The Best Beginner Hunting Rifles in 2023

A hunter is, ultimately, only as good as his or her rifle. Yet finding the best hunting rifle for your next expedition can be a trickier business than you might think. With so many rifles on the market these days, you’re almost inundated with too many choices – and way too many price points – to make an easy decision.

To find the best hunting rifles, we worked with an expert Pacific Northwest hunting guide, who spent over 10 hours field-testing 8 different hunting-specific rifles in a variety of situations and ranges. After testing this collection in the backwoods of Central Oregon, then on both an indoor and outdoor shooting range, our expert broke provided the below list of the 3 best hunting rifles for most people. From his perspective, these selections offered the best mix of performance, functionality, and price.

Today, let’s take a look at some top hunting rifles that our testers love from their own experiences.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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