You know that you are going to be hunting big game on the next trip. The next thing that you need to decide is which rifle you should use. What makes a perfect big game hunting rifle? Let us start with the most obvious factors. The first thing that makes a rifle perfect is its durability and light-weighted. After all, you are going to be carrying it around. The second characteristic that such a rifle should have is the ability to handle large calibers without a high degree of recoil. Lastly, it should also be able to deliver long distance accuracy. Keeping the qualities mentioned above in mind, here is a look at some good ones:
This gun made an appearance in the 1950s as an improved version of the .308 Winchester. If you are going big, then this cartridge is what you will need because of its versatility and effectiveness. It is popular, if not better, than the less obscure 6mm Remington, as well as, the .243 WSSM. What makes it so popular among hunters, you ask. It could be the fact that it can drive an 80-grain bullet at 3,300 fps. Decrease the fps to 2,800 fps and it can drive a 100-grain projectile. Black beer, deer, or antelope, no matter what you are hunting, the .243 should be your first choice.
One of the things that has become synonymous with the Ruger rifles is how dependable they are. The .375 Ruger, both Hawkeye and Hawkeye Alaskan, are no exceptions. Their controlled-feed actions make them the rifle perfect when hunting brown bears. With these rifles, you get ballistics that will remind you of the .375 Ackley but with a shorter case than the .375 H&H has. If you are looking for a weapon that works like the high-end rifles do but in a standard long action, then the .375 Ruger is the right choice. Lastly, the set of iron express sights come in handy during defense.
Browning BLR Lightweight ’81
If you are looking for the most versatile rifle within the Browning BLR Lightweight series, then this is where your search ends. One of the things that recommend this weapon is that it also comes in a takedown version, which makes it really easy to carry while traveling. Another feature is that it comes in both straight- and curved pistol-grip versions. Yet another thing that recommends this gun to its users is the different types of calibers that it can make use of. These include 270 WSM, 308 W, 300 WM, 358 W, 30-06, and 450 Marlin.
Marlin Model 338 MXLR
This accurate version lives up to its name when it comes to excellent long-range accuracy. It adds to its charm by allowing a lesser degree of recoil than most similar rifles.