Posted August 15, 2017 9:00 am by Comments

By Kristin Alberts

Preparing for a shot in the field. This deer season, like every deer season, is all about preparation… (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Whether you hunt with rifles or handguns, high-end or lower-budget, semi-auto, lever or bolt actions, 2017s class of firearms has something to offer America’s deer hunters.  Some are just now hitting the market, while others are just now catching up with demand. With whitetail seasons around the corner, now is the time to make that new rifle selection.  Here are five of our favorites.
1. The Budget Workhorse: Winchester XPR
With little fanfare, Winchester entered the budget rifle market already flooded with reasonable options like the Savage Axis II and Mossberg Patriot. Though initially introduced in a non-assuming, run-of-the-mill black synthetic not unlike all the others, the XPR sets itself apart in fit and function. The trigger is the same fully adjustable unit found in the venerable Model 70, exceptional on a rifle of this class and with a crisp break. A single stack, dropbox magazine and target crown on the 20- to 26-inch barrels are also sweet.  They have also introduced a number of other models to the XPR family, including a pair of Mossy Oak options — Break Up Country


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