Shopping for a new deer hunting rifle is always fun, but the process of narrowing down the many possibilities to the one firearm that best suits your shooting and hunting styles can also be frustrating.
So, we’ve done some of the legwork for you. In the space below, check out four of the best new bolt-action rifles that were introduced for the 2016 deer hunting season. All come in calibers suitable for whitetails, muleys and like-size game animals, and better still, they’re reasonably priced.
Based on Tikka’s two-locking-lug T3X all-weather action, the new SuperLite (above), with its synthetic Realtree Hardwoods HD stock and stainless bolt, receiver and fluted barrel, weighs in at just 6 pounds—a good choice for whitetail hunters who tend to wear down boot soles during the season. It’s available in 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., .308 Win., .30-06 Sprg. and .270 Win., and the single-column detachable magazine holds three or four rounds, depending on the caliber.
From the world-renowned Spanish barrel maker, Bergara, the new B-14 Hunter (above) is a highly accurate, extremely dependable and undeniably affordable firearm that will boost any shooter’s confidence. Equipped with the world-famous Bergara barrel crafted from 4140 CrMo steel and finished in matte blue, the rifle is guaranteed to produce sub-1.0 MOA groups at 100 yards using factory match-grade ammunition. Calibers: 6.5mm Creedmoor, .308 Win., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag. and .30-06 Sprg.
The 22-inch stainless-steel barrel featured on Kimber’s Hunter sporting rifle (above) delivers superb sub-MOA accuracy, while the lightweight reinforced-polymer stock is comfortable and easy to handle. A removable box magazine allows for quick and easy reloading, while a match-grade adjustable trigger ensures superb accuracy at the range or in the field. Calibers: 7mm-08 Rem., .30-06 Sprg., .280 Ackley, 6.5mm Creedmoor, .270 Win. and .243 Win.
The 100 percent American-made sporting rifle in this package deal (above) comes with a Vortex Crossfire II 3-9X40 riflescope. The rifle features the latest engineering innovations from Ruger, including a Marksman adjustable (3 to 5 pounds) trigger, ergonomic and lightweight composite stock and the Power Bedding integral block system that locks the receiver to the stock while free-floating the barrel for ultimate accuracy. The combination is ideal for rifle-toting whitetail hunters everywhere. Calibers: .308 Win., .30-06 Sprg., .270 Win., .243 Win. and .223 Rem.
This article was produced in cooperation with Cabela’s
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