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Long-range shooting is all the rage, and that’s filtered over into the hunting market. Now, shots that were once considered iffy—300, 400 and 500 yards—are, in some circles, standard, and half-mile shots aren’t out of the question.

To read that is to imply that shots beyond 300 yards are easy, and that’s not the case. In fact, shots at those ranges are quite difficult, and if you don’t have the right rifle/cartridge combination, you’re not going to have much success. To that end, here is a list of seven of the best long-range rifles—guns that are capable of making the shot … if you do your part.

REMINGTON 700 SENDERO SFII

MAKE/MODEL: Remington/700 Sendero SFII

CALIBER OPTIONS: Five

WEIGHT: 8.5 pounds

BARREL LENGTH: 26 inches

PRICE: $1,488

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The Sendero is a heavy-barreled version of Remington’s standard 700, and it’s perfect for setting up on big game at long ranges. It shares the 700’s time-tested cylindrical action and X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger. It comes with a 26-inch, heavy-contour, fluted stainless barrel and HS Precision Aramid fiber stock with a beaver tail, palm swell and dual sling studs for mounting a tripod. It’s available in five different calibers.

(However, with the added weight, you might want to consider the do-all .300 Remington Ultra Magnum. At 8½ pounds, it’s a bit bulky for carry, but that weight makes it stable and helps manage recoil.)

 

SAVAGE LONG RANGE HUNTER

Savage’s Long Range Hunter comes with an adjustable comb, Accutrigger and muzzle brake. Accuracy potential is high, and there are lots of long-range caliber options available.

Savage’s Long Range Hunter comes with an adjustable comb, Accutrigger and muzzle brake. Accuracy potential is high, and there are lots of long-range caliber options available.

MAKE/MODEL: Savage/11/111 Long Range Hunter

CALIBER OPTIONS: Nine

WEIGHT: 8.4 pounds

BARREL LENGTH: 26 inches

PRICE: $1,171

The name says it all. Savage rifles always offer great accuracy at a budget price, but this rifle truly stands out as a purpose-built gun for hunting a wide variety of game at all ranges. The action is the standard Savage push-feed version, and the characteristic barrel nut design provides proper head spacing.

The rifle comes with an adjustable cheek piece, hinged floorplate and muzzle brake. Consider this one chambered in .338 Federal—a cartridge that combines good trajectory with mild recoil and plenty of power.

 

NESIKA LONG RANGE RIFLE

Len Waldron used this Nesika Long Range rifle and a Trijicon Accupoint scope to take this Wyoming mule deer. Wide-open country such as this demands a serious rifle/optic combo.

Len Waldron used this Nesika Long Range rifle and a Trijicon Accupoint scope to take this Wyoming mule deer. Wide-open country such as this demands a serious rifle/optic combo.

MAKE/MODEL: Nesika/Long Range Rifle

CALIBER OPTIONS: Three

WEIGHT: 8–9.75 pounds

BARREL LENGTH: 26 inches

PRICE: $3,999

Nesikas have always been popular with long-range shooters, but it is only recently that more and more hunters are carrying these rifles. This gun comes with Nesika’s Stainless Hunter action and a Douglas Air-Gauged 26-inch barrel. The Timney trigger is set to just 3 pounds and provides an ultra-crisp break; and Nesika promises MOA accuracy.

This isn’t a cheap rifle, but it is a premium gun that will last a lifetime. Three calibers are available, but check out the extremely versatile 6.5×284.

BROWNING X-BOLT LONG RANGE  HUNTER STAINLESS

Browning’s X-Bolt family has grown to include the Long Range Hunter Stainless, which features a 26-inch barrel with brake and a stylish carbon-fiber dip stock.

Browning’s X-Bolt family has grown to include the Long Range Hunter Stainless, which features a 26-inch barrel with brake and a stylish carbon-fiber dip stock.

MAKE/MODEL: Browning/X-Bolt Long Range Hunter Stainless

CALIBER OPTIONS: Six

WEIGHT: 7.2–7.5 pounds

BARREL LENGTH: 26 inches

PRICE: $1,429–$1,469

The X-Bolt features a three-lug bolt with a short lift. It comes with a two-position, tang-mounted safety and bolt-release button. Standard X-Bolts are accurate, but this rifle is dolled up with the addition of a long, heavy sporter barrel, muzzle brake and carbon-fiber dip stock. Another cool feature of this rifle is the slick rotary magazine.

At around 7 pounds, this rifle is light enough for climbing in steep country. Nevertheless, the weight helps further reduce recoil. Order this one in the new, classic .30-caliber hunting round—the .300 WSM.

 

WEATHERBY MARK V ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT

The author took this bear in the mountains of Idaho using a Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight. Sometimes, you need MOA accuracy but also require a light gun, and the Mark V is perfect. This bear was taken using the .270 Weatherby Magnum.

The author took this bear in the mountains of Idaho using a Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight. Sometimes, you need MOA accuracy but also require a light gun, and the Mark V is perfect. This bear was taken using the .270 Weatherby Magnum.

MAKE/MODEL: Weatherby/Mark V Ultra Lightweight

CALIBER OPTIONS: 12

WEIGHT: 5.75–6.75 pounds

BARREL LENGTH: 24–26 inches

PRICE: $2,300

Sometimes, that long-range shot only comes after a hard climb. In those cases, big, heavy rifles are a burden. However, the Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight is perfectly suited for the task. It comes with the time-tested Mark V action with 54-degree bolt lift, a superb, new trigger (LXX), composite tan stock with spiderweb epoxy accents and a #1 or #2 barrel.

There are no fewer than 12 cartridge options, but the excellent 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum produces minimal recoil and maximum effectiveness out where the dandelions grow.

BERGARA B-14

Bergara might not be a familiar name in rifles, but that is changing quickly. This good-looking B-14 Hunter rifle has a quality synthetic stock and Bergara barrel and action. In 6.5 Creedmoor, it is a sub-MOA gun for $825.

Bergara might not be a familiar name in rifles, but that is changing quickly. This good-looking B-14 Hunter rifle has a quality synthetic stock and Bergara barrel and action. In 6.5 Creedmoor, it is a sub-MOA gun for $825.

MAKE/MODEL: Bergara/B-14 Hunter

CALIBER OPTIONS: Five

WEIGHT: 7.1–7.5 pounds

BARREL LENGTH: 22–24 inches

PRICE: $825

I can’t stop praising the new Bergara B-14—a slick, push-feed rifle that’s affordable, very well constructed and deadly accurate. This Spanish-made rifle comes with a Bergara PERFORMANCE action, 4140 chrome-moly steel Bergara barrel and a green synthetic stock. I had one of these rifles for testing and let it go back to the manufacturer; I now spend every day wishing I hadn’t.

It is light enough for still-hunting and glassing and accurate enough to make a cross-canyon shot. Buy one in 6.5 Creedmoor, and use it on everything from coyotes to mule deer.

 

NOSLER M48 LIBERTY

Nosler’s M48 utilizes the brand’s push-feed action and a stainless, match-grade barrel. There are no fewer than 20 caliber offerings, but the Nosler cartridge family, from the 26 to the new 33, should cover all your needs.

Nosler’s M48 utilizes the brand’s push-feed action and a stainless, match-grade barrel. There are no fewer than 20 caliber offerings, but the Nosler cartridge family, from the 26 to the new 33, should cover all your needs.

MAKE/MODEL: Nosler/M48 Liberty

CALIBER OPTIONS: 20

WEIGHT: 6.75–7.5 pounds

BARREL LENGTH: 24–26 inches

PRICE: $1,795

There are a lot of bolt-action hunting rifles to choose from, but the Liberty has a large and growing following. That’s because the Nosler 48 push-feed action is slick and exquisitely machined;. The barrels are excellent, and the overall fit and finish of the gun are truly top shelf. Nosler promises MOA accuracy, but with the right load, you can probably do better. With weights in the 6- to 7-pound range, the Liberty is an extremely versatile gun for hunting all varieties of game in different environs.

There is a wide range of available cartridge options, but I’d have to lean on the deadly-accurate, flat-shooting 28 Nosler version—one rifle for almost any game at any reasonable range.

 

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the February 2017 print issue of Gun World Magazine.