SHOT Show: 8 Centerfire Rifles for 2018

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Have You Shot Any of These Guns Yet?

Guns make much of the hunting world go ‘round. And 2018 will be no different. That’s why we took a gander at some of the latest and greatest in the way of deer hunting rifles at the recent SHOT Show in Vegas last week. Here are just seven of the beauties we came across while in attendance. Some are offered in larger calibers. Some are offered smaller ones. Pick your poison. And be ready for the 2018-19 deer season.

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1 | Kimber Hunter

This gun is all new for 2018. The new Hunter is decked out in Realtree Edge camo, Kimpro black finish and comes in two models. The Model 84M weighs in at 5 pounds 7 ounces. It’s offered in .243 Win., .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor. The Model 84L weighs in at 5 pounds 11 ounces. It’s offered in .270 Win. and .30-06 SPRG. Both models are sweet-shooting rifles and won’t let you down.

MSRP: $973

Learn More Here: Kimber Hunter

Hi-Point 1095TSHi-Point 1095TSHi-Point 1095TSHi-Point 1095TSHi-Point 1095TS

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2 | Hi-Point 1095TS

This pistol-caliber carbine is a truly incredible rifle. Chambered in 10mm, it’s one of the first of its kind. You don’t see a lot of long(er) guns chambered in 10mm. That said, this one is. And it’s a great short(er)-range rifle for those who love to deer hunt. Honestly, this gun just might challenge the 30-30 caliber as the ultimate brush gun. Give it a try and see what you think about it. Comes in Realtree EDGE camo.

MSRP: $399

Learn More Here: Hi-Point 1095TS

Photo credit: Steve Hickoff

Thompson/Center Encore PredatorThompson/Center Encore PredatorThompson/Center Encore PredatorThompson/Center Encore PredatorThompson/Center Encore Predator

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3 | Thompson/Center Encore Predator

Like a good single-shot rifle? Look no further than the Encore Predator from T/C. This particular model comes chambered in .223 Rem and sports a 28-inch barrel. It also accepts other Encore barrels. This gun includes the Swing Hammer and FlexTech Stock technologies. This gun is sold as a predator package, but where legal, it makes for some great small-caliber deer hunting.

MSRP: $882

Learn More Here: Thompson/Center Encore Predator

Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Smaller Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Smaller Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Smaller Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Smaller Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Smaller Caliber)

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4 | Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Smaller Caliber)

The same goes for this model. Just because it’s a light caliber doesn’t mean it can’t be used (where legal) to ethically take down a deer. This model comes chambered in .22-250 and has a 22-inch barrel with 5R rifling. It comes with a three-round detachable magazine. Comes wrapped in Realtree camo.

MSRP: $638

Learn More Here: Thompson/Center Venture Predator

Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Larger Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Larger Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Larger Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Larger Caliber)Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Larger Caliber)

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5 | Thompson/Center Venture Predator (Larger Caliber)

Want a bigger caliber? It also comes in .308 Win. Again, it has a 22-inch barrel with 5R rifling and comes with a three-round detachable magazine. It’s cloaked in Realtree camo. This gun is a great option for predators or big game animals — like deer.

MSRP: $638

Learn More Here: Thompson/Center Venture Predator

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6 | Savage 110 Predator

This hot new rifle from Savage is just that — savage. Its adaptive design is rugged, and with the new AccuFit technology, you can easily customize the length of pull and comb height to fit the shooter. The trigger-pull weight ranges from 1.5 to 6 pounds and the overall weight of the gun ranges from 8.25 to 8.65 pounds. The oversized bolt allows for faster cycling and the Realtree Max-1 finish keeps this beauty concealed. It comes with a detachable box magazine. Calibers offered include .22-250 Rem., .223 Rem., .204 Ruger, .243 Win., .260 Rem. and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Learn More Here: Savage 110 Predator Rifle

Savage Axis XPSavage Axis XPSavage Axis XPSavage Axis XPSavage Axis XP

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7 | Savage Axis XP

This great gun comes in numerous calibers, including: .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 7MM-08 Rem., .308 Win., .25-06 Rem., .270 Win., .30-06 SPRG and 6.5 Creedmoor. It comes with a 3-9x40 Weaver Scope and detachable box magazine. It feels and shoots great.

MSRP: $484

Learn More Here: Savage Axis XP

Savage 25 Walking VarminterSavage 25 Walking VarminterSavage 25 Walking VarminterSavage 25 Walking VarminterSavage 25 Walking Varminter

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8 | Savage 25 Walking Varminter

This is another great offering from Savage. It comes in both rimfire and centerfire calibers. However, the latter includes .222 Rem., .223 Rem. And .204 Ruger. It sports a synthetic stock with Realtree camo and comes with a detachable magazine, too.

MSRP: $619

Learn More Here: Savage 25 Walking Varminter

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