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.
- <h2>Howa Hogue Rifle</h2>Positioned as the flagship model of the Howa line, the <a href="http://www.legacysports.com/products/howa_hogue.html" target="_blank">Howa/Hogue Rifle</a> comes in short-action, long-action and magnum chamberings, and is built to truly withstand the elements and abuse outdoors. The entire gripping surface of the rifle is a single Hogue OverMolded stock (available in black or O.D. green), which is paired with a free-floated blued 22-inch standard barrel. The rifle additionally boasts a two-stage match-quality trigger, three-position safety and a forged, one-piece bolt with two locking lugs. The firearm weighs 7.25 pounds. The rifle is available in the popular deer calibers .243 Win., .25-06, .270 Win., .308 Win. and .30-06. The Howa Hogue Rifle’s base MSRP also skirts above the $500 mark, but like the Weatherby, can be found for much less online and in stores. <p> <strong>Price: $475 at <a href="http://www.legacysports.com" target="_blank">Legacy Sports</a></strong>