SHOT Present as we all know it didn’t occur in 2021, however that didn’t cease corporations from releasing new rifles and updating present favorites. There aren’t as many brand-new weapons this yr, however there’s nonetheless loads to get enthusiastic about, together with a brand new straight-pull bolt-action from Savage, a number of ultralight choices, and expanded chamberings for the recent new 6.8 Western cartridge from Winchester and Browning. There are cut price weapons, long-range tackdrivers, and new and up to date rimfire rifles, too.
The Finest New Light-weight Rifles for 2021
Browning X-Bolt Mountain Professional
For 2021, Browning updates their line of bolt-action rifles with the addition of the X-bolt Mountain Pro. A brand new carbon-fiber inventory, spiral-fluted bolt, and spiral-fluted, lapped sporter-contour barrel retains the rifle underneath 6 kilos, and Browning added their new Recoil Hawg muzzle brake, which reduces recoil as much as 77 % to take the sting out of taking pictures high-power rounds in such a light-weight rifle.
The Mountain Professional shakes off unhealthy climate with a stainless-steel barreled motion protected by your selection of a Cerakote Brunt Bronze or Tungsten end. A Picatinny rail on the fore-end is included for straightforward bipod mounting. The Mountain Professional is chambered for a wide range of calibers, together with 6.5 Creedmoor, .30/06 Springfield, and the brand new 6.8 Western from Browning and Winchester.
Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon Rifle in 6.5 PRC and .280 Ackley Improved
Launched in 2019 and crafted of premium light-weight parts, the Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon Rifle affords hunters supreme efficiency in a 6-pound platform. For 2021, the corporate has added two new chamberings for the rifle: the 6.5 PRC and .280 Ackley Improved. Mountain Carbon rifles are constructed round Nosler’s wonderful Mannequin 48 Motion and have a 24-inch Gentle Sendero Contour, carbon-fiber-wrapped, cut-rifled barrel that’s glass and aluminum pillar bedded right into a carbon-fiber aramid-reinforced Mountain Hunter Inventory. All of that, mixed with a Timney set off, ends in assured sub-M.O.A. accuracy with prescribed Nosler ammunition. You will get the brand new M48s in a shale-gray inventory along with the unique granite-green.
Savage 110 Ultralight
COVID hasn’t slowed Savage. The corporate has extra new rifles for 2021 than we are able to embrace on this roundup, however certainly one of a number of standouts is the brand new 110 Ultralight, which mixes a carbon-wrapped, stainless-steel Proof Analysis barrel to a skeletonized, blueprinted 110 receiver with spiral-fluted bolt. The result’s a mountain rifle that weighs 6 kilos or somewhat underneath, relying on the mannequin. Like all 110s, the Ultralight has the user-adjustable AccuTrigger and AccuStock with adjustable comb items and length-of-pull shims. The melonite-coated receiver provides climate resistance and reduces glare, and the muzzle is threaded for a brake or suppressor. A removable field journal feeds your selection of .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, 28 Nosler, 6.5 PRC, or .30/06 Springfield. The 110 Ultralite is available in commonplace grey or a KUIU’s Verde 2.0 camouflage end.
J.P. Sauer S404 Synchro XTC Camo Inexperienced Carbon Fiber Rifle
J. P. Sauer & Sohn, Germany’s oldest producer of searching firearms, updates their flagship collection with the introduction of the S404 Synchro XTC Carbon Fiber rifle in camouflage-green. The hand-laid carbon-fiber inventory has a thumbhole grip, adjustable comb, and a brand new end that helps it disappear into the panorama. With a fluted, cold-hammer-forged barrel, the rifle weighs solely 6.1 kilos. One other standout characteristic is the crisp set off, simply adjustable from 1.2 to 2.7 kilos by way of a selector situated simply above the set off. Rifles within the S404 collection allow the altering of bolt heads and barrels for fast caliber conversions. Obtainable chamberings embrace .243 Win, .30/06 Springfield, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Win, in addition to a lot of magnum calibers just like the .300 Win Magazine or the monstrous .404 Jeffery.
The Finest New Lengthy-Vary Searching Rifles for 2021
Browning X-Bolt Western Hunter Lengthy Vary
To construct the brand new Western Hunter Lengthy Vary, Browning connected a heavy sporter-contour barrel to the tried and true X-Bolt motion. The free-floating barrel is bedded on the entrance and rear of the motion for stability and to assist preserve barrel-to-stock spacing for constant accuracy. X-Lock scope mounts characteristic a four-screw-per-base design, locking them down in any respect 4 corners for rock-solid scope mounting. The rifle additionally advantages from Browning’s new Feather Set off, which supplies a clear, crisp pull with no take-up or creep and minimal overtravel. Traditionalists can be happy with the sporter-style inventory, which integrates an adjustable comb system whereas sustaining a basic silhouette. Whereas the Western Hunter Lengthy Vary isn’t a featherweight, it’s greater than manageable at solely 7.7 kilos. The brand new rifle is chambered for a dozen long-range rounds, together with the brand new 6.8 Western.
Springfield Armory Mannequin 2020 Waypoint
It’s clear that Springfield Armory drew on its expertise manufacturing tactical firearms when it developed the 2020 Waypoint. The result’s a custom-quality bolt-action searching rifle with a .75-MOA accuracy assure. There are numerous choices within the Waypoint collection, beginning with the barrel. You’ll be able to select from an all-steel model, or one which wraps the fluted 416 stainless-steel tube in a carbon-fiber jacket. Each are fitted with a detachable brake. The Waypoint is constructed with an AG Composites carbon-fiber inventory that’s pillar bedded to the motion, with both a hard and fast or adjustable comb. The motion comprises a fluted bolt that operates easily in machined raceways and locks up securely due to twin lugs. The TriggerTech set off simply adjusts from 2.5 to five kilos of pull. The Waypoint is on the market in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and .308 Win. With its spectacular accuracy assure, we’re placing this one within the long-range class, however at just a bit over 7 kilos in some configurations, it’s gentle sufficient for the mountain, too.
Winchester SHOT Present Particular Mannequin 70 Excessive in 6.8 Western
As a limited-edition (digital) SHOT Present particular, Winchester is providing the Mannequin 70 Excessive TrueTimber VSX MB. The receiver and bolt have a Tungsten Cerakote end; the Bell and Carlson inventory has a sculpted cheek piece and wears TrueTimber VSX camo; and the free-floating barrel comes with a muzzle brake.
However the large information with the Mannequin 70 (and different rifles within the Browning and Winchester lineups) is that it’s now chambered for the brand new 6.8 Western. Since Jack O’Connor’s heyday, the Mannequin 70 has been synonymous with the .270 Winchester. Fittingly, the 6.8 Western is a contemporary model of that basic cartridge—made with longer, heavier .277-caliber (6.8mm) bullets with greater ballistic coefficients in a barely abbreviated .270 WSM case. Typically talking, the Mannequin 70 is extra of an excellent all-around rifle than a long-range specialist, however in 6.8 Western, it’s going to attain on the market. By buying and selling powder capability for bullet mass, the brand new spherical delivers flatter trajectories with higher vitality downrange for cleaner kills at a distance.
The Finest New Reasonably priced Rifles for 2021
CZ USA 557 Eclipse
CZ has made its widespread centerfire bolt gun extra weather-resistant for 2021. A brand new black, glass-reinforced polymer inventory substitute the wooden furnishings of the unique rifle. This new model retains the sturdy pistol grip, slight palm swell, and excessive, flat comb and is completed with a Mushy Contact floor texture that stands as much as harsh situations whereas offering a non-slip grip. The reasonably priced new 557 Eclipse is on the market in .308 Win., .30/06 Springfield, and 6.5 Creedmoor. Each the .308 and .30/06 have a 1:10 twist; the 6.5 Creedmoor is rifled with a 1:8 spin.
All Eclipse rifles are constructed with CZ’s push-feed motion and a 20.5-inch chilly hammer-forged barrel, and the 6.5 Creedmoor mannequin features a threaded muzzle for a suppressor or brake.
Winchester SHOT Present Particular XPRs in 6.8 Western
Winchester is providing three limited-edition XPRs for the 2021 SHOT Present. All have the XPR’s precision button-rifled barrel, M.O.A. set off, and Inflex recoil pad. The TrueTimber Strata MB has a camo inventory, protecting Perma-Cote end on receiver and barrel, and a threaded barrel with muzzle brake. The XPR Excessive Midnight MB is identical however with a Tungsten Cerakote end and TrueTimber Midnight camo. The XPR Hunter Mossy Oak DNA has a unique camo sample, clearly, a matte Perma-Cote coating, and no brake. All are available a variety of calibers, together with the brand new 6.8 Western.
Weatherby Vanguard Artificial Inexperienced in 6.5 PRC
Weatherby is including the more and more widespread 6.5 PRC cartridge into the Vanguard household, together with within the brand-new Synthetic Green mannequin. The brand new rifle encompasses a Monte Carlo Griptonite inexperienced inventory with fore-end and pistol-grip inserts and a palm swell. The barrel is chilly hammer-forged with a bead-blasted matte end. The entire different options which have made the Vanguard collection so widespread are right here, together with the match-quality, two-stage set off that breaks crisp and clear, plus assured Sub-MOA accuracy out of the field.
Most Revolutionary New Rifles of 2021
Savage Impulse Large Sport, Hog Hunter, and Predator
Savage is shaking up the bolt-action scene for American shooters in 2021 with the introduction of the Impulse Big Game line. Whereas outward appearances are just like a conventional bolt-action, the Impulse cycles rounds by way of a brand new Hexlock straight-pull motion with free-floating interchangeable bolt head. This diminishes the time wanted for comply with up photographs and makes it simpler to work the bolt with out eradicating your cheek from the rifle.
The brand new motion can be initially supplied in three rifles: Impulse Large Sport, Impulse Hog Hunter, and Impulse Predator. Different Savage commonplace options are current within the new line, together with the user-adjustable AccuTrigger and AccuFit inventory with adjustable length-of-pull and comb top. The entire Hexlock receivers are machined with a built-in 20 MOA rail for long-distance zeros with day- or night-optics. The carbon-steel barrels come threaded for muzzle gadgets.
The Impulse Big Game has a fluted, medium-contour barrel to maintain weight down. All uncovered metallic surfaces are coated with Hazel Inexperienced Cerakote, and the inventory wears KUIU Verde 2.0 camo. The Large Sport is on the market in 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Win., .308 Win., .300 WSM, .30/06, and .300 Win Magazine. All are fed by way of a five-round, flush-fit removable field journal.
The Impulse Hog Hunter has a heavy barrel to assist mitigate recoil for fast comply with up photographs on departing sounders. A matte-black end on the metalwork reduces glare and will increase climate resistance. The Hog Hunter is on the market in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., .30/06, and .300 Win Magazine.
The Impulse Predator feeds from AICS-pattern magazines to make sure that you’ve got loads of ammo readily available for a busy set. The matte-finished medium-contour barrel disperses warmth created by excessive spherical counts with out being overly heavy, and the Mossy Oak Terra Gila Camo inventory helps the rifle disappear in open terrain. Obtainable within the predator favourite calibers of .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., .308 Win, and 6.5 Creedmoor.
The Benelli Lupo
For 2021, Benelli is increasing the Lupo line of bolt-action rifles it launched final yr. To reply client demand, the Lupo will now even be supplied in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., and .243 Win. Like its predecessors, the up to date Lupo options chassis-style development that cradles an alloy decrease receiver in a recoil-reducing artificial inventory. The rifle has a CRIO-treated free-floating barrel to ensure the identical degree of sub-MOA accuracy the Lupo is thought for, and the modular inventory design is adjustable to supply the proper match. Should you’re in search of an correct rifle with wonderful ergonomics, patented adjustability, and loads of recoil discount, take a look at the Lupo.
The Finest New Rimfire Rifles for 2021
Winchester Wildcat SR
Winchester makes their reasonably priced .22 LR suppressor-ready with the introduction of the Wildcat SR. The upgraded striker-fired rimfire has ½x28 threads reduce into the muzzle of the 16-1/6-inch button-rifled chromoly barrel. The barrel has a recessed target-style crown to guard the rifling, and a knurled cap protects the threads when a suppressor isn’t connected. All different options from the sooner model of the Wildcat are current, together with the adjustable ghost-ring rear sight, ramped publish entrance, and integral Picatinny rail. Twin sling eyelets and a Picatinny rail underneath the fore-end present loads of actual property for equipment. The skeletonized polymer inventory retains weight round 4 kilos. The Wildcat feeds from Ruger 10/22-style magazines, with an ambidextrous journal launch and spring-assisted ejection.
Savage Rascal Minimalist
If any younger shooters, you’ve in all probability seen the Savage Rascal. Now you may see it with a brand new inventory that has turn into widespread on Savage’s different rimfires. The Rascal Minimalist options the identical, secure, single-shot bolt motion that has made the gun a staple of youth taking pictures applications, and it’s now set in a contemporary Minimalist laminate inventory. The brand new structure is on the market in pink-and-purple or teal-and-gray variations that retain the 11.5-inch length-of-pull that makes it appropriate for smaller shooters. Nonetheless, the downsized rifle consists of a lot of full-size options, together with Savage’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger system. The 16-1/8-inch matte-black carbon-steel barrel is completed with an 11-degree goal crown, and options ½x28 threads.
CZ USA 457 VPT MTR
Aspiring rivals can hone their craft with the Varmint Precision Coach, which will get an upgraded barrel for 2021. The VPT MTR receives the heavy 16.5-inch barrel from CZ’s Match Goal Rifle, mated to a match chamber for improved accuracy. The muzzle is threaded, and the carbon fiber Manners inventory is formed to trip the bench.