2019’s best new hunting gear: Fantastic firearms and awesome ammo

Best new firearms and ammo

Rifles, shotguns and loads for Canadian big game, small game and waterfowl and upland birds

350 LEGEND

This new Winchester round will resonate with nostalgic deer hunters looking for something new in a straight-walled cartridge. The 350 Legend boasts more energy than a .30-30, but with less recoil. And at 200 yards, it exceeds the penetration of a .243 by more than 20 per cent. It comes in three different configurations, ranging from 150 to 180 grains.

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

 

FASTEEL 2.0

Upgraded components, including new wads and bases, custom-blended powders and improved shot materials are at the heart of Fasteel 2.0. There are 2¾-, three- and 3½-inch 12-gauge loads, and two three-inch 20-gauge offerings. Several of these new corrosion-resistant waterfowl loads promise to take Fasteel’s renowned velocities up a notch.

Kent Cartridge, 1-800-844-1880; www.kentgamebore.com

 

OUTFITTER AMMUNITION

Backcountry hunting demands the best in gear, and this new Hornady rifle ammo aims to withstand the most rugged conditions imaginable. The nickel-plated cases are corrosion resistant and waterproof, while the sealed primer and case mouth ensure further protection. Loaded with monolithic copper-alloy GMX bullets, Outfitter comes in 12 calibres.

Korth Group, (403) 938-3255; www.hornady.com

 

LONG RANGE PRO

Designed predominantly for those who shoot paper and metal at extended ranges, Browning’s LRP lineup has launched with .30-06, .300 WM, .300 WSM, .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor loads. The Sierra Tipped MatchKing boat-tailed bullets ensure high-ballistic coefficients, translating into flat trajectories and excellent velocity retention.

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

HYPERSONIC RIFLE BONDED

Boasting velocities up to 200fps faster than standard loads, this flat-shooting, long-range deer cartridge is available in seen popular calibres, from .223 Reb up to .300 Win. Mag. The aptly named HyperSonic Rifle Bonded is topped by Remington’s proprietary Core-Lok Ultra Bonded Bullet, designed to ensure controlled expansion at higher velocities.

Remington, 1-866-662-4869; www.remington.com

 

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