Choosing a Best of Show for the hunting rifle at the Shot Show was not easy. The show had hundreds of gun manufacturers displaying their firearms. One thing I do not do is let cost be involved in my choice. My choice also does not include any of the AR-style firearms that are non-compliant according to the NY Safe Act.
My choice this year is the Kimber America’s Adirondack Model 84M. Kimber has long been a respected gun manufacturer, and this 18-inch pillar glass bedded barrel rifle definitely upheld their fine-rifle reputation. Here a few of its features.
Offered in 7mm-08 and .308 calibers, it comes with a stainless-steel barreled action with a full-length Mauser claw extractor for true controlled-round feeding and a speedy ejection. Hunters and shooters alike will realize the accuracy they will get with the Adirondack’s three-position quiet safety and match grade trigger that breaks crisply at just 3.54 pounds. The magazine holds four rounds plus one in the chamber.
Other features include a stock finished in Gore Optifade Concealment in a Forest Pattern that will blend into the North Country’s landscape perfectly. The stock is molded from reinforced carbon fiber, styled with classic lines and a straight comb and Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. The barrel is threaded with a protector cap, spiral fluted bolt body and hollow bolt knob, and for added accuracy, they have added pillar and glass bedding of the barrel.
Last is a feature that those of you who chase those big Adirondack bucks up and down those mountains will enjoy, the Kimber Adirondack’s four-pound, 13-ounce weight. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $1,768 (http://www.kimberamerica.com/rifles/model-84m/adirondack).
Speaking of turkey hunting, I found a very reasonable and reliable scope for your turkey gun. It is BSA Optics 4x32DT Huntsman that comes with a multicoated lens that gives the shooter a much brighter and sharper picture, and with less reflection.
In addition, this scope has a long eye relief for quicker target acquisition. Other good features include finger-adjustable windage and elevation adjustments and a 2 MOA red-center dot.
The Huntsman measures 8.5 inches and weighs just nine ounces. Just put the head of that big tom in the inner circle with the red dot on its head, and Mr. Tom is headed for the oven. MSRP is $50 (www.bsaoptics.com).
Hunting cameras just continue to get better. Midland Radio Corp. introduced its new Wi-Fi HD Wearable Video Camera XTC400, which can connect to tablets and smart phones through an easy-to-use app which is available in iOS and Android.
Using this app, you can start and stop recording, take 12 MP still photos, set up time-lapse photos, set low-light sensitivity and more. Now you can film that strutting tom coming in, take the shot and then, using the time-lapse system, take your picture of you and your Tom.
In addition, the XTC400 has resolution of 1920×1080 (30fps), an external microphone jack and a 270-degree lens to insure the picture is always upright. It measures 1.25×6.25×1.5 inches and weighs less than five ounces.
So how and where do you mount the camera? There are 22 accessories that can be purchased with the XTC400. These include shotgun, rifle, bow, handlebar, goggle, belt, head strap, flexible spider and monopod mounts. And for you anglers, this unit comes with a submersible case that has a certified depth down to 250 feet.
Next year at this time, you will be able to sit in a warm room and relive that 36-inch pike you pulled out of the Great Sacandaga Lake, the 10-inch bearded tom that came in to your decoy duo and that big eight-pointer that made the mistake of coming too close to your tree stand.
The XTC400 also comes with a USP cable and basic tri-mount. MSRP of the XTC450 is $200, and if you want it in Mossy Oak Breakup (XTC450), it is $220 (www.midlandusa.-com).
Swiss Army’s Hunter Pro folding knife is the newest addition to their outdoor collection that offers everything the big-game hunters need.
It is Swiss-made and made from professional cutlery steel. It features easy one-hand opening, and the blade locks securely and safely in place. This all-outdoors knife is versatile, with a blade just like the professional knives used in the meat packing industry, and can be sharpened again and again.
The Pro measures five inches when closed, nine inches when open, and it weighs 5.7 ounces. When I picked it up at the show, I did notice the easy access to opening and closing the blade, and its handle was comfortable in my hand. The Hunter Pro MSRP is $80 (www.swissarmy.com).
This Buffalo-based company, in its 40th year of making turkey calls, has again come up with a winner, the Full Tilt Slate turkey call.
The call is a custom-designed pot that provides a variable sound chamber created with one end being shallower than the other. It has a precision matched internal sound board that allows for the creation of a variety of tones and volume.
I was very impressed with the soft, subtle call made on the shallow end and the volume and raspy sound on the deeper end. This call is definitely going to bring in the toms. MSRP is $25.99 (www.-quakerboy.com).
Winchester’s has just introduced a new innovation in shotgun turkey loads. It is their Long Beard XR that will increase your lethal distance on those big old cautious toms.
This extra distance is generated from their SHOK-LOK technology that tightens the pattern more than any other turkey load. It puts twice as many pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards, and it does it with the knockdown power of the heavier-than-lead loads.
This technology uses a hardened resin that completely encapsulates the lead pellets, thus eliminating the air space around the pellets which prevents their movement. When the shot leaves the barrel, the pellets fly straighter and tighter with 10 percent more power. Long Beard XR is offered in 12-gauge 31⁄2-inch and three-inch shells with pellet sizes of 4, 5 and 6. MSRP is $20 and $24 (www.winchester.com).
DUCK COMMANDER GUNS
The Shot Show wouldn’t be the same without mention of the Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty,” who recently signed an exclusive contract with Mossberg.
Phil, Willie, Jase, Si and Jeb have endorsed 12 guns in the Mossberg line. All of these models come standard with full dip-in Max-5 camo by Realtree and fiber optic sights.
All models are also offered in their regular series (www.mossberg.com).
Reach Gazette outdoors columnist Ed Noonan at [email protected]