Preferences over which hunting guns you want is always a personal choice, but having those you really need is quite a different story. One must also think about the fact that there are different types of hunting seasons for just one game animal, according to the laws and regulations of a particular state. Centerfires, muzzleloaders, and shotguns are among the types of seasons you can hunt with. Here are some of the firearms, I think, you can’t do without, regardless of how much it costs — whether you’re hunting big or small game, or even birds and waterfowl.
11 Hunting Guns You Need for Different Game Animals
1. Mark V Accumark | Weatherby
This 6.5mm rifle was first introduced in the 1950s. It earned the status of the world’s premier sporting rifles. With a 54-degree bolt lift, it gives the hunter faster reloading. The 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum model shoots a ballistic coefficient 127-grain bullet at 3,500 fps. It has a range-certified with SUB-MOA accuracy guarantee or .99” or less 3-shot group at 100 yards when used with Weatherby factory or premium ammo. It will cost you around $2,300 though, but it beats an air rifle any day.
2. A 12-Gauge Auto
One of the most famous brands is the Benelli. It uses an inertia driven operating system, instead of gas. Its durability and reliability give any hunter the ability to hunt ducks, geese, turkey, etc longer and with great precision. The Benelli A 12-Gauge is one of the best shotguns semi-auto on the market today.
3. The Mauser
This German-made rifle has 140 years of experience under its belt. It is a state-of-the-art and very reliable firearm with a double square bridge and innovative designs. It is a big bore caliber rifle that packs quite a punch and can knock down big game and deer very effectively. The Mauser can be the best and most reliable bolt-action rifle in use today.
4. BAR ShortTrac Hog Stalker Realtree Max-1 | Browning
This sport version semi-auto .308 rifle is great for hunting small to medium game, such as rabbits and deer. It can hold a maximum of 10 rounds and has a 20” heavy contour barrel. The gun is accurate and steady even at long distances. It also features interchangeable cheek pads in its full-length stock. One of the downsides, though, is the pistol grip, which makes it illegal to use in numerous jurisdictions.
5. The Remington 700
With over 50 years of experience, the model 700 has over 8 million units sold. It is said to be the most accurate bolt-action rifle there is. Among all Remington rifles, it is a top choice of elite military snipers because of its precision. Deer hunting will never be the same again. Make sure you invest in a good quality scope to really bring out this bolt-action’s true personality.
6. The H&H Double Rifle
The Holland and Holland Royal Deluxe Flanged Double Rifle is simply elegant. With ivory expressed sights, hand-engraved, hand-detachable side plates, fully figured walnut stock is a sight to behold. Firing it is equally breathtaking. While not exactly tactical, this is practically a must-buy shotgun for sale right now.
7. Rizzini BR 550 Small Action
This 28 shotgun gauge side-by-side is a superb hunting gun with a 26 – 30” barrel length. It has 12, 20, 28, or .410 gauges and has boxlocks, automatic ejectors, and a single selective trigger. One shot of this really makes you heard along the whole hunting area, but one shot is effective enough to end the chase anyway.
8. Benelli 828U | Innovative Italian
This 12-gauge over and under shotgun has a patented steel locking system and plate. This unique way of the barrels locking into the firing plate has given them the ability to use aluminum instead of steel on the receiver end, making its weight as light as 6.6 pounds. The 828U cements its place as a reliable and desirable pump-action shotgun.
9. Smith and Wesson .460XVR
If you think hunting wild boar is easy, you might want to reconsider with the S&W .460 XVR. This handgun can fire a 300-grain bullet around 2,000 fps. It has a stainless steel well gun and weighs a good 82 ounces. It actually allows you to chamber in four different calibers like the .460 magnum, .454 Casull, .45 Colt, and the .45 S&W Schofield.
10. Winchester Model 70
When you think of Winchester, a lever-action rifle comes to mind. That changes with the Model Winchester 70. This rifle has the most accurate three-lever trigger system in the world. It demonstrates zero creep, zero take up, and zero overtravel with a pull weight factory setting at 3 ¾ lbs.
Throw in the famous 3-position safety which makes it convenient to operate by using your thumb of your firing hand. Plus, it chambers in a .270, which is said to be the most versatile round because it can drop a deer to a like size polar bear.
11. Model R-15 VTR Model | Remington
This is the first weapon of choice for varmint hunters, but it also turns other predators into prey like coyotes, fox, or bobcats. This modular repeating rifle has precision accuracy, blistering follow-ups, and hunt-specific features.
Watch this video from Weatherby Inc on how their hunting rifle has evolved to the rifle it is today!
Well, there you have it! The 11 hunting guns you need in your arsenal! You may have other choices or preferences, but these firearms can get you from hunting big deer to varmints. Unless you have other preferences like crossbows and knives, these hunting guns help you hunt every species of game in every corner of the world! So what are you waiting for? Start collecting them now!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.