• $3,999 • 6.5 Creedmoor • 7 lb. 6 oz. • 24-in. barrel
In just about any other year, this gun would have taken top honors in the test. It is an exceptionally accurate rifle built on superb components—a Bighorn Arms action, Proof carbon-fiber barrel, and Proof stock—that work perfectly together. It turned in one group that measured a scant .181 inch, the best of the test. This rifle can also switch barrels to run other cartridges, thanks to the Savagestyle barrel-nut system. But this is no bench queen. It has a lively balance and feel that helped it excel during our field tests too. This is an all-around hunting rifle with an aspirational price tag that is worth aspiring to.