There’s nothing quite like spending a holiday at the ranch with the people you care about most. Although it’s easy to enjoy these trips, it can be more challenging to find the perfect gift for the rancher in your life, but you can bet they’ll be glad to have a reliable new rifle.
If you aren’t an experienced ranch hand, it can be tough to choose a rifle that offers the utility the gun enthusiast in your life needs. Instead of guessing, check out this list of six rifles that are suited to a variety of applications on a ranch or farm.
There’s certainly no one-size-fits-all firearm, but odds are the rancher in your life will love the simple Garand-style action of the Ruger Mini 30. With a self-cleaning moving gas cylinder, this rifle offers unmatched reliability, no matter the conditions, with exceptional accuracy. Because of the short barrel and short overall length, the Ruger Mini 30 makes a great “truck gun” for those long days spent driving fence lines.
The AR-15 is an incredibly popular firearm worldwide due to its ease of customization and reliability. The AR-10, of course, is its forebear, utilizing larger cartridges. The DR-10 is a DPMS 308 that offers all the classic AR-10 features in a modern package. Ranchers will appreciate the platform’s utility, plus the rail for their favorite optics. For hunting or stock protection, this DPMS 308 is a top choice.
For accuracy that’s second to none in its price range, the Remington 700 SPS Tactical is the clear favorite. It features a 20” heavy barrel and an externally adjustable X-Mark Pro trigger. It’s easy to handle, thanks to Hogue over-molding on the stock. The semi-beavertail fore-end offers superior stability. Ranchers will surely appreciate the SuperCell recoil pad that helps make this rifle even more comfortable to use.
The 30 30 is one of the most popular American cartridges, and the Henry Lever Action 30 30 Side Gate is designed to optimize its performance. It’s popular among whitetail deer hunters because of its effectiveness and moderate recoil. The 5+1 capacity makes this Henry firearm versatile enough for hogs or coyotes in addition to deer. It’s the accurate solution ideal for a wide range of ranching situations. Since spent shells eject forward, this side gate rifle works just as well for lefties.
Renowned for its velocity, the 204 Ruger cartridge is right at home on any ranch, especially where groundhogs or other varmints create perilous conditions for livestock in pastures. The Ruger American Predator in 204 Ruger is a lightweight, ergonomic tool that busy ranchers will appreciate. This rifle offers outstanding accuracy thanks to Ruger’s Patented Power Bedding, which free-floats the barrel and positively locates the receiver. The one-piece Picatinny scope base makes it easy to install and adjust optics.
For a modern, affordable package that prioritizes precision performance, the Savage AXIS is one of the most attractive options on the market. The carbon-steel barrel measures 22 inches and is button rifled for enhanced accuracy. Old-school ranchers will love the smooth bolt action. It’s available in a variety of calibers, from 223 REM to 6.5 Creedmoor and 7mm-08 REM. With a black synthetic stock, this rifle is equipped to handle the rigors of ranch life.
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