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New Guns & Gear for 2014

Check out this year's selection of the latest shotguns, ammo, and accessories for waterfowlers
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AMMUNITION

1. Kent TealSteel Now Available in New Shot Size 
When Kent presented its new TealSteel loads last season, the reception by teal hunters was so positive that the company decided to expand the product line to include loads of steel 6s as well as 5s, which were available in limited markets last year. TealSteel Waterfowl is a 12-gauge, 3-inch shotshell that pushes a 1 1/4-ounce load of steel shot at 1,350 fps. Consistent patterns with plenty of pellets make this ammo a good choice for intercepting these zippy little puddle ducks. kentgamebore.com 

2. New Hevi-Steel Loads Are Lighter on the Wallet 
Hevi-Shot has long been on the cutting edge of nontoxic ammunition development. Last year the company unveiled its Speed Ball loads. Named for their unique design, these shells feature a ball at the base of the wad, which accelerates pellets without raising chamber pressures. This year Hevi-Shot has added affordably priced Hevi-Steel loads to its roster. The 12-gauge, 2 3/4- and 3-inch shells are available in loads of BBBs, BBs, 1s, 2s, 3s, and 4s. The 20-gauge, 3-inch loads come with 1-ounce payloads of 1s, 2s, and 3s. hevishot.com

3. Rio Brings Back Bismuth Ammo
Bismuth shot is back, thanks to Rio Ammunition. Headquartered in Spain, the company also maintains a manufacturing plant in Tennessee, where a wide variety of shells are produced. Rio's new bismuth options include 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, and 7s in 2 3/4- and 3-inch 12-gauge cartridges, and 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s in 2 3/4-inch 20-gauge cartridges. The 12-gauge loads rate from 1,350 to 1,400 fps, while the 20-gauge loads rate at 1,250 fps. rioammo.com

4. Winchester Expands Hunting and Target Loads 
Winchester recently added to its selection of Blind Side ammo. The unique hex-shaped shot with the Diamond Cut Wad is now available in a 12-gauge, 3 1/2-inch cartridge that carries 1 3/8 ounces of steel 5s at velocities of 1,675 fps. Also new is a 12-gauge, 3-inch shell with 1 1/8 ounces of BBs traveling at the same velocity. Finally, 20-gauge shooters now have the option of a 3-inch load with 1 1/16 ounces of 3s and 6s propelled at 1,475 fps. 

For shooting practice, you might want to consider Winchester's unique AA TrAAcker shells. These are essentially Winchester's famous AA target shells with a new wad that traps enough pellets to provide mass that helps the wad stay with the pellets well downrange. This allows you to see where the shot goes, which can help improve your shooting. As a proud partner of Ducks Unlimited, Winchester helps support DU's conservation efforts. winchester.com

5. TruLock Unveils Waterfowl Chokes 
Trulock recently added a Waterfowl Hunting Pack to its wide assortment of aftermarket choke tubes. These 12-gauge stainless steel chokes are safe to use with all nontoxic shot and are available in a variety of designs for different shotgun models. The Trulock website will help you find the right chokes for your particular gun. trulockchokes.com

6. Refuge Gun Case Is Built for Waterfowlers 
Alps Outdoorz has added a new floating gun case to its line of outdoor gear. The Refuge case is made with a durable 600-denier polyester outer shell and a polyester-lined interior. A fold-over Velcro closure is designed to prevent your gun from slipping out of this high-density foam case. This product is available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage and measures 55 inches long. alpsoutdoorz.com

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