How to Choose Your Hunting Rifle by
Razvan Marian Jr continued...
The very first issue a
future rifle owner must think about is the cartridge. Let’s
take for example choosing a rifle for a deer hunt. Experts
affirm that a 150 grain bullet is recommended for this type
of hunting. To narrow the list, it is advisable to look for
the most popular models, like the: .270 Winchester, .30-06
Springfield, .308 Winchester and others as well. What future
rifle owners must know is that standard cartridges are
uniquely named so the name of the cartridge indicates the
dynamic and physical characteristics of the cartridge.
Hunters mustn’t forget that in order to safely fire a
cartridge, the rifle must accept that specific cartridge as
it can’t fire other cartridges.
Next order of business, future rifle owners must think about
the action. Basically, there are four types: bolt action,
lever action, pump action and self-loading ( auto-loading /
semi-automatic ) action. Single shot rifles come in the
following types: break-open, rolling block, falling block,
trapdoor and others as well. Of all of the above mentioned,
the bolt action retriever has the simplest design which
allows rifles to be loaded with more than just one single
cartridge. It is also easier to maintain and is more
reliable in comparison with other action types.
Stock materials are in most cases made out of wood (
laminated or not ), fiberglass or plastic. The rifles that
have a wood stock material are generally made out of walnut
due to the fact that it is sturdy; feels good in the
hunter’s hands and it is also aesthetically pleasing. From
all common stock materials, the laminated wood is the
strongest and the most durable available but they are a
little bit heavier than others. More and more popular among
hunters are the synthetic materials basically because they
are less expensive and less affected by moisture in
comparison with the walnut stocks.
The barrel length varies from 18 to 26 inches but all
lengths aren’t available on all models. When choosing the
length, hunters must think about what the length implies:
the stiffness of the barrel, the length, the weight and the
bullet’s speed as it leaves the barrel’s end. If the barrel
is longer it will so to say “ wiggle “ when the cartridge is
fired which will have a huge impact on the accuracy. Shorter
barrels are a little bit more accurate but for a hunting
rifle the difference is basically insignificant. The
disadvantage of a lighter gun is that the recoil is more
powerful in comparison with the recoil on heavier rifles.
Most of the metal parts of a bolt action rifle are made of
either carbon steel or stainless steel. Carbon steel has one
major advantage and one major disadvantage. The major
advantage would be that it is less expensive while the major
disadvantage would be that it has the tendency to rust (
although carbon steel parts are in most cases treated in
order to reduce the rusting risks ). Stainless steel parts
resist very good to rust but are a little bit more
As you can see, there are many aspects a hunter must take
into consideration before choosing the most suitable hunting
rifle. One last thought, it is very important to think about
the game you are about to hunt before choosing the rifle and
also don’t exaggerate when buying, not too expensive but
also not too cheap, somewhere in between.
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About the Author:
Razvan Marian Jr has been practicing hunting for many years.
He currently owns www.huntingriflesreviews.com where readers
can find reviews about the most popular hunting rifles