Posted June 25, 2017 7:55 am by Comments

By Kristin Alberts

The rifle range at the Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL was blazing—both with heat and gunfire this week at the Mossy Oak Summit.  The culprit?  Vista Outdoor Group, parent company to Savage, Stevens, Federal, Champion, and Butler Creek was showing some of their latest and greatest firearms and ammunition offerings shipping now, all geared toward hunters.
They went heavy on rimfire rifles and ammo as well as lightweight rifles and some of the best hunting ammunition offerings they’ve had in a long while.  Here’s what might trip your trigger.
Test firing Savage’s B22, the new bolt action, heavy threaded barrel rimfire rifle. Federal Premium Hunter Match ammo is the perfect companion for hunters, with premium hollow point bullets.  The setup is topped off with one of Bushnell’s rimfire-specific optics. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Firing Savage’s new Lightweight Hunter chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Partnering this suddenly popular, flat-shooting round with the light rifle makes a very appealing mountain or backcountry rifle. We found it to be a pleasure to shoot, with its Accutrigger and low recoil. (Photos: Kristin Alberts)
After playing around with a variety of targets, we fired a single shot from 100 yards using the Savage Lightweight Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor and Federal Premium’s


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