The Best Hunting Guns On The Market Today

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We know how much you look forward to your hunt. And no hunt is much of any fun if you’re walking around with a pea-shooter, or some wimpy gun. That’s why we’re bringing you the best deer guns on the market here for you today. Whether your out hunting for whitetails in the cedar swamp. or hitting the open prairie for mule deer, you want to have a gun that gives you the power to capture that big game kill.
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Beanfield Sniper

With a hefty 26-inch barrel, the Remington Sendero SF II is built to pack as much velocity as possible in its flat-­shooting cartridges for those long, but necessary accurate shots. This rifle is by no means light. It’s a heavy one that – when you add in a scope – is going to weigh 10 or more pounds. So it’s ideal for those short hikes when it doesn’t bother you to lug a beefy rig. The rigid HS Precision stock is perfect for accuracy, and it’s available in 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., and .300 Rem. Ultramag. Price: $1,465
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Timber Classic

The Marlin 336C is a lever gun, not to instill some sense of misguided nostalgia, but rather, because it strikes a nice balance between portability, handling, and firepower that no other deer rifle has. The “thuddy-thuddy” is a top deer cartridge, but I prefer the .35 Rem., which packs greater punch. Either way, you simply can’t go wrong. Topped with a peep sight, or a low-magnification scope, the Marlin 336C is perfect for hunting dark timber or, from inside the confines of a small blind. Its also got a moderate recoil, along with a magazine capacity that most bolt guns wish they had. Price: $610
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Alpine Shooter

The Sako Finnlight grabbed Outdoor Life’s Editor’s Top Choice award a couple of years back thanks to its incredible accuracy and reliability, which are typically not awarded to rifles that have thin barrels, or other weight-saving features. Making a gun light weight often compromises performance, but not so with the 6-pound Finnlight. You can shoot this rifle until it’s hot enough to fry a steak on its fluted barrel, and it still manages tight groups. It also comes in a wide range of calibers—.260 Rem., .270 WSM, 6.5×55 SE, 7mm Rem. Mag., just to name a few—but if you ask me, the .308 is hard to top as its got the cartridge’s mild recoil, proven killing power, and wide selection of accurate loads. Price: $1,699
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All-Purpose All-Star

When you’re looking for the best all-around big-game bolt gun, you can’t find one better than the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2. This rifle hits a sweet spot for their accuracy, handling, craftsmanship, and best of all, price. The Weatherby made some rather nice refinements with Series 2— such as a better trigger and stock, along with a handy three-position safety—which really just took the rifle from very good, to great. Vanguards come in an assortment of configurations and calibers, but if you’re looking for a no-muss no-fuss gun for any type of deer, then go for the Stainless Synthetic. It handles the best in rough weather, and with Weatherby’s accuracy guarantee, you can count on the rifle to accurately guide your shot to its mark. Price: $799
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Penny-Pincher

For a price of just over 400 bucks, the Ruger American is a rifle built with a good barrel, along with an innovative bedding system. It also comes equipped with an adjustable trigger with three-lug action that lets it run smoothly from the shoulder, which no semi-custom bolt guns do. What you also get with this rifle is a Weaver-style scope bases, which makes it all the more bang-for-your buck (sorry, guns puns are par for the course here). The only real knock on the rifle are its aesthetics, as this rifle seems a little ungenerous given its value. Also, the stock feels a bit weak in your hands, and it’s definitely not a rifle someone’s going to mount above their mantlepiece. Price: $499
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Small-Plot Smasher

Planning on hunting on a small parcel of private ground anytime soon? If so, you’re gonna need a rifle that can put down an animal in a hurry. And that rifle is this Ambush 300 Blackout right here. Most hunters will opt for the supersonic .30-caliber loads that fires bullets weighing around 115 to 125 grains at 2,200 fps or more. For shots out to 200 yards, these rounds are perfect – and deadly – given its moderate recoil and semi-automatic operation of the Ambush. Those fast follow-up shots are more than possible if needed. The Ambush also comes with a threaded 16-inch barrel, so attaching a sound suppressor to dampen the muzzle blast is a breeze to do, should you want to save your hearing, along with the hearing of those that live nearby. Price: $1,799
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First-Timer outfit

Are you new to the hunt and are looking to get a gun to simply get you going? If so, the H&R Handi Rifle is perfect for the young, or inexperienced hunter. The Handi Rifle’s operation couldn’t be simpler. Its got a small lever on the back of the receiver to unlocks the action. And when your ready to hunt, you simply drop a round in the pipe and close the gun – that’s it, and that simple. There’s really no way to mess things up. This rifle also has pretty good triggers, which are quite accurate as well. You know, there’s just something to be said for a single-shot, which forces you to be more accurate and develop your marksmanship skills. Essentially, think of this gun as a training device for all the other guns here. Price: $322
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The Savage M220 Stainless Camo is as accurate as it gets with its patented Savage Accu-­Trigger. It’s a gun that’s chambered in 20-gauge. One of the other reasons it’s so great is that the slugs are much softer for shooting than 12-gauge slugs. The rifles have a detachable box magazine that holds two rounds and is available in a number of different grades, be it plain black with a synthetic stock or, the more preferred (but slightly pricier) stainless and camouflage finish Price: $582
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Muzzleloading workhorse

This Thompson/Center Pro Hunter FX is the best muzzleloader, bar none. It’s a rifle that’s well made, easy to clean, great to shoot, and is comfortably designed with its stocks and good ergonomics. Should you find yourself in areas that don’t allow optics, the open sights on the Pro Hunter FX totally does its job well. The recoil-dampening system that’s built into the stock – housing a series of squishy strips that compress under recoil – is extremely effective. Price: $649
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Open-Country Stalker

Meet the new kid in town: the 26 Nosler M48 Patriot. It’s a rifle that’s perfect for those who like to stalk medium-size game. The Nosler’s initial loads in this 6.5mm caliber are a 129-grain AccuBond Longrange at 3,500 fps, along with a 140-grain AccuBond at 3,300 fps – perfect for effectively hitting those long-range hunting rounds. This gun’s ballistics and ammunition is only part of the story, though. The M48 Patriot is a killer bolt gun because every component on this rifle is top-notch, as the designer who built it are actually expert hunters and shooters themselves. Price: $1,695
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