ARTICLE: May 2019
Ruger 77/44 Model 7401 44 Remington Magnum, $754 A- The 77/44 offers accuracy and power in a lightweight rifle. We disliked the magazine.
ARTICLE: January 2019
Howa M1500 HS Precision HHS63701 7mm Rem. Mag., $1119 A We like the HS Precision stock, the large bolt handle, and smooth action.
Savage Arms 110 Storm 14361 7mm Remington Magnum, $849 A Best Buy. The AccuStock with AccuFit and AccuTrigger make this rifle easy to shoot well.
Mossberg Patriot 27894 7mm Remington Magnum, $542 A- Offers low cost with a traditional look. Not as accurate as the Howa or Savage.
ARTICLE: December 2018
Ruger American Rifle Standard 6903 308 Winchester, $382 A Light enough, accurate enough, and inexpensive enough for us to want to keep it.
Savage Axis II XP 57095 308 Winchester, $411 A- Best Buy. It works well, is accurate enough for hunting, and it is affordable.
Savage Model 12FV 18393 308 Winchester, $420 A- Most accurate rifle tested. Modest recoil. The rifle never failed to impress us.
Mossberg Trophy Hunter 308 Winchester, $240 C Overall, the rifle was worth the modest price, but there are better choices.
ARTICLE: September 2018
Steyr SSG 08 6001138 300 Win. Magnum, $3353 A Our Pick. A precision instrument with features that make it easy to shoot.
Savage 110 BA Stealth 22639 300 Win. Magnum, $1122 A Best Buy. Does not have all the bells and whistles, but it is a rifle worth having.
Barrett MRAD 14361 300 Win. Magnum, $6000 A Versatile and accurate. Has the ability to swap calibers. The design is simple, robust.
ARTICLE: June 2018
Uintah Precision UPR-10 Bolt AR-10 Upper 6.5 CM, $1295 B+ Capable of very good accuracy, this was a dream upper in need of a little refinement.
ARTICLE: May 2018
Ruger American Rifle Ranch 06968 300 Blackout, $420 A- Shot well both suppressed and unsuppressed. Short length would make it handy.
Remington Model 700 SPS-T 84205 300 Blackout, $680 A- Shot well in 300 BLK supersonic andsubsonic.
Savage Arms 10PT-SR 22356 308 Winchester, $550 B+ Good build. It did shoot sub-MOA with one round. We loved the handle and AccuTrigger.
ARTICLE: March 2018
CZ-USA CZ 527 Youth Carbine 03050 7.62x39mm, $650 A-/B+ Grade A- for adults; Grade B+ for youths. We would trust it to work for a lifetime.
Browning A-Bolt Micro Hunter 035020216 7mm-08 Rem., $578 A-/C+ Grade A- for adults; Grade C+ for youths. Too much rifle and recoil for younger shooters.
Savage Axis II Compact Muddy Girl 22230 243 Winchester, $490 B/A Grade B for adults; Grade A for youths. Clear winner as a youth rifle.
ARTICLE: November 2017
Desert Tech SRS-A1 6.5 Creedmoor, $4495 A Test results proved the SRS-A1 is at the top of the rifle-quality pyramid.
Ruger Hawkeye Mark IV VT 17980 6.5 Creedmoor, $1139 B+ Rough bolt action, but in terms of accuracy, the Hawkeye deserved an A.
Legacy Sports Howa HCR 6.5 Creedmoor, $1450 C The HCR should grade higher based on its ergonomics and simplicity.
ARTICLE: October 2017
Remington Model 700 SPS Tactical 85538 308 Win., $600 B+ This short rifle isn’t the most accurate, but the overall handling is superb.
Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint 84218 308 Win., $606 B+ Hard to find a production rifle that is capable of greater practical accuracy.
Savage Axis 19223 308 Winchester, $240 C Accuracy wasn’t the best. The rifle was dogged by a heavy trigger that we fixed.
ARTICLE: March 2017
Remington 783 85847 308 Winchester, $340 A Best Buy. This was the most accurate rifle tested, and there were no demerits.
Remington 700 SPS 85538 308 Winchester, $655 A- There are few rifles that are as handy as this one.
Savage Axis XP 19231 308 Winchester, $390 B Accuracy wasn’t the best, but accuracy was acceptable with the provided riflescope.
Mossberg 100 All-Terrain Rifle 27230 308 Win., $200 (Used) C The rifle did not misfeed. We liked the cheek rest. The primary problem was accuracy.
ARTICLE: February 2017
Thompson Center Compass 10071 22-250 Remington, $399 A Simple, straightforward, and inexpensive. Delivered sub-MOA groups with all rounds.
Browning X-Bolt Micro Midas 035346209 22-250 Rem., $860 B+ This is a super-handy rifle for the whole family, and it can fit just about anywhere.
CZ USA 557 Sporter Short Action 04806 243 Winchester, $792 B+ The 557’s refined looks belied its rugged durability. Heavier weight did not tame recoil.
Legacy Sports Howa Mini Action HMA90622MCC+ 6.5 Grendel, $855 C This otherwise top-grade rifle was spoiled by weak magazine retention.
ARTICLE: November 2016
Ruger Precision Rifle 18008 6.5 Creedmoor, $1599 A Ruger took an already good gun and made it a touch better.
ARTICLE: September 2016
Blaser R8 Professional 30-06 Springfield, $3787 A- The R8 was pricey, but it offered interchangeable barrels and good accuracy.
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