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Picking My Hunting Rifle: What to Keep in Mind?

According to one timeline published by the online magazine Popular Mechanics, rifles have been around since the 17th century. This puts them among the oldest firearms on earth; however, the original muzzle load design has evolved immensely.

You have all sorts of rifles available to you today from bolt-actions to lever-action and break-action rifles. You have double barrels, single barrels and semi automatics, in other words, you’ve got a lot to choose from!

What to Keep in Mind When Picking a Hunting Rifle

If you’re picking a hunting rifle for yourself and have not had the chance to do so before, it helps to know what to take into consideration. You want a rifle that you can handle, aim and shoot. One that suits your hunting style as well as the kind of game you’re looking to hunt.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you go out to buy a hunting rifle.

There are a Lot of Manufacturers and Models to Choose From

You need to know that when it comes to rifles, between rifle models, model specifics and manufacturers, you will have a lot to choose from. If you go in blind, you might end up confusing yourself and making a bad decision.

Before you go in to buy a rifle, do your due diligence. Check out online reviews, talk to senior hunters and rifle users, as the vendor questions about the models they sell and get the information you need to make an informed decision.

Cartridges are Instrumental

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It is important to remember that different rifles are designed to load and shoot different cartridges. Many rifles offer you a range of cartridge (or bullet types) with which to work. At the same time, there may be instances when the game you’re looking to hunt is particularly large or you require a particular kind of cartridge for the same. If this is the case, you want to make sure that the rifle model you select is compatible with the correct cartridge type or measurement.

The Action is a Preference Thing

Where cartridges can on occasion be game specific, the rifle action you opt for is for the most part about what you’re comfortable with or what you personally prefer. How comfortable you are when reloading and ejecting cartridges is determined by how compatible the chosen action type is to you.

Single shot action types can he high-pressure and are prized for accuracy by seasoned markspersons. These include rolling and falling-block action rifles as well as trapdoor and break-action models. Alternatively, if you want something that allows for faster repeat firing, actions including pumps, bolts, levers and semi automatics might be a better idea. These are also better if you’re starting out.

Maybe try out a few action types to get a sense of what you like before you buy your own.

Quality Control

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Where you don’t need to purchase the most expensive firearm on the shelf, another thing you want to avoid is trading in quality for cheap prices. Firearms are serious business and purchasing a poor quality firearm just to save money in extreme cases could even be physically harmful.

To make the right choice by way of quality, one thing you can look at is the material from which the barrel of your rifle as well as your rifle stock is made. For the most part, quality barrels come in carbon-steel and stainless-steel designs. Carbon-steel versions are less pricey but require a little more maintenance than their stainless-steel counterparts.

When it comes to stock materials, you have two options. You have traditional wooden stocks as well as lighter yet equally sturdy stocks made of fiberglass. If you’re buying a rifle with a wooden stock, just make sure the quality of the wood is up to par. This might cost a little extra but is worth it in the long run.

Additional Expenses

When you’re budgeting for your rifle, don’t forget to take essential accessories into account. Though you may be able to skip on accessories such as bore sighting equipment and muzzle brakes for starters, there are certain rifle accessories that you cannot do without.

If you’re looking into doing some serious shooting for instance, rifle optics are a necessity. At the same time these also cost money so budgeting for them in advance is important.

The Upshot

Follow the instructions above carefully, check out quality rifles available online and make an informed purchase. Happy hunting folks!

Gold Mountain Arms is a veteran owned firearms and accessories company based in Washington focused on an improved customer experience offering firearms and optics for sale online to customers across the US.

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