Bolt vs. AR: What's the Best Predator Rifle?

Few things equal the thrill of a predator coming to a distress call. It can produce an adrenaline dump strong enough to make even the best shooters crumble. Having experienced it countless times over the years, I've found the best cure is having utmost confidence in your equipment, especially your firearm.


The best hunters I know pack two guns to each and every stand, calling with a shotgun across their lap and a rifle by their side. Scatterguns reign supreme inside of 50 yards. However, packing two guns is a pain, and nothing is worse than packing just a shotgun and having a dog hang up out of range. So a rifle it is. But which one? I could go through each and every action type, but you don't have the time and I don't have the space. So let's stick with the bolt action and the AR and compare them in seven categories that matter most: modularity, cartridge compatibility, ergonomics, accuracy, fire rate, reliability and field performance.

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