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Rifle Review: OL Ranks the Best New Rifles for 2012

Rifle Review: OL Ranks the Best New Rifles for 2012

We sent hundreds of rounds downrange to see which rifles were the most accurate in our 2012 gun test.
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from BurrisHunt wrote 16 weeks 4 days ago

interseted to see which rifle will be the best for 2014. Probably the AR weapon system which is extreamly popular now. www.bestriflescopereview.net

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from John Lloyd Scharf wrote 50 weeks 6 days ago

Any centerfire .22 and above can be used to take big game in Oregon, except elk, Rocky Mountain Goat, and Bighorn Sheep. You can take out Prong Horn, Deer, Bear, and Cougars. So, Hoak O'Connell's statement was inaccurate.

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from Bevin Chu wrote 1 year 3 weeks ago

Others have commented about the total absence of Savage in this test.

I'll chime it.

They're right.

You really should not have neglected Savage, the most accurate out of the box bolt action made, bar none.

The Ruger American Rifle is a terrific rifle. It would not exist without Savage as inspiration.

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from Hoak Oconnell wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

223. is illegal to hunt big game .in oregon any way i use a 300. win mag in a Remington 700 its 12 years old super accurate . no safety problems any way best gun for all types of hunting .I have taken everything from rats to elk with this gun

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from Bill Castorina wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Purchased a Ruger American in 308 2 months ago and love everything about the rifle. The trigger, while not match grade, had a solid feel. The recoil pad took away almost all the recoil. My outing with the gun was a great time and cant wait to take it again.

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from GuyGene wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like the Weatherby and Ruger. Hmmm, hardly any wood stocks, eh? I'm too old and old fashioned. I just can't get to liking the AR (is that what they are called - those military style rifles? I'm a veteran, but hey, back in my day, they were more traditional looking...) style rifles for hunting. Just something about them that would keep me from taking one into the woods. I do need another rifle though, really.

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from Gary Sarge Roland wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Two AR and not a single Savage?
is this whats popular for 2012?

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from Bull Elk wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

While everyone has their own preference, I don't like AR's and never will. When I see them used as a big game rifle I cringe. It doesn't feel right...it doesn't look right.

Plastic hunting stocks make every hunting rifle look plain. Plastic stock rifles are boring and take away the pride of owning a beautiful wood stock rifle. Pride of ownership seems lost with plastic.

Hunting with a wood stock rifle is a beautiful thing to experience. There is nothing more attractive than an accurate rifle on a nice looking wood stock.

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from washburs wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

Do you guys really have a clue what you are doing? How can you leave the Savage off your list. It's the best shooting off the shelf rifle I've seen, next to the Carl Gustav. I agree on the AR series, as a retired Military, I would never use one for hunting. Not bad for pinking though. How do you compare an 06 to a 223? Anyone that shoots a group over 3/4 inch off a bench with a modern rifle, either doesnt know how to shoot, is using sponsored ammo, or isnt matching the ammo to the rifle.

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from afigueiredo2 wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

I am not a big AR guy, I like a lever action or pump myself. Don't get me wrong they look pretty cool but as for hunting I don't think an AR would be my gun of choice.

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from Bull Elk wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

While everyone has their own preference, I don't like AR's and never will. When I see them used as a big game rifle I cringe. It doesn't feel right...it doesn't look right.

Plastic hunting stocks make every hunting rifle look plain. Plastic stock rifles are boring and take away the pride of owning a beautiful wood stock rifle. Pride of ownership seems lost with plastic.

Hunting with a wood stock rifle is a beautiful thing to experience. There is nothing more attractive than an accurate rifle on a nice looking wood stock.

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from afigueiredo2 wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

I am not a big AR guy, I like a lever action or pump myself. Don't get me wrong they look pretty cool but as for hunting I don't think an AR would be my gun of choice.

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from GuyGene wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like the Weatherby and Ruger. Hmmm, hardly any wood stocks, eh? I'm too old and old fashioned. I just can't get to liking the AR (is that what they are called - those military style rifles? I'm a veteran, but hey, back in my day, they were more traditional looking...) style rifles for hunting. Just something about them that would keep me from taking one into the woods. I do need another rifle though, really.

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from Gary Sarge Roland wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Two AR and not a single Savage?
is this whats popular for 2012?

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from John Lloyd Scharf wrote 50 weeks 6 days ago

Any centerfire .22 and above can be used to take big game in Oregon, except elk, Rocky Mountain Goat, and Bighorn Sheep. You can take out Prong Horn, Deer, Bear, and Cougars. So, Hoak O'Connell's statement was inaccurate.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from BurrisHunt wrote 16 weeks 4 days ago

interseted to see which rifle will be the best for 2014. Probably the AR weapon system which is extreamly popular now. www.bestriflescopereview.net

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from washburs wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

Do you guys really have a clue what you are doing? How can you leave the Savage off your list. It's the best shooting off the shelf rifle I've seen, next to the Carl Gustav. I agree on the AR series, as a retired Military, I would never use one for hunting. Not bad for pinking though. How do you compare an 06 to a 223? Anyone that shoots a group over 3/4 inch off a bench with a modern rifle, either doesnt know how to shoot, is using sponsored ammo, or isnt matching the ammo to the rifle.

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from Bill Castorina wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Purchased a Ruger American in 308 2 months ago and love everything about the rifle. The trigger, while not match grade, had a solid feel. The recoil pad took away almost all the recoil. My outing with the gun was a great time and cant wait to take it again.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bevin Chu wrote 1 year 3 weeks ago

Others have commented about the total absence of Savage in this test.

I'll chime it.

They're right.

You really should not have neglected Savage, the most accurate out of the box bolt action made, bar none.

The Ruger American Rifle is a terrific rifle. It would not exist without Savage as inspiration.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Hoak Oconnell wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

223. is illegal to hunt big game .in oregon any way i use a 300. win mag in a Remington 700 its 12 years old super accurate . no safety problems any way best gun for all types of hunting .I have taken everything from rats to elk with this gun

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