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Author Topic: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles  (Read 2035 times)

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American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:35:22 AM »
http://www.americanhunter.org/ArticlePage.aspx?id=1319&cid=0

1. Winchester Model 70
In 1936, Winchester "Americanized" and sporterized the bolt-action of Paul Mauser's military-inspired Model 1898 with, among other things, a safety that operated smoothly underneath the telescopic sights then becoming vogue. Now, 71 years after its creation, and after fits and starts have interrupted production of the venerable controlled-round-feed design, it is still the American bolt-action that defines an archetype.

2. Remington Model 700
The gun that came along at precisely the right moment--about the time the Pre '64 Model 70 was discontinued--is today probably present in more homes than any other American bolt-gun. It's widely considered the action to start with in any custom-rifle project and is produced in more iterations than any other bolt-gun.

3. Kimber 84M
At the end of the 20th century, Kimber engineers took a combination of design cues from the Mauser 98, Winchester 70 and Remington 700 to new heights, and today the 84M is likely the best factory-produced, most accurate out-of-the-box bolt-action made in America; if this list is reproduced 10 years from now, a Kimber could top it.

4. Marlin 336
In 1936, Marlin improved on lever-action designs of the Winchester 94, Marlin 1895 and others. It's true the 94 holds special places in hunters' hearts, but 71 years later, the 336 is still produced in great numbers, and still the deer gun most Americans buy first.

5. Holland & Holland Royal Double Rifle
Compared to other designs, few doubles have ever been sold, but this list wouldn't be complete without at least one: Holland & Holland's Royal is the archetype. If Purdey comes to mind first when thinking shotguns, H&H is foremost when it comes to British custom rifles. The H&H sidelock pattern set such a standard for shotguns and rifles that makers today refer to an "H&H-type."

6. Browning BAR
This is probably the most accurate semi-auto sporter ever produced in America, and 41 years later it's still popular in hunting camps across the nation.

7. Ruger 10/22
Though there are plenty of rimfires to choose from, Ruger's is surely one of the most popular plinkers of all time-and a fine platform for customization, too; everyone needs a .22, and this is the one with which to start.

8. Knight MK-85
Tony Knight's groundbreaking muzzleloader ushered in an entirely new era in "primitive" sporting arms.

9. Mauser Model 98
The bolt-action that launched the 20th century--in 1898--with controlled-round feed and other desirable features (notably a "pressure-proof" design) is still revered and copied today.

10. Hawken Rifle
This is the gun Americans think of when they think of their forefathers on the Western frontier, and a reliable design that still defines sidelock muzzleloaders today.

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American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:35:22 AM »
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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 11:47:25 AM »
Interesting. I really disagree with the Kimber, just my opinion. Thanks great article.
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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 01:41:51 PM »
I still love my Ruger 10/22 had mine for 36 Years... Fine Treerat Gun...

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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 02:33:09 PM »
I own a few of those....But my favorite sits at number#2. Makes you feel good when you know you made a good decison
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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 04:42:00 PM »
I use a sporterized Chilean 12/61 mauser. (It is a 98 style action.)  Built it myself and it'll be my deer rifle for quite some time.

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Killed 6 deer with it in the last 2 years so its all good to go.

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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 04:46:04 PM »
interesting , very interesting..I have the browning and it is accurate @--0--0118
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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2009, 06:35:11 PM »
I use a sporterized Chilean 12/61 mauser. (It is a 98 style action.)  Built it myself and it'll be my deer rifle for quite some time.

Killed 6 deer with it in the last 2 years so its all good to go.



I like that laminated stock.  Great looking rifle.  I have wanted to do something like for quite some time, but never gotten around to it.  Seems like barreled actions are almost as expensive as complete rifles.
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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2009, 11:10:14 AM »
I bought that one on a sale where they were getting rid of "junk" actions.

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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2009, 04:51:59 PM »
I love my BAR - killed deer out to 250 yards, it never lets me down.

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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2009, 08:29:58 PM »
just goes to show you,even professionals may not know what they are talking about.whers the cz,the tika,browning,and its a sin to leave the sako off.a marlin 336 a better rifle than a sako,PLEASE.

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Re: American Hunter Magazine's Top 10 Hunting Rifles
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2009, 09:20:23 PM »
I have a couple of those --- thanks for sharing the article.

 

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