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You CAN Afford to Hunt! Here Are 5 of the Best Budget Hunting Rifles

Are you a serious hunter operating on a limited budget?

It used to be that the term “budget hunting rifle” was code for “piece of junk.” However, times have changed and many companies are now producing some reasonably priced, yet still high quality hunting rifles.

While it is true that most budget hunting rifles are not quite as good as some of the more expensive models on the market, every rifle on this list of the best budget hunting rifles is an extremely capable hunting rifle in the right hands. Things have changed quite a bit in the last few decades and some of these budget hunting rifles are more accurate than the top of the line models of yesteryear.

All of the choices on our list of the best hunting rifles deliver great performance at a reasonable price. Continue reading to learn all about our choices for the best budget hunting rifles.

1. Browning X-Bolt Composite Stalker, .280 Remington

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Sportsman’s Guide

If you’re a fan of the venerable Browning X-Bolt, but you are on a budget, then the Browning X-Bolt Composite Stalker in .280 Remington is the perfect rifle for you. The rifle combines a high quality free-floating barrel, a hand reamed chamber, and a crisp feather trigger, adjustable from three to five pounds, to deliver great accuracy. It also features the unique 60° Browning bolt lift that allows the shooter to cycle the bolt in a faster and smoother manner.

2. Savage 110 Trophy Hunter XP Package, .300 Win Mag

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Sportsman’s Guide

First designed in the 1950s as a high quality, yet reasonably priced hunting rifle, the Savage Model 110 was named after its price when introduced ($110). Savage got it right with the Model 110 and it has a well deserved reputation for being both accurate and reliable. Savage decided not to mess with a good thing and no other hunting rifle has been in continuous production as the Savage Model 110.

Though the retail price of the Savage Model 110 is a little higher than the other choices on this list of budget hunting rifles, keep in mind that it comes standard with a Nikon 3-9X40mm scope.

3. Mossberg Patriot Combo, .308 Winchester

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Sportsman’s Guide

Mossberg developed a name for itself by building high quality shotguns at a reasonable price. They recently crossed over into the rifle market, but they are still abiding by the same mantra. They aimed to change the game with the Mossberg Patriot by selling the rifle at an extremely reasonable price and offering features such as a drop box magazine, recessed crown, fluted barrel, and an adjustable trigger standard on all versions of the rifle. In addition, this combo package at Sportsman’s Guide also includes a 3-9x40mm scope.

4. Weatherby Vanguard 2 Synthetic, .300 Win Mag

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Sportsman’s Guide

Weatherby rifles are known traditionally for two things: being accurate and being expensive. Well, that changed with the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2. It still comes with a sub-MOA (less than 1″ at 100 yards) guarantee. However, the Vanguard Series 2 is significantly less expensive than the other rifles Weatherby produces. It also features an adjustable two-stage trigger, a lightweight composite stock, and a hammer forged barrel.

5. Ruger American Rifle Compact, .308 Winchester

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Sportsman’s Guide

The Ruger American has everything you could ever want in a budget hunting rifle: it is lightweight, reliable, and extremely accurate. Though it does not come with the same sub-MOA guarantee as a Weatherby rifle, don’t be surprised if your Ruger American delivers that level of performance.

What do you think of our choices for the best budget hunting rifles? Did we miss any?

Like what you see here? You can read more great hunting articles by John McAdams on his hunting blog. Follow him on Twitter @TheBigGameHunt.

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You CAN Afford to Hunt! Here Are 5 of the Best Budget Hunting Rifles