The Best New Guns & Ammo of 2017 for Alaskan Hunters
Hi-Point Firearms New Camo Patterns
Hi-Point Firearms now offers their pistols and carbines in three different camo patterns: Desert Digital, Pink Camo and Woodland Camo. These patterns as well as the standard black firearms are available in four popular pistol calibers: .380ACP, 9mm, .45ACP and .40 S&W. Known as light-recoil carbines and pistols, they are perfect for the beginner or seasoned shooter, which makes them ideal for a day at the range. As an added feature the .40S&W & .45ACP magazines are interchangeable between the pistol and the carbine. Hi-Point Firearms are 100% American made, and all products and parts come with a lifetime warranty.
Savage Arms MSR 10 Hunter
This hard-hitting AR is available in .308 Win or 6.5 Creedmoor calibers, making it well-suited to average-sized Alaska big game such as caribou. At 7.5 pounds it is lightweight, making it easier to carry. It features a Blackhawk grip, buttstock, flip up sights and Blaze trigger, as well as a Melonite QPQ barrel with 5R rifling.
Savage Arms B Series Bolt-Action Rimfires
Savage has added to its line of firearms with the B Series bolt-action rimfire rifles: B22, B22 Magnum and B17. The new models’ ergonomically designed composite stock, higher comb, top tang safety and target-style, vertical pistol grip allow shooters to hold the rifle in a more natural position that puts less pressure on the wrist. The B Series includes a dozen new models in configurations including Sporter Barrel, Heavy Barrel, Heavy Threaded (suppressor ready) and Heavy Stainless. Like the popular A Series rimfires, all B Series rifles feature a 10-round rotary magazine and the accuracy-boosting adjustable AccuTrigger. B Series rifles are drilled and tapped for scope mounts.
Black Hills Ammunition All-New HoneyBadger Ammunition Options
In 2016, Black Hills Ammunition changed the rules for defense ammunition in .380 and .38 Special by introducing a new concept: Non-expanding pistol bullets with hard cutting edges and deep flutes that outperform the best defensive hollow point ammunition. These new bullets, developed in concert with Lehigh Defense, literally and efficiently cut through barriers that plug conventional hollow points, while creating larger, deeper wound paths. In 2017 they added three more loads, the HoneyBadger 9mm 125-grain, .45 ACP 135-grain for the ultimate in self-defense and HoneyBadger .44 Magnum 160-grain for hunting or defense against four-legged predators.
Federal Premium Gold Medal Berger
The new Gold Medal Berger loads feature a boat-tail bullet with a high ballistic coefficient, providing a flat-shooting round with less wind drift and superior accuracy. These loads use Gold Medal match primers, Federal brass and their specially formulated propellant. New Gold Medal Berger loads are available in .223 Rem 73-grain, 6.5 Grendel and 6.5 Creedmoor 130-grain, and .308 Win 185-grain.
Federal Premium Edge TLR
Federal Premium developed this bullet for the long-range hunter who needs an accurate bullet that holds together, penetrates deep and still expands. The Edge TLR uses a Slipstream polymer tip to initiate expansion at long range, and at closer ranges, the bullet’s copper shank and bonded lead core retain weight for deep penetration. The bullet’s long, sleek profile promotes a high ballistic coefficient and the AccuChannel groove improves accuracy while reducing drag. The round is available in 175-grain for .308 Win and .30-06, as well as 200-grain for Win Mag and Win Short Mag.
Hevi-Shot Triple Beard
This all-lead turkey load that is useful for other birds and game in Alaska combines an equal mix of antimony pellets in sizes 5, 6 and 7. It features two of Hevi-Shot’s technologies: Magnum Blend, which allows hunters to take shots both near and far, as well as Speed Ball, which promotes speeds of up to 1,300 fps and keeps pellets from pancaking. The load is available in a 3- and 3.5-inch 12 gauge option or a 3-inch 20 gauge shotshell.