Believe it or not, there’s an entire contingency of shooters enamored with the idea of hitting steel at a thousand yards—give or take a few hundred—and chances are, you’re probably one of them. While others sight their rifles in at 100 to 200 yards, your mantra has always been, “Go big or go home.” 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.
“Tactical 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 ol’ expensive. To help guide you on your quest for long-range accuracy and select the best rifle for your needs, we’ve rounded up the best tactical bolt-action rifles at every price point.
- <h2>Under $2,000: Remington 700 AAC</h2>The Model 700 AAC-SD is <a href="http://www.remington.com" target="_blank">Remington’s</a> tactical reiteration of its famous Model 700 line. The 700 AAC-SD can be fitted with any AAC flash hiders, muzzle brakes or suppressors—as well as any other accessory that will fit the 5/8-24 threaded muzzle. The 700 AAC-SD is chambered in .308 Win. and features a 1:10 twist rate. Available in a Hogue Overmolded Ghillie Green, pillar-bedded stock. <p> <strong>Price: $757</strong>