Rifle Reviews: Best of Range365

All of our rifle reviews and tests by our shooting experts.

A close look at three versions of the rifle designed to be easy to handle and carry, quick to shoot and reload, accurate to long distances…and very deadly.

Jeff Cooper shooting a Scout rifle. photo courtesy of Gunsite Academy

It’s a rifle built around a cartridge that’s like a .22 on steroids—and then some. Here’s how it shot.

This is the Volquartsen 17 WSM Semi-Auto Rifle, Deluxe Model.

A close look at the new lever-action built to stand up to tough use and abuse—and how such a gun would fare in a post-disaster situation.

The Henry All-Weather rifle chambered in .30-30 has a straight stock and a 20-inch, round barrel.

It’s an AR-style rifle that’s built specifically for the 9mm cartridge. Here’s how it handled, operated, and shot—and the advantages of a rifle that shoots the same ammo as…

The Tresna JAG9G BU Tactical Rifle uses the same magazines as those used for 9mm Glocks. Here it’s shown with a Glock G17.

A unique AR-style rifle adopts some of the looks of a classic deer rifle, but retains the function of a modern gun. Here’s how it performed.

The Windham Weaponry 308 Hunter is a unique looking “black rifle” that blends the traditional look of wood with the modern styling and colors of a modern sporting rifle.

It’s a dedicated long-range shooter with a real-world price of less than a grand. Here’s how the Ruger Precision Rifle performed.

The Ruger Precision Rifle is a high-performance long-range precision rifle with an MSRP at just $1,399, which puts the real-world price at close to a grand. Shown here is the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor and topped with a Swarovski X5i 5-25P scope.

The longest continuously produced bolt-action in the country continues to set standards for what a centerfire rifle should be.

This is the Savage Model 10 Classic rifle in .204 Ruger with a Leupold VX II 3-9x33 EFR scope. This it the rifle that the author built at the Savage factory.

It’s been around in a variety of configurations since 1964, but this semiautomatic, easily modified, fun-to-shoot rimfire is still a top gun.

The Ruger 10/22 Take-Down model.

It’s a folding rifle that comes in either 9mm or .40 S&W—and accepts the same magazines used in many popular pistols. Here’s how this innovative rifle performed.

This is the Kel-Tec SUB-2000 Gen 2 on the Blackhawk! Diversion Wax Canvas Messenger Bag.

The company's new MSR is in 5.56 and switches to .300 ACC Blackout with just a twist.

The new Ruger SR-556 Takedown, fully assembled.

The predecessor of Modern Sporting Rifles had a rocky rise to fame.

The History of the M-16
The original slab-side M16 rifle, which was the first AR-15 select-fire rifle adopted by the U.S. Military, was issued primarily to the Air Force in Vietnam in 1964. Note the lack of a forward-assist and case deflector behind the ejection port. It also has the old-style three-prong flash hider, a 20-round straight magazine, and the original triangular foregrip. The Air Force, Colt, and Eugene Stoner thought the forward-assist was an unnecessary expense. That's why all other branches of the service were issued the XM16E1 variant in 1964, which includes the assist. Both were replaced by the M16A1.

It’s a popular, innovative, affordable centerfire bolt-action rifle that’s different from the rest. That was true about the Ruger M77 47 years ago, and it’s still true today.

When Bill Ruger (1916-2002) wanted to enter the bolt-action market the naysayers were against it. Ruger, as usual, ignored them and in 1968 introduced the Ruger M77 Bolt Action Rifle, a gun that is still one of the top-selling bolt-action rifles in the world.

The Mauser 98K was the standard service rifle of the German military. It was one of the most-produced rifles in the history of the world—some 12 million of them were made…

This is the Mauser 98K, one of 12 million produced for the German military from 1935 to 1945. (NRA Museums Photo)

The quintessential lever-action may seem quaint by today’s rifle standards, but the Winchester Model 94 a modern marvel of its time.

Winchester Model 1894
The Winchester Model 1894 rifle (known as the “Model 94”) was first introduced in two blackpowder cartridges, the .32-40 Winchester and .38-55 Winchester, but it was soon made in the .25-35 WCF (Winchester Center Fire) and the .30 WCF--known today as the .30-30 Winchester.

The company’s first truly new bolt-action in almost 50 years is a shooter—and a good value.

New Gun Test: Winchester XPR
The Winchester XPR is an angular, streamlined bolt-action rifle that incorporates a heavy, tubular receiver with a smallish ejection port, a massive, three-lug bolt, an extremely stiff synthetic stock, and a superb trigger.

One of the first synthetic-stocked rifles was also one of the most popular rimfires ever made.

Remington Nylon 66
The Remington Nylon 66, developed in the late 1950s, was discontinued in 1991.

The integrity and accuracy of this meticulously built rifle is no hype.

Bergara BCR 17 Medium Tactical
The Bergara BCR17 Medium Tactical Rifle is a compact rifle made in .308, with other chamberings on special order. MSRP is $4,000. What you get for that is excellent and reliable accuracy.

Home defense and plinking? Hunting? Competition? Here are three MSRs that stand out in each category.

The Purpose-Driven MSR
Remington R-25 GII: The new Remington R-25 GII is smaller and lighter than other guns in the class, weighing only 7-5/8 pounds.

The company known for utilitarian field guns comes out with a solid, accurate—and pleasing to eye—big-bore rifle.

New Gun Test: Mossberg Patriot Dangerous-Game Rifle
It can be difficult to adorn laminate wood stocks with traditional checkering that looks good. Mossberg’s answer was to laser-engrave the stock with stippling contained within borders defined by fine lines. This solution is attractive and provides excellent grip.

Montana Rifle Co. chambers an all-new rifle for a hot long-distance caliber. Here’s how it shot.

New Gun Test: Montana HVR-SS
The Montana Rifle Company recognized the long-range trend. It is the first major manufacturer to offer a production rifle chambered in 6XC.photo by Rab Cummings

The semiautomatic .30-06 that helped win World War II was superior to all other rifles in every way.

Gun of the Week: M1 Garand
The M1 Garand rifle. Among other things, General Patton called it “...that magnificent weapon.”photo by Philip Schreier

The new Savage A17, chambered for the fast and powerful .17 HMR, brings rimfire shooting to a whole new level.

Savage A17: The .22 Killer
Savage’s new A17 semiauto rifle is chambered in .17 HMR. Other gun makers have had a difficult time containing the small but powerful .17 HMR cartridge in a semiauto, but Savage did it with an innovative “delayed blow-back” action.

The best-selling bolt-action rifle in America is also a classic American success story.

Gun of the Week: Remington Model 700
Remington has sold more than 5.3 million Model 700 bolt-action rifles since it was introduced in 1962.

The “Rifleman’s Rifle” won over shooters and hunters everywhere—at first. Here’s the fascinating story of one of America’s most famous guns.

Winchester Model 70
Introduced in 1936, the Winchester Model 70 became the most popular hunting rifle ever. The M70 lost some of its renown when it was redesigned in 1964, but has been used by millions of hunters for every type of game for nearly 80 years.