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12 Classic & Contemporary Bolt-Action Rifles Worth Your Time

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Barrett MRAD

Cartridge: .308/.300 WM/.338 Lapua

Weight: 11.7-14.72 pounds Length: 49.40 inches Capacity: 10

CZ 750 Sniper

Cartridge: .308

Weight: 11.90 pounds Length: 48.00 inches Capacity: 10

FN Ballista

Cartridge: .338

Weight: 15.10 pounds Length: 49.5-50.75 inches Capacity: 5

Kimber 8400 Advanced Tactical SOC

Cartridge: 6.5 Creedmoor/.308/.300 Win

Weight: 11.60-12.00 pounds Length: 43.50-48.25 inches Capacity: 5/10

Mossberg MVP LR/LR Tactical

Cartridge: .223/.308

Weight: 7-8 pounds Length: 35.25-39.5 inches Capacity: 11

Remington Custom Shop 40-XS Tactical

Cartridge: .308

Weight: 9.50 pounds Length: 45.50 inches Capacity: 4

Remington 700 BDL

Cartridge: .243/.270/7mm Rem Mag/.30-06

Weight: 7.63 pounds Length: 44.50 inches Capacity: 4

Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

Cartridge: .308

Weight: 7.10 pounds Length: 38-39.5 inches Capacity: 10

Ruger M77/357

Cartridge: .357 Mag

Weight: 5.50 pounds Length: 38.50 inches Capacity: 5

Savage Axis II XP

Cartridge: .223/.30-06/.308

Weight: 6.50 pounds Length: 43.87 inches Capacity: 4

Steyr SSG 04

Cartridge: .308

Weight: 10.80 pounds Length: 46.30 inches Capacity: 10

Bolt-action rifles are a staple among sportsmen and hunters. It’s a design that has its roots firmly planted in the 19th century (the first was patented in 1824) and has been evolving ever since. Today’s bolt-action rifles are fundamentally the same as those used in the late 19th century by big game hunters, sportsmen and sharpshooters, but bolt actions have also been developed into exceptional tactical guns for law enforcement and military use, as well as for long-distance competitive shooting. The mechanisms are easy to operate; bolt actions are inherently very accurate and offer any number of cartridge loading configurations based upon design and use.


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Most of the models listed here are tactical designs with overall lengths of only 40 inches and weights that average 7.5 pounds. The majority are chambered in the two most common calibers used, .223 and .308, and the average capacity for these long arms is four or five rounds contained in either an internal or box magazine, the latter allowing greater capacity with tactical models.


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Nearly every major gunmaker offers a bolt-action rifle, and they include some very famous makes and models such as the Remington 700 BDL and Ruger M77. The bolt-action rifle is truly a multi-purpose design that has seen use in the field for hunting big game to supporting military operations around the world. The selections include some of the finest classic (walnut and high-grade wood stocks) and contemporary (synthetic stocks) models available.




Armalite AR-30A1



Barrett MRAD



FN Ballista



Kimber 8400 Advanced Tactical SOC



Mossberg MVP LR/LR Tactical



Remington Custom Shop Model 40-XS Tactical System



Remington Model 700 BDL



Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle



Ruger M77/357



Savage Axis II XP



Steyr SSG 04



This article was published in the Spring 2016 edition of Personal & Home Defense. For information on how to subscribe, please email subscriptions@outdoorgroupmags.com or call 1-800-284-5668.


The post 12 Classic & Contemporary Bolt-Action Rifles Worth Your Time appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews.


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