We’re not pulling any punches here. We’ve assembled a list of the best deer hunting rifles made today for every type of hunting, whether you’re chasing whitetails in a cedar swamp or scouting miles of open prairie for mule deer.

Yes, a basic synthetic-stocked .30/06 bolt gun will serve just fine for the majority of deer hunts, but there’s something to be said for having the right tool for the right job. Sometimes that means an extra-­accurate rifle for making long shots, or a lightweight rig for hauling up a mountain. And sometimes hunting regs won’t allow a center fire rifle of any type. So for whatever type of deer hunting you do, you’ll find a perfect gun on this list.