Good hunting rifles are often expensive, but not always. They do not have to cost you more than you make in 2 months. In fact, there are some great options out there for $1,000 or less. Then why do so many hunters complain about the prices of great quality rifles? There are a lot of reasons, but there are easy things you can do. This starts with do your research and take a look at what the gun stores have to offer. You might be surprised if you are patient and really take the time to dig a little bit deeper.

To make this process even more attractive, you can use these rifles for more than just hunting. They are also very good in precision target shooting, and you might want to use one for competitions. Sure, there are differences between what hunters and what precision target shooters prefer. As hunters are trekking through the woods, the rifles should be light, while this is less of an issue when you are at the range. However, looking for budget rifles, it is the price that matters more, so in that case, you might have to accept a great rifle that might not yet be totally perfect, but great nonetheless.

10. Savage Arms Axis II

Our first gun is the Savage Arms Axis II. Savage is known for high-quality yet not super expensive rifles, and the Axis II is no exception to that. It comes with a 22-inch barrel chambered for a variety of cartridges and a detachable box magazine. If you choose it in .223, it has a capacity of 4 rounds and an MSRP of only $479.

Features include a synthetic stock designed for improved ergonomics. Right out of the box, it comes with an AccuTrigger trigger that can be adjusted by the rifle user. Also, it features thread-in headspacing as well as a floating bolt head for the best possible accuracy. The barrel is made from carbon steel, and the overall weight of the .223 variant is just 6.3 pounds.


9. Winchester XPR Stealth Suppressor Ready

Nowadays, more and more hunters use suppressors on their rifles. This does come with some problems with many models. If the manufacturer just takes an existing model and thread the barrel, you and up with an unwieldy gun as you add something long and heavy to an already long and heavy barrel.

The Suppressor Ready variant of the XPR Stealth from Winchester was designed with this problem in mind. For that, it comes with a short 16.5-inch button rifled free floating barrel. The steel receiver sports a Perma-Coat finish, and on top of the rifle you find a Talley Picatinny rail. Also, the gun features a two-position safety and a bolt-unlock button. You get to choose between 10 chamberings including .223 Remington and .300 Winchester Magnum.

Winchester XPR Stealth SR - 535757290

8. Ruger American Ranch 450 Bushmaster

When it comes to eastern hardwoods hunters, brush-busting deer rifles are in high demand. For these conditions, you need a rifle that is light making it easy to carry around and fast-handling so you can react fast to any chance that shows itself. Coming in at 5.5 pounds and with great ergonomics, the Ruger American Ranch rifle chambered in 450 Bushmaster fits that bill perfectly.

A light rifle with a big cartridge normally means a lot of recoil, but the thick butt pad minimizes this quite nicely. The adjustable trigger helps with accuracy, and the threaded muzzle comes with a break. Feeding is done from detachable magazines, and an aluminum scope rail is already installed at the factory. The MSRP for this great rifle is $659.

Ruger American Ranch 450 Bushmaster

7. Mossberg Patriot Predator

The Mossberg Patriot Predator is a rifle that has been around already for a while. However, for 2023, there is an update. Now, it comes also chambered in 7mm PRC. Designed by Hornady, it sits between 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC. As a long-action rifle cartridge, it is able to fire a 175-grain bullet at 3000 fps. The projectile has a BC of 0.689. Compare it to the best loads for the 7mm Remington Magnum, and you get an advantage of 120 fps for 7mm PRC.

As if this is not already great, the barrel also comes with a 1 in 8 twist rate. With that, it is able to stabilize bullets with an extremely high BC. Add to this a barrel with a length of 24 inches and an overall weight of 6½ pounds for the whole gun, and you get a really neat package. Thanks to the Cerakote finish, it also looks great.


Feeding is done from 3-shot detachable magazines with which the file has a great long-range performance. You can have it either in flat dark earth for an MSRP of $519 or you opt for the Timber Strata camo with an MSRP of $619.

6. Mauser M18 Savanna

The M18 comes in 9 chamberings, like .223 Remington and .300 Winchester. It features a three-lug action and a 60-degree bolt lift. The bolt handle is oversized, and the safety comes with 3 positions.

The rifle has a cold-hammer forged barrel with is 22 inches long as a standard and 24 inches for magnum cartridges. Also, the barrel is threaded, and it rests in a tan-colored synthetic which sports soft inserts at the grip and forend. Even more interesting is the unique storage compartment that the stock has in the rear. The trigger itself is adjustable, and the rifles have a sub-MOA precision guarantee. The MSRP is only $850.

Mauser M18 Savanna

5. Browning AB3 Micro Stalker

What makes hunting rifles even more useful is them being compact. That makes them easy to use within the confines of a blind, you get them out of your vehicle in no time, and you almost cannot feel them when you carry them around all day. The Browning AB3 Micro Stalker is a perfect example for that coming with a short action chambered for a variety of cartridges including .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Remington, and .308 Winchester.

To ensure a fast cycling for this bolt-action rifle, the bolt lift is 60 degrees. It also features a bolt-lock override button, and it feeds from detachable magazines with a capacity of 5 rounds. Being compact also means that the barrel has to be short and in the case of this rifle it is just 20 inches long. Now, if you think that this affects the performance of the bullets, you are right. However, the difference is less important than you might think. In fact, at normal hunting distances, you will not see much of this.


The rifle comes with a black composite stock which is of course weather resistant and sports Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. This pad is necessary as the weight of the gun is just 6½ pounds, so something has to soak up the recoil forces. The MSRP is just $699.

4. Howa Kuiu

The Howa Kuiu comes with a weight of 7-8 pounds, depending on the caliber, and an overall length of 40½ inches. It comes with a camouflaged Hogue pillar-bedded rifle stock. You can have it in many different chamberings including .22-250 Remington and .300 Winchester Magnum. The barrel has a length of 22 or 24 inches. It sports a Tactical Grey Cerakote finish. The gun itself features a 3-position safety. Also, the barrel is threaded.

Howa Kuiu

3. Franchi Momentum Elite

The Franchi Momentum Elite rifle has no problem printing groups with a size of less than 1 MOA. To achieve that, it comes with a free floating light contour barrel with a length of either 22 or 24 inches. The single-stage trigger is adjustable, and the muzzle is threaded featuring a brake. You get it with a one-piece scope rail right out of the box.

The metal surfaces sport a Cerakote finish while the stock either sports a Truetimber Strata, a Reatltree Escape or a Gore Optifade Elevated II camo finish. Also, it has an ergonomic shape and integral sling attachments.

Franchi Momentum Elite

Feeding is done from single-stack detachable magazines. There are different chamberings available, including 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and .308 Winchester. Also, the gun has an MOA precision guarantee. The MSRP is $999.

2. CVA Cascade in Veil Camo

While the CVA Cascade is not that new, its Veil camo pattern is. You can have it as an option on the fiberglass reinforced synthetic stock which sports a soft-touch finish. The butt of this stock is adjustable. With removable spacers you can change the length of pull so that it can actually grow with young shooters and be made to fit with many body sizes.

The barrel of the Veil camo version is made from 4140 carbon steel and it sports a Cerakote finish which can also be found on the action. The bolt throw is 70 degrees, and the rifle features a two-position safety. For feeding, detachable magazines are used. They are flush fit and each holds 4 rounds.

CVA Cascade in Veil Camo

If you want to add a scope, that is no problem. It can accept any scope mount that you can get for the Savage 110 AccuTrigger rifles. Also, you get to choose between 10 chamberings including 450 Bushmaster and 350 Legend. For all of that, the MSRP stands at $745.

1. Bergara B14 Hunter

The Bergara B14 Hunter features a 4140 chrome moly barrel that are made by Bergara in their factory in Spain. The barrel is then screwed into a two-lug action. The bolt features a sliding plate extractor and a coned nose. This allows it to feed from either a detachable or an internal magazine with a hinged floor plate.

Everything steel on this rifle sports a graphite black Verakote finish, and the rifle has the Bergara Performance Trigger. The soft touch synthetic stock comes with molded-in steel pillars. Those enhance its stability. You can choose between 9 calibers including .22-250 Remington. The rifle accepts Remington 700 scope bases, and has an MSRP of $900.


There you have it guys, some super budget hunting rifles that do not break your bank but are light, accurate, and available in a ton of different chamberings. Now you can make your choice as you cannot go wrong with them. If you have one of these beauties already, let us know in the comments and do not forget to tell us about the experience of shooting them.

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