Best Deer Hunting Rifles Reviews

Included in our best deer hunting rifle review post is the Winchester Model 70 seen here leaning against this oak tree.

This is my Winchester model 70 topped with a Tasco scope.

The top experts weigh in on their best deer hunting rifles to use when hunting the elusive white tailed deer. There are many different opinions on this subject. So we decided to give you some of the experts reviews as to let you check them all out and decide for yourself. I am no expert on the best deer hunting rifles. But if I were guessing I would say the 30-06 has taken more deer than any other caliber. That is pure speculation on my part. So I’m going to turn it over to the experts and let them help you decide what you think. Here is a really good youtube video that may help some of you, it’s called “Top Five guns for deer hunting.”

Best Deer Hunting Rifles Reviews

These websites are listed in no particular order, I just thought these were all very good. Rather than linking to their reviews I picked a gun that I liked from each of their reviews and listed it in the paragraph about their review with a link to each gun. If you would like to see each of their individual reviews just click the link to their website which I’ve included and do a search for Top Deer Hunting Rifles and it should come right up.

  • OutdoorWorld Reviews

    -Outdoor World obviously did there research and have a great review of their top 15 in their opinion with a lot of valuable information on different calibers and mostly they stuck to bolt actions with a few exceptions. I like that they list their pros and cons of each rifle. They also give each one a star rating at the end. They have Winchester XPR at the top of their list as well as Winchester model 70 featherweight. I would really like to have one of those XPR’s by the way.

  • Ranger Expert

    – Has a really good top ten review that list some awesome rifles and a lot of great information about them so go check their review out. They list the Timber Classic Marlin 336C which is a great lever action which some hunters these days probably never even thought about.

  • Barrett Rifles

    – They have done some great reviews and their top ten best deer rifles review is awesome. He list the Winchester Model 70 30-06 at the top of the list and I just love that rifle.

  • Outdoor Life

    – As always Outdoor Life has a great review that I wanted you to check out. They include a great gun in my opinion the Open-Country Stalker Nosler M48 Patriot. I have to have one of these bad boys for sure.

  • Field & Stream

    – They have always been a great source of information for anything in the field. And it is hard to argue with their top ten, it packs a punch when it comes to the cream of the crop of deer rifles. They have the Remington Model 700 in there which has probably killed more deer than any other gun.

  • North American Whitetail

    – They have a great review for their top deer rifles for 2020 that has some awesome rifles. They list the Weatherby Mark V Backcountry Ti and it sure is a nice rifle, especially if you are carrying a pack and heading deep into the backcountry.

  • Legendary Whitetails blog

    – Not only do they have some really cool apparel they also have a great blog. Legendary Whitetails has a great review and they list the 6.5 Creedmoor. Which  is probably the one of the most highly debated topics in deer camps and gun shops across the country.

  • Gun News Daily

    –  They have a review of the best calibers for deer hunting and they have a lot of great information like maximum effective ranges and other factors like muzzle velocity and muzzle energy which are critical when it comes to whitetail hunting. They list the Remington 7mm Magnum which packs quite the punch.

  • Outdoorever

    – They have a great review that also list the pros and cons of each rifle and it is a great review. They list the Sako A7 Big Game Bolt-Action Rifles which are really good rifles.

  • Wide Open Spaces

    – They always have great articles and their “5 Hunting Rifles That Won’t Break the Bank” is another great one. They listed the Ruger American rifle compact which is an awesome pick that I sure would like to have.

Picking the right gun

As you can see there are a lot of different opinions when it comes to the best deer hunting rifles. There really are a lot of really good ones out there. It really depends on where you are hunting and what maximum effective range you need where you are hunting. A well placed shot will do the trick on most big game animals. Regardless of caliber if you hit the right spot you will likely be having fresh venison. Accuracy is not the only factor of course but in my opinion the most critical factor.

one of the best deer hunting rifles

My Springfield 30-06 with wooden stock and Tasco 3×9 scope.

For my money and all the different factors I love the 30-06 Springfield it has always been a good one. That doesn’t mean I think it’s the best. It depends on a lot of different factors and for each hunter that may be different. One that isn’t brought up much is  the Winchester Model 70 7mm wsm. It’s just a great shooting gun to me personally.

Choosing the right rifle for yourself can be a fun adventure and you can always buy more than one. You can never have enough good deer rifles, right? I’m sure your wife or girlfriend would agree. Wink. What is you choice when it comes to best deer hunting rifles?

Saved Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

The Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline saved my life.

I have been wanting to share a story about a short little hunting outing. It could have went terribly wrong for me. But didn’t because of the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline. I slipped that cold grey October afternoon, and I’m here to share my story with you.

Saved By The Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

A winter storm was moving on this particular October afternoon in Kansas. Just home from work, and I had only a couple of hours to hunt. I was planning on hunting a stand that we call “The Horn Donkey Stand”.  Where a couple of years ago I filmed my good buddy shooting a potential Kansas state record typical with a bow. You can follow that link to read about that once in a lifetime hunt.

As I made my way to the stand the wind was blowing pretty hard and it was starting to lightly snow. I mostly have to hunt by myself or not hunt at all. Not hunting just isn’t an option for me. I got to the base of the tree and tied all my gear on the ropes to pull it up once in the tree. Then I connected my safety harness vest tether to the Safety System and up I went.

Things Get Tricky

The big oak the stand is in is really tricky getting up and down the tree to and from the stand. It’s just one of those trees that you have to do a little maneuvering to get in and out of. The stand is about 25 feet high and on the side of a hill. I had bought a Hunter Safety System to stay safe from the time you leave the ground until you safely get back to earth.

In The Stand

Finally got in the stand and got all my gear up. Usually I film all my hunts so I always have quite a bit of gear. I saw a nice buck right before dark but wasn’t able to get a shot. Then waited until it was good and dark to start down. What I didn’t realize was during the hunt the snow was actually ice. Now the tree now had a coat of ice on it.

Climbing Down It Happened

As I was lowering my camera to the ground I had to step on a big limb in order to keep my camera from hitting the base of the tree. When I stepped on the big ice covered limb I suddenly lost my footing. My feet slid right out from under me and the Hunter Safety System Prussic knot caught and did it’s job and I swung against the tree and was able to get my feet back under me. I was able to keep my camera from banging against the tree or dropping to the ground. The Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline was my best investment ever made. It had just possibly saved my life. I confidently made my way down the tree. I got back on the ground, said a prayer and made my way to the house.

Now I am the proud owner of 5 of the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifelines. I’ve got some stands that I don’t use them but all of my stands that are high up or the least bit tricky I will not hunt without a Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline.

I am not affiliated with Hunter Safety System. But had to share this story. I can help prevent one hunter being injured or killed by falling from a treestand. I highly recommend the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline to all hunters who hunt from an elevated stand. Don’t think it can’t happen to you, it only takes one slip to change your life forever. Hunt safe everyone.


Deer Hunting Equipment Checklist

It’s time to make that deer hunting equipment checklist. Now that the season is over I have started a deer hunting equipment checklist.

Make Deer Hunting Equipment Checklist

I like to get started early getting my equipment organized. Deciding what I need to upgrade and its priority on my checklist, even if it’s just a pair of UV protection sunglasses. By knowing what I need for next season early it gives me time to compare different brands, and prices of the product I’m wanting to get and look for deals everywhere. Weather it be online, in stores, or by word of mouth.  And by the time the season rolls around I’ll have all the things I need for a successful year of deer hunting.

deer hunting equipment checklist Cabela's

Make your deer hunting equipment checklist early.

There are some things on my checklist that I need to get and some things that I want to get. I’m sure I will see a lot of things I want to get at the upcoming Monster Buck Classic.

I can’t wait to see some of the great new products they have at the show. I’m sure there will be a few things there that I just can’t leave there without. By getting started early I can get things one at a time as I have a little extra cash. It’s not as hard on my wallet rather than trying to buy it all right before the season. I received a couple of gift cards for Christmas one to Cabela’s and one to Bass Pro Shops and they will really come in handy. A big part of this website is using trail cameras.

Big Buck Pictures

Moultrie Game Spy

Trail cameras are one of the most important pieces of hunting equipment for us here at

We like to share pictures with you on here of big bucks. I have several trail cameras but I’m wanting to get one or two more. I am having problems with one of my trail cameras and I need to replace it. In the past I have bought the less expensive devices. I am thinking I want to get a nicer one that has all the features I am looking for.

Equipment List

There are a few other things on my list that I will be looking for soon like a two man ladder stand, a loc-on stand and a ground blind. Likewise, I also need a few other things like camouflage pants, head-net, beanie, and some gloves for bow season. I need some to keep me warm when it gets downright cold. As you probably know it can all add up quickly. By making a list early you can shop smarter and get the things you need in the off season by doing a little research and making sure you get what you need at the best prices and make sure you get a good quality product.

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Trail Camera Deer Hunting Property

Having the advantage of putting out several can tell you a lot about your deer hunting property. Do you scout with a trail camera?

Trail Camera Deer Hunting

Moulrie trail camera deer hunting

A trail camera deer hunting is a handy scouting tool.

Deer season will be here before you know it and a trail camera can be a great way to learn so much valuable information for your upcoming deer season. Some of the best places to setup a trail camera are on food plots or feeders or trails leading to and from them.  Feeding patterns such as time of day and preferred food choice are some of great information they can tell you. Also the overall health and deer population of the deer herd using your property.  How many bucks and what age they are and size? Are they shooters, management bucks, or do they need to get older? You have just got to love having help getting all of this great information on your hunting areas. They can also tell you a lot about the predators lurking around your deer hunting property.

Deer Hunting Property

We have had quite a few bobcats and coyotes and they can have an impact on the deer herd if they get to populated. We think we even saw a black panther roaming around on our deer hunting property. I sure would like to get some pictures of it. They are really neat looking.

trail camera photograph

Trails cameras can give you valuable information on your deer hunting property.

Have you gotten any good photos of trophy bucks on your property yet? They should be getting bigger everyday! It’s always fun to watch the big bucks grow each year. We have had a huge monster buck on camera for several years now and it is going to be interesting to see what he does this year. He is at the point where we think he might start regressing or even die from old age. He is such a smart mature trophy whitetail and is just absolutely beautiful. He has been the stud on our property for several years now and it will be interesting to see what happens with him this year. I respect him so much he is just a truly awesome creature.