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Field & Stream's Best of the Best Awards: 2012 Hunting Gear

Field & Stream's Best of the Best Awards: 2012 Hunting Gear

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from Tom Parson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Alas, until it comes in lefty, I'll stick with my Savage w/accutrigger. Same kind of money, left handed..I own three a .17hmr, a .223, and a .270. Fine weapons all.

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from jimmyjames wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Haven't seen a Savage with accu-trigger for $450 MSRP. The RAR's are retailing for considerably less than that as well as the Marlin X7 and Mossberg ATR, all with trigger within a trigger. I have the Savage Axis/Edge that retails in the same price range as all the above and other than a lousy trigger it's a good gun.

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from Tom Parson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

@jimmyjames....I just bought a Savage .223, with a nikon scope and accu-trigger, brand new, from a dealer for $499...your right, not the $450, but with a scope..oh, and it was left handed.

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from huguenot wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

It's been a couple of years, but I bought a Savage 10FXP3 .243 with Accutrigger and a scope for $390 (including tax) from a local Supercenter. It's a sweet shooter, and very Accurate.

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from rustvyper wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Wow, really? Alliant Black MZ!?!? this is just a rebranded American Pioneer powder. Corrosive? check. Crud ring? check. Horrible consistancy? check. Yuck - Fail F&S!

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from hutter wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Don't need a damn thing on that list. Most is useless, some are illegal in my state,ie, electronic devices. Jeeps are overpriced junk piles, $1000 + optics, overated and un-needed. Any item with a persons name or face on it is overpriced and usually a piece of junk. The rest is specialty items. F&S= F- Where's Petzal when you need him !!!

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from VAWhiteTailHunt... wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I have to agree with Hutter.....how many hunters do you know who own $1000+ binos, scopes, etc. And crossbows have gotten ridiculous in cost.
Come on F&S, most of us either have better sense or just plain can't afford these over-priced toys. And the guys and gals on TV couldn't either if they weren't given free samples to showcase on their shows.

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Have to agree with everyone calling out the prices on this stuff. Many who read Field and Stream are just everyday folks who cannot afford equipment like this.

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from mike0714 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

i get where some of u are coming from but it depends on where u hunt. I have binos that are +1000 but they are almost a requirement when trying to find coues deer or other western game over a mile away. there is an optic level that is just not seen in the 400 dollar ones. PS I am far from rich had to save for over 9 mounts to get them.

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from huguenot wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Your Jeep Wrangler recommendation needs to be amended by some other facts. It was recently tested by a leading consumer group whose conclusion was that, on a wide range of testing, it scored the lowest of ANY vehicle they tested. Granted it was still the favorite for "off-roading", but many owners commented that they could not afford to buy one and only drive it off-road. Therefore, they found that it did not compare favorably overall with ANY other vehicle which was to be driven on a regular basis anywhere other than off-road. It scored poorly on every other test, with an overall score of 20 out of a possible 100 points. They concluded that for most users other vehicles were much better choices. I have traditionally had to make choices on practicality and my budget has played a great role in that. The best thing to be said for the Jeep is that it does well off-road and, if not mistreated, if keeps its value better than most vehicles.

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from Windigo wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

For all the folks saying this gear is too expensive, not necessary, etc., you might be right, but why are you so digusted and surprised.

The article's headline is "best of the best" not "most adequate of the adequate."

What did you expect? A bunch of old, outdated, bargain priced stuff?

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from ihavefeet wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

I think the editors need to justify the 12C27 Sandvik steel recommendation for the skinning knife. I think that a lot of people would argue for either the much cheaper 420HC (for which buck has a great reputation), or for upgrading to S30V, which is a significantly higher grade steel in most rankings.

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from Drew McClure wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

I just ordered an 8 dollar Old Hickory 1095 boning knife that I am really excited about, I only have one other non stainless knife and it takes a sharper meat cutting edge than my stainless knives including S30V. I was really not impressed with this years list. I will tell you readers, and editors that on ebay you can buy a 80 dollar led light with 8500 lumens, now that is noteworthy. Cheers.

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from jay wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

Well, I know plenty of guys that have optics that are more than $1000. If your hunting eastern whitetails, you may not need nice glass due to the range that you can glass. When you get out on the western plains or rockies and need the ability to glass long ranges, the better optics certainly are a great advantage. Also, a $1000 spotting scope is a median priced scope. Swaro's, Zeiss, Leica's and even higher end Leupolds and Vortexs all cost more than $1000, some 4x as much. As previously mentioned; there are plenty of folks buying the high end glass; if there is not a market for it; manufactureres wouldn't make it.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I will keep my 1998 Taco 4x4 5 speed with a topper and rino bedliner thank you very much. As far as rifles go, you can doo a lot worse than a RAR, and can not do much better. The Traditions interests me, but I will need to wear out my 54 cal White mountain carbine or my Knight Bighorn first, and that will never happen in my lifetime. The Eddie Bauer jacket and the Cabela's Miendl Boots are two exceptional pieces of equipment. I own a Western Mountainering underbag for sleeping in cold weather hunts. I think they stopped making them since they were about the same price as a Kimber rifle. You just can't beat w warm night's sleep though, espeically in an ice cold camper or tent.

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from OldPhart wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Interesting list of equipment. While I have not used all on the list, I have used a few. If those I haven't used are as good as the few I did use, "The Best of the Best" would be an accurate title as far as I am concerned!

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from SeanGroves wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Great list of gear for 2012. The Ruger American Rifle is a great gun that IMO with the free float barrel, great bolt and accuracy from shot one along with the various caliber choices make this gun rival many almost twice as expensive.

Very versatile and economic that allows a hunter a chance to really get a great gun and customize it without having to forgo any other equipment purchases for a season.

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from poppes wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I have a pair of Meindl boots, best hunting boots I have ever owned, bar none.

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from mike0714 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

i get where some of u are coming from but it depends on where u hunt. I have binos that are +1000 but they are almost a requirement when trying to find coues deer or other western game over a mile away. there is an optic level that is just not seen in the 400 dollar ones. PS I am far from rich had to save for over 9 mounts to get them.

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from Windigo wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

For all the folks saying this gear is too expensive, not necessary, etc., you might be right, but why are you so digusted and surprised.

The article's headline is "best of the best" not "most adequate of the adequate."

What did you expect? A bunch of old, outdated, bargain priced stuff?

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from jay wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

Well, I know plenty of guys that have optics that are more than $1000. If your hunting eastern whitetails, you may not need nice glass due to the range that you can glass. When you get out on the western plains or rockies and need the ability to glass long ranges, the better optics certainly are a great advantage. Also, a $1000 spotting scope is a median priced scope. Swaro's, Zeiss, Leica's and even higher end Leupolds and Vortexs all cost more than $1000, some 4x as much. As previously mentioned; there are plenty of folks buying the high end glass; if there is not a market for it; manufactureres wouldn't make it.

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from jimmyjames wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Haven't seen a Savage with accu-trigger for $450 MSRP. The RAR's are retailing for considerably less than that as well as the Marlin X7 and Mossberg ATR, all with trigger within a trigger. I have the Savage Axis/Edge that retails in the same price range as all the above and other than a lousy trigger it's a good gun.

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from Tom Parson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Alas, until it comes in lefty, I'll stick with my Savage w/accutrigger. Same kind of money, left handed..I own three a .17hmr, a .223, and a .270. Fine weapons all.

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from Tom Parson wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

@jimmyjames....I just bought a Savage .223, with a nikon scope and accu-trigger, brand new, from a dealer for $499...your right, not the $450, but with a scope..oh, and it was left handed.

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from huguenot wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

It's been a couple of years, but I bought a Savage 10FXP3 .243 with Accutrigger and a scope for $390 (including tax) from a local Supercenter. It's a sweet shooter, and very Accurate.

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from VAWhiteTailHunt... wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I have to agree with Hutter.....how many hunters do you know who own $1000+ binos, scopes, etc. And crossbows have gotten ridiculous in cost.
Come on F&S, most of us either have better sense or just plain can't afford these over-priced toys. And the guys and gals on TV couldn't either if they weren't given free samples to showcase on their shows.

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from huguenot wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Your Jeep Wrangler recommendation needs to be amended by some other facts. It was recently tested by a leading consumer group whose conclusion was that, on a wide range of testing, it scored the lowest of ANY vehicle they tested. Granted it was still the favorite for "off-roading", but many owners commented that they could not afford to buy one and only drive it off-road. Therefore, they found that it did not compare favorably overall with ANY other vehicle which was to be driven on a regular basis anywhere other than off-road. It scored poorly on every other test, with an overall score of 20 out of a possible 100 points. They concluded that for most users other vehicles were much better choices. I have traditionally had to make choices on practicality and my budget has played a great role in that. The best thing to be said for the Jeep is that it does well off-road and, if not mistreated, if keeps its value better than most vehicles.

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from ihavefeet wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

I think the editors need to justify the 12C27 Sandvik steel recommendation for the skinning knife. I think that a lot of people would argue for either the much cheaper 420HC (for which buck has a great reputation), or for upgrading to S30V, which is a significantly higher grade steel in most rankings.

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from Drew McClure wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

I just ordered an 8 dollar Old Hickory 1095 boning knife that I am really excited about, I only have one other non stainless knife and it takes a sharper meat cutting edge than my stainless knives including S30V. I was really not impressed with this years list. I will tell you readers, and editors that on ebay you can buy a 80 dollar led light with 8500 lumens, now that is noteworthy. Cheers.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I will keep my 1998 Taco 4x4 5 speed with a topper and rino bedliner thank you very much. As far as rifles go, you can doo a lot worse than a RAR, and can not do much better. The Traditions interests me, but I will need to wear out my 54 cal White mountain carbine or my Knight Bighorn first, and that will never happen in my lifetime. The Eddie Bauer jacket and the Cabela's Miendl Boots are two exceptional pieces of equipment. I own a Western Mountainering underbag for sleeping in cold weather hunts. I think they stopped making them since they were about the same price as a Kimber rifle. You just can't beat w warm night's sleep though, espeically in an ice cold camper or tent.

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from OldPhart wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Interesting list of equipment. While I have not used all on the list, I have used a few. If those I haven't used are as good as the few I did use, "The Best of the Best" would be an accurate title as far as I am concerned!

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from SeanGroves wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Great list of gear for 2012. The Ruger American Rifle is a great gun that IMO with the free float barrel, great bolt and accuracy from shot one along with the various caliber choices make this gun rival many almost twice as expensive.

Very versatile and economic that allows a hunter a chance to really get a great gun and customize it without having to forgo any other equipment purchases for a season.

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from poppes wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I have a pair of Meindl boots, best hunting boots I have ever owned, bar none.

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from rustvyper wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Wow, really? Alliant Black MZ!?!? this is just a rebranded American Pioneer powder. Corrosive? check. Crud ring? check. Horrible consistancy? check. Yuck - Fail F&S!

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Have to agree with everyone calling out the prices on this stuff. Many who read Field and Stream are just everyday folks who cannot afford equipment like this.

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from hutter wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Don't need a damn thing on that list. Most is useless, some are illegal in my state,ie, electronic devices. Jeeps are overpriced junk piles, $1000 + optics, overated and un-needed. Any item with a persons name or face on it is overpriced and usually a piece of junk. The rest is specialty items. F&S= F- Where's Petzal when you need him !!!

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