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10 Quality Deer Rifles for Under $500

by Doug Howlett   |  March 14th, 2012 7

The price of gas is again soaring, and with it the cost of groceries, raw materials and any thing else that needs to be transported is climbing as well. Seems the price of everything actually has gone up in recent years including the items hunters and shooters hold dearest to them — their firearms! It’s getting harder and harder to find a brand new tack-driving rifle that you won’t have to take out a small loan to buy. With many gun prices soaring well over the $1,000-mark, to find something below $500 would seem virtually impossible. Well, guess what? It’s not. In fact we found 10 options here for deer hunters that will all ring up at the cash register for under $500, hopefully leaving you with a little gas money to even get out to where you hunt.

  • Outwrite

    Hard to go wrong with many of these, but my favorite has to be the Howa. Crazy accuracy, tons of options and a new and improved trigger. Combine that with a Hogue stock, which I love and you've got a serious deer whacking machine. I love my .7mm-08, my .308. Thinking of scoring a .375 Ruger for an Alaskan trip too.

  • Jeffrey R Davis Sr

    I have had a Marlin XL7 for two years and with good ammo, Federal trophy bond, Hornady GMX, etc. it will shoot 1/2 MOA at 100 yrds.Can't do much better than that! My gun favors 165-168 Gr. Bullets

  • Clark Pearson

    I have a Rem. 770. I have not fired it because the trigger creeps twice before the 8 pound pull lets off. Rem. does not cover this trigger in the waranty!

  • JHJimbo

    NEF is really a great buy if you like single shot. I have 3 receivers – one has a .223 and 45/70 fitted to it. another has a .308 and the third is a .50cal black powder / 12ga combo. all of them are exceptional shooters.
    i had a .223 barrel that would not shoot as good as i wanted – NEF promptly replaced it free of charge. can't ask for anything more than that.

  • Roger Holman

    I own the Weatherby 270 and the Rem. stainless 270, the trigger pull on the Rem is smooth, no creep. The Weatherby has a drag when the trigger is pulled. I plan to have a gunsmith to adjust. I have not missed a deer with either one.Thanks to the writers of Petersens for publishing this article.

  • Country Cousin

    My experence with H&R…..NOT GOOD
    I'm not a gun snob and don't clame to be a great shot. That said, all my centerfire rifles are deer rifles and if
    one won't give 2" groups at 100yd's it won't stay at my house very long. H&R rifles may be ok as long as u
    understand that u and I are their quallity control because they have none I have 2 ,one Ultra and one Handi.
    Both had ruff sandpaper like barrels,both have tool marks in the chamber,both HAD trigger pull over 6lb.,and
    both had improperly installed scope bases that had to be shimed and with 25-06,sent barrel away to have
    stress realived. After all corrections 25-06 will NOW give 1 in. groups. H&R can KMA .I wil never buy another
    and they will never see the two that were made good shooters

  • Revonoc6

    Have owned the Weatherby Vanguard S2 in .308 for over a year now and I have to say that I love it. With it's howa 1500 action and smooth-as-butter trigger it's a joy to shoot. Weatherby's customer service is amazing and their warranty is great. I honestly can't see how you can go wrong with this rifle, aside from the fact that .308 (and every other caliber) is hard to find at the moment. But when I can find ammo for it, it's a fantastic gun

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