From the continued rise of the 6.5 Creedmoor, to POF’s aptly-named Revolution that forever changes how we look at .308-sized rifles, there’s never been a better time to purchase a rifle.
And rifles are different. For those that embrace being a rifleman, they become a part of us. For when we find a truly great rifle, it garners a special place in our heart, as well a spot in the front of the safe.
Because we use it often, become exceedingly familiar, and ultimately depend on it, whether it be tactical or hunting, duty or sport. A truly great rifle does all of that and more.
So check out our list for this year’s best, and maybe you will find your next great rifle.
Performance Center T/C LRR
When comparing accuracy and cost, a high lever of the former generally leads to a high amount of the latter. However, the Performance Center T/C LRR pleasantly surprises in that analysis. Even though the price is right compared to other precision models, the accuracy doesn’t suffer one bit.
A match-grade rifle, the LRR is guaranteed to shoot 1 MOA at 100 yards. Moreover, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, it maintains quality features, including 24-inch heavy fluted barrel, 20 MOA Picatinny rail and adjustable trigger.
Better still, the Performance Center T/C LRR retails for $1,211.
For more information, visit tcarms.com.
FN SCAR 20S
Based on the U.S. military’s MK20 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR), the FN SCAR 20S is a civilian-legal variant that really shines at long range.
The FN SCAR 20S features a 20-inch barrel, Geissele Super SCAR trigger, adjustable stock, ambidextrous controls and reversible charging handle. Also, the barrel exhibits a taper to accommodate the SureFire FA762SS sound suppressor.
“Most of us that enjoy or use the SCAR 17S have been badgering FN for some version of the MK20 SSR since it was introduced,” Dave Bahde wrote in his review. “I got to run one during a closed media event and quickly joined that crowd. So I’m glad the SCAR 20S is finally here! It might not be for everyone with an MSRP of $4,499, but it’s an exceptional rifle that might just be the perfect SCAR to own.
For more information, visit fnamerica.com.
Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle
The Mossberg MVP Precision, the latest edition to the popular MVP line, stands as a truly affordable, yet quality precision bolt gun. Equally worthy for long-range tactical or competition work, the MVP Precision is available in .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor.
The MVP Precision features a 20 MOA rail, M-Lok handguards, and sports a 24-inch button rifled barrel complete with 5R rifling. The LBA trigger adjusts from 3-7 pounds. Meanwhile, a Luth-AR MBA-3 stock provides versatility in adjustments.
“If you are looking at getting into the precision rifle competition world, need an affordable duty rifle or just want to reach out to longer ranges, add the Mossberg MVP Precision to your list; it may be just about perfect,” said Bahde in his review.
Above all, with a MSRP of $1,407, and actual prices often much lower, the MVP Precision is a winner.
For more information, visit mossberg.com.
Wilson Combat Ultralight Hunter 300 HAM’R
In his piece for the upcoming winter 2019 issue of Ballistic Magazine, writer Terrill Hoffman says, “In my humble opinion, the development of the 300 HAM’R has finally allowed the AR-15 to reach its maximum potential.”
According to Wilson Combat: “300 HAM’R ballistics even meet or exceed the ballistics of the famed 30-30 rifle cartridge with bullets in the 110-130 grain range.”
The Ultralight Hunter features a lightweight billet upper and lower receiver, paired with an Ultralight Hunter Match Grade barrel. Additionally, an intermediate gas system and adjustable gas block highlight the package. The rifle retails for $3,295.
For more information, visit wilsoncombat.com.
SIG M400 Tread
Though technically an entry model, we were impressed with everything the SIG Sauer M400 Tread brings to bear. Moreover, with proven components and an affordable price tag, the M400 Tread is sure to be a hit among AR-15 fans.
“The SIG M400 Tread is a top choice for any AR connoisseur no matter if its your first rifle or 10th,” said Todd Burgreen in his review. “Performance combined with price — it can be found starting around $799 in stores — is the quickest way to appeal to the shooting public. The M400 Tread will have no problem proving its worth.”
The MSRP for the SIG M400 Tread is $951.
For more information, visit sigsauer.com.
POF Revolution DI
Last year, POF shocked the industry with its award-winning, piston-driven .308 Revolution rifle. Well now they’re back at it again, taking the same approach to putting a .308 rifle in an AR-15-sized package, only this time in a direct impingement system.
The Revolution DI in .308 weighs a mere 6.81 pounds with a 16-inch barrel. Meanwhile, the 6.5 Creedmoor model, sporting a 20-inch barrel, weighs 8.6 pounds. The company’s nine-position Dictator gas block and Renegade rail complete the smallest .308 AR on the market.
For more information, visit pof-usa.com.
Ruger PC Carbine
One of the fastest growing segments in the industry remains the pistol caliber carbine, and Ruger’s latest entry into the field should make Ruger fans happy. The Ruger PC Carbine exhibits traits familiar to Ruger owners. Meanwhile, the line delivers smart versatility.
Arguably the greatest feature is the interchangeable magazine wells, giving users the option of switching between Ruger SR9 or Glock-pattern magazines. Since most of the pistol caliber carbine accessory world centers on Glock, this is a welcome feature. However, for those with multiple Ruger guns, both SR9 and Security-9 magazines can be used.
Featuring takedown capability, the Ruger PC Carbine makes for an excellent pack or truck gun. With a reversible charging handle and magazine release, the gun can be setup for user preference.
The Ruger PC Carbine retails for $649.
For more information, visit ruger.com.
RISE Armament Watchman
Chambered in .300 BLK, the Rise Armament Watchman — originally named the 300LE — features a 7075-forged aluminum upper and lower receiver. A 16.1-inch 416R stainless steel, match-grade barrel utilizes a 1:7 twist.
“It handled nicely and put the rounds exactly where I wanted them to go. RISE’s triggers are something special; it pulled smoothly and broke nicely,” said Mitch Hardin in his review. “I was only able to send a few magazines down range with the Watchman. However, based on my limited time with it, this rifle is a real contender.”
For more information, visit risearmament.com.
DoubleStar ZERO Carbine
The DoubleStar Zero Carbine attempts to find the perfect balance of accuracy, weight and durability. As such, it features a 16-inch barrel, M-Lok handguard, Alpha Compensator and rubber over-molded Ergo grip. An Ace SOCOM rounds out the package.
“The phrase ‘everything you need with nothing you don’t’ comes to mind,” said Graham Baates in his review. “The ZERO carbine has the right amount of features while still freeing up space; you know, space in the safe after it replaces a few of those overly specialized builds that just never seem to have a good use.”
The DoubleStar Zero Carbine retails for $1,479. For more information, visit star15.com.
Steyr THB 6.5 Creedmoor
The Steyr Pro THB, packed full of professional-grade features, delivers lethal accuracy in 6.5 Creedmoor. As such, it simply dominates at extended ranges. The Pro THB features a rugged stock design, complete with spacers that enable adjustment for length of pull. A 26.6-inch barrel and 9.3-pound weight steadies the gun for long-range shooting.
“The Steyr Pro THB rifle is full of features—so much that I’m sure you will have to reread the article to really grasp all of them,” said Eduardo Abril De Fontcuberta in his review. “It shares many of the SSG 08’s features, including its second-to-none accuracy. It’s also light enough for hunting and heavy enough for tactical use, and the only compromise has been the cheek height with the long rail. That’s a small price to pay to get this level of accuracy and features at this price range. This particular rifle will soon become my primary hunting 6.5 Creedmoor. That’s how much I like it.”
The Steyr Pro THB retails for $1,595. For more information, visit steyr-arms.com.