Gerald Almy: New gear for upcoming hunting seasons
With hunting seasons barely two months away, here’s a look at some of the new gear being released by gun and sporting equipment manufacturers for this fall.
Winchester XPR Hunter Rifle
The new XPR Hunter Rifle features Winchester’s latest bolt-action design and its M.O.A. Trigger System with zero take-up, creep and over-travel. A polymer stock with textured panels provides a sure grip in wet weather and button-rifled, free-floated barrels come in lengths of 22, 24, or 26 inches. It’s available in calibers from the .243 Win. up to the .338 Win. Mag. Weight is 6 ¾-7 ¼ pounds, depending on the model. www.inchesterguns.com.
Christensen Arms Rogue Rifle
New for 2016, this Christensen rifle features a match grade, carbon fiber-wrapped barrel and Monte Carol-style, hand-laid carbon fiber stock. A bedded recoil lug and invar pillar inserts ensure superb accuracy while a titanium muzzle brake reduces felt recoil.
The bolt is spiral fluted with a scalloped knob and the trigger is adjustable. The detachable in-line magazine has a four-round capacity. Rogue rifles come in a black finish with gray webbing and weigh 6.8-7.1 pounds, depending on caliber. www.christensenarms.com.
Browning BXR Ammunition
For whitetail deer, pronghorns, mule deer, or thin-skinned African antelope, consider Browning’s new BXR Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip ammo. These new cartridges are specifically designed for small to medium big game animals.
The BXR Matrix uses a proprietary copper-polymer tip that initiates rapid expansion. With a high ballistic coefficient, the cartridge maintains high downrange velocity and energy retention for strong knockdown power. Energy (foot-pounds) at 300 yards ranges from 1201 for the 97 grain .243 Win. up to 2,247 for the 155 grain .300 Win Mag and .300 WSM. www.browningammo.com.
Meopta MeoPro 6.5-20×50 mm Riflescope
This new addition to Meopta’s MeoPro line of 1-inch tube riflescopes is designed to handle long range shot opportunities that might arise with its powerful 20X top magnification range. It features side turret parallax adjustment and ¼-MOA windage and elevation controls.
Two reticles are offered – the BDC and McWhorter HV, both in the second focal plane. The 50 mm objective scope uses MeoBright multi-coated lenses and SCHOTT glass for clarity and crisp resolution at dawn and dusk. Built of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, the 15.6-inch scope has eye relief of 3.5 inches and weighs 21.83 ounces. www.meoptausa.com.
Wolverine ClawHunting Boot
This boot makes long stalks and tackling difficult terrain easier with DuraShocks technology that recycles your foot’s energy. The Wolverine H-Plate suspension system stabilizes the foot with four independently-responsive quadrants that gather and return energy from each step to help propel you forward.
Skeptical at first, when I tried them I quickly became a believer. A new chiseled-edge outsole design provided a sure grip on slippery terrain, and a Waterproof-Plus lining, 200-gram Thinsulate, and OrthoLite foot-beds kept my feet dry, warm and comfortable. www.wolverine.com.
MTM Case-Gard Quick Rest
If you knock your rifle during a hunt or want to check it after travel, this new Quick Rest is a valuable item to have on hand. It’s a sturdy, lightweight rest you can keep at camp, in a vehicle or in your pack for quickly making sure your rifle is sighted in.
The solid rest includes a rubber shooting pad to grip the gun and provide stability. A wide, triangular-shaped base and rubber feet ensure that it won’t move during the shot and a built-in handle makes carrying easy. www.mtmcase-gard.com.
Cabela’s Sixty One Series Plain Toe Chukka
This new 7 ½-inch high offering from Cabela’s provides rugged foot protection combined with superb comfort thanks to anti-fatigue polyurethane footbeds that cushion the foot and absorb shock from rocks and uneven terrain. Heavy duty vibram outsoles offer good traction and Dry-Plus internal linings keep your feet dry crossing shallow streams and hunting in rain or snow. www.cabelas.com.
Browning Incase Knives
This nifty product features a combination knife, knife case and ammo belt. The knife is held in an integrated pivoting sheath that nestles inside an ammo belt case. Loops hold six rounds and the optionally leather or nylon case has a magnetic flap closure.
The 3 ¼ inch knife blade is 440 stainless steel with full-tang construction and a total length of 7 ½ inches. Textured G-10 scales on the handle provide a secure grip in wet weather. www.browning.com.
Award-winning outdoors writer Gerald Almy is a Maurertown resident.