A New Day for Midwest Hunters

New Limited Firearm Zones change the game for many Midwest deer hunters.

Thanks to action by the Michigan legislature, the state’s Southern Shotgun Deer Zone is now the Limited Firearm Deer Zone, and to say that lower peninsula hunters are extremely pleased is an understatement. Prior to 2014, hunters were restricted to using shotguns and slugs to hunt deer anywhere south of an irregular line that ran from the middle of Muskegon County through upper Kent County and east to approximately Bay City. It was thought that rifles were a safety risk in these heavily populated areas due to the long range of some rifle ammo.

After much debate, the issue was settled by creating new regulations that allow hunting with a rifle as long as the cartridge is .35 caliber or larger and is straight walled. That means rifles chambered for the powerful .450 Bushmaster cartridge can now be used in the lower peninsula. While Michigan led the way on this issue, these cartridges and firearms are also newly legal in other Midwestern states, including Ohio, Indiana and Iowa, for the 2017 firearm season. Various qualifiers apply, check your local regulations.

The Limited Firearm Zone is the dawn of a new day for Midwest hunters, and Dunham’s is answering the call with excellent firearms and ammo that meet the requirements of the new regulations.

A shotgun firing slugs was never an adequate replacement for a hunting rifle. The shotgun’s recoil discouraged young and less physically able hunters from taking part in the firearm season. What’s more, a shotgun can never match the minute of angle accuracy that a rifle can achieve. For the hunter, that can mean the difference between an empty freezer or one full of meat.

Let’s take a look at some of the .450 Bushmaster products available at Dunham’s.

The Ruger .450 Bushmaster American Rifle

From Sturm, Ruger and Company comes the Ruger .450 Bushmaster American Rifle. This bolt-action centerfire rifle features a single-column, detachable three-round magazine and the Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger. The crisp-release trigger is user adjustable to provide between 3- and 5-pounds resistance. Thus, hunters can tailor the feel of the firearm to their personal preference, allowing for a more predictable, more accurate shot.

The American Rifle’s stock is synthetic and finished in dark earth tones. It’s designed for quick, easy handling, yet its classic look will please the traditionalist hunter. A one-piece three-lug bolt is engineered with a full 70° throw, so it provides ample clearance for the 3x9x40 Weaver scope that comes with the rifle as an exclusive plus when purchased at Dunham’s. The full diameter bolt body and dual cocking cams enable smooth, easy cycling. The visible, accessible and easy to actuate tang safety provides optimum security. A cold hammer-forged barrel enables precise rifling for exceptional longevity and easy cleaning. Ruger’s integral bedding block system positively locates the receiver and free floats the barrel for outstanding accuracy.

Ruger CEO, Christopher J. Killoy said, “When Michigan created the new Limited Firearm Zone, Ruger immediately went to work developing a firearm that would prove ideal for this use. I believe we have achieved that in full.”

The CVA Hunter

The Hunter, a center-fire single-shot rifle from CVA features a 25-inch barrel with a 1:24 twist rate, when chambered for the .450 Bushmaster cartridge. A black synthetic stock combines with the blued-steel barrel to make this a handsome firearm. A reversible hammer spur, easy one-finger breaching and Durasight integral scope rail mount are standard features. The firearm is perfectly balanced in a 100% ambidextrous composite stock, making it very quick to aim and shoot. A CrushZone® recoil pad and the rifle’s 6-pound weight, make it ideal for long days in the field.

Dudley McGarity, CEO of BPI, CVA’s parent company said, “We recognized that Michigan’s Limited Firearm Zone would attract a new breed of hunter, so we wanted to be ready with an affordable firearm. I firmly believe we have met that challenge with the Hunter — an excellent first hunting rifle.”

Ammunition

The cartridge of choice in rifles chambered for .450 Bushmaster comes from Hornady and is available at Dunham’s. This 250 grain FTX bullet boasts a velocity of 2200 fps at the muzzle, 1835 fps at 100 yards and 1255 fps at 300 yards. In combination with energy ratings of 2687 lb.ft. at muzzle, 1868 lb.ft. at 100 yards and 874 lb.ft. at 300 yards, this load has enough energy to harvest deer at an extended range. Traditional shotgun slugs have considerably less energy at 200 yards. Neal Emery, marketing operations manager for Hornady said, “The .450 Bushmaster cartridge increases the range by more than 100 yards for the average shooter as compared to a shotgun slug.”

Dunham’s is well equipped to provide everything you need to hung in the new Limited Firearm Zone, while meeting all your other hunting needs as well. Stop in today and let our knowledgeable consultants help you choose the gear that’s best for you.

-Deer Abby

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Precision Ammunition

Hunters need to be on top of the constant technological advances and innovations in firearms, scent-masking and baiting, but they shouldn’t overlook the trends and changes in ammunition as well. Changes to all types of hunting equipment come as often as opening day, but what should hunters be looking for with this year’s brand-new types of ammo?
 
According to Jessica Kallam of Remington, there are two main focuses for ammunition companies, aside from the new technology. “Price vs. performance remains the focus,” Kallam said. “Hunters are looking for a bargain now that ammo is starting to show back up on the shelves. Quality and consistency of performance is a theme we hear from hunters. After a long period of high rate production, many want to know that overall quality is still a focus in the American ammunition industrial base.”
 
While Remington is keeping up with its tradition of quality performance ammunition, they’ve made some impressive advances to their already industry-leading products, most notably with their HyperSonic models. “HyperSonic Rifle Bonded™ features the Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded bullet at velocities up to 200 fps faster than standard loads,” Kallam explained. “HyperSonic Steel™: The world’s fastest, hardest hitting steel loads at 1,700 fps. HyperSonic Slug™: New for 2014, the world’s fastest shotgun slug at 2,300 fps utilizes proven Xelerator™ sabot-wad technology. The industry leading AccuTip™ bonded slug features 95 percent weight retention, massive expansion and deep penetration.”
 
Celebrating its 75th year helping hunters land their trophy bucks as the “deadliest mushroom in the woods,” Core-Lokt ammo is extremely popular ammunition that can be found at your local Dunham’s.“The Core-Lokt bullet was the first controlled expansion bullet designed to retain its jacket for maximum weight retention, expansion and penetration for stellar terminal performance on game,” Kallam said.
 
For those looking for a bargain in addition to their prey, Remington has some special offers that hunters should keep in their crosshairs, such as the Remington Nitro-Steel waterfowl loads. Nearing waterfowl season, this ammunition gives hunters an affordable price without sacrificing Remington quality.
 
Remington will also be offering some rebates on their already affordable products. Hunters should be on the lookout for rebates on all Core-Lokt and premium rifle ammunition, Express buckshot, Slugger™ shotgun slugs, Premier AccuTip™ slugs and Premier Copper Solid™ slugs.
 
With opening day getting closer by the minute, don’t forget to take advantage of some of the fantastic updates in Remington products as well as the rebates to save a few bucks. With the quality, tradition and performance of Remington and the selection and know-how of Dunham’s, make it a hunting season for the record books.
 
-Deer Abby
 
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