January 25, 2018
By Mark Kayser
For those of you shopping for convenience in the form of a rifle and riflescope package, you won't be seeing many new options for 2018. Don't hang your head. The top firearm manufacturers still have some great deals in their lineup that will keep you budgeted below $800 for the entire package.
SAVAGE 110 ENGAGE HUNTER XP
Savage saves the day with the 2018 launch of their 110 Engage Hunter XP. It's teamed with a boresighted Bushnell Engage riflescope in 3-9x40 and drop-compensated reticle. Weaver Grand Slam rings and bases secure the Bushnell optics. Fire a few rounds at the range and you're ready for your predator hunt. A bonus of the 110 Engage Hunter XP is the ability to customize the length of pull for perfect fit and comfort.
Dressed in a black synthetic stock and matte blued equals a rifle ready to tackle the elements. A detachable box magazine guarantees quick loading and unloading. For precision bullet launch the AccuTrigger allows easy adjustability. At 7.25 pounds the rifle is easy to tote on a long-haul hunt. The combo is available in great predator calibers like the 243 Winchester, .260 Remington, 7mm-08 Remington, .308 Winchester and the 6.5 Creedmoor. This entire package hits the shelves at a reasonable $629.
RUGER AMERICAN PREDATOR WITH VORTEX CROSSFIRE II
No doubt the Ruger American brings affordability to the hunting public. Ruger now teams a Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44 riflescope with the Dead-Hold BDC reticle with four predator calibers. Ruger starts with an ergonomically friendly, synthetic stock with a Power Bedding block system to cement the action and free float the barrel.
The Ruger Marksman adjustable trigger gives you flexibility to set the trigger from 3 to 5 pounds. The cold-hammer forged barrel completes the setup for MOA accuracy. Each model comes with a detachable AI or AR magazine depending on the caliber. The four new predator caliber combos include the .223 Remington, .204 Ruger, 6.5 Creedmoor and the .308 Winchester. Consider this new Ruger package deal for $699.
WINCHESTER XPR SCOPE COMBO
Proven concepts from Winchester's famous Model 70 helped shape their new XPR and you can get that reliability combined with a quality Vortex Crossfire II riflescope. The Crossfire is a 3-9x40 with Dead-Hold BDC reticle and mounted with Weaver style rings and bases. The XPR is available in a dozen popular calibers and predator hunters will embrace favorites like the new addition of the 6.5 Creedmoor, plus others like the .243 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington and the .308 Winchester.
The XPR is constructed around a rugged polymer stock and offers a finish to take on the elements without losing your grip. A matte blue finish wards off rust and is non-reflective. Nickel Teflon on the bolt improves speedy operation and added corrosion protection. The barrel is free floated and includes a target crown. Integrated into the platform is the M.O.A. Trigger System that Winchester touts as a zero-creep setup for improved precision. For increased speed and ease in loading the XPR Hunter has a detachable, single-stack magazine constructed of rugged polymer. All of this arrives to you at an affordable price of $709.99.
MOSSBERG PATRIOT VORTEX SCOPED COMBO
If you haven't looked at the Mossberg Patriot you haven't been paying attention to the rifle market. Take a closer look and you'll see Mossberg has paired this affordable rifle with a Vortex Crossfire II€ˆ3-9Ã—40 riflescope with Dead-Hold BDC Reticle.
You can purchase the Patriot in a dozen calibers with standouts for predators include the .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester. Models are available in synthetic and walnut stock and come standard with a drop-box magazine. All barrels included recessed crowns and are fluted.
Mossberg prides itself in the patented LBA user-adjustable trigger system that gives you easy settings from 2 to 7 pounds. The new Patriot bolt design glides easily and is spiral fluted with an ergonomic bolt handle. Never worry about the weather with a strong matte blued finish. Scoped Patriot prices vary from $584 for the .22-250 Remington to $686 for larger calibers.
REMINGTON MODEL 783
Utilizing 50 years of model 700 bolt action technology the model 783 wraps that into an affordable rifle that includes the combination of an unbranded 3-9x40 riflescope. In addition to a tested action the model 783 is set in a matte black synthetic stock constructed of high nylon fiber content. Dual-pillar bedding free floats the button-rifled barrel. For clean shots, Remington incorporates the new Crossfire adjustable trigger system. For quick loading, Remington teams the 783 with a steel detachable magazine.
The scoped model 783 package is available in nine great calibers. Predator hunters will take a closer look at the .22-250 Remington, .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester and the 7mm-08 Remington. Prices start at $399.99.
THOMPSON CENTER VENTURE
Lastly, Thompson Center's Venture Predator doesn't come with a riflescope, but with one click of your mouse you can order a 3-12x40 unbranded riflescope with the Center-Plex Reticle. Rings with matching camouflage secure the scope perfectly to your Venture. A synthetic stock, grip inlays and a MOA guarantee from TC are just some of the reasons to look at a Venture Predator. The coated bolt is corrosion resistant and does not require a break-in period. The rifle weighs a sleek 6.75 pounds so you can tote it all day long.
You can order your Venture Predator in .204 Ruger, .22-250 Remington, .223 Remington and .308 Winchester. Finally, the Venture Predator comes in Realtree Advantage HD MAX-1 and Realtree AP HD Snow. Order the rifle for $638 and click on the riflescope for an additional $150 to complete your package.
We all lead hectic lives and when companies combine great rifles with great riflescopes at a great price, why not?
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