Four Best ARs and Tactical Bolts

Our legendary rifles editor name checks his favorite black guns

The Black Rack

Most of the rifles I picked in my ultimate gun guide are traditional. Recognizing that a lot of people like ARs and tactical bolts, here are four to make you happy, or at least less miserable.

VARMINTS: ROCK RIVER PREDATOR PURSUIT RIFLE

rock river predator pursuit rifle
Rock River Predator Pursuit RifleRock River

A portable, compact, clean-top .223 AR with a match-grade trigger, a heavy stainless 20-inch barrel, and a guarantee of 3⁄4-inch MOA at 100 yards. $1,350

COYOTES & HOGS: WINCHESTER XPC

winchester xpc bolt rifle
Winchester XPCWinchester

Based on the XPR bolt action, this chassis-stocked .308 is brand new. I fired one at the 2017 SHOT Show and liked it a lot. It is very well thought out and has all the correct bells and whistles. $1,600

MIDSIZE GAME: SAVAGE MSR 10 LONG RANGE

savage msr 10 long range rifle
Savage MSR 10 Long RangeSavage

New, compact, and not too heavy, this is an AR you won't mind lugging. With a clean top, a match trigger, and a 5R barrel, it's chambered for the excellent 6.5 Creedmoor. $1,481

BIG GAME: HOWA HCR

howa hcr rifle
Howa HCRHowa

This bolt-action chassis rifle is chambered in .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, or .243 and accepts all manner of AR furniture. The two-stage trigger is a work of art. $1,240