7 of the Best Deer Hunting Rifles On the Market For Hunters New and Experienced
These are some of the best deer hunting rifles on the market.
Deer hunting season is just around the corner, and many hunters are scrambling to find the perfect rifle to take with them in pursuit of whitetails and mule deer. We're here to show you some of our favorite rifles for bagging that first buck of the season. As you know, there are many variables to consider when choosing the right deer gun for your hunting style. A perfect rifle for one hunter could be terrible for another hunter, depending on their preferences. These are our seven picks for the best deer hunting rifles on the market today.
Savage Model 110
The Savage Arms Model 110 has been a long-standing best-seller in the world of deer hunting rifles for decades. It's the oldest continuously manufactured bolt action rifle in North America! It's accurate and easy to shoot, and it's capable of taking down any whitetail that dares to cross its path. In recent years, Savage began fitting most of the Model 110s with their signature AccuFit System. The first-of-its-kind AccuTrigger system is easily adjustable, offers a light, clean pull with no creep, and prevents the firearm from discharging if jarred or dropped, all without visiting expensive gunsmiths. The Savage 110 isn't just for whitetail; they've got caliber options for big game hunting, varmints, predators, target shooting, and more.
Remington Model 700
The Model 700 is a bolt-action rifle from the late 1950s. In addition to being available in various chamberings, perfect for deer, including .270 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30-06 Springfield, and .308 Winchester, the classic look screams "Deer Hunter" to anyone who sees it. So if you're worried about being mistaken for a paintballer, have no fear. They also build these rifles to fit a variety of budgets. Check out the ADL series for more affordable rifle/scope combos.
Browning BAR Mark III
If you've ever asked "what's the best semi auto rifle for deer hunting?" on some online forum, you've probably come across the Browning Bar Mark III. Browning has been around since 1878 and is one of the most renowned gun manufacturers in the world. The BAR was the rifle that set the standard for autoloading hunting rifles. The latest MK 3 version builds on the previous iterations with completely new styling, a precision alloy receiver, and a hammer-forged barrel. It's not the cheapest option, but who can put a price on getting that second (or third) shot off in time. The BAR features accuracy and performance that will make autoloading enthusiasts out of the most skeptical riflemen. Like all previously mentioned deer rifles, the Browning BAR Mark III is chambered for many popular whitetail calibers like .300 Win Mag, .243 Winchester, 7mm Rem Mag, .270 WSM, and more.
Thompson Center Compass
The company offers several different variants, including the Compass Utility, Compass II, and Compass II Compact, to fit various hunting situations. T/C offers these combo packages with mounted Crimson Trace optics, but they also sell un-scoped versions with drilled and tapped receivers. They are pretty dang affordable, making it a great budget-friendly option. The only downside is the poly stock. Maybe I'm just old school, but I prefer the feel of a wooden stock. The Thompson Center rifles are available in plenty of popular deer hunting calibers like .300 Winchester Magnum, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm Remington Magnum, and something like 4 other calibers. They've got you covered.
Ruger American Rifle
Ruger has always offered great options for hunters. Recently, they have taken it to the next level with the American Rifle. This model comes standard with a 22-inch barrel, but the Ranch line offers a more compact 18-inch barrel. These guns are perfect for deer hunting. They offer all the usual and traditional popular deer calibers. Still, 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.
Tikka T3x LITE POLYFADE
The Finnish manufactured Tikka T3x LITE Polyfade is fly as hell. The Polyface is a lightweight, durable, and accurate bolt-action rifle. With a muzzle brake reducing felt recoil and easy to handle weight, thanks to a fluted bolt and lite barrel, the Tikka T3x LITE Polyfade rifle is a winner on either at the range or in the field. And with a Cerakote coating on the barrel, helping it be impervious to weather makes the Polyfade a legacy firearm. It weighs, depending on options, around 6-7 pounds with a three-shot capacity. The T3x Lite comes in the new Veil Wideband camo pattern and is chambered in 10 different caliber options. It's a sexy beast and might be the most difficult of our list to get your hands on, but once you do, you're going to be in heaven.
Weatherby's Vanguard line is an affordable yet high-quality rifle. They are accurate to the point that Weatherby guarantees sub-MOA groups at 100 yards right out of the box, and that's with factory ammo. They're not messing around! I'm partial to the Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe in .270 Win. It boasts a high-gloss walnut stock with a Monte Carlo cheekpiece, rosewood forend tip, grip cap, and bright polish blued receiver with a 24" barrel. Might as well look sexy when you're freezing your ass off in a blind some November morning. But that's just me, you do you.
We could talk about different rifles for days and days. Let us hear what you're sporting right now in the comments. Did I overlook one? Maybe it'll make our following list of big game hunting rifles. Or should we cover what the best caliber for whitetail deer hunting is? Thanks for coming deer rifle window shopping with me.