Guns are essential tools for any hunting activities. Choosing guns for hunting depends mainly on the comfort and the meat you’re going to have for dinner. But that said, there are always some guns that are better than the other, which also depends on the anatomy of the animals and the aesthetics of the weapon. It is always better to own several different kinds of guns to hunt animals legally and ethically. Here is a list of the top 6 guns that make your task much more manageable while hunting.

.22 Caliber Rifle

This is a must-have among all the other guns mentioned below. This category has varieties of the cartridge like .22 Long Rifles, .22 Winchester Rimfire Magnum ranging from shot rifles to Ruger 10/22. Although some models are better than the others, all the guns under this category are lightweight and inexpensive and are best suited for hunting smaller animals like rabbits, squirrels etc.

12 Gauge Shotgun

12 Gauge Shotgun

It is the most versatile gun that is also a recommended option in the must-have list. It is a 3″ 12 gauge shotgun with interchangeable chock tubes like the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500. This gun is used for hunting a versatile set of smaller animals like duck, geese, turkey, dove, rabbit and squirrel. When these guns are associated with buckshot, they can be used to hunt largest animals like deer and a small range

Varmit Rifle

If you plan on hunting only the varmints, then this is one thing you ought to consider. If you don’t care about the animal’s pelt, then literally any cartridge and rifle should work. Bolt action rifles with .223 Remington or .22-250 mostly work the best with these guns.

Woods Rifle

It is the most vastly used rifles during big hunting game in the woods. Majority of the hunter in the United States rely on these wood rifles in thick wildlife condition where shorts past 100 yarns are relatively uncommon. These guns have rapid target acquisition power that allows the hunter to aim quickly within a few seconds. It is not only used for deer and bear hunting but also works well with hogs and wild bears. Although not sure about the powerfulness of .223 Remington they’re suitable for all those cartridges that rare .450 Bushmaster and for .50 Beowulf these days.


Long Range Rifles

Sometimes when you’re inside thick woods or due to terrain, you will not be able to aim at the long shots, with other rifles. Long-range rifles are the ones that come to your rescue during such situations. They are primarily used for hunting the animals like mule deer, pronghorn, sheep or elk in the North American forests. These rifles come with a  bolt action rifle with an excellent quality scope. Cartridges that are the most common choices for this gun are

  • 5 PRC
  • .270 Winchester
  • .270 Winchester Shirt Magnum
  • 7MM Winchester Short Magnum
  • .300 Winchester Magnum


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