By far, deer are the most popular big-game animals in this great country. And the most popular weapon to harvest them is a centerfire rifle. While we are on the topic, the most-purchased type of rifle for recreational shooting in the last four years is the AR platform. When you look at those facts, it stands to reason that both shooters and hunters alike have a great interest in what’s new in this category.
What you won’t find on my list is the “everyday” rifle that you typically see in other articles or in most TV commercials. What you will see are new rifles that are unique in their category and fill a specific niche in your pursuits. If you choose to purchase one of the following rifles, I assure you that it won’t be your newest “safe queen.”
It will either be your go-to hunting rifle or the one that you wow your buddies with on the range.
<h2>Alexander Arms | Hunter </h2>There are some of you reading this who have never heard of either the 6.5 Grendel cartridge or Alexander Arms. <a href="http://www.alexanderarms.com/products/65-grendel" target="_blank">6.5 Grendel</a> is a capable hunting round that has a wide variety of bullet options. It’s also a fantastic medium- to long-range target round. <p></p> In the last five years, I have harvested more than 80 percent of my deer, hogs and varmints with the 6.5 Grendel cartridge. Its terminal performance on game is spectacular. The Alexander Arms Hunter is the only factory rifle in this chambering. It combines accuracy and light weight to form a fantastic deer-hunting rifle — based on the AR-15 platform. <p></p> The Alexander Arms Hunter is on our cover because it is innovative, accurate and well built. You’ll get an 18-inch barrel, Ergo grip, AA tactical blade trigger and SOPMOD Bravo collapsible stock. Finished in Kryptek camo. <p></p> <strong>MSRP: $1,750</strong>