Rifles 2004

Rifle makers have been very busy in the off-season. Here's a look at what they've been up to.

Field & Stream Online Editors

The selection of centerfire big-game, varmint, rimfire, bolt-action, semi-auto, single shots and even combo guns is large and diverse. The new products span the gamut from the budget-priced to the exquisitely expensive.

**Browning **
Browning's venerable BAR semi-auto gets an upgrade this year with the addition of the ShortTrac and LongTrac models. These will feature European styling and shim-adjustable stocks to allow custom fitting. Drilled and tapped for scope mounting, neither model comes with iron sights. Weight is reduced via the use of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy receivers with a composite trigger guard and magazine floor plate. The ShortTrac is available in .270 WSM, 7mm WSM, .300 WSM, .243 Win. and .308 Win. SRP: $827. The LongTrac is chambered for .270 Win, .30/06 Springfield, 7mm Rem. Mag. and .300 Win. Mag. SRP: $902. Booth #401. (801-876-2711; www.browning.com)

CZ-USA
CZ is offering two new rimfire bolt-actions in .17 HMR. Built on its proven .22-magnum receiver (five-round magazine), the standard version (SRP: $420) features an American-patterned stock, 3/8-inch dovetail scope-mount bases and no iron sights. The Varmint version features a heavier 21-inch barrel. SRP: $440.

Also new for rimfire shooters is a Mannlicher (full-stock) version of its popular CZ 452 bolt-action .22 LR rifle. The receiver is milled for 11mm scope rings and adjustable iron sights are also installed. SRP: $440. The CZ 527 American will be available this year in the .221 Fireball, while retaining all the features of the standard bolt-action model, including controlled-round feeding, single-set trigger and forged square-bridge receiver. SRP: $599. Booth #3295. (800-955-4486; www.cz-usa.com)

Dakota Arms, Inc.
Those looking for the most exquisite rimfire bolt-action on the market may find it in the Dakota Arms Model 22 Sporter. Available in .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR, it is a rimfire version of the company's centerfire rifles and is available with an extensive list of custom options. With a "base price" of $3,000, it is not for everybody. But for those who absolutely have to have something their hunting buddies don't, check it out. Booth #304. (605-347-4686; www.dakotaarms.com)

H&R; 1871
A new .22 rimfire and new Handi-Rifle models highlight the 2004 offerings from H&R.; The Sportster SL is a new semi-auto .22 LR with a ten-round magazine, 19-inch barrel, hardwood stock and economical price. Additions to the Handi-Rifle line for 2004 are: a .22/250 in both a blued sporter barrel and a stainless-steel varmint-barrel configuration, an adult and youth model in 7mm/08, and stainless-steel models in .270 Win. and .30/06. SRP: From $276. Booth #327._ (203-239-5621; www. marlinfirearms.com)_

**Marlin Firearms **
Marlin is upgrading its rimfire bolt-action line with the introduction of the new T-900 series. Available in .17 HMR, .22 LR and .22 Magnum, the T-900 models feature an improved trigger (three- to six-pound pull) and a new safety mechanism with positive click stops at the "Safe" and "Fire" positions.

The Model 1894 Cowboy rifle will now be chambered for the .32 H&R; Magnum. The new Model 1894CB-32 features a 20-inch tapered octagon barrel, adjustable Marble semi-buckhorn rear and carbine front sights, straight-grip American walnut stock, a hard-rubber buttplate and a tube loading system. The 10-round tubular magazine now loads through a port in the front of the outer magazine tube, instead of through a receiver port. SRP: $849.

Marlin's popular Guide Gun will now be offered in .480 Ruger/.475 Linebaugh. The Model 1895RL features a checkered American walnut stock and an 18¿¿-inch barrel. SRP: $695.

Lastly, theenerable Model 60 .22 LR will be available with a durable "Walnutone" stock finish that simulates the color and grain of high-grade walnut, designated the 60DL. SRP: $224. Booth #327._ (203-239-5621; www.marlin firearms.com)_

Remington Arms
Big Green has been one of the busiest at introducing new models, or model extensions, in this year's rifle-rich market, and the company is offering a wide variety in the centerfire, rimfire and Youth Model areas. In the centerfire arena, the popular, value-priced Model 710 bolt-action is now available in magnum calibers in the new 710 magnum. Available in 7mm Rem. Mag. and .300 Win. Mag., it offers the same synthetic stock, detachable box magazine (3 + 1 capacity) and blued finish of the standard Model 710. The 24-inch barrel features the same bolt- to-barrel lockup as its non-magnum counterparts. Each rifle is equipped with a Bushnell 3x9x40 Sharpshooter scope that is factory bore-sighted. SRP: $426 for either caliber.

The bolt-action Model 673 Guide Rifle, with its short-action laminated wood stock, handy-length 22-inch barrel, and ventilated rib/iron sight package, was a popular introduction in 2003. This year, Remington is expanding the caliber offerings with the addition of the 6.5 Remington Magnum and the .308 Winchester. SRP: $825.

The Model 700 Titanium Magnum is built on a short bolt-action receiver (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) that is machined from solid titanium bar stock and features a blind magazine with a capacity of 2 + 1 rounds. The action is pillar-bedded into a custom-designed composite stock, fitted with sling-swivel studs and equipped with the Remington R3 Recoil Pad with Limbsaver technology. A 24-inch, contoured stainless-steel barrel (sans iron sights) develops full velocity from the 7mm Remington SA Ultra Mag. and .300 Remington SA Ultra Mag chamberings, yet the overall gun weight (minus scope) is held to a petite 63/8 pounds. SRP: $1,279.

Rimfire shooters will want to take a look at the new Model 504 bolt-action .22 LR. This is designed to be a benchmark premium-grade rifle with an impressive array of features. The receiver is machined from solid carbon-steel bar stock, and is scalable to accept rimfire magnum cartridges in the future. Drilled and tapped for scope mounts, each first- year rifle is shipped with a set of machined Weaver-style bases. The newly designed bolt has a rear lockup (also locking into the receiver and not the stock) and features dual extractors.

The 20-inch barrel (sans iron sights) offers 5-R button rifling derived from the 40-XR target rifle, and has a semi-match chamber. The receiver is bedded into a classic-style American walnut stock with dual points and the barrel channel is machined with Model 700¿¿¿style pressure pads.

A six-round metal magazine fits flush with the bottom of the stock and a newly designed trigger is fully adjustable for weight of pull, over-travel and sear engagement by an Authorized Repair Center. SRP: $710. Booth #601. (800-243-9700; www.remington.com)

Sako
Imported by Beretta, Sako is offering a number of new bolt-action rifle models in its Sako 75 line this year, and also has a very innovative rimfire. Hunters will want to check out the new Sako 75 dedicated short magnum (SM). This is a new bolt-action size for 2004 and is designed to perfectly fit the popular .270 WSM and .300 WSM cartridges. This provides minimum action weight and maximum stiffness.

The new action will be available in the above calibers in four Sako 75 models. The Hunter is the classic model featuring high-grade wood, distinctive checkering and a blued finish. SRP: $1,163. The Finnlight is a minimum-weight version that offers a fluted stainless-steel barrel and an ergonomic synthetic stock with soft rubber inserts at the gripping points. SRP: $1,301. The Stainless Synthetic features a synthetic stock with soft rubber inserts, a satin stainless-steel finish on barrel and action, and stainless-steel internal action parts. SRP: $1,271. The Sako 75 SM Deluxe is its most elegant version and provides shooters with a premium-grade walnut stock with rosewood forend and grip caps, skip-line checkering and a gloss finish, as well a deep-blue metal finish. SRP: From $1,688.

Those looking for maximum accuracy in a single-shot .308 Win. rifle will want to look at the new Sako 75 Custom Single Shot. It was designed to provide benchrest accuracy without user modifications. SRP was not available at press time. Booth #4251. (800-797-2205; www.berettausa.com)

Tikka
Imported by Beretta, Tikka is introducing three new models to its T3 bolt-action rifle family. The Tikka T3 Laminated Stainless is designed for tough hunting conditions. Incorpor-ating all of the features found on the standard T3 series (trigger adjustable from two to four pounds, a free- floating, cold-hammer-forged barrel, detachable magazines and drilled and tapped for scope mounting), this new model offers all stainless-steel construction combined with a sturdy, laminated wood stock that should render it impervious to extreme weather. It will be available in 10 popular calibers, from .243 Win. to the .338 Win. Mag., including the .270 and .300 WSM. SRP starts at $744.

The Tikka T3 Tactical (available in .223 Rem. or .308 Win.) is designed for the precise and demanding tasks of the law enforcement community. It features a 20-inch barrel with a non-reflective black phosphate finish, a drop-free, five-round detachable magazine and a synthetic varmint-style stock with an adjustable cheekpiece. The top of the action is equipped with a Picatinney-style rail system designed to accept a wide variety of optic bases and accessories.

In addition, the T3 Tactical comes ready to accept many accessories, such as muzzle brakes and bipods. Like all Tikka rifles, the Tactical does not leave the factory without shooting a one-inch or smaller group at 100 meters with factory ammunition. SRP: $744. Booth #4251._ (800-797-2205; www.berettausa.com)_

Thompson/ Center Co.
The leader in single-shot rifles and handguns, T/C continues to expand its available calibers this year. The Encore Rifle will now be available in .280 Remington in a 24-inch barrel. Drilled and tapped for scope mounting, the barrel includes iron sights. SRP: blued with walnut stock, $635; blued with composite stock, $602; stainless steel with composite stock, $673. Booth #101. (603-332-2394; www.tcarms.com)

FNH USA, Inc.
New rifle for law enforcement
A subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., Belgium, FNH thetic stock with soft rubber inserts, a satin stainless-steel finish on barrel and action, and stainless-steel internal action parts. SRP: $1,271. The Sako 75 SM Deluxe is its most elegant version and provides shooters with a premium-grade walnut stock with rosewood forend and grip caps, skip-line checkering and a gloss finish, as well a deep-blue metal finish. SRP: From $1,688.

Those looking for maximum accuracy in a single-shot .308 Win. rifle will want to look at the new Sako 75 Custom Single Shot. It was designed to provide benchrest accuracy without user modifications. SRP was not available at press time. Booth #4251. (800-797-2205; www.berettausa.com)

Tikka
Imported by Beretta, Tikka is introducing three new models to its T3 bolt-action rifle family. The Tikka T3 Laminated Stainless is designed for tough hunting conditions. Incorpor-ating all of the features found on the standard T3 series (trigger adjustable from two to four pounds, a free- floating, cold-hammer-forged barrel, detachable magazines and drilled and tapped for scope mounting), this new model offers all stainless-steel construction combined with a sturdy, laminated wood stock that should render it impervious to extreme weather. It will be available in 10 popular calibers, from .243 Win. to the .338 Win. Mag., including the .270 and .300 WSM. SRP starts at $744.

The Tikka T3 Tactical (available in .223 Rem. or .308 Win.) is designed for the precise and demanding tasks of the law enforcement community. It features a 20-inch barrel with a non-reflective black phosphate finish, a drop-free, five-round detachable magazine and a synthetic varmint-style stock with an adjustable cheekpiece. The top of the action is equipped with a Picatinney-style rail system designed to accept a wide variety of optic bases and accessories.

In addition, the T3 Tactical comes ready to accept many accessories, such as muzzle brakes and bipods. Like all Tikka rifles, the Tactical does not leave the factory without shooting a one-inch or smaller group at 100 meters with factory ammunition. SRP: $744. Booth #4251._ (800-797-2205; www.berettausa.com)_

Thompson/ Center Co.
The leader in single-shot rifles and handguns, T/C continues to expand its available calibers this year. The Encore Rifle will now be available in .280 Remington in a 24-inch barrel. Drilled and tapped for scope mounting, the barrel includes iron sights. SRP: blued with walnut stock, $635; blued with composite stock, $602; stainless steel with composite stock, $673. Booth #101. (603-332-2394; www.tcarms.com)

FNH USA, Inc.
New rifle for law enforcement
A subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., Belgium, FNH