SHOT Show 2017
Hottest guns and gear from the biggest hunting and shooting tradeshow in the world
Outdoor Life editors hit the showroom floor and the range to bring you the hottest new rifles, shotguns, handguns, ammo, and hunting gear from SHOT 2017, the biggest trade show in the outdoor industry.
HOT FROM SHOT
POINTS NORTH AT RANGE DAY
After using a Browning XBolt Hell’s Canyon Speed last year on a sheep hunt, and seeing how accurate it was to the bounds of reasonable hunting range, I was very excited to see a new Xbolt offering from Browning this year. With the Xbolt Pro, Browning has changed a few things to make it an even better mountain rifle. The rifle uses the proven Xbolt action. However, you’ll notice that they have a true carbon fiber stock (not carbon fiber painted). This, and the fluted bolt and bolt handle help shed weight, bringing the long-action model in .300 Win. mag to 6 pounds 9 ounces with no optic.
The short-action offerings in .308 and 6.5 creedmoor come in at 6 pound 1 ounce. In addition to being lighter, they used a 3R rifling as opposed to 5R which has improved accuracy over previous Xbolt models, marginally with match loads, and dramatically with factory hunting loads. It’s a great all around mountain hunting rifle, and I can see it riding very comfortably on my pack. —Tyler Freel, contributor
We were having trouble determining the distance of a lone power pole in the desert. Shimmering heat waves, the visual clutter of the arid landscape, and the thinness of the object itself frustrated our efforts. It didn’t help that the power pole was nearly a mile away.
I was using SIG’s newest rangefinder, the KILO2400ABS, and it turns out I was using it all wrong. I was stabbing the ranging button. Instead, I should have been holding down the button and panning across the power pole. Sure enough, that tactic worked, and the precise range, repeated every time, showed on the digital display: 2,122 yards. Full story here. —Andrew McKean, Hunting Editor
LIVE FROM THE FLOOR
We were live with Ashley Hlebinsky, curator of the Cody Firearms Museum. Ask her your questions below. #SHOTShow2017