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Top New Rifles in 2021
Updated 26 months ago
After a rough year like 2020 there has to be something positive eventually, and there's nothing more positive than a new gun. After Shot Show there are a many new rifles coming to the market from all over. Let's look at some of the top rifles and new models coming to us in 2021.
Our Selection of New Rifles in 2021:
- CZ USA 557 Eclipse
- Savage 110 Ultralite
- Nosler Model 48: Mountain Carbon Rifle
- Pursuit XT .50 Cal
- Henry Rifles
- Springfield Model 2020 Waypoint
- Savage Impulse Big Game
- Winchester Wildcat 22 SR (Suppressor Ready)
- Red Arrows Weapons 300 Blackout Rifle
- Uberti 1885 Courtney Stalking rifle, .45-70
CZ USA 557 Eclipse
To make an affordable “starter” addition to the popular 557 Series, CZ introduced the CZ 557 Eclipse. The new 557 Eclipse rifle keeps the tradition with the well-known precision push-feed action while making a few changes to cut the cost. Instead of hardwood stocking the rifle, the new bolt gun has a glass-reinforced polymer stock that CZ calls the soft-touch finish.
The 20” barrel is cold hammer-forged and lapped in the factory, and a 20.5” version in 6.5 Creedmoor comes with 5/8x24 threads, making it ready to accept a suppressor or brake. Like all 557 rifles, the new CZ 557 Eclipse features a fully adjustable trigger and 19mm dovetails machined into the top of the receiver for easy mounting.
The Eclipse comes in three different cartridges: 6.5 Creedmoor, 30-06 S, and 308 Winchester, with a hinged floorplate magazine holding five rounds. Keeping the core of the 557 and knocking almost $250 off the price point, CZ made it clear that they think about all shooters, including the ones looking for quality and accuracy without spending a great amount of money.
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Savage 110 Ultralite
Maintaining the performance of a factory blueprinted action, the new 110 Ultralite from Savage® is a lightweight and ultra-modern hunting rifle. The carbon-wrapped stainless steel barrel and melonite skeletonized receiver keep this rifle’s weight at 6 pounds and under, depending on the chambering.
The barrel from Proof Research is 22-24 inches long, depending on the caliber. All barrels, regardless of the chambering, are threaded in 5/8x24, making them ready to accept suppressor or brake out of the box. The Savage’s AccuFit™ technology equips the rifle with adjustable length of pull, comb height, and overmold surfaces while the AccuTrigger™ system allows the user to set the trigger break at anywhere from 1.5 to 4 pounds.
The Savage 110 Ultralite is available in several calibers, including .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win, 30-06 Springfield, .300 WSM, 6.5 PRC, .28 Nosler, and .280 Ackley Imp.
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Nosler Model 48: Mountain Carbon Rifle
This extremely light weight hunting rifle comes in at roughly 6 pounds without an optic. The Model 48 Mountain Carbon rifle features a 100% carbon fiber stock with a glass and aluminum pillar bedding. Paired with the Nosler Model 48 action, this rifle is designed and fitted for sub-MOA accuracy (with the prescribed Nosler ammunition).
The barrel is a 24” Light Sendero Contour and carbon fiber wrapped. It also features a 5/8x24 threaded muzzle for your muzzle devices. For additional ease of use it is ready to accept any standard 2-piece scope base that would wit a Model 700 Remington rifle.
The Model 48 comes in a wide variety of calibers ranging from various Nosler offerings like 33 Nosler down to 26 Nosler and newer cartridges like 6.5 Creedmoor. It is currently in stock and at the higher price precision price range will probably be in stop for a while.
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Product Price Store MPN UPC Nosler 47348 M48 Mountain Carbon 28 Nosler 3+1 24" Tungsten Gray Cerakote Granite Green Mountain Hunter Stock Right Hand $2,787.32 BattleHawk Armory and 12 more stores 47348 054041473484 Nosler 47548 M48 Mountain Carbon 30 Nosler 3+1 24" Tungsten Gray Cerakote Granite Green Mountain Hunter Stock Right Hand $2,626.79 Locked Loaded and 11 more stores 47548 054041475488 Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon Tungsten .28 Nosler 24" Barrel 3-Rounds $2,959.99 GrabAGun.com and 2 more stores 50748 054041507486 Nosler 48 Mountain Carbon Bolt Action Centerfire Rifle SKU - 731565 $3,325.00 MidwayUSA and 1 more store 47248 054041472487 Nosler 48 Mountain Carbon Bolt Action Centerfire Rifle SKU - 918672 $3,325.00 MidwayUSA and 1 more store 50548 054041505482 Nosler 48 Mountain Carbon Granite Green 6.5 PRC 24" Barrel 3-Rounds $2,635.99 GrabAGun.com 34948 054041349482 See more results for Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon on Wikiarms.com
Pursuit XT .50 Cal
Taking a step back towards more classical firearms, Traditions Performance has upgraded their Pursuit line with the Pursuit XT. This muzzleloading hunting rifle features a 26” Chromoly steel barrel with a VAPR Twist at 1:24” twist.
The Pursuit XT also features the Elite XT Trigger system for better precision and an accurate trigger pull, rebounding hammer, and manual cross block safety. The ramrod is a Quick-T Ramrod Handle that works like a palm saver and a T-handle at the same time. It can also function as a cleaning rod with the screw-in brass jag.
Some models come with a boresighted 3-9x40 Traditions Duplex scope while others feature iron sights. Be sure which one you're ordering.
The Pursuit XT is not available in all areas, check your local laws, and stock is liable to change.
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Henry announced in November of 2020 that they are replacing 29 of their legacy models with updated versions. This update includes changing all of their steel-framed centerfire lever guns to include a side gate upgrade. This won't remove the 1860-based removable tube magazine.
What this allows for is easy loading via the side gate and safe unloading by undoing the magazine tube. This will apply to their .30-30, .45-70, and .410 guns. It will also include revolver caliber Big Boy models, All Weather and Color Case Hardened rifles that didn't feature this option to begin with.
On top of this Henry has released single shot rifles in .350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster for their H015 series. And for those shotgun-only areas they have released the Henry Single Shot Slug Barrel Shotgun in 12 gauge. All of this combines into a total of 32 new models which are available now. However, like everything gun related, stock is not guaranteed and many options are out of stock in online venues.
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Springfield Model 2020 Waypoint
Rounding out our list with another new bolt gun, we have the Model 2020 Waypoint by Springfield Armory. Featuring a carbon fiber stock and a steel or carbon fiber barrel, the Wayfinder is guaranteed to have a .75 MOA accuracy. It's dual locking lug bolt is designed to run smoothly in the action for ease of repetition and cartridge extractions.
The Waypoint also features tool-less disassembly, EDM race ways, and dual plane feed ramps. It has a 2.5 to 5lb adjustable low profile trigger that has a snag safety and the Frictionless Release Technology.
The Waypoint also features the option of a 3 axis adjustable cheek comb, five QD mounts, a removable SA Radial Brake with thread protector, and a free floated barrel. It comes in .308/7.62x51 NATO, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 6.5 PRC.
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Savage Impulse Big Game
Available beginning in March 2021, Savage is releasing a new bolt gun aimed at long distance performance on, you guessed it, big game. It features a straight pull bolt, aluminum receiver for weight savings, and carbon steel fluted barrel with a 5/8-24” thread.
It also features multiple comfort features like a round knob bolt handle and a flush fit magazine with a 2- to 4-round capacity depending on the chambering. On top of that it features an AccuStock with adjustable length-of-pull and comb height so you can dial in the stock to your needs.
There is also the user adjustable AccuTrigger and a 1-piece 20 MOA rail built in to help with accuracy. Coming in at 8.8 lbs. or 3.99 kgs from the synthetic stock and aluminum receiver, the Impulse Big Game isn't extremely light but it is also meant for some magnum calibers. The Impulse Big Game is chambered in .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Short Magnum. .300 Winchester Magnum, .30-06 Springfield, .243 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor.
With an MSRP just under $1500 US this rifle is made for those who want to invest in the hunting equipment rather than some basic plinking. Check your local Savage dealers for availability.
Winchester Wildcat 22 SR (Suppressor Ready)
For those who want a quieter tool for varmint hunting or something to get new shooters used to handling guns, Winchester is now offering a suppressor ready version of their Wildcat rifle. It features a polymer upper assembly and lower receivers with a skeletonized ambidextrous stock. There are also picatinny accessory and sight rails on this model in order to add lights, red dots, and other improvements with ease.
The Wildcat SR has an ambidextrous magazine release, fully adjustable ghost ring rear, and a ramped front sight so it's ready to go right out of the box. While a suppressor is not included it does come pre-threaded for a suppressor with a 1/2'x28 TPI threaded muzzle and a knurled thread protector. If you're looking to get a “can ready” gun the Wildcat is ready to go with an MSRP of around $300 US and it's currently in stock (subject to change).
Red Arrows Weapons 300 Blackout Rifle
Red Arrow Arms has released a RAW15 .300 Blackout rifle. It features a 16” Chrom- Moly barrel that is free floated and Melonite coated. This means it is nowhere near SBR territory but you can still get the performance of .300 AAC without the hassle of a tax stamp.
The lower receiver is a 7075 T-6 aluminum and so is the flat top upper with T-marks. It features a CMC 3.5 lb single stage trigger and a 1:8 twist rate for the barrel. The handguard is a 15” M-LOK Rail Enhanced Trigger Guard and the stock is a MagPul CTR Stock.
All these benefits enable you to slap your accessories onto the gun as soon as you get it without needing to replace parts. Set in the premium AR price range at just over $1k US it is available for purchase now.
Uberti 1885 Courtney Stalking rifle, .45-70
Uberti is adding another caliber for their Courtney Stalking rifle. This single shot rifle used to be featured in only .303 British but is now being expanded to include the .45-70 cartridge. This is perfect for those looking for a classic hunting rifle but want a metallic cartridge gun.
The Courtney 1885 features an adjustable shallow V notch and quarter rib slotting for Weaver rings. There is an option for a plain quarter rib for the V-sight and it's marked under Uberti's accessories listings.
The .45-70 model is available now. Check your local retailers for availability
With most new rifles falling in with the AR-15/AR-10 platform there isn't much that is “new” new this year. However, companies will continually roll out better versions of more modern rifles which may or may not end up in the hands of enthusiasts, collectors, hunters, and competitors.
But this year there have been a number of “classic” guns that have come to or are coming to the market. The bolt gun category is getting better every year and the upgraded models of lever actions in Henry's catalog certainly are exciting developments.