Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12X42mm
The folks at Vortex Optics have been busy reworking some of their riflescopes. The Diamondback line has always been representative of great value from the company, and now they've bumped up the features of that line a little more by adding an HP (High Performance) sub group.
The 3-12X42 mm Diamondback HP from Vortex Optics.
These scopes will be available in 2-8X32mm, 3-12X42mm and 4-16X42mm configurations. All will feature a side focus adjustment that, depending on model, will focus down to 20 or 30 yards. Eye relief will be a minimum of 4 inches and shooters can choose the Vortex BDC or V-Plex reticle. With a retail price around $400 and the Vortex Lifetime Guarantee, all should make great predator and varmint scopes.
I could use this entire post to describe the new callers from Foxpro; they have that many new ones. However, my favorite is the Fusion model, partly because it has a camo pattern done in coyote skulls. Gotta like that! But the features look good, too.
Foxpro's Fusion e-caller with a coyote skull camo pattern.
It comes with 100 pre-loaded sounds and has a 1,000-sound capacity. Dual speakers broadcast those sounds and they're user reprogrammable using the built-in USB port. There are jacks for two external speakers—one for a decoy and another for charging batteries. The remote is loaded with features, too, and the entire unit looks like a great caller for just under $500.
Knight & Hale Rogue Warrior Never use an e-caller without an old-fashioned mouth call for backup, and Knight and Hale's new Rogue Warrior looks like a good bet.
The Rogue Warrior predator mouth call from Knight & Hale.
It's compact and has open-reed versatility, allowing a hunter to make everything from coyote vocalizations to distress sounds. It'll be on store shelves in time for next winter.
The .25-45 Sharps
There's a new coyote caliber in town and it's called the .25-45 Sharps. As the name implies, it's been developed by the Sharps Rifle Company. And no, it's not designed for use in falling-block Buffalo guns.
The .25-46 Sharps is a new caliber for 2014.
This round looks a lot like a .223 Remington necked up to .25 caliber. All that's needed to convert a .223 caliber rifle to this new round is a barrel change, as both the bolt and magazine remain the same. Initial loadings use an 87- or a 65-grain bullet, with the 87-grain slug reaching 3,000 fps in a 24-inch barrel. The 65 grainer should be faster and might be an interesting coyote option. The round is being released as a non-proprietary item, so it has the potential to catch on quickly if shooters like it.
No New Bullets
The SHOT Show is great for highlighting new products, but sometimes the story is not what's new, but what's missing. I've walked the SHOT Show floors long enough to notice when things are missing, and this year it's new bullets. I checked with Hornady, Sierra and Berger, and all told me they are too busy trying to keep up with demand to even consider introducing any new bullets for handloaders. That's a good-news story if it means more people are shooting, but it also means component bullets can be hard to find. We all know that's a reality right now, but all the manufacturers assured me they're doing their best to increase production. Hopefully, next year I'll be able to report they succeeded in meeting demand and there are some new bullets to play with.