Buyer's Guide 2003 - Rifles

These models from Kimber, Remington and Ruger are top of the line.

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1. Kimber | Model 84 Montana
1A little jewel of a rifle, this new Kimber weighs just 61/2 pounds with scope and mount, courtesy of a small Mauser action and a hand-laid-up Kevlar-graphite stock. You can carry it all day, and its combination of beautiful workmanship and excellent accuracy makes it near perfect. This is one of the highest-quality production-line rifles around, and it's worth every penny. _$1,053; 800-880-2418; www.kimberamerica.com _

2. Remington | Model 673 Guide Rifle
2The Model 673, the second coming of the underappreciated Model 600, is a compact powerhouse. In .300 Short Ultra Magnum, it's a gun for all ranges. In .350 Remington Magnum, it's unbeatable for elk, bears, and anything big. Like a good buddy, it's a rifle you'll want to hunt with everywhere._ $825; 800-243-9700; www.remington.com _

** 3. Ruger | Model M77 RSM Mark II **
3The basic M77 has been around for a while, but this year, chambered for the .458 Lott cartridge (loaded by Hornady), it goes into a new dimension of power. When you want a big, tough, and belligerent animal to go down right now and stay there, this is your gun. No quibbling about the price-this rifle might save your life. _$1,695; 203-255-5201; www.ruger.com _