Top deer rifles from SHOT 2013

In the market for a new deer rifle? The 2013 SHOT Show brought us lots of budget-friendly options.
Top deer rifles from SHOT 2013

In the market for a new deer rifle? The 2013 SHOT Show brought us lots of budget-friendly options. We’re seeing new camo patterns and finishes, a push toward marketing to women and youth, and existing models upgraded with new calibers and options. Here’s a look at a few of the models Whitetail Journal staffers ran into this year.

Remington 783

At an MSRP of just $450, this is a bargain-priced rifle that delivers big on quality. The new two-state Crossfire trigger is adjustable from 2 ½ to 5 pounds. Features of the Remington 783 include a pillar-bedded stock, free-floating barrel, a barrel nut for proper head spacing, and Super Cell recoil pad. A variety of calibers will be available, but Remington is rolling it out in .308 first.

Browning AB3

Browning has updated its 30-year-old A-Bolt with a new bolt and action design. Features include a new detachable box magazine, new integrated trigger design, new composite stock designs, a top-tang safety, a bolt-unlock button, a 60-degree bolt lift, hammer-forged barrel and inflex technology recoil pad. MSRP is $599.

Howa M1500 Whitetail Model

Howa’s M1500 weighs between 7 and 8 pounds depending on caliber (13 calibers available from .204 Ruger up through .338. Win Mag.) and come dipped in your choice of Moon Shine Harvest Moon, Outshine or Muddy Girl camo. The Whitetail model includes a Nikko Stirling Nighteater 3-10x42 scope, a Buffalo River bipod and a five-round detachable magazine conversion kit, with an MSRP of $762.

Savage Trophy Hunter

With Savage’s famous Accutrigger, a detachable box mag and durable synthetic stock, the Trophy Hunter is ready to go when you are. The Trophy Hunter XP comes as a package with a Nikon scope and is available in left-handed models. MSRP $675-$700.

Weatherby Vanguard Series 2

Every Vanguard Series 2 is guaranteed sub-MOA out of the box. It’s got a match-quality, creep-free two-stage trigger, three-position safety and a variety of synthetic and wood stock potions. For 2013 it’s available in Weatherby’s new “WBY-X” line — a line marketed to a younger demographic. The WBY-X line of rifles and shotguns features camo and color patterns beyond your normal black or walnut. In addition to those standards, The Vanguard Series 2 can also be had in Next Camo Bonz, Kryptek Highlander, Proveli Reaper Black, Proveli Reaper Hog or a “Girls Hunt 2” version that’s black with a pink spider-web pattern. MSRP for the Whitetail Bonz standard size is $749.

Mossberg Slug 500

OK, not a rifle, but a deer-worthy gun just the same. Mossberg’s hooked up with Mathews — yes, the bow company — to create a recoil-reduction system for the 835, 935, 535 and 500 models. It uses Mathews’ Harmonic Dampener technology to reduce recoil up to 20 percent depending on the ammo. Always reliable and ready to go, try the old classic 500 with the new recoil-reduction technology and let us know what you think.

Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Hunter

The proven Model 70 gets updated in this Shadow Hunter series, featuring a lightweight synthetic stock, satin blued surfaces to reduce glare, forged steel receiver with integral recoil lug bedded front and rear to eliminate shifts in zero, “pre-’64 style” controlled-round feed with claw extractor, three-position safety, sporter weight free-floating barrel, recessed target crown, M.O.A. trigger system with zero take-up, zero creep and zero overtravel, blade-type ejector for full ejection control, and Winsorb Technology recoil pad. Available in most popular deer calibers for an MSRP of $829 to $869.

Ruger American Rifle

A Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger offers a crisp release and is adjustable from 3 to 5 pounds. Features include a one-piece, three-lug bolt with 70-degree throw, full diameter bolt body and dual cocking cams for easy cycling, MOA accuracy, Power Bedding that positively locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel, tang safety, four-round rotary magazine, matte black hammer-forged barrel with ultra-precise rifling, soft rubber recoil pad, and a lightweight black composite stock. For 2013 Ruger has added .22-250 and 7mm08 to the caliber selection and added an 18-inch-barreled .243. MSRP is $449.

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