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Get to know these badass hunting guns and see if your hunting stash needs a couple addition now.

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The Best Hunting Guns You Need in Your Arsenal

Choosing the Best Hunting Gun for You

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. That is, 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.

1. Mark V Accumark | Weatherby

This 6.5mm rifle was first introduced in the 1950s. It earned the status of the world’s premier hunting 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.

What is SUB-MOA accuracy? MOA stands for Minutes of Angle. What this means for a shooter is any rifle that has 1 MOA or better is considered very accurate. Learn more about this term here.

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 Benelli. It uses an inertia driven operating system, instead of gas. The Benelli A 12-Gauge is one of the best hunting shotguns semi-auto on the market today.

Its durability and reliability give any hunter the ability to hunt ducks, geese, turkey, etc longer and with great precision.

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 sports 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.

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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

The 828U cements its place as a reliable and desirable pump-action shotgun. This 12-gauge over and under shotgun has a patented steel locking system and plate.

This unique way of the barrels locking into the fixing 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.

9. Smith and Wesson .460XVR

If you think hog hunting 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 creeps, zero take up, and zero overtravel with a pull weight factory set 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!

What do you think of this list of hunting guns? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!



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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 27, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  2. Orrin M. Knutson

    January 31, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Dear Sir,

    What’s the deal? Are you a gun salesman, or what???

    For emergency survival purposes, that is way too many exotics.

    A large bore handgun, a .22 rifle, a non-CO2 pellet rifle and maybe, just maybe, a large bore combat rifle should be sufficient. Even at that, how would you feed them, once your primary ammo stash is used up comes into question.

    That being said, all the above in your list would make a dandy collection for a filthy rich, world class, traveling trophy hunter!

    Retires Peace Officer
    Survival Author

  3. Jerre Peak

    January 31, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    This list is crazy ! ! Whoever put this list together must have been on drugs ! ……. LOL !

  4. Jack

    January 6, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Even planning to arm my wife and I to survive alone in a wilderness scenario I would be hard pressed to take more then 4-5 firearms. There are to many other necessities. Food, shelter, tools, medical kit, cooking utensils, clothes, etc.
    Firearms selected would be based upon the threat, hunting, and trapping.
    Common calibers for both and availability of trading for what type of ammo is common in the area.
    Pistols would be last on the list and a nice to have item.
    Try planning what you would take if traveling by canoe, boat or vehicle. This limited weight and volume availability will test your reality in planning.
    Remember the basics, shelter, fire/heat, water, food and security.
    A 17′ canoe has about 650 lbs cap and 70-80 cubic ft of space.
    One more restriction you can only take what you have now or trade for.
    This is an interesting challenge

    • joseph garrett

      January 7, 2018 at 8:11 AM

      you are so right jack.for me I have chosen 3 basic weapons.first is the survival 22 by breaks down into the butt stock and is extreamely right can carry thousands of rounds with little weight.i also have a ak-47 for those big targets.and a barrel break 177 cal can carry tens of thousands of rounds with little weight.good for small game and very little noise.i am a combat Vietnam vet and have used many weapons.but in a survival situation these are my favorites

  5. Terry Watson

    January 5, 2018 at 9:06 PM

    this was a Joke / Comic relief attempt. after thinking what an idiot … I then began to laugh till my sides hurt.

  6. Me Frank

    January 5, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    You need yo keep your list for survival. If you have to move and quickly you can’t tske it all. Rem or missbbetg 13fa pump. Bolt rifle in .308 ( abud. Ammo everywhere). Revolver .38/357 or .22 lr also .22 lr rifle 10/22 good choice. We are talking survival mode when SHTF. You will traveling light as possible. There will be plenty of spare arms and ammo lying around. You need shelter and rations and water supplies. You can’t carry it all. Plan wisely. It will be complete anarchy. Think think think
    Mr Frank

  7. Dale Paugh.

    January 5, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    A good rifle such as Browning, Remington, or Winchester can be purchased in the $500 to $700 range. A good scope about the same. I see no need to by odd/expensive guns when the others will do the job quite well. I’m a big fan of the 30-06. The 30-06 is very versatile, with ammo weights under 100 to over 200.

  8. james howard

    January 5, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Interesting list! I don’t think many of your readers can afford a $50,000 to $125,000 Holland & Holland, I certainly can not. This is a rifle built for large game in Africa, not North America. It comes in some rather exotic calibers for the most part. A Rizzini BR 550 Small Action? Again extraordinary price tag saw one for sale at Cabelas in Atlanta earlier this week I forget the cost other than it was 5 figures. If you are wealthy fine, otherwise there is a world of other choices at realistic prices. My hunting “arsenal” consists of some old shotguns such as a Winchester 1897 12 gauge, Remington 870 20 gauge and an Ivers Johnson .410 breech loader for shotguns and for rifles a home built AR 15, Winchester Mod 70 in .308 and a Marlin 2000 .22 LR target rifle (yes it is damn heavy, but well worth it for the accuracy.) There is more but these listed see me through any and all of my hunting needs the whole lot for less than the cost of the Rizzini. They are easy to maintain with, exception of the Marlin parts are common and reasonable. For a side arm I carry a Ruger GP100 .38/.357 can take some abuse, same with the rest of my list. Nothing fancy for so costly I have worry about it. Just good well made and rugged American firearms which can take the rough of the outdoors world.

    • joseph garrett

      January 5, 2018 at 9:18 AM

      I agree with with you james.i own everything from survival 22 from henry to ak-472.also have hand-guns.22,40s&w and 45acp.i just thought the srm1216 was a great shotgun at 1 thousand 7 hundred dollars

  9. joseph garrett

    January 5, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    there is a new 12 ga auto-shotgun.its called srm 1216 it has 4 cycinders that hold 4 rounds can use 23/4 or a full 3 inch round.also you can use shot all the way to slug rounds without changing anything.its a little pricey at 1700 dollars.but I think its well worth the can buy it from srm arms inc. phone no is 304-274-2886

  10. Jim Rice

    January 5, 2018 at 7:17 AM

    That is an impressive list and a very, very costly list. If you are rich-go for it. If you are a normal person I would suggest the following (yes its an opinion and everyone has 1 or 2!). 1-pump 12 gauge shotgun. I recommend either Mossberg or a Remington 870. 2-bolt action rifle in a heavy caliber. Here I recommend either a .308 or a 30-06. Both heavy enough to protect you and keep you fed with big game and readily available ammo. Remington/
    Savage/Ruger has several models. 3-a .22 rifle. Plenty of choices but the Ruger 10-22 standard is readily available and very affordable and there is no shortage of 22 ammo available. Finally I also suggest a good handgun. Here the opinions will increase 100 fold. Unless you are proficient with a handgun or willing to become proficient I would recommend a good heavy frame revolver (yes revolver) in at least a .38 but suggest a .357 is a better choice and can still use the lower recoil .38 ammo. If you have any money left over I would also suggest a good lever action rifle in a medium caliber such as 30-30. I did not suggest any assault rifles as just like a semi-auto handgun it requires time devoted to it to become really proficient and to maximize the capabilities of this type of weapon. My list is designed for the average guy/gal with no previous military or law enforcement training, average to modest budget and limited capability or time to train.

    • Bret Britton

      January 5, 2018 at 11:52 AM

      Jim, I’m in pretty much full agreement with you. A better list you’ve made, for it is geared for those of us who have budgets, and, more in harmony with having better priorities than to have every firearm for “every” situation. Better to have food & water stocked up, & or the means and wherewithal to obtain those vital necessities, than to have “every firearm” but no other preps.
      I’m seeing far too many people with their almost entire focus upon firearm acquisition, instead of all the other much needed preparations.

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