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CA Guns & Hunting: What’s new in the hunting rifle world

BY STEVE COMUS/Calif. Guns & Hunting Guns EditorPublished: Jun 19, 2018

The shooting sports industry is still experiencing ups and downs as it transitions from the effects of the attack mode of the previous federal administration to the freedoms afforded by the current administration.

Following years of panic buying, the market is going through the throws of adjustments it needs to make in light of the overall cooling off of the previous frenzy. In such times, companies tend not to introduce a lot of really new models, but rather generally focus more on extensions of existing lines. That’s pretty much the way it is in Gundom this year.


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MAUSER M18 IS available at an affordable price point, making it what the company calls the “people’s rifle.”


Mauser — There are things to talk about with Mauser, however, and even a wholly new rifle design from the company. Called the M18, this rifle is a thoroughbred hunting rifle designed to work well in the real, harsh world of hardcore hunting. They call it the “People’s Rifle.”


“Thanks to its ultra-rugged synthetic stock, the M18 will withstand daily use in even the harshest hunting environments,” Mauser reported. “A three-position safety allows you to safely carry a round in the chamber without fear of the bolt being nudged out of battery. The steel receiver provides core strength and reliability to protect the action, and a cold-hammer-forged barrel gives further peace of mind that the rifle will perform consistently, round after round.”


For optimum grip, the stock features two areas of soft-inlay. The five-round magazine enables fast, fuss-free follow-up shots, and an adjustable trigger allows shooters to set their own preferred pull weights.


“Being able to produce a rifle this good at such an affordable price means more sportsmen than ever before can realize their dream of owning a Mauser,” said Christian Socher, CEO of Blaser USA, Mauser’s North American distributor. “The value of the M18 lies not only in its price but also in its ultimate reliability, durability, and accuracy. This is a rifle for the everyday hunter, incorporating features they rely on, and it will get the job done time after time. That’s why we’re calling it ‘Volkswaffe’: ‘the people’s rifle’.”


Priced from $699, the M18 is currently available in .243 Win., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag., and .300 Win. Mag. with 6.5 Creedmoor to follow.


Patriot Cerakote FROM Mossberg is ready for the challenges of tough hunts in any conditions.


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PATRIOT REVERE WALNUT Blued from Mossberg is a handsome bolt-action hunting rifle.


MOSSBERG — Mossberg is expanding its offerings of the Patriot bolt-action rifle. New this year is the Patriot Revere with walnut stock, as well as the Patriot Cerakote, which features the Cerakote Stainless (H-Series) coating.


The Patriot Revere is available in five calibers (.243 Win., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30-06 Sprg. and .300 Win. Mag.) and the highly desirable 6.5mm Creedmoor. This gun features semi-fancy European walnut stock; rosewood and maple accents; 24-inch barrel lengths; and complementing blued metal finishes.


The Patriot series is based on Mossberg’s proven twin-lug, push-feed machined-steel action which is fed from a lightweight polymer, flush box magazine with four (.300 Win. Mag. only) or five-round total capacity. The standard-contour, free-floating barrels are constructed of carbon steel and feature recessed crowns. Every Patriot rifle also features Mossberg’s patented LBA™ (Lightning Bolt Action™) Adjustable Trigger System for clean, crisp trigger break and is user-adjustable from 2 to 7 pounds.


Completing the basic Patriot package are spiral-fluted bolts with checkered bolt handle; receiver-mounted, weaver-style scope bases and sling swivel studs. MSRP: $823.


The Patriot Cerakote line is available in six calibers: 6.5mm Creedmoor, .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .270 Win. and .30-06 Sprg. The combination of a weather-resistant, black synthetic stock and the Patriot’s barrel and bolt finished with Cerakote Stainless (H-Series) firearm coating, provides enhanced protection from abrasions, chemicals and corrosion.


The 22-inch button-rifled barrel is constructed of carbon steel, free-floating and has straight-edge fluting and protective recessed muzzle crown. This rifle also comes with Mossberg’s patented Lightning Bolt Action™ (LBA™) user-adjustable trigger. MSRP: $440.


cgh_comus_christensenCHRISTENSEN MESA RIFLE is now available in a left-hand model.


Christensen Arms — Christensen Arms has announced a new left-handed option in both the Mesa and Ridgeline hunting rifles. The materials, components and American craftsmanship are still the same quality product shooters expect from Christensen Arms.


“As one of our most requested products, we now offer two of our most popular rifles to fulfill the wants and needs of our left-handed customers,” said Jason Christensen, President Christensen Arms.


The suggested retail value for the left-handed Mesa is $1,545 and $2,245 for the left-handed Ridgeline. Left-handed models are currently only available in standard short-action calibers.


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BROWNING X-BOLT Hell’s Canyon Long Range McMillan is new and ready to engage targets at distance.


Browning — This year, we have increased the models within the X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed line to include the Pro and Long Range Pro. Also, Browning added the Long Range McMillan. For smaller shooters, Browning has added a Micro Composite to the X-Bolt line.


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WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 is now available as a carbine.


Winchester — Winchester Repeating Arms has introduced a new Sporter model to the XPR ® bolt-action rifle line. The new rifle features a close-grained Grade I walnut stock with crisp checkering on the pistol grip and fore-end for a classic look and feel. A flattened fore-end profile provides added stability when shooting from sandbags or a rest.


The XPR Sporter comes in 12 calibers from .243 Win. to .338 Win. Mag. — including the 6.5 Creedmoor round. Barrel lengths are 22 inches for short action calibers, 24 inches for short magnum and standard long action rounds and 26 inches for magnum calibers.


The XPR Sporter sells for an MSRP of $599.99.


Winchester Repeating Arms® also has added a .357 Mag. carbine to the Model '73 line, with an oil-finished walnut stock, classic blued steel carbine strap buttplate and a 20-inch round barrel with a full-length magazine, just like the original. It also features semi-buckhorn rear sights with Marble Arms® Gold Bead front sight and steel loading gate. Receiver rear tang is drilled and tapped for optional tang-mounted rear sight. MSRP is $1,299.99.


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SAVAGE 110 HUNTER rifle is packed with features that allow the hunter to personalize the rig.


Savage — The new Savage Model 110 Hunter bolt-action centerfire rifle allows shooters to enjoy a custom fit, reliable performance and flawless accuracy.


The Model 110 Hunter’s AccuFit system makes it easy for hunters to customize the length-of-pull and comb height for a personalized fit, while the user-adjustable AccuTrigger offers a crisp, clean pull.


Together with the AccuStock, which secures the action three- dimensionally along its entire length, the Model 110 Hunter provides the fit and function of a custom rifle—right out of the box.


With an MSRP of $749, the Model 110 Hunter is available in a wide variety of calibers: .223 Rem., .204 Ruger, .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .25-06 Rem., .270 Win., .30-06 Sprg., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag. and .280 Ackley Improved.


Also, the new form-fitting, high-performance Model 110 Scout rifle from Savage allows shooters to make fast, accurate shots from a variety of positions—including offhand.


The Savage 110 Scout’s AccuFit system lets shooters easily customize the length-of-pull and comb height for a personalized fit, while the user-adjustable AccuTrigger offers a crisp, clean pull.


Features include a carbon steel barrel, muzzle brake and AICS-style detachable box magazine that holds 10 rounds. Plus, its rugged synthetic stock, forward mounted rail and adjustable iron sights are perfectly suited to the versatile platform.


It is available in .223 Rem., .308 Win., .338 Federal and .450 Bushmaster. MSRP: $819.


So, for a year when the industry is regrouping, there are still lots of new hunting rifles from which to choose.


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