Gerald Almy: New gear ideal for hunting in fall
In a winter column we reviewed a few of the new items being unveiled for hunters this fall. But that only included a small portion of the many products released at this year’s S.H.O.T. Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show), held in Las Vegas in January.
Here’s a rundown on a few more of those items that might be of interest. After all, the first hunting seasons will open up just four months from now when dove and resident geese seasons arrive.
Winchester XPR Bolt Action Rifle: For 2015, Winchester is offering a totally new bolt-action rifle that takes advantage of the latest innovations in metallurgy and manufacturing processes. The XPR bolt action features the Winchester M.O.A. Trigger System made of polished carbon steel that’s fully adjustable and comes factory-set at 3.5 pounds. The receiver is chromoly steel barstock, heat-treated for stiffness and accuracy. The bolt has a short 60 degree lift and is coated with Nickel Teflon for smooth cycling and corrosion resistance.
The XPR’s steel barrel is free-floated with a recessed crown. The Advanced Polymer Stock uses textured panels for a sure grip in wet weather and features a flattened fore-end profile for improved stability when using a rest. Available in .270, .30-06, .300 Win. Mag, and .338 Win. Mag. winchesterguns.com.
Nosler BT Ammunition: Long a favorite for hunters seeking deer, antelope and wild boar, the Nosler Ballistic Tip Hunting Bullet is now being offered by the company in their own line of BT Ammunition. Constructed with a fully tapered jacket, lead-alloy core and boattail design, Ballistic Tip Hunting bullets offer high ballistic coefficients and superb accuracy, with velocities of 1800-3200 fps.
The polymer tip offers smooth, easy loading and starts controlled expansion on impact. A heavy jacketed base ensures a large diameter mushroom and prevents bullet deformation during firing. The new ammo will be offered in non-magnum calibers including the .243, .270, .7mm-08, .30-30, .308, and .30-06, in bullet weights ranging from 90 to 180 grains. nosler.com.
Trijicon HD Spotting Scope: The new Trijicon HD 20-60 HD Spotting Scope offers the perfect balance between lightness and ruggedness with its light magnesium body and rubberized finish that protects against nicks and bumps. Fully broadband multi-coated fluoride lenses offer superb light transmission, crisp images and reduced chromatic aberration for color fidelity.
A dual textured knob with coarse and fine adjustments provides quick, precision focusing while a Body Indexing Feature allows easy scope rotation up to 225 degrees without adjusting the tripod. A 25-50 wide angle lens is also available. trijicon.com
Russell High Country Hunter Extreme Boots: The Russell Moccasin Company, in business for over 115 years, utilizes the latest high-tech materials along with custom hand-crafting to provide comfort, durability, and strong ankle support in its 12-inch High Country Hunter Extreme boots. An Air Bob Sole supports the foot between the arch and ball and a True-Fit fiberglass shank that’s 68 percent lighter than steel provides rigidity for additional traction and arch support.
The upper boot is lined in Turtleskin and leather for protection from sharp rocks and lower leg support. Aggressive air-filled cleats ensure solid gripping on slippery slopes, and Poron Technical Foam provides comfortable padding to reduce foot fatigue. russellmoccasin.com.
Buck Open Season Knives: Buck Knives has unveiled a new series of knives designed to meet all of a hunter’s needs from field dressing a grouse to caping and boning out an elk. Called Open Season, the series includes five knives–the Skinner, Folding Skinner, Small Game, Caper, and Boning Knife. Two versions are offered–Pro or Select.
Pro models come with S30V stainless steel blades, Rosewood Dymondwood handles with a metal inlay, and leather sheath. Select models use 420HC stainless steel with black thermoplastic handles and a nylon sheath. Blade lengths vary from 6½ inches for the Boning Knife to 3 ½ inches for the Caper, which weighs a light 2.2 ounces. I tested one of these knives and it performed flawlessly on a variety of hunting and camping tasks. buckknives.com.
Browning Buck 2500RT Hunting Day Pack: Browning packs have undergone a complete redesign by Signature Products Group to incorporate new innovations that increase quietness and durability while reducing weight. The Buck 2500 Day Pack weighs just 3.25 pounds, but with 2500 cubic inches of storage handles large loads of gear.
New Baumshell fabric offers twice the strength with just half the weight of traditional pack fabrics and is exceptionally quiet. A Hypo-Sonic closure on the waist belt storage pocket uses a toothless zipper that’s silent and waterproof for quiet access to gear. A Mountain Crawler system makes carrying the pack comfortable for long treks with high-density, foam-packed shoulder straps that move with the hunter’s body, independently of the pack’s weight. A three-layer padding system creates a breathable and cool back panel on the 12.5x12x23 inch pack. spgcompany.com, browning.com.
Award-winning outdoors writer Gerald Almy is a Maurertown resident.