Presented below are my top 5 deer rifles. Comments and disagreements are welcomed.
I went through phases (especially in my teens and 20s) where I thought I needed more power, more flash, more rounds, and more everything else. I’d spend the entire off-season lusting after guns and by the time the hunt came around, I’d pay for it. The few times I got the “gun of my dreams,” it had consumed my attention. I spent all my time cleaning, sighting, and customizing. So I gave little or no thought to the hunt. This always hurt me. If I didn’t get the gun I thought I wanted, I was so down on my old rifle that my confidence wavered every time I shouldered it.
So now my view is simplified. So here are 5 simple, straightforward rifles I’d grab without hesitation.
Kimber Model 84M Classic
This rifle is incredibly light and maneuverable. And it’s made out of wood and steel, so I don’t know how they pulled it off with more traditional materials. No aluminum No synthetics. It’s available in several deer-appropriate calibers. I’ve always been a fan of .243s.
Ruger International 77RSI
The barrel is just 18 inches, but give me this rifle with just the iron sights and I’m comfortable out to about 200 yards. At only 7 pounds, it’s awesome when you’re on the ground and stalking.
Browning A-Bolt II Medallion
If you want a long range bolter, look no further. No glitz. No flash. Just precision. You can dress it up if you want–a model is available with a composite stock and stainless steel barrel. But I stick with the walnut stock.
Weatherby Mark V Deluxe
If any picture comes to mind when I say Weatherby, this is it. This rifle has become a legend in it’s own right. And for a production rifle, it has the feel of something hand crafted. You will spend more money buying this gun. But the return makes it a bargain. The only thing about a gun this nice is that I’m afraid to tear it up. But locked and loaded, this gun shoots as good as it looks.
Last but most certainly not least is this little gem. The lever action makes you feel like you should be shooting from the back of a horse. But this gun isn’t a wild west novelty. It’s a venison machine.
So there are my top 5 deer rifles. I’ve owned a few but shot them all. What are you shooting these days?