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Hottest New Rifles of SHOT Show 2017

Guns Our rifles editor picks the seven most promising and intriguing new rifles of the year They are not, as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman pointed out, your daddy’s squirrel rifle. With two notable exceptions, they are dual-purpose guns, or triple-purpose guns. You…

This year’s SHOT Show is mobbed with people who walk the aisles, breathing a collective sigh of relief that Hillary Clinton is screaming and throwing things in Chappaqua rather than in Washington joyfully exterminating the Second Amendment. Perhaps because of all the inhalation and exhalation, there are fewer fart fogs than last year, but I digress.

This is the year that Tactical has triumphed over hunting. I think if you made a count, you would find more military/police/MSR guns than you would anything else. The mood of the populace is changing. That will be reflected in the seven rifles that I’ve picked to write about. They are not, as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman pointed out, your daddy’s squirrel rifle. With two notable exceptions, they are dual-purpose guns, or triple-purpose guns. You can hunt with them, or shoot them in competition, or use them socially, if you get my meaning. They are all exceedingly accurate. I’d be surprised if you couldn’t get sub-half-minute groups from every one. So here we go, in alphabetical order.

Rather than leap panicked into the MSR wars, Savage took quite a few pains to come up with something more refined. There are four rifles in their new MSR series, this one being the dedicated hunting rifle. Upon picking up the 10 Hunter, you are struck with how light and compact it is. Savage has done some ingenious modifications to the standard AR frame and mechanism to achieve this. It’s a very easy gun to shoot accurately. I put 10 rounds through it firing right-handed and got ten hits. It comes in .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor, has a 16-inch barrel for the .308 and 18 for the Creedmoor, 5R rifling, and a clean top for whatever kind of sights you want to mount on it. The price is $1,481. Savagearms.com

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