A quick look at new rifles coming to a gun shop near you in 2007
By Payton Miller , J. Scott Rupp
Browning BLR Takedown
The BLR lever action is now available in a takedown version with a scout-style scope mount offered as an accessory; it stays attached to the barrel half of the rifle when disassembled. The rifle will be offered in BLR Lightweight Pistol Grip and 81 models. Short-action calibers range from .22-250 Rem. to .325 WSM and include an old favorite, the .358 Win., and the .450 Marlin. Long-action calibers include .270 Win., .30-06., 7mm Rem. Mag. and .300 Win. Mag. Suggested retail ranges from $832 to $941.
Ed Brown Savanna
The Savanna bolt action now features a controlled-round-feed action and a stainless steel barrel with Generation III coating for enhanced rust protection. It can be had with a No. 3 or No. 4 barrel contour and features chamberings from .17 Remington to .458 Lott, with some interesting numbers in between such as the 6.5-284 Norma and .280 Ackley Improved. Suggested retail is $3,195 (standard) or $3,295 (magnum). www.edbrown.com, 573…
The PS90 Triple Rail Carbine is based on the company’s P90 and is chambered for the same 5.7x28mm round. It features a 10- or 30-round box magazine that runs horizontally atop the receiver and sports a 16-inch barrel. As the name implies, it boasts three M1913 rails for mounting accessories. www.fnhusa.com, 703/288-1292
Legacy Sports International
The new Howa Axiom rifle, built on the M-1500 action, has an adjustable, recoil-reducing Knoxx SpecOps stock. It can be had in billet aluminum or fiberglass-reinforced polymer construction. Versions with 24-inch heavy free-floating barrel are chambered in .204 Ruger, .223 Rem., .243 Win. and .308 Win. There’s also a 20-inch heavy barrel in .223 and .308. Available in a matte black or Prairie Ghost finish and can be purchased with scope package. Suggested retail is $911 to $1,271. www.legacy sports.com, 703/548-4837
A hot new .17 Remington Fireball chambering (see next page) has been added to select Model 700s and Model Sevens, and those rifle platforms also get a few new versions. One is the M700 Ti Alaskan. It features a titanium receiver, black-and-gray synthetic stock, fluted 24-inch barrel, pillar-bedded action, spiral fluted bolt body with skeletonized bolt handle and X-Mark-Pro fire control. Available in nine calibers from .25-06 to .300 Win. Mag. and priced between $2,105 and $2,132. The Model Seven XCR Camo features a New Realtree AP stock in a TriNyte PVD coating. It can be had in short actions from .243 Win. to .300 WSM and is priced from $1,080 to $1,147.
Ruger 77 Frontier
The big news from Ruger is the company’s proprietary .375 Ruger cartridge (see Craig Boddington’s article on page 22), which is chambered in the M77 Hawkeye African Rifle. The gun features a 23-inch barrel and windage-adjustable express-type rear sight as well as the company’s integral scope rings. It’s got a cut-checkered American walnut stock, but there’s also a 20-inch-barreled version called the Alaskan Rifle that sports a Hogue rubber overmolded stock.
The Pro-Varmint is a small-caliber variant of the Austrian riflemaker’s Pro-Hunter centerfire. It comes with a black or camo synthetic stock, detachable four-round magazine and 26-inch hammer-forged barrel with target crown.
Calibers include .222 Rem., .223 Rem., .22-250 and .204 Ruger. Suggested retail starts at $1,268. www.steyrarms.com, 770/888-4201
The maker of single-shot rifles now has a bolt gun: the Icon. The distinctive-looking rifle has a flat-bottom receiver anchored to an aluminum bedding block by three action screws to eliminate flex. It boasts integral, machined Weaver-style rails fore and aft on the receiver. The user-adjustable trigger goes from 21?2 to six pounds and can be modified without disassembling the gun. The detachable magazine latches into the receiver for a positive fit. The walnut stock features 20 lpi checkering and a hand-rubbed finish. Initial chamberings include the new .30 TC and .308.
Weatherby Mark XXII
Weatherby has teamed with Anschutz to offer the Mark XXII, an upscale rimfire bolt-action sporter available in .22 LR or .17 HMR. It features a Monte Carlo stock of hand-selected walnut with 18 lpi checkering and a rubber buttpad. The 23-inch target grade barrel is built to Olympic competition specs. It’s got a fully adjustable single-stage trigger that is factory set at 21?2 pounds. An 11mm dovetail is machined on to the receiver, and it is also drilled and tapped for ring and base scope mounts. Suggested retail is $899. The Vanguard lineup gets four additional calibers: .25-06 (Synthetic, Sporter and Sub-MOA Matte); 7mm Rem. Mag and .300 Win. Mag. (Deluxe); and .204 Ruger (Varmint Special and Sub-MOA Varmint). www.weatherby.com, 800/227-2016
Winchester Super X Grade II
There’s now a Grade II version of the Super X autoloading rifle. It features an ergonomic stock with an adjustable length of pull and is available with adjustable LPA sights featuring Truglo fiber-optic elements in .300 Win Mag. and .325 WSM. Suggested retail is $864 to $932.