Quest for the Best

Sporting Classics’ 23rd annual review showcases the latest lineup of sporting rifles and ammo, each reflecting the manufacturers’ pursuit for the ultimate in accuracy and dependability.

 

 

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KIMBER HUNTER
This American-made rifle features an innovative, lightweight synthetic stock with integrated trigger guard, adjustable trigger, removable box magazine, and sub-MOA accuracy standard. Built with Kimber’s signature attention to detail and high level of quality, the Hunter also offers controlled-round feeding, a 3-position safety, and a weather-resistant, stainless steel action and barrel.
www.kimberamerica.com

 

blaser R8 Professional S
BLASER R8 PROFESSIONAL S
The R8 Professional S shares many of the features that exist in Blaser’s current R8 line, with the exception of removable trigger/magazine housing. The rifle is loaded or unloaded through the ejection port, similar to the original R93. Sure handling is assured with elastomer inlays built into the traditional brown/black stock. All existing barrels, bolt assemblies, and scope mounts will function flawlessly in the new platform.
www.blaser-usa.com

 

browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon Speed Rifle

BROWNING X-BOLT HELL’S CANYON SPEED
Browning’s new X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed bolt-action rifle is built for hunting the toughest terrain. It features a composite stock with A-TACS AU (Arid/Urban) Camo and a Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish on the barrel and action. The barrel is fluted and has a threaded muzzle brake. The rifle has an adjustable Feather Trigger, detachable rotary magazine, and tang safety with bolt-unlock button. Each X-Bolt rifle is drilled and tapped for the X-Lock scope mounting system.
www.browning.com

 

MAUSER M12 (Shown in cover image)
The elegant new Mauser M12 features a classic straight stock, slim Prince-of-Wales-styled pistol grip, and fine checkering and scalloping around the receiver. Technical attributes include six-lug, barrel-locking bolt, crisp trigger break, dual ejectors, and silent, 3-position Smooth Roll Safety. The M12 is offered in classic wood or in a synthetic stock in a wide range of standard and magnum calibers, from .22-250 Rem. to .338 Win. Mag.
www.mauser.com/en

 

winchester XPR Hunter in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country
WINCHESTER XPR HUNTER
The new XPR Hunter features a polymer stock in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo. The bolt-action design includes the M.O.A. Trigger System with zero take-up, zero creep, and zero over-travel to deliver outstanding accuracy. A steel recoil lug is inletted into the stock to prevent the receiver from flexing under recoil for better accuracy. The XPR Hunter will be offered with a 22-inch barrel for short action, 24-inch for short magnum and standard long-action calibers, and 26-inch for long-action magnum calibers.
www.winchesterguns.com

 

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TIKKA
Tikka has debuted a new range of rifles. For starters, the Finnish company upgraded the classic T3 based on feedback from its customers. Hunter and Forest stocks are now available in classic oiled walnut, while the Laminated Stainless comes with a laminated hardwood stock. The rifles feature cold-hammer-forged barrels and a metallic bolt shroud. A wider ejection port makes hand-feeding rounds easy, and a steel recoil lug ensures consistency. Every rifle is hand-shot before it leaves the factory, ensuring MOA accuracy out of the box.
www.tikka.fi/rifles

 

rigby Big Game Vintage

RIGBY VINTAGE
Built to specifications taken from pre-1940s models in Rigby’s London museum, the Vintage edition of the award-winning Big Game rifle has been designed to capture the spirit and style of renowned rifles of the past. The stock is a classic shape, with no cheekpiece. The stock is specially selected Grade 5 Turkish walnut with a Rigby oil finish, and features traditional hand-checkering. The recoil bar and grip cap are color-case-hardened. The Vintage edition is available as a single square bridge rifle in .416 Rigby. Overall weight, unloaded, is 10 pounds, and stock length is 14½ inches.
www.rigby.com

 

nosler Heritage rifle

NOSLER M48
Nosler’s new line of Production Rifles includes the Model 48 Liberty, Model 48 Heritage, and Model 48 Outfitter. Manufactured at the Nosler plant in Bend, Oregon, they feature the same top-quality components that Nosler rifles are known for, but at a production rifle price. The Liberty and Heritage are constructed with Nosler’s robust M48 action attached to a stainless steel, 24-inch match-grade barrel, all glass and pillar bedded. The Outfitter has Nosler’s M48 action fused to a stainless steel, 22-inch match-grade barrel, glass bedded into a lightweight aramid-fiber-reinforced composite stock.
www.nosler.com

 

montana rifles Prairie Runner Rifle

MONTANA RIFLES PRAIRIE RUNNER
When it comes to varmints and predators, shooters have always required a rifle that is fast, comfortable, and easy to shoot. Montana Rifle Company’s all new Prairie Runner features the Varmint Thumbhole in Forest Camo, the most popular and widely sold stock from Boyds Gunstocks. It also features the new MRC Flats Brake, which dampens recoil so you can make quick shots. Available in .22-250 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor, and .243 Win.
www.montanarifleco.com

 

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REMINGTON MODEL 700 ADL—200TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
For 2016 Remington is offering select configurations of its Model 870 and 700 ADL with commemorative bronze-colored medallions in the grip, and a Model 1911 R1 with engraved walnut grips. The bolt-action Model 700 ADL Walnut Commemorative Edition is available in .243 Win, .270 Win., .30-06 Sprg., and .300 Win. Mag., while the Model 1911 R1 is available in .45 Auto. The Model 700 ADL features an X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger and walnut stock with fleur de lis checkering.
www.remington.com

 

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ROESSLER TITAN 6—TR IMPORTS
Recently named “Gun of the Year” by Gun Tests Magazine, the Roessler Titan is a technically advanced bolt action with all the Old World charm of traditional European workmanship. The standard version and the beautiful Exclusive models showcase a number of innovations. It’s machined from solid steel with non-protruding lugs and has a truly cylindrical bolt that’s smooth as silk. Other features include guaranteed sub-MOA accuracy, floating firing pin with an incredibly fast lock time, and interchangeable barrels in a wide selection of calibers and metric sizes. Imported exclusively by TR Imports of Fort Worth, Texas.
www.trimports.com

 

sauer 404 Artemis

SAUER 404 ARTEMIS
With its ErgoLux compact stock and adjustable length of pull, the S 404 embodies the ultimate in ergonomics and handiness for women hunters. What really stands out about the rifle is its patented safety concept, the heart of which is a new manual cocking system. The metal cocking slide on the bolt shroud allows the rifle to be cocked and de-cocked both comfortably and silently.
www.sauer.com

 

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BERGARA USA B-14 WOODSMAN
The B-14 Woodsman looks, feels, and shoots like rifles costing hundreds more. It’s equipped with the Performance action to ensure consistently smooth feeding. Calibers include: .30-06 Sprg, .300 Win. Mag., .270 Win., 7mm Rem. Mag., 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Win. Every Bergara B-14 Rifle is guaranteed to produce sub-MOA groups.
www.bergarausa.com

 

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CZ 557 VARMINT
The new CZ 557 Varmint short-action rifle is chambered in .308 Win. Its cold-hammer-forged barrel is lapped for accuracy, and the 19mm scope bases make the rifle perfect for mounting your favorite scope. The newly designed walnut stock has a healthy palm swell, along with laser-cut stippling and a flat forend.
www.cz-usa.com

 

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UBERTI 1885 HIGH-WALL BIG GAME
The Uberti 1885 High-Wall Big Game is built around the classic 1885 single-shot, falling-block lever action, but geared to meet the needs of today’s hunters. Chambered in .45-70, the rifle offers a Picatinny rail and a drilled and tapped 22-inch barrel for mounting modern optics.
www.uberti.com

 

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HENRY LONG RANGER
The Long Ranger from Henry Repeating Arms is designed for those who love the thrill of hunting with a lever-action rifle. Available in .223, .243, and .308, it’s fed by a flush-fit, detachable box magazine. The rifle features checkered American walnut furniture and a 20-inch round and blued, free-floated sporter barrel.
www.henryrifles.com

 

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KRIEGHOFF ESSENCIA BIG FIVE DOUBLE RIFLE
Krieghoff’s bespoke Essencia “Big Five” double rifle has all the attributes of a Best gun: genuine back-action sidelocks, strong but gracious mustache receiver reinforcements, Purdey-style third fastener, automatic ejectors, push-button forearm release, gold-plated triggers, and traditional Krieghoff color-case-hardened receiver embellished with English scroll. Custom stock dimensions with Best Grade Turkish walnut are part of the Essencia package. The elegant round-body action paired with first-class craftsmanship result in a rifle with great responsiveness and easy handling.
www.krieghoff.com

 

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HOLLAND & HOLLAND ROUND ACTION SIDELOCK DOUBLE RIFLE
The Round Action sidelock double rifle differs from Holland & Holland’s “Royal” by its rounded appearance. The rifle is able to meet the demands of avid and discriminating marksmen by incorporating modern technology and Old World craftsmanship while keeping its integrity and elegance. Holland & Holland offers the rifle in 7mm, 8mm, .300 H&H, 9.3mm, .375 H&H, .470 NE, .500/.465 H&H, and .500/3-inch NE.
www.hollandandholland.com

 

traditions Nitride gun R569246NS

TRADITIONS PERFORMANCE FIREARMS NITRIDE FINISH RIFLES
Traditions Performance Firearms has added a nitride finish to several models in their popular muzzleloader line. Nitride helps to protect both the outside and inside of the barrel from corrosion, weather, and pitting.  It not only extends the life of your rifle, it helps to increase accuracy. Models with the nitride coating include the Vortek StrikerFire LDR, Vortek StrikerFire LDR Northwest Magnum, Vortek StrikerFire, Vortek StrikerFire Northwest Magnum, Pursuit G4 Ultralight, and Pursuit G4 Ultralight Northwest Magnum.
www.traditionsfirearms.com

 

Summit LTD

PROOF RESEARCH SUMMIT LTD
Available in 6.5 Creedmoor or .300 Win. Mag., the Summit LTD is a lightweight rifle with its carbon fiber/Kevlar straight-comb Summit stock. Weighing only 6 pounds, 10 ounces without optics, it’s coated in a custom Leaf II color pattern. Produced in limited number, it comes in a custom Patriot Case, complete with a Bore Tech cleaning rod and bore guide. The scope is a Leupold 4.5-14 VX-3i.
www.proofresearch.com

 

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SIG M400 PREDATOR
The new Sig Sauer M400 Predator offers sportsmen and women a sporting rifle capable of meeting the needs of the modern hunter. Available in 5.56mm or .300BLK, the M400 Predator offers exceptional accuracy due in part to its hammer-forged, stainless steel, heavy-contour barrel and two-stage match trigger. Other standard enhancements include a threaded barrel, ALG aluminum free-floating hand guard with M-Lok attachment points, durable hard-coat anodized upper and lower receiver, and a six-position telescoping stock.
www.sauer.de/u

 

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MOSSBERG MVP SCOUT
Mossberg introduced its MVP Scout 7.62mm NATO (.308 Win.) bolt-action rifle in 2015. The general-purpose rifle features patented Dual Push bolt and Dual Latch designs, allowing use of both M1A/M14 and AR10-style magazines. Joining the lineup for 2016 is the MVP Scout Vortex-Scoped Combo featuring a Vortex Crossfire II Scout 2-7x32mm variable riflescope designed specifically for this platform.
www.mossberg.com

 

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SIG SAUER AMMUNITION
Sig Sauer’s Match Grade rounds are engineered to excel in precision autoloading platforms, as well as bolt-action rifles. Available in .223 Rem, .300BLK Subsonic/Supersonic, .308 Win., and .300 Win. Mag., each round is precisely loaded using state-of-the-art, electromechanical monitoring for geometric conformity. Match Grade cartridges offer superior accuracy, consistent bullet retention, flatter trajectories, and more on-target energy.
www.sigsauer.com

 

norma

NORMA MATCH .22 LR SUBSONIC
Norma’s new products include the Match .22 LR Subsonic to compliment its Match and Tac lineups, as well as several additions to its extensive line of brass cases—notably the 6.5 Creedmoor and .284 Winchester, both a favorite of long-range target shooters. Norma also has a 40-grain .22-caliber subsonic offering, and just recently entered the shotshell market with target, upland, and waterfowl loads.
www.norma-usa.com

 

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LEGACY SPORTS INTERNATIONAL HOWA MINI ACTION RIFLE
The new Howa Mini Action is the first bolt-action rifle built with the 6.5 Grendel chambering. Current available calibers include .204 Ruger, .222 Rem., and .223 Rem., with 7.62×39 coming soon.
www.legacysports.com

 

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FIERCE CT EDGE
Built with aerospace components, the CT Edge is the ultimate lightweight, accurate, long-range rifle. With its carbon barrel and titanium action, the rifle weighs less than 6 pounds and still delivers tack-driving accuracy— three-shot ½-inch groups at 100 yards. A validation target is included with every rifle.
www.fiercearms.com

 

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SWIFT BULLET HIGH-GRADE HUNTING
Swift Bullet Company’s new handcrafted, hand-inspected High-Grade Hunting Ammunition is available in calibers .223 Rem. through .500 Jeffery. Brass tolerances meet or exceed SAAMI specifications, and each round has been individually chambered/sized to ensure proper fit and is water-tight sealed. With the proper selection of caliber and grain weight, whether you choose A-Frame, Scirocco, or Break-Away, you have selected the finest ammunition for hunting any game anywhere in the world.
www.swiftbullets.com

 

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VOLQUARTSEN VM-22 RIFLE
The Volquartsen VM-22 Rifle features the new Magpul Hunter X-22 Stock, a quality and performance match made in heaven. The VM-22 has a Superlite Barreled Action fitted to a Magpul X-22 Hunter Stock, a combination that makes for an incredibly well-balanced rifle ideal for offhand or benchrest shooting.
www.volquartsen.com

 

hill country rifle

HILL COUNTRY .338 LAPUA HUNTER
Hill Country Rifles’ new .338 Lapua Hunter combines the inherent accuracy of the .338 Lapua cartridge with the uniquely designed Rifleman stock. Weighing 9 pounds, the .338 Lapua Hunter delivers the foot-pounds of energy required for long-range hunting applications, yet its special muzzle brake reduces recoil to .30-06 levels. HCR guarantees a 3/8-inch group at 100 yards.
www.hillcountryrifles.com

 

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CHRISTENSEN ARMS CLASSIC II
The Christensen Arms Classic II is an enhancement of the highly successful Classic Carbon model. Features include a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel, spiral-fluted bolt, and a sporter-style, hand-laid carbon-fiber stock. Accuracy is assured via a bedded recoil lug and pillar inserts. Weighs in at 6.4 to 6.8 pounds.
www.christensenarms.com

 

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WEATHERBY MARK  V
Weatherby’s Mark V is built with the new LXX Trigger; a highly refined, ergonomically enhanced stock; a hand-lapped barrel; and a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee.
www.weatherby.com

 

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G&H LONG RANGE PRECISION RIFLE
The Griffin & Howe Long Range Precision Rifle is offered in Tactical and Hunter models. Designed to fit your exact needs, from target shooting to hunting, its available in .22-.250 Rem., .243 Win., .308 Win., .300 Win. Mag., and .338 Lapua.
www.griffinhowe.com

 

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AGUILA FULL METAL JACKET BOAT TAIL
Aguila Ammunition’s 7.62x51mm (.308) is a 150-grain Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail round with a velocity of 2,750 fps. It offers greater accuracy and consistency at long ranges due to its unique boattail design, which makes it perfect for precision target shooting and hunting applications. Every Aguila round is sourced with premium materials and specifically engineered with non-corrosive priming to guarantee reliable ignition in any weather condition.
www.aguilaammo.com

 

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WINCHESTER EXPEDITION BIG GAME
From elk to brown bear, kudu to gemsbok, Expedition Big Game includes Winchester Accubond CT bullet technology—one of the most accurate and devastating cartridges used on animals with tough hides and thick bones. Accubond CT bullets feature a polymer tip, bonded alloy lead core, and Lubalox coating, and deliver controlled expansion and deep penetration. Available in ten calibers from .270 Win. to .338 Lapua Mag.
www.winchester.com

 

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BARNES PRECISION MATCH
Engineered for superb accuracy at extreme distances, Precision Match rounds are loaded with a match-grade OTM (Open Tip Match) BT projectile that has a long boattail and high BC. As an additional bonus, scan the QR code located on the back of each box to view Doppler-radar-generated drop tables specific to each load. Precision Match will be offered in 5.56x45mm 69-grain OTM BT; 5.56x45mm 85-grain OTM BT; .308 Win. 175-grain OTM BT; .300 Win. Mag. 220-grain OTM BT; and .338 Lapua Mag. 300-grain OTM BT.
www.barnesbullets.com

 

hornady

HORNADY AMERICAN WHITETAIL
Hornady has added the 6.5 Creedmoor to its American Whitetail line of ammunition. Its legendary InterLock bullet with pioneering secant-ogive design features the exclusive InterLock ring to keep the core and jacket locked together during expansion to retain both mass and energy.
www.hornady.com

 

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30 NOSLER
Sharing the same parent case as the 26 and 28 Nosler cartridges, the new 30 Nosler takes the best attributes of currently available .30 magnums and combines them in one cartridge. The 30 Nosler eclipses the velocity of the .300 Weatherby, has an efficient powder column like that of the .300 WSM, and fits in the same standard length action of a .300 Winchester Magnum. Nosler will support this new cartridge with Nosler brass, Trophy Grade ammunition, and its full line of M48 rifles.
www.nosler.com