Didn’t make it to Vegas for the SHOT Show this year? No problem. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best new hunting rifles for 2015, from predator guns to elephant rifles. This year’s SHOT Show debuted a number of new tactical products, but there were also a variety of new products designed specifically for hunters.
Some of the products listed here aren’t “new” in the strictest terms, but rather represent updated versions of classic firearms from years past. Others, like the new Sako Carbonlight, are cutting-edge rifles that utilize modern manufacturing techniques and the latest materials to develop lighter, tougher and more accurate guns.
Some companies only rolled out one or two new products, while other brands like Mossberg announced dozens of new items for hunters. Some of the guns on this list are entries into the highly-competitive budget rifle market, while others are reserved for those who can afford the very best.
Regardless, whether you’re a Midwest whitetail hunter, a Texas predator caller or a Namibian PH with a quota of cape buffalo and elephant, there’s a gun on this list for you. And since you didn’t personally make it to Vegas, you can spend the money you saved on a new gun, right? Makes sense to us.
<h2>Browning | AB3 Rifle</h2>When I was hunting deer in Arkansas with the <a href="http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/family.asp?webflag_=034B&catalog_=B" target="_blank">Browning AB3</a> last year, I was secretly hoping that someday the company would introduce a short action version of the rifle. Unbeknownst to me, plans for a shortened trey bolt were already in the works, and the new AB3 short action in .243, 7mm-08 and .308, as well as .270 and .300 WSM, debuted at SHOT in 2015. In addition, the rifle is also available with an optional walnut stock, a more traditional look for Browning’s excellent budget rifle. Like the Winchester XPR and the Sako Carbonlight (and its stablemate X-Bolt), the AB3 has a two-position safety and a bolt release button, which allows the bolt to be operated while the rifle is in the "safe" position. <p></p> As budget rifles go, the AB3 is one of the best, with a light, crisp trigger, excellent barrel, and easy-to-use tang-mounted safety. The Inflex recoil pad is a nice touch, and it helps minimize the impact of recoil. If you want to buy your rifle with an optic already installed there’s a new combo gun with a Redfield scope and ABS case as well. Prices start at $599, which is quite a bargain for the quality and options available with this rifle. <p></p> <strong>Price: $</strong>599