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Petzal’s SHOT Picks: Best New Rifles of 2015

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Petzal’s SHOT Picks: Best New Rifles of 2015

There were a lot of very good new ones this year, and here they are, not in any kind of order.

TIKKA T3 CTR

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Despite the hoots, jeers, and catcalls from some of you, the Scout Rifle concept seems to have gained considerable traction. “CTR” stands for Compact Tactical Rifle, and it’s a Scout without the bells and whistles—a 20-inch-barreled .308 or .260 Remington bolt-action with a 10-round detachable magazine, synthetic stock, and Picatinny rail. It comes in blue steel or all stainless, and in place of a flash hider, has a threaded muzzle (with cap) onto which you can screw a flash hider or a suppressor.

SAVAGE MODEL 11 SCOUT

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Savage already had a rifle they called the Scout, but this one is much closer to the Gunsite formula, and gives you all the Scout hardware at a considerably lower price than Ruger. It comes in .308 only, and its synthetic stock is adjustable both for length of pull and for comb height, which is a very good idea. Savage has equipped it with a decent set of iron sights, an Accu-Trigger, and a detachable 10-round magazine. Barrel length is 18 inches, and weight is 7.8 pounds. In place of the Ruger Scout’s flash suppressor, there is a slotted muzzle brake, so this one should be a truly soft kicker. Savages shoot very, very well, and because of its short barrel this one should be somewhat better than average. The Model 11 Scout is too new for me to find a real-world price for it, but the MSRP is $794, which buys you a lot of rifle for the money. Savagearms.com

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