The .223 Remington, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a miraculous little cartridge.
Legions of .223 fans out there will nod their heads in knowing agreement. But is it miraculous because of its versatility for use on big and small game, for plinking and teaching new shooters, for varmints and personal protection? Or is it because it is supremely accurate and easy to shoot and, as such, is a standout in many competitive shooting sports? Perhaps “miraculous” is apt because of the .223’s prevalence. It is, after all, our most popular commercial centerfire rifle cartridge by a wide margin.
Theresa Vail, better known as Miss Kansas, shocked the Miss America pageant last year when she unabashedly proclaimed her love for hunting. We got a chance to sit down with Vail at the 2014 SHOT Show and ask her questions from you, our loyal readers. Here's what she had to say being a role model for young outdoorswomen.
We took two classic pump guns and beat the snot out them to determine which is tougher: the Mossberg 500 or the Remington 870. Check out our Battle of the Boat Paddles.
Duck Dunk Both shotguns were dropped from 3 feet into a clay-mud hole with the action open. They stayed submerged for one minute, and the process was repeated three times. Afterward, each shotgun was rinsed out, loaded, and shot. Both accepted shells with no problem. The Mossberg’s slide became considerably more gritty than the Remington’s, but both were up to the task. Upon firing, the Remington’s trigger stuck initially, but then it worked without flaw.
Winner: The 500, because it functioned slightly better than the 870.
Nightforce was able to keep the costs down on its new SHV (Shooter, Hunter, Varminter) by utilizing simpler controls, employing a less complex manufacturing process, and by reducing the overbuilding that goes into their tactical scopes. The SHV will stand up to any kind of sane treatment, but you can’t break rocks with it, or chock truck tires, or beat recalcitrant mules, as you can with the higher-priced Nightforces.
The AR-30A1 has earned a reputation as a super-accurate, long-range rifle, and now it's little brother, the AR-31, is looking to build upon that reputation in 2014. The new AR-31 is chambered in .308 (the AR-30A1 is chambered in either .300 Win. Mag. or .338 Lapua) and can be used with Armalite's AR-10B double-stack magazines, meaning you can use 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 round mags.
Even the short-action version of the rifle is a beast. It has a total length of 45.4 inches and weighs 14 pounds. It will retail for about $3,400.
Last week, the Outdoor Life and Field & Stream editors waded through the mass of new guns and gear at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. In this post, we've highlighted the 11 most interesting new shotguns, rifles, and handguns of the year. From sleek upland bird shotguns, to long-range bolt-action rifles, to competition ARs, the show had a little bit of everything for every kind of shooter or hunter.
Check out the sneak peek (you can't fully review a gun from a showroom floor) and then make sure to check out the June/July issue for our annual Gun Test where we put the screws to the best new firearms on the market.
Nosler 26 and Nosler Patriot
Meet the new, screaming fast Nosler 26 cartridge and Patriot rifle. It's a flat-shooting, big-game cartridge offered in a 129-grain bullet (3,400 fps muzzle velocity) and a 140-grain bullet (3,300 fps muzzle velocity). The Patriot is a production rifle based on the M48 action and will retail for about $1,600.
This high-end shotgun company is looking to combine beauty and brawn with its new Invictus Over/Under. Guerini has moved the hinge pins and utilized a replaceable block in the receiver for an extremely durable design. The company says this gun can handle more than 1 million rounds — that's probably more than your shoulder can handle.
On top of it all, you get the classic good looks of a Caesar Guerini gun.
F&S and OL interviewed hunting legend Jim Shockey's daughter Eva Shockey in our video suite. The 26 year old is an up-and-comer in the hunting industry and has already hunted all over the world. We tapped our readers for questions and then let the cameras roll.
The XTR 2 Series is Burris' latest push into the tactical scope market. This series of scopes has a wide range of magnification options, from 1-5 to 8-40, and includes a ton of features. The scope in the video is a first focal plan mil scope, but it utilizes a donut-shaped reticle feature on the second focal plane. This reticle doesn't change sizes as you zoom up or down in magnification. The scope also includes an offset mount and a red dot sight.