Firearm and ammunition manufacturers introduce new products and improvements to existing products for the 2015 year. You’ll see a new shotgun by Remington and modifications in models from Mossberg, Winchester and Browning. For ammunition there is a new 12-gauge turkey shotshell from Federal and the expansion of a popular load from Winchester.
Mossberg features Marble Arms Bullseye Peep Sight
Mossberg has teamed up with Marble Arms to offer the Bullseye on the Mossberg 535 and 835 shotguns. This sight is made from steel and features a double-ring, peep-design rear sight and a fiber optic front sight. Also, Mossberg is now making left-hanged versions of the 500, 590 and 590A1 models.
Winchester Long Bear XR Magnum
Winchester has expanded the 12-gauge Long Beard XR of shot sixes No. 4, 5 and 6 in weights of 1 ⅞-ounces for 3-inch loads and 2 ⅛-ounces for the 3 ½-inch loads. The load is promoted as a longer range gobbler load with a muzzle velocity of 1050 FPS.
The upgraded shotgun is improved from the 12-gauge autoloading Remington Versa Max introduced in 2010. Both shotguns feature a gas-operating system called Versa Port, except the Remington V3 has a much shorter piston stroke than the old Versa Max. The more compact system results in improved geometry, balance and swing characteristics. It is also deemed a self-cleaning shotgun because it takes high pressure to fire each load in such a way as to help keep the gun clean.
Browning turkey guns in new camo
Browning now offers all of their turkey models in the new Mossy Oak Break-Up Country pattern. This includes the Silver NWTF turkey model in 12-gauge, 3½-inch chambering, BPS Pump NWTF models in 12-gauge, 3- and 3½-inch versions, BPS 10-gauge NWTF model and the Gold Light 10-gauge NWTF semi-auto turkey model.
Winchester SXP Turkey Hunter
A new pump-action Winchester SXP Turkey Hunter model is now offered in 12 and 20 gauges. Both have synthetic stocks and feature the new Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo pattern. Also for 2015, Winchester Repeating Arms offers the new Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo pattern on the SX3 Universal Hunter semi-auto models in both 12 and 20 gauge; SX3 NWTF Cantilever Turkey in 12-gauge 3½-inch chambering; 20-gauge with 3-inch chambering; and the SX3 Long Beard Turkey model in 12 gauge 3½-inch chamber.
Federal 3rd Degree 12-gauge turkey load
Many misses result from super tight loads at close ranges, but not anymore. Federal developed a Federal Premium load named 3RD DEGREE which is designed to quickly open up into a deadly close-range pattern, even while using the tightest turkey choke tubes. It also produces clean-killing patterns at the 30 and 40 yard ranges. According to Federal, the load uses a multi-shot, three-stage payload to deliver lethal patterns at any turkey range — close, medium and far. The 12-gauge load is available in 3-inch, 1 ¾-ounce and 3 ½-inch, 2-ounce loads.