A few years back the Department of Natural Resources in Indian decided to allow the use of rifles of limited size. Size of cartridge that is.
Rifles with cartridges that fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger; have a minimum case length of 1.16 inches; and have a maximum case length of 1.625 inches are legal to use only during the deer firearm season. Some cartridges legal for deer hunting include the .357 Magnum, 357 Maximum, .38-.40 Winchester, .41 Magnum, .41 Special, .44 Magnum, .44 Special, .44-.40 Winchester, .45 Colt, .454 Casull, .458 SOCOM, .475 Linebaugh, .480 Ruger, .50 Action Express, and .500 S&W. Of course certain wildcats fit this definition as well, i.e. 350 Indy (35 WSSM) and others.
Starting with the hunting season in 2012 the maximum rifle cartridge length that can be used in the firearm season has been extended to 1.8 inches. This means that the .460 Smith & Wesson, .450 Bushmaster, and .50 Beowulf will be legal to use during the deer firearms season.
The 358 Hoosier is a shortened 358 Winchester case that meets the new limits and is drawing a lot of interest. The 358 IDC also known as the 350 Indy is the 25 WSSM necked up to 35 caliber, this is a great use for WSSM guns that nobody seems to like. UPDATE: These last two have now been redesigned to meet the change in the rules, both are now available in 1.80″ versions. The Hoosier is designated 358 Hoosier 1.8″ and the 1.6″ versions still exists. The longer version of the IDC is designated the “358 IDC II”.
If you want to read the complete information check these links.
Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers (RMOWP) has released the results of their 2012 writing contest. Fred Zeglin received four awards in this years competition for his work in print, web, and podcasting.
Mossberg claims this is the first bolt action rifle designed to utilize AR style magazines.
Chambered in 5.56mm NATO (.223 Rem) Weaver-style basesCombo package includes a pre-mounted and bore-sighted 4-16x50mm variable riflescope, bi-pod and 10-round magazine 24”, button rifled, medium-bull barrel with a 1:9 rate of twist. and an 11 degree varmint crown finishes the barrel off. A benchrest style stock with a down turned pistol grip. The trigger is fully adjustable from 2 to 7 lbs. A nice touch is the spiral fluted bolt standard from the factory.
These rifles could easily be converted to use any cartridge that will fit in the AR Magazine, most notable, the 6.8 SPC, and the 204 Ruger. MSRP for the rifle is about $650. Add $100 for the scope package.
This new rifle is already featured on the Mossberg web site.
Lipsey’s has an exclusive model of the Ruger #1 that will be a limited edition of 250 guns. All Stainless, light sporter edition guns chambered in 250 Savage. They will feature a 22″ light weight sporter barrel, and a walnut stock. Because of the short production run of this rifle it should have a good collectors following, and everyone likes to have a special gun that is not too common!
Lipsey’s is well know to Dealers nation wide as a source for unique limited offerings. These limited production guns help the local “Mom & Pop” gun shops to compete with the big box stores. Dealers check out Lipsey’s here. If you would like to see what this gun will look like Ruger shows the basic model but in blue finish here: Ruger
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Click on the graphic if you would like to see what is going on at SHOT Show 2012. Since I am a powerful member of the media I am allowed to share this with you. (He laughs Maniacally!)
Fred will be at the SHOT Show this week interviewing people, Signing is Hawk Manual in booth #4250, and looking for new things that would make a GunsmithTalk. Watch for updates all this week and more to follow.