These guns feature a sporter-style stock with a heavy fluted barrel (a must when you're trying to keep your barrel cool during long shooting sessions on dogs). The 84M in .22-250 weighs just 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Of the several guns I tried, all had super triggers-crisp and creepless. The Model 84M is also available in .308-a great choice if you don't want to lug a heavy beanfield rifle to your deer stand. We also tried the new 84M Long Master VT ($1,122)-a heavier (10 pounds), bull-barreled version of this rifle in a laminated stock. This rig is designed strictly for shooting dogs off a bench, for which it is ideally suited. [pagebreak] Classic .22 Rifles
While I enjoyed shooting dogs with the .22-250 out to as far as I could see, the most fun I had was crawling into .22 range of a couple of hot spots and drilling dogs with Kimber's Classic 22 ($1,085). Accuracy was incredible; we honestly shot dogs out to 150 yards using Winchester's Power Point ammo and Leupold's 4.5-14x Vari-X III scopes. Here again, beautiful wood, great triggers and classic styling, right down to the Mauser claw extractors, make these rifles a must buy. And for those looking for a classy gun to put under the tree for a young shooter, Kimber is making a Youth Model ($746).