Gerald Almy

Gerald Almy

Every year manufacturers unveil their latest new products for hunters and shooters at the January S.H.O.T. (Shooting, Hunting, & Outdoor Trade) show in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting new products for the coming seasons this fall.

Nosler M48 Long Range Carbon Rifle. Nosler’s newest M48 rifle is the perfect match for the long-range capability of the new calibers the company has developed—the .26, .28, .30, and .33 Nosler. The barrel is a Proof Research 26-inch Light Sendero-contour carbon fiber-wrapped match grade with threaded muzzle. The Manners MCS-T carbon fiber Elite stock is aluminum pillar and glass-bedded, with a high Monte Carlo cheekpiece for easy use of large objective scopes. The rifle also has palm swells on the grip and fore-end with textured surfaces, a Timney trigger, and Cerakote finish. Weight is a light 7 pounds thanks to the carbon materials used.

Savage 110 AccuFit Rifles. Most rifles are built to fit the average hunter and may require a trip to the gunsmith if you’re not “average.” Savage will save you that trip with their new AccuFit rifle stock system, which uses interchangeable components that allow hunters to custom-fit both length-of-pull and comb height with just a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Five comb risers allow you to set the perfect comb height for your body size and shooting form in 1/8-inch increments. Four ¼-inch stock inserts also allow precise adjustment of length of pull from 13 to 14 inches. This latter feature is one you may want to adjust from day to day depending on how much clothing is worn on warm versus cold weather hunts. The AccuFit stock is available in ten newly-designed Model 110 Big Game and Specialty Series rifles, all featuring the adjustable AccuTrigger.

Remington HTP Copper Cartridges. Using a sleek profile Barnes TSX bullet, the new Remington High Terminal Performance HTP Copper delivers excellent penetration and close to 100 percent weight retention. The hollow point cavity ensures reliable and consistent expansion while Accu-Groove indentions along the flanks and a Precision Heel Radius at the base decrease fouling and improve accuracy in the all-copper bullet. It’s available in 11 calibers ranging from the .223 up to .300 Win. Mag.

Meopta USA TGA 75 Collapsible Spotting Scope. Using the classic draw-tube design, Meopta has created a collapsible high-quality spotting scope that compacts a full five inches when closed. This scope will be perfect for backpack hunts when space is a premium, compressing from 14.8 inches when extended for use down to 9.8 inches when closed. The 75 mm objective lens is multi-coated for sharp edge-to-edge clarity and high light transmission. MeoShield coating shields the optical surfaces from damage while rubber armor coating protects the lightweight aluminum body. Three lenses are available--wide angle ranging, wide angle, and 20-60X zoom. Weight of the scope body is 44.1 ounces, with the eyepieces weighing 3.7 to 5.5 ounces.

Columbia Gallatin Lite Jacket & Pant. Even though it’s a favorite of many big game hunters, sometimes wool garments can get heavy and weigh you down during a long day afield. Columbia has solved that with the Gallatin Lite Jacket and Pant, made of 60 percent recycled wool and 40 percent reclaimed fibers for lightness, warmth, and durability. The full-zip jacket provides 280 grams of wool weight and offers a variety of features such as underarm venting, a drawcord adjustable waist, and zippered hand pockets. Pants feature reinforced knees and seat, zippered pockets, and articulated knees. Both pants and jacket feature Timberwolf Digital Oak camo.

Buck Open Season Skinner & Folding Skinner Knives. Buck’s Open Season line has undergone a major redesign, with the new Skinnier Drop Point and Folding Skinner models of particular interest to deer hunters. The folding version features a new lock-back design and its 3 ¾-inch blade uses 420HC steel. It has a comfortable wood handle and comes with a rugged black polyester sheath, weighing in at 6.2 ounces. The Skinner Drop Point features a full tang and an upgraded S35VN steel blade with a tough Micarta handle and large finger choil for extra dexterity. The blade on this knife measures 4 ½-inches long and 0.150-inches thick, with a weight of 5.0 ounces. It comes with a black leather sheath.

Kuiu Day Packs. You can carry enough gear for a week in Kuiu’s biggest packs and lash an elk rack and cape on for the trek out. But if you want something smaller, lighter, and more compact, check out their new Stalker 500 and Venture 1800 day packs. The Venture 1800 is for scouting expeditions and short hunts where you won’t likely camp overnight. The strong internal frame provides structure and perfect weight distribution when carrying heavier loads and plenty of pockets allow time-saving organization of gear. Weight is a light 3 pounds, 3 ounces. Two sizes fit regular and tall torsos, and the pack features a removable waist belt and water-repellant 330D Cordura Ripstop. For even shorter outings, the new Stalker 500 weighs just 9 ounces, serving as a micro day pack.