Monday, November 5, 2012

Three New Large-Caliber Big-Game Rifles For 2012

Game Rifles For 2012
Game Rifles For 2012
By Richard Folsland

Hunters have a lot to be excited about this year. One of the trends currently seen in this market is lower-cost rifles. Manufacturers are producing more and more inexpensive models, and the competition for the under $400 to $500 market is expanding rapidly.

The year 2012 also marks the anniversary of a couple of the most famous—and best-selling—hunting rifles in U.S. history. One of those two rifles is the Remington Model 700, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Also celebrating a 50th anniversary is the 7mm Remington Magnum caliber.

Another trend in the world of big-game hunting rifles is the proliferation of “Black Guns” (AR-15 style) showing up in hunting circles in larger numbers. While many traditional hunters would never consider showing up in deer camp with an AR-type rifle, there is a growing segment of younger hunters doing just that.


The Ruger American Rifle was one of the first new rifles introduced for 2012. It is a completely newly designed bolt-action hunting rifle with many new features and a real departure from the model M77 rifle. And the American Rifle is even lighter than a full-sized Ruger Hawkeye.

One of the first notable features is the trigger. The Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger is adjustable from 3 to 5 pounds; however, a closer look reveals that it looks a lot like a Savage AccuTrigger with the little blocking tab in the center of the trigger shoe. That tab is the (lawyer-approved) safety feature.

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