If you're considering buying a new rifle for deerstalking then you need to think long and hard about what you actually want from it and how you are going to use it.
Our experts have reviewed 14 rifles for deer stalking that have proven popular and ranked highly with our reviewers.
Our reviewer notes that you don’t see many of these on the shelves of second-hand gun dealers. Is that because it’s an unpopular model or because owners tend to hang onto this rifle? Read our expert’s conclusion in his review of the Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter.
First time out stalking a fallow buck for our reviewer – how did the gun perform? Why have we chosen it as one of our popular rifles for deerstalking? You can read what Sporting Gun’s editor thought and the review of the Merkel RX Helix here.
3. Sako 85
The Sako 85 is a development of the much respected 75 model.
4. Blaser R8
For the shooter who wants one firearm that can be changed into a fox, deer or even an African game rifle in seconds, the Blaser R8 has to rank as one of the best.
Our reviewer says:”I hope British shooters take notice of this rifle.” Read his reasons why.
Since its introduction in 1962, the Remington Model 700 is still going strong, and its longevity is testimony to the appeal and quality of the rifle.
7. CZ 550
Out of the box, a classic rifle – far cheaper than having a custom rifle made in these calibres.
8. Sauer 202
Pro stalkers have a great respect for the gun and it has increased in popularity considerably in recent years and deservedly so.
9. Mauser M03
At a cost of £1,377 for the standard model, the M03 is competitively priced and, as the range tests show, it is a fine shooting rifle.
The Tikka T3 is probably the best-selling stalking rifle in the UK today. It’s earned a reputation as being dependable and the rifle is certainly capable.
A gun that can handle anything from foxes to big game due to its calibre choice from .223 to .300 Win Mag. Designed as a compact, longer-range, fast-handling rifle, the Pantera is equally good in the field.
A perfect marriage of old world English styling and German engineering. Available in a ladies version too.
A smart stalker-friendly .223 that combines shooting well with good looks and great handling
The rifle of choice for many hunters, this superb all-rounder from a well-respected brand is worthy of its praise.