The Buck Mark brand keeps charging forward in the hunting world, and 2021 is no exception. From rifles to shotguns, ammo to accessories, and even vaults, Browning blankets the market. Here are a few of the offerings that should be on every hunter’s radar.
21 X-Bolt Rifles Chambered for 6.8 Western
The big splash for 2021 is Winchester’s new caliber announcement with the 6.8 Western, done in conjunction with Browning. Though multiple rifles have already been announced from Winchester, it is Browning that dominates the bolt action market for the new chambering. Get this, Browning is already showing off 21 different X-Bolt rifles in 6.8 Western. From the more basic Stalker or Western Hunter on up to high-end Long Range models, Browning has something for every hunter. There are McMillan stock options, Hells Canyon, and even some fitted with the new Recoil Hawg muzzle brake.
Speaking of serious muzzle brakes, Browning just made brakes sexy again. In response to the rise in magnum calibers for long-range shooting and hunting, Browning has developed the Recoil Hawg muzzle brake. According to company advertising, “Recoil Hawg devours felt recoil and muzzle jump – proven to reduce recoil up to 73 percent, depending on the caliber. This reduction makes the punchy 300 RUM have felt recoil similar to that of a 6.5 Creedmoor.”
The brake is built of steel with a closed bottom and directional porting to blow gases up and to the sides. The multi-caliber design will fit most rifle barrels that are .30 caliber or smaller and is threaded at either 5/8x24 or 1/2x28. The Recoil Hawgs are listed from $119.99 to $129.99 on the company’s website.
Maxus II Shotgun
Browning builds upon their existing Maxus semi-automatic shotgun line with design improvements to introduce the gas-driven Maxus II for 2021. The new shotgun shares the same foundational platform with the Power Drive Gas System but is built with sleeker lines for a smoother swing. An Inflex recoil pad and SoftFlex cheek pad are added to reduce felt recoil. A traditional screw-on cap tops the forend, while rubber over-moldings provide additional grip.
Oversized controls follow the norm on hunting shotguns, being easier to use in the field. The Maxus II family comes with a full range of 17 models: Stalker, Sporting Carbon Fiber, Wicked Wing, All Purpose, Hunter, and Rifled Deer, with multiple finish and camouflage options.
Long Range Pro Hunter Ammo
With all the long-range-capable rifles these days, and in conjunction with a round like the 6.8 Western, there’s serious demand for ammunition that performs just as well. Enter Browning’s Long Range Pro Hunter. The rounds, which ship in 20-round boxes, are topped with Sierra’s Tipped Game King (TGK) projectiles, long proven in the field.
Browning is now offering eight of the most popular big game hunting cartridges in the lineup. Long Range Pro Hunter is being loaded in: 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Short Magnum, .30-06 Springfield, 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge, and, of course, the new 6.8 Western.
Specialty shotgun shells are all the rage these days, and Browning’s addition to the party is Wicked Blend. This waterfowler’s load pairs 30-percent Bismuth with 70-percent plated steel inside the company’s Wicked Wad for increased distance.
Wicked Blend will be available in four 12-gauge loads and a single 20-gauge load. All the 12-gauge loads, whether 3 or 3.5 inch, advertise a velocity of 1,450 fps. Meanwhile, the 1-ounce, 3-inch 20-gauge load moves at 1,300 fps. Wicked Blend comes in 25-round boxes, but MSRP has not yet been announced.
Browning Stars and Stripes Safe
With all these new firearms and ammunition, hunters need secure storage. Browning has long produced a line of gun vaults, and 2021 sees 10 additions to that family. There are 65-gun models for serious collectors alongside smaller options built to fit inside a closet. The one that catches our eye on looks – and also hits the middle-of-the-road market – is the Stars and Stripes 49-gun Safe. This Tactical Mark IV model has a 100-minute fire rating, a hefty 11-gauge body thickness with 16 bolts, and uses the Axis interior that can be easily customized. MSRP on this American-made vault is $4,909.