrel with a recessed target crown is free-floated in the stock to eliminate pressure points. Other features are a black polymer stock with steel recoil lug, a two-position thumb safety, cocking indicator, bolt-unlock button, and a 3-round detachable, single-stack polymer box magazine. Metal surfaces are matte blued. The XPR will be offered in .270 Win. and .30/06 with a 24-inch barrel and in .300 Win. Mag. and .338 Win. Mag. with a 26-inch barrel. SRP: $549.99.
Also new in the Winchester Repeating Arms line of historical rifles for 2015 is the Model 1873 Sporter Octagon Color Case lever action that features a 24-inch octagon barrel with color-case hardening on the receiver, lever, crescent buttplate, and forend cap. A Grade II/III walnut straight-grip stock with a satin oil finish is also featured. It will be offered in .357 Mag./38 Spl. and .44-40 Win. SRP: $1,739.99.
The Model 94 Short Rifle will now be offered in .450 Marlin with a 20-inch barrel. SRP: $1,229.99. A new Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Hunter SS model will also be introduced. It features a lightweight synthetic stock in the new Mossy Oak Break-up Country camo pattern. Pre-’64 style controlled-round feed with claw extractor, M.O.A. Trigger System, forged stainless-steel receiver and a sporter-weight free-floating stainless-steel barrel are also featured. Available in most popular short-action and long-action calibers. SRP: $1,099.99 to $1,139.99.
So which new rifle are you going to add to your collection? Share your favorite in the comments section.
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