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Selecting the best hunting rifle can be tricky, particularly if you are a beginner. At Switchview USA, we understand the risk and frustration of choosing a hunting gun. Read on to learn more about the five best hunting rifles for beginners. 

How to Choose the Best Rifle for You

We know it can be challenging to pick the best hunting rifle for beginners. We recommend that you go for a gun that suits your budget and needs for big or small game. You should also consider your body stature when selecting a hunting rifle.


We have also prepared a list of the main features, advantages, and shortcomings of the five rifles we consider best for hunting:

1.      Remington Model 783 Bolt-Action .270 Winchester

Let’s start with the Remington Model 783 Bolt-Action .270 Winchester. The Remington Arms Company is a household name among sport hunting enthusiasts. Remington Model 783 Bolt-Action .270 Winchester comes with a bore-sighted 3–9x 40 mm rifle scope fitted on a synthetic stock. The gun also comes with a four-round capacity magazine.


Given its instant knockdown power and lightweight, the .270 caliber makes the rifle a perfect hunting tool for big game and long-range hunting. Additionally, the weapon is long-lasting and relatively inexpensive.


The Remington may not be the best first rifle for adults with small body stature or teenagers due to the high power of the .270 Winchester caliber.  In addition, the 7 lb. 10 oz. gun may be too heavy for small-bodied hunters.

2.      Savage Axis XP Bolt-Action 6.5 Creedmoor

You might also want to consider the Savage Axis XP Bolt-Action 6.5 Creedmoor.


This weapon is a favorite amongst hunters because:

  • It comes with a 6.5 Creedmoor that gives it high power and low recoil
  • The gun is ready for hunting immediately after purchase
  • It is relatively cheaper than other models
  • It is lighter compared to the Remington model, which makes it the best hunting rifle for beginners.

3.      Thompson/Center Compass Bolt-Action .308 Winchester

The Thompson/Center Compass Bolt-Action .308 Winchester is a common choice for beginners. This weapon is amongst the least expensive hunting guns and makes a good hunting rifle for all kinds of game. Being a standard hunting rifle, you will not experience challenges shopping for ammunition. However, the gun does not come with a scope, which means you may not use it before purchasing the scope. The rifle also has recoil that hunters of smaller stature may not wish to endure.

4.      Ruger 10/22 Carbine Semi-Auto .22 Rimfire 

The Ruger 10/22 Carbine Semi-Auto .22 Rimfire is the best hunting rifle for beginners interested in small game hunting. Ruger is a long-standing, reputable company, and the 10/22 Carbine .22 Rimfire has almost zero recoil, which makes it a perfect gun for beginners.

5.      Tikka T3 Lite

The Tikka T3 Lite offers enhanced accuracy and is lightweight, making it an ideal weapon for young or new hunters. Its innovative design also provides a sturdy feel and professional aesthetics. You’ll feel like a pro and shoot like one too with the Tikka T3 Lite.   

Need Assistance in Entry Level Hunting? We Can Help 

At Switchview USA, we help our clients select the best hunting rifles for their needs. Our associates are always happy to walk you through the process and introduce you to the proper education as you get started. Come in today to test some out for yourself or contact us with any questions you still have.


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