If you’re looking for the “best” deer rifle, the good news is there are a lot of very good choices today. Whether you hunt in the wide open Western plains or the dense piney woods of Texas, there’s a gun to fit your needs.
But when it comes right down to it, there are only a handful of rifles that can truly be classified as great. In this competitive market, a gun doesn’t become legendary overnight.
It takes many years and many deer to earn a reputation like that, which is why these 10 rifles have earned a place in the heart and the homes of America’s deer hunting masses. Here’s a list of the best deer rifles ever made.
- Not to be confused with the military rifle designed by John Browning in the early 1900’s, the BAR carbine hunting rifle came onto the scene in 1967. Design and production began at the FN plant in Belgium, and assembly was done in Portugal (despite rumors to the contrary, that is where production has occurred ever since the gun’s introduction).
The BAR has been available in a wide variety of configurations for years, and the ability to deliver fast follow-ups makes this one of the favorite deer rifles of our time. Over the years there have been a wide variety of configurations in different calibers and barrel lengths. The gas operating system is reliable, and the BAR is very accurate.