8 of the Best Deer Hunting Rifles for 2019

Which of These Models Gets Your Vote?

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap
Montana Rifle Company ASRKimber HunterThompson/Center Venture Weather ShieldThompson/Center Venture PredatorPalmetto State Armory PA65Smith & Wesson M&P 15 300 WhisperBenelli Argo E BattueHi-Point 1095TS in 10MM

1 | Montana Rifle Company ASR

Montana Rifle Company is a quality gun manufacturer that puts performance over profits. This particular model has a stainless-steel, hand-lapped, free-floating barrel. It comes in Realtree EDGE, Timber and Max-5. It weighs in at 5 pounds 10 ounces (with the short action) or 5 pounds 14 ounces (with the long action).

Calibers: 243 Win / 6.5mm Creedmoor / 270 Win / 7mm-08 Rem / 308 Win

Barrel Length: 22-24 inches

MSRP: $1,549

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2 | Kimber Hunter

Kimber has long had a reputation for making some of the best hunting rifles in the business. The Hunter follows that trend of quality that Kimber is known for. It comes in numerous calibers and has a very reasonable price tag. It's one of my all-time favorites.

Calibers: 243 / 308 / 6.5 Creedmoor / 270 / 30-06 SPRG

Barrel Length: 22 inches

MSRP: $965

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3 | Thompson/Center Venture Weather Shield

The Venture Weather Shield from Thompson/Center is a great product that really defends against the rain and snow. It handles well, shoots great and comes with a three-round detachable magazine. It also comes in Realtree AP Snow camo.

Calibers: 22-250 Rem / 270 Win / 300 Win Mag / 308 Win / 30-06 SPRG / 6.5 Creedmoor / 7mm Rem Mag / 7mm-08

Barrel Length: 22-24 inches

MSRP: $578 (varies)

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4 | Thompson/Center Venture Predator

The Venture Predator by Thompson/Center is one of the toughest predator guns on the market. This best-seller features solid MOA accuracy. When you shoot this rifle, you can tell it’s made with quality and performance in mind. It comes in Realtree Max-1 and Realtree AP Snow camo.

Calibers: 204 Ruger / 22-250 Rem / 223 Rem / 308 Win

Barrel Length: 22 inches

MSRP: $638

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5 | Palmetto State Armory PA65

This lightweight, M-LOK MOE two-stage rifle is a one-of-a-kind. The barrel is crafted from 416R stainless-steel metal, an upper and lower receiver made from forged 7075 T6 aluminum, and a hard-coat, anodized receiver finish. It has a 1:8 twist rate, forward assist, a free-floating handguard and a 20-round magazine. It comes in both Realtree EDGE and Realtree Timber camo. It might just be the slickest new AR-style hunting gun of 2019.

Calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor

Barrel Length: 20 inches

MSRP: Unknown

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6 | Smith & Wesson M&P 15 300 Whisper

Want a heavy-duty AR-style gun? The M&P 15 300 Whisper by Smith & Wesson is a solid piece of tech. It sports a 1:7.5 twist ratio, 5R rifling, suppressor compatibility, gas block with picatinny rail, forged trigger guard, chromed firing pin, Armornite barrel finish, and much more. It’s made to accomplish a wide range of tasks, and it does so in style. It comes with a 10-round magazine and is cloaked in Realtree APG Camo.

Calibers: 300 Whisper / 300 AAC Blackout

Barrel Length: 16 inches

MSRP: $1,119

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7 | Benelli Argo E Battue

This new gun is super compact and feels great in the hand and on the shoulder. The barrel and receiver have a matte finish that will hold up well to weather and other elements. Its quick-release sling mounts features ambidexterity, making carry a breeze. In a nutshell, this is a very efficient and ergonomic rifle. That Realtree AP Blaze doesn’t look too bad on it, either.

Calibers: 30-06 SPRG / 308 Win

Barrel Length: 18.5 inches

MSRP: Unknown

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8 | Hi-Point 1095TS in 10MM

The 1095TS in 10mm was introduced by Hi-Point last year. Its compact design and 10mm cartridge make it the ultimate brush gun for deer. Even more, it can take a beating and keep on going due to its tough, rugged design. It’s ultimately a great gun for a wide range of hunters and can even serve as a solid home-defense rifle. It also features stock-mounted sling swivels, stock-mounted magazine holders and picatinny rail. It comes in Realtree EDGE camo.

Calibers: 10mm

Barrel Length: 17.5 inches

MSRP: $399

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