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2016’s Best New Hunting Gear: 9 Notable Rifles and Loads

2016's Best New Rifles and Loads

From Lightweight, Open-country Guns, to High-tech Muzzleloaders to Updated Classics, There's Something New for Every Shooter This Year

Outdoor Canada’s exclusive roundup of the year’s top new rifles for the Canadian wilds. Also see the year’s best shotguns, optics, apparel and accessories.

85 Carbonlight
85 Carbonlight

85 Carbonlight

Open-country hunters will appreciate the addition of 7mm Rem. Mag. and .300 Win. Mag chamberings to Sako’s 85 Carbonlight. Even with a 24-inch barrel, this rifle tips the scales at just a shade over six pounds, making it a joy to carry on long days. A detachable box magazine, fluted barrel and muzzle-break are standard, and the soft-touch surface on the carbon-fibre stock ensures a positive grip.

Stoeger Canada

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

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