Top 10 firearms and ammo

The latest rifles, shotguns and loads from Stoeger, Browning, Benelli, Ruger, Winchester and more

Also check out Outdoor Canada’s full roundup of the year’s top new hunting gear, including firearms, bowhunting gear, optics, apparel and accessories.

1

SUPER BLACK EAGLE 3

A complete redesign takes this hard-core waterfowler’s favourite from Benelli to new levels. The enlarged bolt handle and release lever, extended choke tubes and three-sided mag cap mean never having to remove your gloves, and the felt recoil is now among the lightest. Plus, the improved loading system makes for reliable and ultra-quick follow-up shots, while the interchangeable butt pads and shims ensure a custom fit.

Stoeger Canada, 1-800-263-1945; www.stoegercanada.ca

7

B-SERIES

Described as being more suited for Buck Rogers than Roy Rogers, Savage Arms’ modern-styled B-Series bolt-action rimfire rifles come in 12 models in several popular calibres. The rifles feature a 10-round flush-fitting rotary magazine, tang-mounted safety and adjustable AccuTrigger, along with the choice of a sporter, heavy or heavy stainless barrel, depending on your preference.

Savage Arms, (705) 652-8000; www.savagearms.com

9

VANGUARD CAMILLA

Designed by and for women, Weatherby’s Vanguard Camilla is decidedly not another pink rifle. In fact, the overall ergonomics have never been better in a women’s factory rifle. The recoil pad’s toe is canted away from the body for a comfortable fit on the shoulder and chest, while the high comb helps ensure quick target acquisition. And the fluted bolt, 20-inch barrel and short, slim fore-end help reduce the overall weight.

Weatherby, 1-800-227-2023; www.weatherby.com

6

PREDATOR & CROSSFIRE II

Hunters who pursue everything from foxes to medium-sized game at extended distances will want to check out the new Ruger American Rifle Predator, equipped with a 4-12x44 Vortex Crossfire II scope. The trigger is fully adjustable, and the heavy tapered barrels make for a stable shooting platform. Select from five popular cartridges: 6mm Creedmoor, .223 Rem., .204 Ruger, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win.

Ruger, (603) 865-2424; www.ruger.com

5

MODEL 700 AWR

Designed specifically to withstand the harshest climates, Remington’s Model 700 American Wilderness Rifle features a Cerakote finish on all stainless steel components, making the action and barrel near-impervious to corrosion. Featuring a 24-inch free-floated barrel with 5R rifling that improves accuracy and reduces the need for frequent cleaning, the Model 700 AWR will be available in six popular calibres. Remington, 1-800-243-9700; www.remington.com

10

SUPER X4

The latest addition to Winchester’s Super X line is the lightest yet, but the improvements don’t end there. This affordably priced autoloader also features an oversized bolt release and bolt handle, as well as a slimmer pistol grip, making for easier handling. Four SX4 models are available in 12-gauge, allowing you to select the finish and chamber length that best suits your hunting needs.

Winchester, 1-800-945-5237; www.winchesterguns.com

2

X-BOLT PRO

Browning touts its new X-Bolt Pro as a “semi-custom rifle.” With a light and rigid carbon-fibre stock, this bolt-action weighs in at just a hair over six pounds. The barrelled action is Cerakote finished, while the fluted bolt includes an enlarged bolt handle for easy cycling. A brake-ready threaded muzzle is standard on the 22-inch barrel. Look for the Pro in the popular 6.5 Creedmoor.

Browning, 1-800-333-3288; www.browning.com

3

BLACK CLOUD FS STEEL

A new and improved wad means this popular waterfowl load from Federal Premium is now well suited for shooting through both ported and standard chokes, while promising improved pattern density and consistency. A total of 25 new 12- and 20-gauge loads are available, including high-velocity and close-range variants, from shot size 4 up to BBB.

Federal Premium Ammunition, 1-800-379-1732; www.federalpremium.com

4

HUNTER MATCH .22LR

The tight production tolerances typically exclusive to match-grade target rounds are now available in Federal Premium’s rimfire cartridges designed for hunters. Nickel-plated cases ensure reliable extraction, and the hollow-point bullet has been designed for reliable performance out to 100 metres. These high-velocity loads boast long-range accuracy, so gophers and woodchucks best beware.

Federal Premium Ammunition, 1-800-379-1732; www.federalpremium.com

8

VARMINT X LEAD FREE

Those looking for an alternative to lead bullets for hunting predators will want to check out Winchester’s Varmint X Lead Free. Polymer-tipped to reduce deformation while enhancing downrange accuracy, the hollow-point bullets promise to explode on impact. For 2017, they’re available in 15-grain .17 WSM, 38-grain .223 and .22-250 and 55-grain .243 Win. loads.

Winchester, 1-800-333-3288; www.winchester.com

 

Hunting editor Ken Bailey has an eye for the best new gear for Canadian hunters.