New model pickings are relatively slim this year as manufacturers battle to keep up with the demand they already have. Some of the bigger splashes come from European companies. There are several intriguing caliber additions, both from overseas outfits and U.S. companies such as Ruger and Weatherby.
Caliber additions to existing models are described in the text. As usual, if a rifle is not offered in rounds from .243 Win. up, it’s not included here. Yes, I know people hunt deer with .22 calibers such as the .223 and .22-250, but for article manageability and suitability for a wide range of big game I left them out. Here’s my lineup of the best hunting rifles for this season.
- You might not have heard of this AR company, but you may have heard of its “parent”: Daniel Defense. While Daniel Defense is all about defense/tactical, Ambush is all about hunting, and the brand offers 6.8 SPC (II chamber) and .300 BLK rifles that are available in Black, Mossy Oak Break Up Infinity, Realtree AP and Mossy Oak Blaze Pink. The rifles feature cold hammer-forged barrels—1:11 twist 18-inch in the 6.8 and 1:8 twist 16-inch in the .300 BLK—that are treated to a salt bath nitride finish. Both have six-position collapsible buttstocks and two-stage Geissele SSA triggers, as well as shotgun-inspired fore-end grips.