Rifle recap: Our favorite hunting rifles of 2018 (VIDEO)
By Kristin Alberts
If only accurate rifles are interesting, then 2018 was a fascinating year. As we bid adieu to the year defined by a meteoric rise in all things long-range or Creedmoor-named, hunters were certainly not overlooked by gun manufacturers. In fact, it was difficult to narfrow down this list with all the new introductions. The name of the game is accuracy and quality, though looks are on the side of most of these long guns as well. Here are our top picks, in no particular order.
1. Savage MSR-15 Valkyrie
The Savage MSR-15 Valkyrie puts the .224 Valkyrie chambering on the map. With an 18” barrel, FDE Cerakote finish, quality furniture, and two-stage trigger, this thing shoots as good as it looks. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
It’s refreshing to find a hot rifle and chambering not named Creedmoor. In fact, the .224 Valkyrie is, at long last, one of those new rounds with some serious staying power. The Savage MSR-15 is our rifle of choice because it’s one of the first to the party from Savage, the Valkyrie’s co-creator in conjunction with partner-company Federal ammunition. The MSR-15 Valkyrie wears a sexy FDE Cerakote finish, Magpul UBR Gen2 buttstock, Hogue pistol grip, and turnable muzzle brake.