In decades past, the term “budget hunting rifle” was code for “piece of junk.” Fortunately, manufacturers are now producing reasonably priced and still offer high-quality hunting rifles in popular hunting calibers. Every rifle on this list is an extremely capable bolt-action hunting rifle in the right hands while it’s true most budget hunting rifles are a cut or two below some of the more expensive models on the market. No matter if you are hunting deer, hogs, elk or any other big-game species in the country, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to offer a popular list of affordable and effective rifles.
Savage Arms Axis, 6.5mm Creedmoor
By manufacturing budget hunting rifles for hunters who wanted a reasonably priced, Savage Arms made a name for itself over the past few decades. The latest rifle in their lineup is the Axis. It has a detachable box magazine and otherwise gets the job done in addition to being very affordable, lightweight, and incredibly accurate. It’ll really allow you to reach out there and take a long-range shot without a lot of recoil.
Ruger American Rifle Compact .30-06 Winchester
This rifle is lightweight, reliable, features the Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger, and is extremely accurate. Don’t be surprised if your Ruger American delivers that level of performance though it doesn’t come with the same sub-MOA guarantee as a Weatherby rifle. There isn’t much this rifle can’t do when chambered in a great all-around cartridge like the .30-06 Springfield.
Thompson Center Compass .270 Winchester
The company manufactures some nice rifles, though Thompson Center is best known for producing high-quality muzzleloaders. The Thompson Center Compass is lightweight, accurate, features a 60-degree bolt handle to facilitate rapid cycling, has an adjustable trigger, has a detachable magazine and the barrel is threaded for a suppressor. For hunting a wide variety of big game, the .270 Winchester is a great, flat-shooting cartridge. If you’d rather have a rifle better suited for predator or varmint hunting, it’s also available in .223 Remington. The Compass is one of the best budget hunting rifles currently on the market all things considered.
Mossberg Patriot Combo .308 Winchester
By building high-quality shotguns at a reasonable price, Mossberg developed a name for itself. Where they still abide by the same mantra, they recently crossed over into the rifle market. From selling the rifle at an extremely reasonable price and offering features such as a drop-box magazine, a recessed crown, a fluted barrel and an adjustable trigger standard on all versions of the rifle, they aimed to change the game with the Mossberg Patriot. This combo package at Sportsman’s Guide also includes a 3-9x40mm Vortex scope and a synthetic stock as well. From whitetail deer hunting in thick timber to shots out to several hundred yards on elk without excessive recoil, Chambered in .308 Winchester is a really good rifle.
Custom Shooting Ranges Designed for Practice & Training
There are many other rifles that can be used for your hunting trips and no matter which you choose, be sure to take as much time on the shooting range to hone your skills and familiarize yourself with your weapon. Call Shooting Range Industries to learn more about our custom shooting ranges today!