January 28, 2011
The Shooting and Hunting Outdoor Trade Show was recently held in Las Vegas, NV. Here's a look some of the new rifle entries discovered in the Sands Expo Center.
By Aaron J. Decker
Savage Model 11 Lightweight Hunter
Wayne van Zwoll admires the Savage Model 11 Lightweight Hunter. Available in short and long actions, the Lightweight Hunter has caught the eye of more than one editor. The short action version weighs 5.5 pounds and is available in .308 Win., .260 Rem., 7MM-08 Rem., .223 Rem., and .243 Rem. The long action is available in .270 Win. and 30-06 Springfield and weighs just under 6 pounds. MSRP starts at $875.
Blaser R8 Professional Package
The Blaser R8 Professional Package has everything you'd need to hit the field running on your next rifle hunt: A R8 (.375 H&H, .300 Win. Mag., .300 Wby., 30-06 Springfield, .270 Win., and .308 Win. are available calibers), a Blaser Pro Sling, Blaser quick detachable scope mount, a Surefire G2 flashlight, Zeiss Conquest Scope 3.5-10X44, Pelican case, and Boker knife. If you purchased everything separately, you'd spend $4880. This package has an MSRP of $3595.
Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic Package
We like packages! The Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic Package will give you everything you need: Vanguard Synthetic rifle, Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 scope, Leupold Rifleman rings and bases, injection-molded scoped rifle case, adjustable nylon sling, and a letter of assurance from President Ed Weathery, supporting the written accuracy guarantee. MSRP starts at $729.
MAUSER M03 EXTREME
The Mauser M 03 Extreme is the latest development in the rifle series. It's a synthetic version that's designed to stand up to the harshest elements. The M03 Extreme is offered in several popular deer calibers and be had in a multitude of configurations, depending on what you want out of your rifle.
Fans of the modern sporting rifle might want to check out Colt's latest offering, the Colt SP901, which is chambered in .308 Winchester. The company is dubbing this gun "the rifle for any hunt." It just might be...
While Thompson/Center had no major introductions, many of their rifles are now being offered in different Weather Shield finishes.
Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle
The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is a smooth cycling bolt-action rifle that's a definite head turner. It offers a flash suppressor, picatinny rail, detachable box magazine, recoil pad, accurate sighting system, integral scope mounts, Mauser-type extractor and is "Gunsite approved." Chambered in .308, the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle weighs 7lbs., and a ten round capacity. MSRP is $995.
Kimber Model 84L Select Grade
The Kimber Model 84L Select Grade (center) is now chambered in the .280 Ackley improved cartridge.
Remington Model 700 CDL SF LTD
The Remington Model 700 CDL SF LTD is new for 2011 and is available in 6mm Remington. The SF feature a stainless, fluted barrel and is a limited edition model. The rifle weighs 7.37 pounds and features a 24-inch barrel. Shooters will enjoy improved accuracy via the X-Mark Pro trigger system.
Sako 85 Commemorative
2011 is the 90th Anniversary of Finnish rifle company Sako. To comme
morate this event, the company is manufacturing ten Sako 85 rifles featuring individual engraved actions. One of the ten, in this case, was auctioned off at this years SHOT Show.
The Sauer 303 GTI .300 Win Mag. Wood Grade 4