The .450 Bushmaster is an extremely lethal cartridge for hard-to-kill game out to 150 yards or so (maybe a bit more). I was fortunate to be one of the testers of this new cartridge on a Hornady sponsored hog hunt in South Carolina before it was released. Every shooter killed every hog he fired at with a single shot . . . except one, and that was because the industry luminary who shall remain nameless shot the hog in the ass instead of the head! Thankfully, that hog was dispatched the very next day with a properly-placed shot. Rock River Arms has recognized the value of the .450 Bushmaster by introducing its new, impressively-light (6.8 lbs.) LAR-15 .450 Bushmaster ($1,175).

This mid-length, A4 carbine features a 16-inch, stainless steel, Cyro-treated barrel, forged upper and lower receivers, M-Lok compatible, 13-inch free floated forend with full-length Picatinny top rail, RRA Operator muzzle brake threaded at 5/8” x 32 TPI, RRA’s really excellent 2-stage trigger with winter trigger guard, low-profile gas block, RRA Operator CAR adjustable-length buttstock, RRA overmolded A2 rubber pistol grip and standard controls. It comes with one high-capacity magazine, an RRA lockable hard case and a 1-MOA accuracy guarantee. Extended length is 37.5 inches. You can look forward to an in-depth feature review of this one in the not-too-distant future. Contact Rock River Arms; Tel.: (866) 980-ROCK; Web: www.rockriverarms.com