New Guns and Ammo at the 2011 SHOT Show

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1 | Beretta

Beretta Xtrema 2 with B-Warm Grip: Rumor has it Beretta will be introducing a synthetic waterfowl version of their Xplor autoloading shotgun this spring, but for now, one of the coolest things we saw was the B-Warm grip, an addition to the Xtrema 2. The pistol grip opens up to accept a handwarmer. If you’ve ever held onto your shotgun with bare hands on a cold day in the blind, you know this is a good idea.

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2 | Thompson Center

Thompson Center Venture Predator Rifle: Introduced mid-year last year, the Venture Predator is built on the bolt-action Venture design and designed for predator hunters. It comes with a MOA accuracy guarantee and is available in .204, .223, .22-250 and .308. The gun also featuresT/C's new Weather Shield technology.

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3 | Winchester

Winchester Blind Side Shotshells: Winchester’s new Blind Side waterfowl load is a radical departure from a standard steel load. It’s loaded with Winchester's Hex shot, which, as the name implies, is hexagonal shaped. This allows the pellets to be stacked inside the shell, so a 3-inch shell will hold 172 No. 2 Hex pellets, vs. 152 round pellets. Winchester’s Diamond Cut Wad system keep the shot together for tight patterns up close and at long range. Expect to pay $20 to $25 for a box of 25.

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4 | Smith and Wesson

Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22: Smith’s M&P 15-22 has been a hit with AR enthusiasts looking to plink on a budget. This year Smith and Wesson has complemented the line with a Realtree APG model that’s equally at home on the range or in the squirrel woods. The rifle comes standard with 10-round magazines but can accept 25-rounders. It includes standard AR accessories such as a quad rail handguard for optics, adjustable stock and a match-grade precision barrel.

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5 | Benelli

Benelli Super Vinci: Benelli’s Vinci, which among other things featured modular construction for extreme cleaning ease, has already caught on big-time with waterfowl and turkey hunters. Now,Benelli is offering a new Super Vinci model, which can handle 3 ½-inch shells (the original Vinci was a 3-inch gun). The Super Vinci sports several enhanced features as well, including a larger trigger guard and safety for use with gloved hands.

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6 | Federal

Federal Heavyweight Mag-Shok 2 ¾-inch 20-gauge Turkey Load: Premium pellets and loads have certainly helped make the 20 gauge a viable turkey gun—in fact, many turkey hunters now prefer a 20 because of its light weight and low recoil. Federal has taken that concept a step further this year with a new 2 ¾-inch Mag-shok 20-gauge turkey load. It’s loaded with 1 1/8 ounces of premium No. 7 Heavyweight pellets.

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7 | Remington

Remington Versa Max: Remington's new gas-operated Versa Max is already getting high marks from waterfowl hunters. The gun is designed from the ground-up for perfect reliability and minimal recoil with everything from 2 ¾-inch trap loads to heavy 3 ½-inch magnums. Suggested retail is about $1,600.

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8 | Savage

Savage Model 93R17 XP Snow Rifle: This rimfire package, available in either .17 HMR or .22 Long Rifle, comes standard with a 3x9 boresighted scope and is available in a Realtree AP Snow camo pattern. Perfect for wintertime varmint shooting. MSRP is $456.

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9 | CVA

CVA Powerbelt AeroLite: CVA has introduced an upgrade to their popular PowerBelt bullets. The Powerbelt AeroLite has the same popular features as the original bullet (easy to load and highly accurate), but has a more solid construction for deeper penetration. It’s designed for use with lighter 100-grain powder charges. Available in 250- and 300-grain weights.

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10 | CCI

CCI Tactical .22: Capitalizing on the popularity of tactical style rimfires,  CCI has developed a new round specifically tailored for totally reliable operation in semiautomatic rifles. The 40-grain solid bullet should make for a great squirrel and small-game load, too. 

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The SHOT Show. Just walking around here creates something of a giddy feeling, like a teenage girl at the world’s biggest mall with the instructions, “Spend all the money you want. See you in three days.” (Well, at least if you like to hunt and shoot guns. If you don’t like to hunt and shoot guns, you’re probably on the wrong Web site).

The Realtree.com team is walking the floor of the SHOT Show in Las Vegas this week to review and photograph cool new hunting and shooting products for 2011. On day one, we looked at new guns and ammo. Here’s some of what we found.