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8 of the Best Deer Hunting Rifles On the Market Today For Hunters New and Experienced


These are some of the best deer hunting rifles on the market.

Deer season is finally here, and we have firearms season on the mind. It won't be long before deer hunters are headed afield, rifles in hand in pursuit of whitetails and mule deer. Now is the time to pick up a new gun for the upcoming seasons if you haven't already.

Whether you've been hunting your whole life and are looking for an upgrade to your hunting gear or a brand-new hunter looking for your first big game hunting rifle, the guns on this list will fit a variety of budgets and skill levels.

These are our picks for eight of the best deer hunting rifles on the market today.

Remington Model 700

We'll start this list off with a classic American bolt-action rifle. The Model 700 is available in a variety of chamberings perfect for deer including .270 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30-06 Springfield, .308 Winchester and more. They also build these rifles to fit a variety of budgets. Check out the ADL line for a series of affordable rifle/scope combos. Remington offers some models with threaded carbon steel barrels ready for suppressors. They also offer plenty of stock options. Prefer an old-school look, go with a wood or laminate. Want something light that will stand up to the elements? Consider one of the many Model 700s with a synthetic stock. Either way, these rifles get great reviews for their buttery-smooth action and long-distance capability and reliability.


Ruger American Rifle

Ruger has knocked it out of the park recently when it comes to offering options for hunters in their American Rifle line. They offer all the usual and traditional popular deer calibers, but they have also focused heavily on straight-wall cartridges like .350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster for states with restrictions on centerfire rifle calibers like Michigan or Indiana. Ruger offers standard models with longer 22-inch barrel lengths and their popular "Ranch" line that feature a more compact 16-inch barrel package. These rifles feature a three-lug bolt with a 70-degree throw. Most use detachable box magazines. They also offer excellent ergonomics. Ruger managed to drop the weight to six pounds and under for some models, ideal for a backcountry deer hunt. They also sell combo packs topped with Vortex Crossfire II scopes for hunters looking for even more value.

Weatherby Vanguard

The Weatherby name has always been associated with quality big game hunting rifles and the Vanguard line is no exception. These guns are all about accuracy, to the point that Weatherby guarantees sub-MOA groups at 100 yards straight out of the box with factory ammo. That's a heck of a guarantee! These rifles feature cold hammer forged barrels, a match grade adjustable trigger, and a fluted bolt body. These rifles have generous recoil pads to soak up the kick from larger rounds and a three-position safety makes this rifles extremely safe. Weatherby builds many of these rifles to stand up to the elements with Cerakote finishes and polymer and synthetic stocks. These rifles offer some variants like their Meateater editions with longer 24 and 26-inch barrels with higher twist rates for even more accuracy at a distance. Perfect for marksmen and women who want to bag a big buck at a distance.

Thompson Center Compass

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Thompson/Center has long been known for their single shot rifles and muzzleloaders, but they have started to expand into bolt-action rifles in recent years. The Compass is a great option for whitetail deer hunters looking for a rifle that costs less than $400. The company offers several different variants including the Compass Utility, Compass II, and Compass II Compact to fit a variety of hunting styles. These rifles are available in plenty of popular deer hunting calibers like .300 Winchester Magnum, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm Remington Magnum and more. T/C offers these rifles in combo packages with Crimson Trace optics already mounted, but they also sell un-scoped versions with drilled and tapped receivers. The muzzles are also threaded for suppressors.

Marlin Model 336

When it comes to legendary lever action rifles, the Marlin 336 is a deer-killing machine. These rifles are chambered in .35 Remington and .30-30 Winchester. Marlin offers this rifle in a variety of finishes from a classic hardwood, maple and laminate to blued and a matte black on the "Dark" series of guns. These rifles are fed through tubular magazines. That Dark version also features a threaded muzzle to take lever guns into the modern era of firearms. Speaking of which, the lever action makes for fast follow-up shots. This makes the 336 the perfect brush gun. Most of these rifles are sold with brass bead and folding rear sights. However, Marlin also sells a variant with a 3-9x32 scope already mounted and bore sighted, making it faster to get in the field than ever before.


Browning BAR Mark III

One of the higher-end semi-automatic offerings on the market, the Browning BAR is chambered for many popular whitetail calibers like .300 Win Mag, .243 Winchester, 7mm Rem Mag, .270 WSM and more. These semi-autos are gas operated and cycle quickly so you can make that extra shot if you need it. These guns have hammer-forged barrels. Variety is the name of the game here. From a matte black composite to a Turkish walnut to a Cerakote to help protect from the elements, there are plenty of options to suit every hunter's tastes. An Inflex recoil pad helps make fast shooting even more manageable. These rifles are on the more expensive side, but the Browning name is one you can rely on for years to come.

Mossberg Patriot

Another great option for hunters who want a solid hunting rifle without breaking the bank. The Patriot line offers a bevy of caliber options including straight wall options like 350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster. Mossberg sells these rifles with walnut and synthetic stocks. Some of the synthetic options come in under the seven pound mark. The Patriots feature fluted barrels either 22 or 24 inches in length for excellent long-range accuracy. Many are also threaded to accept suppressors. Mossberg also builds these rifles into a variety of different camo patterns. The amazing thing is how affordable these guns are. Even the scoped youth combos can be found for under $400, making this a solid starter rifle for a brand-new hunter.

Savage Model 110

It's hard to go wrong with a classic. The Savage Arms Model 110 has downed thousands of deer over the years and will likely continue to do so for a very long time. In recent years, Savage began fitting most of the Model 110s with their signature AccuFit System. This allows you to adjust the length of pull, comb height, and trigger pull without visits to expensive gunsmiths. These rifles are available in almost every popular deer hunting caliber one could want. There is a variant for almost every hunting style too. Find yourself in dense, brushy areas often? Consider the Scout with a shorter 16-inch barrel. Like to hunt in harsh elements deep in the backcountry? Consider the lightweight Storm that comes in under six pounds and has a stainless steel barrel that will stand up to rain and snow.

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