Long range hunting is a question of accuracy and precision. How well do you get the rounds on target, and how easy can you repeat that? For that, it is worth testing them with groups of 5 shot each and to see how tight the groups can get. If you see how accurate and precise they are, it is a no brainer to zero them to your needs and the range you want to hunt at.

However, if we do look at accuracy, there is another factor to think about besides the rifle itself, and that is the ammo. There are rifles out there that do shoot well with one kind of ammo, but a really good rifle should print tight groups with a variety of factory loads.

When you look at the guns on this list, you will find some that cost quite a bit, some that are more affordable, some that are specifically made for hunting, and some that are made rather for competitions. In the end, all of these factors might be important for you when making a buying decision. For this list, however, it is only important that the rifle in question shoots a tight group with a variety of factory ammo.

10. Christensen Arms MPR

The Christensen Arms MPR is a rifle made for hunting, and for that, it is quite portable. However, its look might actually fool you as it does not look like the average hunting rifle at all. It comes with a carbon fiber for-end and a skeletonized folding stock. Put it on the scale, and you see it weighs just a tad over 8 pounds meaning it is not that hard to schlepp it around.

Using factory 6.5 Creedmoor ammo, you can easily get groups of .6 or even .5 inches. With some work, you can even tighten that to .4 inches. For this, the TriggerTech Diamond trigger is a great help.


9. Bergara B-14 HMR

The Begara B-14 HMR is a rifle that can be summed up by the words just accurate. It is a hybrid gun that is half tactical and half a hunter. This means, that you get a quite heavy barrel and a competition stock for your money combined with a smooth two-lugged action. This results in a rifle that is 9.5 pounds, and can be used in competitions as well as for hunting.

It comes with flush-mounted QD-cups, an adjustable cheekpiece, and the ability to print groups of less than 1 inch without much effort. Work with it, and you get below .5 inches shooting 6.5 Creedmoor.


8. Savage M10 Stealth

The Savage M10 Stealth is a real beauty and deadly accurate. However, to be honest, it is not necessarily the rifle you might want to schlepp around with you in the mountains. Its barrel has a length of 26 inches, and the oversized muzzle break does not make it any lighter. The chassis stock is stout, and you guessed it, it is just heavy. Being empty, it gets the scale up to 11.75 pounds. For that weight, you get a gun that get the good old 6.5 Creedmoor on steel with ease even at 1,000 yards. Even beginners can manage groups of less than 1 inch, and with some experience, you can almost make that down to .4 inches.


7. Browning X-Bolt Max Long Range Hunter

The Browning X-Bolt Max Long Range Hunter is a hunting rifle with a great value in its primary application. Its long-range performance is superlative, and you can have for an affordable price. For that, the company makes the stock in house to save some costs.

The action itself uses Broning`s smooth three-lug system. It feeds from a rotary magazine that can be loaded easily and is just super reliable. Using factory loads, it is no challenge to get quite a good accuracy out of this beauty. For an average shooter, getting below 1 inch is almost a guarantee. If you have some experience, you get it below .5 inches, and might even manage groups with a little over .3 inches. At least that is when it is chambered for 6.5 Creedmoor.


6. Proof Switch

The Proof Switch is a rifle that can just not be left out of this list. Use it as a bench gun, it is almost impossible to miss with this gun. It is just to-notch when it comes to accuracy. Especially in 6.5 Creedmoor it comes into its own. You can get the groups down to below .2 inches if you work with this gun for a while. Right out of the box, you will easily get groups of .5 inches.

As a hunting rifle, it is also quite light with a weight of just 7.5 pounds making it super portable. Also, it is handy as well. Now you might be tempted to think that with all of this accuracy and light weight, it is more like a range gun that does not live long when taken into the field, but the truth is that it is built like a tank. The stock is super strong and the rifle can just take the use and abuse. If ever necessary, you can even swap out the barrel in a few moments.

Proof Switch

5. Seekins Precision Havak Pro Hunter

The Seekins Precision Havak Pro Hunter is, as its name tells you, a hunting rifle, and frankly, it is just great when it comes to longer ranges. In fact, for the precision and the application of hunting, it is as close to perfect as it can get.

The design is meant for hunting but definitely also influenced by competition rifles. You can see that especially in its stock. It has a moderate weight at 7.3 pounds, and it handles well. It comes with a barrel spiraling that is quite distinctive, and its trigger breaks very crisply with a pull of 2 pounds and 5 ounces. If you take it in 6.5 PRC, you easily get groups of less than 1 inch, usually in the area of .758 inches. Bring some patience and training to the table, and you might even get it below .5 inches.

Seekins Precision Havak Pro Hunter

4. Daniel Defense Delta 5

The Daniel Defense Delta 5 is a rifle that is more like a newcomer when we talk about long range high-end bolt-action rifles. However, Daniel Defense has put in some work, and produced a no-nonsense rifle that does come with the accuracy that is required for the job. For that, it features a 3-lug action that runs just effortlessly. When it comes to ergonomics, this gun is one of the best thanks to its stock and the vertical pistol grip, but the cheekpiece deserves a little bit of added work.

Shoot it in .308 Winchester, and achieving groups of less than .7 inches is no feat. Take your time with it on the range, and you get it below .346 inches in no time.


3. Mauser M18

The Mauser M18 will serve you exceptional well when you want to go after deer. For that, it does not even break your bank as it can be had for less than $700. You will be hard pressed finding anything that accurate in this price range. Available since 2018, it is just accurate, rugged and simple to use.

It runs smoothly with a three-lug bolt action, and it sports a great trigger making it easy to bring the rounds on target. There is a variety of chamberings available, starting with .243 Winchester all the way to .30-06 and .300 Winchester Magnum.


If you take it in .308 Winchester, you have plenty of ammunition option for equally good prices, and you will absolutely no problem printing groups below 1 inch. If you take your time to train with it, you will be able to tighten them below .7 inches.

2. Anschutz 1517 – American Varminter

The Anschutz 1517 is a rimfire gun that is super accurate. It features a trigger with a pull of just 6 ounces. The company is known for its work in the field of accuracy, and this gun is no exception. Chambered in .17 HMR, you get groups of less than .3 inches in no time, and of .2 inches with just a little bit of effort.

Anschutz 1517 – American Varminter

1. BadRock Precision South Fork

The BadRock Precision South Fork just screams accuracy when you look at it, and this expression is absolutely justified. However, to get you one of these beauties, you will have to put in some cash. It will cost you more than $2,000, but it is worth every penny of it. Its precision and accuracy is just exceptional.

Take it out of the box and to the range, your groups average some .6 inches. If you put in some effort, you get that down to .2 inches. The two-lug action is super smooth and fast to run. With it, even a challenging shot is no problem anymore.

BadRock Precision South Fork

There you have it guys, some of the most accurate rifles you can find on the market. If you know one that is missing, let us know in the comments, and tell us what groups you achieve with it.

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