Field & Stream Online Editors
Field & Stream Online Editors

** 1)Ed Brown Savanna Model 702**
Serious shooters should check out Ed Brown’s Model 702 rifle. Brown makes his own bolt action and adds Shilen barrels, Jewell triggers, and a McMillan fiberglass stock made to his specs. The Savanna isn’t a light rifle, but, oh my, is it an accurate one. It comes in calibers from .25/06 through .338, in any stock color as long as it’s black. About $2,800 (base price) and worth it.

** 2) Benelli R1 Rifle **
The semiauto R1’s ergonomics tell you that it’s something different. It is dead reliable, very comfortable to shoot, and put together like a fine shotgun. The downside is that it’s not great for long-range shooting. It has a woeful trigger and weighs more than it should. (The factory says 7.1 pounds, but it feels like more in person.) The R1 comes in .30/06 and .300 Winchester Magnum, with a choice of carbine- (20-inch) or standard-length barrels in both calibers. About $1,080.

** 3)Ruger No. 1 Stainless**
The No. 1 arises from a number of seemingly conflicted elements: an action inspired by one from circa 1900, a cartridge (the .405 Winchester) from the same period, a laminated wood stock, and an action and barrel of ultramodern stainless steel. But if you mix them all together, you get an indestructible single-shot brush gun that throws heavy bullets (300 grains) at low enough velocities (2200 fps) that your shoulder will not unhinge. About $910.

** 4)Remington Model 673 Guide Rifle**
The second incarnation of Remington’s 1960s-era Model 660, the Model 673 Guide Rifle is actually two guns. In .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum, it’s a light bolt action that will handle almost any game at any range. In .350 Remington Magnum, it’s a light bolt-action thumper, guaranteed to knock down the biggest of beasts. About $825.

** 5) Mossberg SSi-One**
This gun is all about versatility. Available this year with a synthetic stock in Mossy Oak Break-Up, the slug version features a 24-inch, ported, rifled 12-gauge barrel with an integral Weaver-style scope base. But with the interchangeable barrel, in minutes you can turn your slug gun into a tight-choked turkey gun or a centerfire in any one of five calibers. The trigger pull, while short, is a mite heavy. About $560; extra barrels, $240.