The Best Deer Guns

Most hunters are as addicted to their rifles as a smoker is to nicotine. The choice to buy a new … Continued

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Benelli Supernova Pump Without a doubt, this is one of the slickest pump-action slug guns on the market, and its ergonomics are a big reason why. While cycling, something the Supernova does quickly, it likes to stay on target, which can be a trick with some pump guns. Additionally, the ComforTech stock eats recoil by the fistful. The front sight is not the greatest, so plan on swapping it out or using a scope or red-dot sight in its place. ($625; benelli usa.com) Outdoor Life Online Editor
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Winchester SX3 The racy, modern lines of the SX3 may strike fans of traditional gun styling as odd, but there’s no arguing with this autoloader’s in-the-field performance. It is a reliable shooter by anyone’s standards, and it balances very well in hand. The cantilever off the barrel allows you to easily mount a scope for precise shot placement, but the fiber-optic front sight on this gun is so good, you’ll almost be tempted to go without one. ($994; winchesterguns.com) Outdoor Life Online Editor
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Ruger Frontier Critics of scout-style rifles say all you get from one is a short-barreled rifle with a scope mounted in the wrong place. In reality, you get much more than that. The Ruger Frontier””pictured here in .308 Win.””is remarkably fast handling and a smooth shooter. It is surprisingly accurate, too. Topped with a proper long-eye-relief optic, it can place shots into game-killing clusters at impressive distances, though this deer rifle’s ideal habitat is tight whitetail cover. ($900; ruger.com) Outdoor Life Online Editor
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Weatherby Vanguard Stainless Every fall when I head out West to hunt deer, almost by instinct I find myself reaching for this Weatherby Vanguard”” shown here topped with a Bushnell Elite 4200 1.5″”6×36 scope. And who could blame me? The Vanguard comes with a guarantee to put three shots within an inch and a half of one another at 100 yards with factory ammo. And when it’s chambered in .257 Weatherby, the undisputed king of the .25-caliber crowd and Roy Weatherby’s favorite cartridge, I know I’m ready for the long shots that are common when deer hunting in big country. ($637; weatherby.com) Outdoor Life Online Editor
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Weatherby Vanguard Stainless Every fall when I head out West to hunt deer, almost by instinct I find myself reaching for this Weatherby Vanguard”” shown here topped with a Bushnell Elite 4200 1.5″”6×36 scope. And who could blame me? The Vanguard comes with a guarantee to put three shots within an inch and a half of one another at 100 yards with factory ammo. And when it’s chambered in .257 Weatherby, the undisputed king of the .25-caliber crowd and Roy Weatherby’s favorite cartridge, I know I’m ready for the long shots that are common when deer hunting in big country. ($637; weatherby.com) Outdoor Life Online Editor

Most hunters are as addicted to their rifles as a smoker is to nicotine. The choice to buy a new gun is a hard decision, but the five shown here are a good starting point for anyone in the market.