With the SHOT Show in the virtual swing, we’ve scoured brands to find the coolest new hunting guns for 2021, whether you’re a waterfowl enthusiast or a deer hunter.
It’s the season for new gear and the latest hunting rifles of the year are here! Thanks to SHOT Show, we were able to locate some of the most interesting firearms coming into the world of hunting today.
We usually have the chance to personally shoot shotguns and rifles at the SHOT Show. However, due to COVID, we haven’t had a chance to shoot down these firearms. So, the following is more of an overview than a review that highlights notable updates and brand new options for putting meat on the table or shooting clay with your friends.
From guns to ShotgunsThere is a lot to look forward to. And if you are looking for a new hunting option in the market, there is probably something for you below.
New hunting rifles for 2021
Sako S20 Hunter bolt action rifle
The new Sako S20 ($ 1,600) is said to be the first hybrid (read: modular) rifle on the market. And the owner of an S20 can buy different aftermarket stocks (see above) and offer different ways to shoot the same rifle.
It’s innovative. And it addresses the needs of a modern all-round shooter who could hunt one weekend and precision shooting the next. It’s a pretty good deal. The S20 is offered in eight calibers and a promotional length, and a buyer can first select a hunting or precision-specific package and add it from there.
One thing to note: Sako added a Picatinny rail to the 1913 specification for scope mount, a departure from his earlier proprietary scope ring system. This means that the rifle is compatible with all MIL-STD Phillips rings, which avoids the headaches that have arisen when mounting telescopic sights on Sako rifles in the past.
Check the price at Cabela
Winchester Model 70 Extreme TrueTimber VSX MB
This updated bolt-action from Winchester Repeating Arms takes on harsh conditions with ease. The 70 Extreme TrueTimber VSX MB is coated with tungsten Cerakote on the receiver and barrel and has a matte camo finish that won’t give you away for sharp-eyed gaming.
A synthetic stock from Bell and Carlson with a shaped cheek piece makes loading easier and increases shooting comfort, while a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad ensures shooting relief.
This is basically a durability improvement for one of the most popular rifles on the market. The choice of calibers and barrel lengths is insane. And the price is not so painful that one cannot go for it. Depending on the caliber you choose, you’ll see a cool $ 1,600 to $ 1,640.
Check the price at Winchester
Howa Carbon Fiber Stalker
An upcoming weapon from Howa makes the load easier. Big time. The new Carbon Fiber Stalker weighs a tiny 4 pounds 10 ounces (excluding girth) thanks to a collaboration with Stocky’s in stock.
There are nine caliber options available, including mini-action, short-action, and long-action rifle options. The prices are not yet available and the rifle is not on the market yet. So keep an eye out for this fall in 2021.
Nosler Model 48 Mountain Carbon ultra-light rifle
Nosler’s Model 48 (or M48) Mountain Carbon, originally introduced in 2019, has been updated with a few new options for 2021. This ultra-light performance rifle is high tech, ridiculously precise, and weighs 6 pounds.
New for 2021 is a slate gray color option in addition to the original granite green. Apart from the color, nothing has changed on the Carbon Hunter Mountain population. Nosler also added two new chambers: 6.5 PRC and 280 Ackley improved.
This model tops the cost list with a retail price of $ 3,140, but not by much. Because of its combination of ease and sub-MOA accuracy, this is not a bankrupt buy.
Check price at Nosler
Savage Impulse straight-pull rifle
Savage’s newest hunting rifle is slated to hit shelves in March 2021. There are three iterations: Big Game, Hog Hunter, and Predator. The straight pulling force enables extremely fast shooting. But the entirety of this factory platform rifle is impressive, and the price under $ 1,500 is exciting for people interested in remote accuracy.
Following the modular trend, the Impulse offers AccuFit, AccuStock and AccuTrigger. AccuFit allows the shooter to be adjusted for pull lengths and interchangeable comb risers. The AccuStock is a new way to embed the action in the inventory and I have to say: The video is damn cool.
But perhaps the most exciting of the three is the AccuTrigger. It combines a solid security platform with the adjustability and lightness required for precise remote shooting.
Each setup is offered in a different finish and with different chambering options, with reference to the respective focus. The big game rifle is made in a Cerakote KUIU camouflage color. The Pig hunter is executed in matt black Cerakote, and the Robbery rifle is finished in Cerakote Mossy Oak Terra Gila Camo.
Check the price at Savage Arms
New hunting shotguns for 2021
Franks Affinity Elite Turkey Shotgun
Designed for the hardcore turkey hunter, this ergonomically minded semi-automatic shotgun is the latest addition to the Franchi Affinity Elite line.
It is currently available in both 3-inch, 12-gauge and 20-gauge options. And at 24 inches, the barrel is long enough for accuracy and short enough for easy handling.
The throttles include the Extended Rhino Turkey and the Turkey XF. It runs on Franchi’s proven inertia system. Optifade Subalpine Camo reduces a hunter’s chance of being seen, and a price tag of $ 1,249 isn’t too hard to swallow for the avid predator pursuer.
Check the price at Franchi
Stoeger M3500 snow goose
Another addition to a current line is Stoeger’s Snow Goose offering in the M3500 shotgun line. The use of Distressed White Cerakote offers the snow goose hunter concealment and durability in unforgiving winter landscapes.
Oversized controls make it a lot easier to use gloves, while a 10 + 1 capacity gives you more flexibility in picking up and reloading between shots.
The M3500 Snow Goose is a 12-gauge 28-inch shotgun that depends on the same inertia-powered semi-automatic platform mentioned in the Franchi cannon. It’s currently on the market at an affordable price of $ 899.
Check the price at Stoeger
Mossberg International Reserve Series Over / Under
A new line from Mossberg brings a classic – and I could say beautiful – look to a very affordable entry point for highland hunters. The series offers two options: the silver reserve and the gold reserve.
The Silver Reserve series varies in price from $ 636 to $ 692. Available in 12 gauge (28 in), 20 gauge (26 in), 28 gauge (26 in), and .410 bore (26 in), it serves hunters of youth through to adults. It is offered in satin silver or matte blue, with fiberglass visors as a matte option.
The Gold Reserve series, on the other hand, is a beautiful weapon at a surprising price of just under $ 1,000 for most of the series. Competitive bowl ejectors are combined with adjustable shaft options for cast, draw length and comb height.
A 24-carat gold inlay adds a touch of class to the underside of the receiver. A Super Sport option ($ 1,221) features fiberglass visors and a raised 12mm high, 10mm wide air vent.
The Gold Reserve series is available in 12-gauge (30-inch), 20-gauge (28-inch), 0.410-bore (28-inch) versions, and the 12-gauge Gold Reserve Black Label version with a 30-inch barrel. All are available now.
Check the price at Mossberg
Browning Maxus II
The Maxus II is an autoloading shotgun powered by Browning’s efficient Power Drive Gas System. It updates the popular Maxus series. I have to admit, the Maxus II shotgun is my favorite release on the show. I love the droolable, limited edition retro tano finish in vintage tan (see image above).
A SoftFlex cheek pad provides additional shooting comfort, while an oversized bolt release and a bolt handle make operation easier. The composite material can be cut to size and the washer can be adjusted for cast, drop and draw length. Three Extender Invector Plus restrictors – F, M, and IC – are included.
The Maxus II is only offered in 12 gauge and offers options of a 22 inch rifle deer hunting shotgun ($ 1,740) to a 30 ” Sporting Option ($ 1,800). Twelve limited editions were published in addition to five in current production.
Check the price at Browning
Benelli ETHOS Cordoba BE.ST.
The ETHOS Cordoba BE.ST is a new semi-automatic shotgun from Benelli and is designed to conquer large-volume shots. Features include ported barrels for quick follow-up shots and a recoil-reducing system called ComfortTech for – you guessed it – a more comfortable shot.
The new BE.ST finish technology improves the ETHOS Cordoba for durability in harsh environments. It contains diamond-like carbon particles that were applied using high-vacuum plasma nanotechnology. And the process is environmentally friendly, with no dangerous chemical by-products.
The 12, 20, and 28 gauge options can handle 3-inch magnums up to the lightest loads (seven eighths of an ounce). It’s one of the more expensive guns on the list, priced at $ 2,350.
Check the price at Benelli
Beretta 687 Silver Dove III
The updated 687 Silver Pigeon III enhances Beretta’s dependable performance with an over / under gun that is both impressive in appearance and a workhorse in the field or shooting clay.
Changes in aesthetics represent a weapon that is further out of your price range than it actually is. The 687 sits on the reliable 680 platform and features grade 2.5 walnut wood that has been given a glossy protective coating.
Engraved with five-axis laser technology, scenes with floral motifs, pheasants and partridges lend high quality to a low-maintenance shotgun that is known to be reliable. The 687 Silver Pigeon III is available in 12, 20, 28 and 410 gauge and offers two drop options. It costs $ 2,700.
Check the price at Beretta