A big trend at this year’s SHOT Show was quality bargain guns. If you want great hunting gear to shoot deer or waterfowl, and you’d rather not pay more than you need to, this is your year. Get the most bang for your buck with these hunting rifles and shotguns that stand out as the best of the show.
- With the price of centerfire cartridges so high lately, and availability even more difficult, what shooter wouldn’t welcome a super-charged rimfire caliber? Winchester Ammunition and Savage Arms (recently acquired by ATK, by the way) teamed up to produce a rifle that can chamber the brand new 17 Win Super Mag.
This speedster is a .27-caliber cartridge necked down for a 20- and 25-grain .17 caliber bullet. The 20-grain flies at 3,000 fps while 25-grain charges down the range at 2,800 fps. I was most interested in accuracy down range, so while I was out West, I took the Savage B-Mag out to pop varmints. A fresh wind blew from left to right. With a cattle fence post as a rest, I lined up on a prairie dog at 300 yards through a Bushnell Legend HD scope. I put the target at the top of the lower reticle post and slightly to the left of center, clicked off the safety and put my finger on the Accu-Trigger blade. I could see exactly where the bullet hit because of the light recoil and lack of muzzle jump from the 17. It gave the p-dog a scare by hitting just left, and probably shaved off a few whiskers. I adjusted to the right and send another 20-grain bullet down range. Impact was just to the right. In another shot or two, never was I more than a couple of inches from the p-dog, and then the bullet hit him solid. A whoop went up from a friend behind the glass. “You got him!” The B-Mag and 17 Win Super Mag surprised me with its accuracy and energy.
Check out this in-depth review on Shooting Times for more.