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.

Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter rifle

Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter rifle

1. Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter

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.

Merkel RX Helix rifle

Merkel RX Helix rifle

2. Merkel RX Helix

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.

 

Sako 85

Sako 85

3. Sako 85

The Sako 85 is a development of the much respected 75 model.

Blaser R8

Blaser R8

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.

Browning X-bolt rifle

Browning X-bolt rifle

 

5. Browning X-Bolt

Our reviewer says:”I hope British shooters take notice of this rifle.” Read his reasons why.

 

6. Remington 700

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.

CZ 550

CZ 550

7. CZ 550

Out of the box, a classic rifle – far cheaper than having a custom rifle made in these calibres.

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Sauer 202

 

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.

 

Mauser M03

Mauser M03

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.

Tikka T3

Tikka T3

 

10. Tikka T3

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.

Sauer 100 Pantera .308 stalking rifle

Short, compact, tough and very accurate in all weather sums up the Sauer 100 Pantera

11. Sauer Pantera .308

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.

Rigby Highland rifle

Rigby Highland rifle

12. Rigby Highland Stalker

A perfect marriage of old world English styling and German engineering. Available in a ladies version too.

Remington Model 700 SPS rifle

The Remington SPS is a practical tool and you can rely on it to get the job done

13. Remington Model 700 SPS rifle

A smart stalker-friendly .223 that combines shooting well with good looks and great handling

Mauser M12 Impact

Mauser M12 Impact

14. Mauser M12 Impact

The rifle of choice for many hunters, this superb all-rounder from a well-respected brand is worthy of its praise.