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October 29, 2013
Top Guns: 4 Best Elk Hunting Rifles - 8
by John B. Snow
Elk are big, rugged animals that deserve respect. Underestimate them at your peril. You need a rifle that is as tough and sturdy as they are, that launches a sufficiently large bullet, and that won’t let you down when the conditions go to hell—as often happens in the mountains.
1. The Speedster: Sauer 303
The bombproof gas system on the 303 makes it reliable and soft-shooting, even in heavy calibers, and you won’t find a big-game rifle that gets back on target faster. The accuracy of the rifle for longer shots is also excellent, which is not a given for semi-autos. It is now available with a tough synthetic stock.
MSRP: $3,352; sauer.de
2. The Tack Driver: Savage 111 Long Range Hunter
In .300 WSM, it comes with a 26-inch barrel to squeeze maximum velocity from the round. The cheekpiece adjusts to establish proper comb height, and the AccuTrigger ensures that the shot starts with a clean trigger break.
MSRP: $1,060; savagearms.com
3. The Feather: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Backcountry
MSRP: $1,399; weatherby.com
4. The Bargain: Tikka T3 Lite Stainless
MSRP: $775; berettausa.com
See more of our picks for Best Elk Hunting Rifles here.