Affordable Precision Rifles 2018
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One of the most important aspects of long-range shooting is finding precision rifles that work for you.

If you are unsure where to start, that’s OK. We’ve compiled a list of precision rifles that not only perform well out of the box, but are affordable.

Most precision rifles on the list are less than $2,000, but they’re all worth a look.

Without further ado, here is our list of modern, affordable precision rifles you should consider.

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A*B Arms MOD*X

This rifle from American Built Arms uses a MOD*X Gen III aluminum chassis mated with a Remington Model 700 SPS barreled action. Featuring a heavy 20-inch barrel with a threaded muzzle, A*B Arms equipped the MOD*X with an X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger set at the factory to 3.5 pounds. The entire system is modular and easily customizable to the operator’s needs. (abarms.com)

Caliber: .308 Winchester | Barrel: 20 inches | OA Length: 39.5-40.5 inches | Weight: 9 pounds (empty) | Stock: A*B Arms Urban Sniper | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $1,199

Bergara Premier Series LRP

This bolt-action rifle is part of the Bergara Premier Series, making it as close to custom as possible without the custom price tag. The chassis is machined from a solid 6061-T6 aluminum billet. It features an AR-15-style grip and a buttstock that is adjustable for length of pull and comb height, with a buttplate that can be canted. This rifle offers a precise fit to shooters in virtually any shooting position. The barrel is made of 416 stainless steel. The LRP is also guaranteed to produce sub-MOA groups at 100 yards with match-grade factory ammunition. (bergarausa.com)

Caliber: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester | Barrel: 20, 24 or 26 inches | OA Length: 43-47.5 inches | Weight: 10 pounds (empty) | Stock: XLR Element | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 5+1 | MSRP: $2,000

Christensen Arms Modern Precision Rifle

The Modern Precision Rifle features a 7075-T6 billet aluminum chassis with a fully adjustable buttstock and a carbon-fiber handguard with M-LOK slots. The target-profile, 416R stainless steel barrel has also been wrapped in carbon fiber to help save weight. The action has a 20-MOA rail, a spiral-fluted bolt and a match-grade flat trigger. Plus, it comes with a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee. (christensenarms.com)

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Win, .300 WM, .300 Norma, .300 Lapua | Barrel: 16-27 inches OA Length: 39-46 inches | Weight: 6.9-8.1 pounds (empty) | Stock: Adjustable, folding | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: Varies | MSRP: $2,295-$2,395

CZ 557 Urban Counter-Sniper

The Urban Counter-Sniper is a compact .308 Winchester bolt action with a 16-inch barrel. However, even though the barrel is short, it only loses 150 fps compared to a standard barrel. Besides, the .308 gets a full burn in about 16 to 17 inches, and you can’t beat this rifle’s size for shorter engagements—hence it’s “Urban” moniker. This CZ’s sweet spot is for targets out to 400 yards, and the Manners carbon-fiber composite stock offers plenty of stability without extra weight. (cz-usa.com)

Caliber: .308 Winchester | Barrel: 16 inches | OA Length: 39.5 inches | Weight: 8.48 pounds (empty) | Stock: Manners carbon-fiber composite | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $1,899

Daniel Defense DD5V2 M-LOK

The DD5V2 M-LOK is built around a cold-hammer-forged, 18-inch, Strength-to-Weight (S2W) barrel with a rifle-length gas system to provide for smooth and reliable cycling. Additional features include a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger; a free-floating, 15-inch-long M-LOK handguard; an ambidextrous safety selector, magazine catch, bolt release; and a configurable modular charging handle. (danieldefense.com)

Caliber: 7.62mm NATO | Barrel: 18 inches | OA Length: 35.38-39 inches | Weight: 8.6 pounds (empty) | Stock: Collapsible | Sights: None | Action: Direct impingement semi-auto | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $3,044

DoubleStar Midnight Dragon

DoubleStar meticulously built the Midnight Dragon for long-range precision. It’s equipped with a 24-inch, spiral-fluted, nitride-coated, stainless steel barrel that delivers sub-MOA accuracy. Other features include a free-floating aluminum handguard (with knurling in a similar spiral pattern), an Ergo Tactical Deluxe pistol grip, a Cedar Enterprises two-stage trigger, a Badger Ordnance Tactical Latch charging handle and a fixed, skeletonized ACE ARFX buttstock. (star15.com)

Caliber: 5.56mm NATO | Barrel: 24 inches | OA Length: 42.25 inches | Weight: 9.55 pounds (empty) | Stock: ACE ARFX | Sights: None | Action: Direct impingement semi-auto | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 5+1 | MSRP: $1,116

Howa Chassis Rifle

The Howa Chassis Rifle, or HCR, features a CNC-machined, 6061-T6 aluminum billet chassis made by Accurate-Mag. The forend allows the barrel to float freely and is equipped with M-LOK attachment points. At the rear is a fully adjustable Luth-AR MBA-3 buttstock as well as a comfortable Ergo grip. The HCR is available with a standard or heavy barrel, and you can also order it as a complete kit with a Nikko Stirling 4-16x50mm Diamond Long Range scope and a 20-MOA mount. (legacysports.com)

Caliber: .223 Rem, .243 Rem, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, .300 WM | Barrel: 20, 24 or 26 inches | OA Length: 39-49.25 inches | Weight: 9.9-12.2 pounds (empty) | Stock: Luth-AR MBA-3 | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black, MultiCam, Kryptek Highlander | Capacity: 5+1, 10+1 | MSRP: $1,379-$1,999

Kimber Advanced Tactical SRC II

This Suppressor Ready Compact (SRC) II rifle from Kimber is built by hand and features an aluminum chassis with forward night-vision mount, an adjustable, side-folding stock and an AR-style pistol grip. Kimber threaded the 16-inch barrel for a suppressor. It is mated to Kimber’s Model-70-style action, which has a three-position safety. The SRC II also comes with a sub-0.5-MOA accuracy guarantee. (kimberamerica.com)

Caliber: .308 Winchester | Barrel: 16 inches | OA Length: 37 inches | Weight: 10.5 pounds (empty) | Stock: Adjustable, folding | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black, FDE | Capacity: 5+1 | MSRP: $2,449

MasterPiece Arms BA Lite PCR

Want to get into long-range gun game? MasterPiece Arms designed the BA Lite PCR specifically for competition. This rifle includes many match-ready features for Production class requirements like a muzzle brake, a built-in bubble level, a thumb notch, a spigot mount and a bag rider. The Remington Model 700 action is mated to a Bergara honed barrel and placed in an aluminum chassis. The TriggerTech trigger is set to 1.5 pounds. (masterpiecearms.com)

Caliber: .243 Win, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win | Barrel: 22-26 inches | OA Length: 43.5-46.5 inches | Weight: 9-10 pounds (empty) | Stock: Adjustable | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Black, burnt bronze, FDE, gunmetal, marine red, NRA Blue, sniper green, tungsten | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $2,000

Mossberg MVP Precision

Mossberg recently unveiled the MVP Precision line. These rifles have all-new chassis and Luth-AR MBA-3 adjustable stocks. Of course, the rifles utilize the innovative and proven MVP bolt action, which accepts AR-pattern magazines for easy compatibility. The rifles are available in .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor with 20- and 24-inch medium bull barrels, respectively. Both variants use LBA triggers that are adjustable from 3 to 7 pounds. (mossberg.com)

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win | Barrel: 20 or 24 inches | OA Length: 39.25-43.25 inches | Weight: 9.2-10 pounds (empty) | Stock: Luth-AR MBA-3 | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: N/A

Remington Model 700 Magpul

For this bolt action, Remington took its iconic carbon-steel Model 700 barreled action and added it to a Magpul Hunter polymer stock with an X-Mark Pro trigger to create a rifle capable of long-range accuracy. The 22-inch heavy barrel floats freely for better precision. (remington.com)

Caliber: .260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, .300 WM | Barrel: 22 or 24 inches | OA Length: 41.5-43.5 inches | Weight: 8.75-9 pounds (empty) | Stock: Magpul Hunter | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 5+1 | MSRP: $1,175

Rise Armament 1121XR

Rise designed the 1121XR for shooters who want more out of a heavy-caliber AR-platform rifle. It comes with a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee and features a 20-inch, 416R stainless steel barrel, a single-stage RA-535 trigger set for a 3.5-pound pull, and a premium bolt carrier group. The RA-701 compensator out front helps cut muzzle rise for faster follow-up shots. (risearmament.com)

Caliber: 7.62mm NATO | Barrel: 20 inches | OA Length: 39.5 inches | Weight: 9.5 pounds (empty) | Stock: Magpul PRS | Sights: None | Action: Direct impingement semi-auto | Finish: Black, FDE, foliage green | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $2,449

Rock River Arms LAR-8 Predator HP

The LAR-8 Predator HP from Rock River Arms (RRA) is a supercharged .308/7.62mm NATO AR with a 20-inch, fluted, stainless steel barrel; one of RRA’s two-stage triggers; a low-profile gas block; and RRA’s DLX free-floating handguard. The gun is also available with a Hogue grip, an RRA Operator brake and either a fixed or collapsible stock. (rockriverarms.com)

Caliber: 7.62mm NATO | Barrel: 20 inches | OA Length: 42-42.5 inches | Weight: 9.2-9.5 pounds (empty) | Stock: RRA Operator CAR or A2 | Sights: None | Action: Direct impingement semi-auto | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 20+1 | MSRP: $1,950-$2,000

Ruger Precision Rifle

The Ruger Precision Rifle was purpose-built for long-range shooting. Completely modular, this bolt action uses AR-15-style components so users can easily customize it to their needs. The barrel, stock, pistol grip and handguard can all be swapped out if needed. Of course, Ruger built these rifles to perform as is, with M-LOK slots for accessories and more. With a 70-degree bolt throw, the action is super smooth. (ruger.com)

Caliber: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win | Barrel: 20 or 24 inches | OA Length: 39.25-46.75 inches | Weight: 9.8-10.8 pounds (empty) | Stock: Adjustable, folding | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $1,599

Savage Arms 10/110 BA Stealth

These bolt-action rifles allow you to rule the range. They feature monolithic billet aluminum chassis made by Drake Associates with M-LOK-compatible forends and Picatinny rails. Each barreled action is factory blueprinted for optimal accuracy. At the rear, a FAB Defense GL-Shock buttstock absorbs recoil and is fully adjustable. The carbon-steel barrel on the short-action 10 models is threaded while a brake is included on the long-action 110 variants. (savagearms.com)

Caliber: .223 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, .300 WM, .338 LM | Barrel: 16.5, 20 or 24 inches | OA Length: 35-49 inches | Weight: 9.24-11.5 pounds (empty) | Stock: FAB Defense GL-Shock | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 5+1, 10+1 | MSRP: $1,209-$1,624

Smith & Wesson M&P10 6.5 Creedmoor

Smith & Wesson has taken its excellent gas-operated M&P10 platform and transformed it into a long-range shooter by chambering it for the 6.5 Creedmoor. It also features a two-stage match trigger; a 15-inch, free-floating Troy M-LOK handguard; and a fixed Magpul MOE buttstock. (smith-wesson.com)

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor | Barrel: 20 inches | OA Length: 39.5 inches | Weight: 9.05 pounds (empty) | Stock: Fixed Magpul MOE) | Sights: None | Action: Direct impingement semi-auto | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $2,035

Steyr SSG 04

The SSG 04 bolt-action rifle from Steyr Arms features a heavy cold-hammer-forged barrel and is available in .308 Winchester or .300 Winchester Magnum. The synthetic stock has an adjustable cheek riser, and the length of pull is adjustable via buttplate inserts. The barrel and action both have a durable Mannox finish. (steyrarms.com)

Caliber: .308 Win, .300 WM | Barrel: 20 or 23.6 inches | OA Length: 42.6 inches | Weight: 10.3 pounds (empty) | Stock: Adjustable synthetic Sights: None | Action: Direct impingement semi-auto | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $2,035

Tikka T3x TAC A1

The T3x TAC A1 features a modular aluminum chassis that uses AR components, including the stock, pistol grip and M-LOK handguard. The two-stage trigger unit is adjustable for pull weight. The full-length top rail makes it easy to mount optics and night-vision gear. (tikka.fi)

Caliber: .260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win | Barrel: 16, 20 or 24 inches | OA Length: 39.8-43.8 inche | Weight: 10.8-11.25 pounds (empty) | Stock: Adjustable | Sights: None Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $1,899

Weatherby Vanguard Modular Chassis

The architecture of this Weatherby rifle starts with a modular chassis machined from 6061 aluminum and adds a Luth-AR MBA-1 stock and a Vanguard barreled action. It all adds up to create a rifle guaranteed to create 0.99-inch, three-shot groups at 100 yards when using premium ammunition. The rifles includes a 20-inch barrel, free-floated and threaded for muzzle devices. (weatherby.com)

Caliber: .223 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win | Barrel: 20 inches | OA Length: 39.25-40.25 inches | Weight: 8.5 pounds (empty) | Stock: Luth-AR MBA-1 | Sights: None | Action: Bolt | Finish: Matte black | Capacity: 10+1 | MSRP: $1,519

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