Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower - Colt M2012
Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower - Colt M2012

Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from RIFLE FIREPOWER

A selection of the Top 10 Rifles — Survival Rifles, AR Platform Rifles, Traditional Bolt Actions and More—profiled by RIFLE FIREPOWER magazine in 2013.

10 Great Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower
A Selection of Survival Rifles, AR Platform Rifles, Traditional Bolt Actions and More!

Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower - DPMS Compact Hunter 7.62

Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower – DPMS Compact Hunter 7.62

DPMS Compact Hunter 7.62
On 300-plus-pound Texas hogs, DPMS/Panther Arms’ Compact Hunter brings the potent big-game pop! Sporting a lightweight, 16-inch, Teflon-coated stainless barrel and a carbon fiber stock, the Compact Hunter tips the scales at just 7.75 pounds. With a single top-mounted, 6.625-inch-long Picatinny rail that can be used with a number of magnifying or other optical sights, the DPMS Compact Hunter also features a forward-mounted swivel to accommodate a carrying sling or folding bipod. The barrel is generously free-floated with a 5/8-inch clearance between barrel and the smoothly finished forend that measures a comfortable 6.75 inches in circumference. By upping the firepower while reducing the weight, DPMS put together a rifle suited for long hikes in the backcountry.

Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower - SAVAGE LADY HUNTER

Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower – SAVAGE LADY HUNTER

Savage Lady Hunter
Savage’s innovative lady and youth dedicated models hit the true fit and function marks! The key to the fit of the Lady Hunter is the uniquely shaped stock. It has a very high comb, which is deeply recessed on the right side. The wrist or grip is thinner and the angle of the butt pad is exaggerated. This allows for a much better interface with a woman’s body and compensates for the shorter fingers, longer necks and differently shaped shoulders. The shape of the comb also allows a great deal more flexibility in scope positioning. Aside from all these unique features, the Lady Hunter sports the excellent Savage AccuTrigger, a detachable box magazine, Weaver-style scope mounting bases, a three-position safety, sling swivel studs, pillar bedding, and a 20-inch version of their lightweight barrel.

Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower - JPE LRP-07

Top 10 Rifles of 2013 from Rifle Firepower – JPE LRP-07

JPE LRP-07
JPE’s LRP-07 in 6.5 Creedmoor is built and bred for speed, accuracy and winning! One change to the Long-Range Precision lineup is a rifle that features durable upper and lower receivers machined from solid 7075-T6 aluminum billet. The JP Low Mass Operating System weighs 14.7 ounces compared to an .308 AR’s bolt, which weighs 19.4 ounces—a 24 percent reduction. Counteracting the lighter bolt assembly is a heavier recoil spring in the LMOS. The JP spring weighs 5.35 ounces, and the standard .308 AR spring weighs 1.75 ounces. Another departure from the .308 AR-platform rifles is the LRP’s unique left-side charging system. It produces a shorter stroke, a little more leverage potential, and is easier to use than the T-handle of the .308 AR. You can charge the LRP-07 without dismounting the rifle, or losing your cheekweld, and the handle itself folds back automatically to minimize the rifle’s overall profile. The LRP-07’s modular handguard uses a smaller, more manageable diameter tube, and the free-floating design allows a hunter to brace the rifle anywhere along the tube without creating a point-of-impact shift.

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