Choosing the perfect hunting rifle is a more complex process than people give it credit for. Indeed, there was a time when there were far fewer hunting rifles to choose from. So the simplicity was inevitable. But there are far more options now. Determining the ultimate hunting rifle is a matter of considering both subjective and objective factors. There are hunting models that work for a wide variety of hunting contexts. What Type of Game Do You Hunt? Where Do You Hunt? How Do You Hunt?
1. Tikka T3 Hunter 22IN 30-06 Springfield Blue.
Tikka is actually a subsidiary of Beretta. Beretta has been making outstanding firearms for a really long time and has even held some military contracts. Tikka products are built to the same standards that Beretta has built their reputation on. The T3 is designed primarily for accuracy and durability. The barrel is free floating and the action is exceptionally rigid.
2. Savage Arms 16/116 Trophy Hunter XP 24IN 270 WSM Stainless.
Savage Arms has been a legitimate contender in the hunting and precision rifles industry for a long time. Their XP line of products is one of the most likely to dethrone some of the incumbent kings of the bolt action rifle kingdom. The Savage Arms Trophy Hunter XP comes with some added value: it’s packaged with the Nikon 3-9×40 BDC Reticle Scope. The most notable feature of the Hunter XP is the trigger. Savage built the Hunter XP with their patented AccuTrigger and built in safety. The AccuTrigger is adjustable, so you can set the pull weight as low as you like.
3. Remington 700 SPS 24IN 30-06 Springfield Stainless.
The Remington 700 is a legend in the bolt action rifle industry. It was the precision firearm used by the military for decades. It’s recently been edged out by a more modern firearm. But it’s still an amazing platform for shooters who want to use some aftermarket parts to make a more personalized rifle. The standard hunting model comes with a 24 inch barrel, which provides more than enough long range capability for hunting and even a little long range competition shooting.
4. Remington 783 22IN 30-06 Springfield Blue.
Remington makes products for every price point. The Remington 783 is Remington’s price point hunting rifle. Even though it’s affordable, it’s still a solid firearm. The most obvious feature of the 783 is that it comes with a scope. However, unlike some firearm and scope packages, its scope is not a great scope. You’ll most likely want to swap it out at some point. The standard barrel length is 22 inches, which is great for hunting at 300 to 600 yards. It’s enough for light competition.
5. Winchester Model 70 Featherweight 22IN 308 Winchester Blue.
Winchester is one of the great American firearms makers. They’ve been making firearms and ammunition for over 100 years. The Winchester Model 70 Featherweight has been one of their flagship models for decades. The design is so good that they actually haven’t changed it a whole lot over the years. As you might have guessed from the name, the Model 70 is a nice light hunting rifle. Both the wood stock and synthetic stock variants come in at 6.5 pounds. So it won’t hurt to hike around with this gun.