No matter if you’re stalking a bear or a varmint, odds are you’ll turn to a centerfire rifle before any other firearm. Each rifle on the market has its own specific area of peak performance, which makes each gun attractive for different reasons to different hunters.
While there are many multi-tasking rifles on the market, you may also consider buying a rifle or caliber tailored specifically for one particular species or task. Shopping for a new hunting rifle can really become a headache if you’re not exactly sure what to look for. Whether you’re planning your next hunt or just in the market for a new go-to rifle, Petersen’s Hunting has you covered with this list of the best hunting rifles of 2013.
- If there is a Bugatti of the gun world, it is the Blaser R8. Remarkable German engineering makes for a superbly accurate, incredibly fast straight-pull, takedown bolt-action rifle with barrel/caliber interchangeability. The most recent finesse on the model adds a thumbhole stock, which may slow down follow-up shots but aids consistent, accurate shooting. Made of high-tech synthetic material, the “Professional Success” stock is available with a leather upgrade, wherein weatherproofed fine leather inlays replace the elastomer grip inlays. It’s both beautifully done and very cool.