Successful hunting for mature deer is all about putting yourself in the right place at the right time, but it also requires dependable gear.
By Gary Lewis and Tony J. Peterson
If you’re looking for a new deer rifle — whether it be for whitetail, blacktail or mule deer — there are great choices for the 2017 season.
Check out these rifles featured recently in our 2017 Gear Issue magazine editions.
In the short action configuration, the new Mesa weighs in at only 6.5 pounds. The stainless steel barrel comes in a feather-light contour and the stock is a carbon fiber composite. The 6.5 Creedmoor is a favorite with a 22-inch barrel and a 1-in-8 twist.
A lot of people like a detachable box magazine, especially north of the border. This new MSR boasts a floated stainless steel barrel, button rifled and hand-lapped. The action is MRC’s Model 1999 with a 3-position safety and old style M70 trigger. The most striking feature is the Hydrodipped Kryptek Pontus camo pattern. Consider it for mule deer in 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 Win and 300 Win Mag.
All-weather durability in a rifle built for the backcountry. That always gets our attention. The Model 700 AWR has a floated 416 stainless steel barrel with a black Cerakote finish in a Grayboe stock. The trigger is Remington’s user-adjustable X-Mark Pro. Choose from 270 Win, 30-06, 7mm Rem Magnum or 300 Win Mag.
For long-range hunting, choose from 308 Win or 6.5 Creedmoor in the MSR 10. This one weighs in at 9.75 pounds and comes with a Magpul PRS Gen3 buttstock and a Blackhawk AR Blaze two-stage trigger.
Topped with a bore-sighted Bushnell Trophy scope, the Model 11/111 DOA Hunter XP has a button-rifled barrel, detachable magazine, and user-adjustable AccuTrigger. .243 all of the way to .338 Win. Mag.
SUB-MOA accuracy, the LXX Trigger, and a slimmer stock forearm design are just of the few of the features of the Mark V Accumark rifle from Weatherby, which is now available in the popular 6.5 Creedmoor.
Designed entirely for women, by women, the new Vanguard Camilla comes in 243 Win, 308 Win, 7mm-08 and the 6.5 Creedmoor. Named after the first lady of the Weatherby family, the Camilla comes with a 20-inch barrel, a high comb and a 13-inch length of pull.
Patriot Revere come in five calibers starting with .243 and 6.5 Creedmoor ending at .300 Win. Mag. European walnut stocks with rosewood and maple accents make the Revere an aesthetically pleasing rifle. Adjustable Trigger System (two to seven pounds).
With a polymer stock decked out in Mossy Oak’s Mountain Country Range camo, the XPR Hunter is a sweet-looking rifle. From .243 to .338 Win. Mag. M.O.A. trigger system. Perma-Cote blued metal to minimize game-spooking glare.