Believe it or not, thereâ€™s an entire contingency of shooters enamored with the idea of hitting steel at a thousand yardsâ€”give or take a few hundredâ€”and chances are, youâ€™re probably one of them. While others sight their rifles in at 100 to 200 yards, your mantra has always been, â€śGo big or go home.â€ť That’s why you push your tacticool bolt-action to the extremes of long-range shooting.
But what makes a modern tactical bolt gun? Is it the construction, purpose or accessories? For a clear-cut answer, I went straight to the expert, Tom Beckstrand, a nine-year veteran U.S. Army Ranger with multiple tours as a sniper team commander in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beckstrand said the ultimate bolt-action rifle must have at least a few basic components.
â€śTactical rifles are usually characterized by heavy barrels, detachable box magazines, stocks that accommodate positional shooting, and calibers that offer good terminal performance,” he said.
If long-range shooting is your passion, there are plenty of options available, from economical to plain olâ€™ expensive. To help guide you on your quest for long-range accuracy andÂ select the best rifle for your needs, weâ€™ve rounded up the best tactical bolt-action rifles at every price point.
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