While the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO AR-15 might still be the darling of the gun world, many shooters want something that packs a bit more punch, especially when it comes to hunting. Many jurisdictions require larger calibers to ensure clean, ethical kills on game. That’s where big-bore ARs step in. But we can’t forget the other rifles still popular among American shooters, like lever actions, bolt actions and double guns. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best big-bore rifles, new and classic alike, to help you see just how diverse your shooting options truly are.

For more information about the big-bore rifles featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.

Accuracy International AXMC

Armalite AR-50A1

AWC Ultra 44

Barrett M107A1

Cimarron Billy Dixon Sharps

Cooper Model 52 Mannlicher

CZ 550 American Safari Magnum

H&R Synthetic Handi-Rifle

Horizon Endeavor HZ

Marlin Model 1895GSBL

McMillan TAC-50 A1

Mossberg Patriot

Rock River Arms LAR-458 X-1

Rossi Circuit Judge

Rossi R92

Ruger American Ranch

Savage MSR 10 Long Range

Steel Core Cyclone HSR

Steyr Pro THB

Weatherby Mark V Deluxe

Weatherby Mark V Tacmark Elite

Wilson Combat Recon Tactical

Wilson Combat Ultralight Hunter

Winchester Model 70 Safari Express

This article was originally published in “Gun Buyer’s Annual” 2018. To order a copy, visit

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