The crazy week of SHOT Show 2023, the outdoor industry’s shooting, hunting, outdoor, and tactical event in Las Vegas, is in the rearview mirror. Most major firearms companies were showing off their latest and greatest rifles, and a few who were absent have quietly made announcements since the event as well.

Given all that, we compiled a list of the hunting rifles we’re the most interested in investigating, testing, and – with a little luck – taking afield as they become available over the coming months. 
 

Marlin Model 336

 

Marlin 336
The Marlin 336 was a hit on the range. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)


Lever-action rifles, despite their old-school build, remain one of the best selling and most anticipated products of the year. The young Ruger-led Marlin brand didn’t disappoint. Fans of the classic lever action were thrilled to learn of the company’s revamped Model 336s return to the burgeoning lineup.

The new Model 336, expected to begin shipping in early 2023, will be chambered in both .30-30 Winchester and .35 Remington. Only the .30-30 Win was on display, so it’s unclear when the larger-bore companion will be available, but it is already listed on the website. 

The Model 336 has long been an icon of Midwestern deer hunting, and there’s little doubt these new rifles will likely have a waiting list, especially with the blued steel and checkered walnut stocks shown at SHOT. Hunters missing the handgun-chambered Model 1894s can rest easy as well. Those wood and steel gems are slated to begin shipping shortly after the 336s. Retail pricing was not yet available at the show. 


RELATED: Ruger Brings 3 New Wrangler .22 Variants to SHOT Show (and a .30-30 Marlin)

 

Savage A22 Takedown

 

Savage Rifles
The new A22 Takedown (bottom) is enticing. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


Every year, a few rimfire rifles spice up the plinking and small game hunting space. This year, it’s one of Savage Arms’ less lauded new rifle launches. The A22 Takedown improves the company’s proven A22 semi-automatic rimfire action with a two-piece configuration. The rifle breaks down with a twist, morphing into a packable backpack gun. 

The synthetic stock includes storage compartments. There’s dry storage in the pistol grip and a magazine slot capable of housing three rotary mags in the cheek riser. The 18-inch carbon-steel barrel is threaded at 1/2x28 TPI and fitted with low-profile sights.

There’s a Picatinny rail with an open iron sight channel through the rail. The rifle feeds from a 10-round rotary magazine and uses the company’s vaunted AccuTrigger. The rig weighs in at 6.3 pounds and measures 36 inches overall, which is essentially cut in half when taken down. MSRP is set at $479.

CVA Paramount Pro V2
 

Paramount Pro V2
The Paramount Pro V2 can change the way people hunt with muzzleloaders. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


Muzzleloaders have never before achieved such impressive velocities and accurate ranges, but Connecticut Valley Arms’ (CVA) proven long-range Paramount line gets even better for 2023. Like its predecessors, Paramounts use “super-magnum” charges of Blackhorn 209 powder. With the VariFlame breech system and large rifle primers, these guns achieve muzzle velocities comparable to popular centerfire rifle rounds and hunting energy in excess of 300 yards. 

Available in both .45 and .50 caliber, the Pro V2 is considerably lighter than its predecessors and adds fresh features. It uses a 26-inch Bergara barrel, TriggerTech trigger, and threaded muzzle. The Grayboe fiberglass stock offers both a comb riser and shims for adjusting length of pull (LOP). The receivers are drilled and tapped for easy scope mounting, though the .50 cal ships with quality Weaver peep and globe sights for those states – like Colorado – with muzzleloading scoping restrictions. MSRP is $1,920. 
 

RELATED: CVA Paramount Pro V2 Will Change Black Powder Hunting Forever
 

Mossberg Patriot LR Tactical

 

Patriot LR Tactical Rifle
Mossberg comes through with something for the PRS shooters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


In the world of bang-for-the-buck hunting rifles, Mossberg's Patriot line of bolt guns has been hard to beat in recent years. Mossberg’s latest Patriot, the LR Tactical, bridges the gap between hunting and long-range competition shooting at an impressive price point. The company calls this an “adjustment-ready, customizable package.”

Upgrades include an MDT Field Stock Chassis System in flat dark earth (FDE) with adjustable LOP and comb height. Aluminum V-block bedding adds to both stability and accuracy. There are Magpul M-LOK attachment slots along both sides of the forend and its base, as well as a top Picatinny rail. 

The fluted bolt is similar to other Patriot rifles, as is the threaded barrel. A user-adjustable LBA trigger aids the accuracy potential, while an oversized trigger guard suits gloved shooters. Initial chamberings include 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and .308 Winchester, each with a medium bull barrel in either 22 or 24 inches. The rifle feeds from MDT AICS magazines. MSRP is set at only $1,035, making this one of the most affordable, customizable chassis rifles on the market. 
 

RELATED: First Looks – Mossberg Shows Off Patriot LR Rifle, Optics-Ready Hunting Shotguns
 

Bergara B14 Squared Crest

 

Bergara B14 Rifle
Big things from Bergara in 2023. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


Bergara’s extensive B14 bolt-action hunting family gets an upgrade with the Squared Crest. This variant is marketed as a mountain rifle, and as such, sits inside a full carbon-fiber stock that is lightweight yet strengthened with a unique carbon “spine.” There’s a sleek vertical grip, elevated comb, and LOP spacers, along with both QD sling mounts and swivel studs. Other features include an oversized bolt knob, two-position safety, and sliding extractor. 

The rifle feeds by means of M5 AICS-style magazines, with capacity varying by chambering either three or five rounds. The Squared Crest is being launched with four initial chamberings: 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Winchester, and .300 Winchester Magnum. The overall weight starts at 6.9 pounds, on the high side for ultralight rifles, but nonetheless interesting. MSRP is set at $1,999. 
 

RELATED: Bergara Upgrades B-14 with Squared Crest
 

Henry .360 Buckhammer Rifles

 

 
New Buckhammer .360 Ammo
The BHMR collab from Remington and Henry had us all smiles. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


The new .360 Buckhammer (BHMR) round was officially launched at SHOT Show 2023 by Remington ammunition in partnership with Henry Repeating Arms. The straight-wall round was created especially for lever guns. With the .350 Legend’s recent success, the only thing missing was a round tailored for lever actions. Remington claims that energy, velocity, and ballistic drops are the most similar to a .30-30 Winchester, with certain comparisons to the classic, thumping .35 Remington. 

Unlike the latter, the .360 BHMR will be legal in all the states with straight-wall restrictions while using similar projectiles in weights like 180 and 200 grains. Because of the new round’s overall case length, it will be allowable in areas where longer straight walls, like the .45-70 Gov’t, sadly are not.

Henry will be adding the Buckhammer to many of its existing lever-gun lines, including the Steel and X-Model. In addition, the new round will also be available on the company’s break-action single-shot rifles. MSRP varies by model but should be commensurate with existing pricing. 
 

RELATED: Henry Launches Semi-Auto Carbine & Partners on .360 Buckhammer
 

Stevens by Savage Model 334

 

Model 334 Rifle
New budget-friendly options from Savage in 2023. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


The latest budget-friendly bolt action for the hunting market comes from Stevens by Savage. The company is clear in its branding that, though backed by the Savage name, the Stevens offerings are its own animals. Though inexpensive, the Model 334 rifles show some nice features, including a two-stage adjustable trigger, shorter 60-degree bolt throw, three-position safety, and dropbox magazine.

The Turkish-built rifles use a free-floating, button-rifled barrel. The receiver is drilled and tapped at standard Savage 110 spacing, opening a full list of optics-mounting solutions, though a Picatinny rail is included. 

Three chamberings are listed: .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Winchester, with barrel length at either 20 or 22 inches. Buyers will have the choice of either matte black synthetic stocks or checkered Turkish walnut, and we must say, we’re pleased to see a bargain-priced rifle with true hardwood furniture these days. Retail pricing is set at $389 for synthetic and $489 for walnut. 
 

RELATED: ‘Stevens by Savage’ Shows Off Budget Rifle, Semi-Auto Shotgun for 2023
 

Bear Creek Arsenal Huntmaster

 

Huntmaster Rifle
That's one chonky AR. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/Guns.com)


Among three new Bear Creek AR platforms for 2023 is the aptly named Huntmaster. The semi-automatic sporting rifle line is larger than a traditional AR-10 to handle magnum-sized big game chamberings, including .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 7mm Rem Mag, and .300 Win Mag. The lower will accept several magazine styles, while the upper is a side-charging version. The Huntmaster bolsters its hulky looks with an uber-aggressive muzzle brake that is advertised to provide up to 40-percent recoil reduction. 

The impressive-looking specimen bridges the gap between AR-platforms and the more potent calibers hunters often seek. Though it will not begin shipping until mid-2023, the Huntmaster’s MSRP is anticipated in the $2,000 range, give or take. In addition to the Huntmaster dedicated rifle, Bear Creek also sells complete AR uppers in a host of other popular hunting chamberings, including .22-50 Rem, .243 Win, .350 Legend, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Win. 
 

RELATED: New Beefed-Up AR Hunter – Bear Creek Arsenal Unleashes Huntmaster at SHOT 2023
 

CVA Cascade XT
 

Cascade XT Rifle
Are we happy about the Cascade XT? You betcha! (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)


Connecticut Valley Arms is quietly cranking out some serious hunting guns in both muzzleloaders and centerfire rifles. New for 2023 is the X-Treme edition of its Cascade bolt gun: the Cascade XT. The initial Cascade was announced in 2019 as a budget-friendly, entry-level rifle. The XT dresses things up a bit with not only a threaded barrel but a muzzle brake as well. Speaking of the barrel, it gets an upgrade to a heavier 4140 carbon-steel job.

There’s an oversized tactical-style bolt knob, fluted barrel, new Realtree Hillside camouflage coverage, and Graphite Black Cerakote metalwork. The list of chamberings is long, with 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Winchester, .450 Bushmaster, .350 Legend, 7mm Rem Mag, and .300 Win Mag. Most wear 22-inch barrels, though the magnums see 24-inchers. MSRP is set at $825. 
 

RELATED: CVA Ups the Ante with the Cascade XT
 

Savage Impulse Mountain Hunter

 

Impulse Hunter Rifle
The Impulse Hunter is sure to please those back country hunters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com) 


Savage Arms showed off a host of new and updated rifle variants, but of greatest note is the continued upgrade of its straight-pull bolt-action centerfire rifle family. Initially announced in late 2022, we were finally able to get our hands on the new Impulse Mountain Hunter at SHOT. The latest variant wears a PROOF Research carbon-fiber-wrapped stainless steel barrel partnered with an aluminum receiver and synthetic stock. The end goal is a 7.3-pound rifle. 

All the Accu-features remain, with AccuTrigger, AccuFit stock system, and AccuStock bedding system. There’s a 20-MOA top optics rail tailored to greater distance shooting. Chamberings include .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 28 Nosler, 300 WSM, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag and the new 7mm PRC. The Mountain Hunter joins Savage’s other straight pull, ambidextrous, multi-position bolt handle rifles including the Big Game, Predator, Elite Precision, and Hog Hunter. Retail pricing on the latest American-made straight pull is set at $2,437. Hunters seeking a traditional bolt action with the same barrel style should look to Savage’s new 110 Carbon Predator rifles. 
 

Parkwest Arms

 

Parkwest Arms Rifles
(Photo: Parkwest Arms)


Though we didn’t get to send any rounds downrange or even handle the new rifles, we did spend some time with the fine folks at Parkwest Arms. Who, you might ask? Parkwest Arms bought out the old Dakota Arms brand as part of Remington’s bankruptcy debacle. Headquartered in Sturgis, South Dakota, Parkwest is tooling up to present an impressive catalogue of high-end firearms nearly the same in appearance as the old Dakotas we loved, but with the latest in modern advancements. That lineup will include the classic Model 76 in variants including the Dark Continent, Savanna, Legend, Alpine, and Custom. 

Parkwest will also be building varmint rifles, an ultralight PW-XTi rifle, a youth variant, and a sweet SD-10 single-shot falling block hunter. We’ve yet to see retail pricing; however, like Dakota, these custom-quality builds won’t come cheap. The rifles will likely be the same sort of generational quality pieces of art-meets-hunting function. 
 

Weatherby Mark V Apex

 

Mark V Apex Rifle
(Photo: Weatherby)


We were looking forward to getting our hands on the latest Weatherby rifle at SHOT Show, but the company was absent. With a tagline of “Welcome to the top of the food chain,” Weatherby’s Apex bolt action rifle is pure hunting. There’s a sure blend of long-range features, a trend that has dominated the hunting market recently. The Mark V steel action is dressed with a fluted, two-toned Cerakote barrel. That culminates in a 3DHEX recoil pad, advertised as the first 3D printed production recoil pad. 

There’s deep spiral fluting on the bolt, an Accubrake ST muzzle brake, TriggerTech trigger, and short 54-degree bolt throw. That's accompanied with a Peak44 Bastion vertical grip, carbon fiber stock. The stock itself weighs only 23-ounces. The overall rifle weight, though, is still 7.5-pounds. The expected three-shot sub-MOA guarantee accompanies most Mark Vs.

Chamberings include Weatherby Magnums in .240, .257, .270, 6.5-300, .30-378, .300, and .338-378. Other calibers are .300 Win Mag, .308 Win, .338 WBY RPM, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 WBY RPM. Retail pricing is set at $2,799-2,899 for right- and left-handers, respectively. 

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