Volume 24, Number 3 April/May 2016


A .243-caliber bolt-action rifle is a fine option for deer hunting in the hills of the South. It’s a lighter gun that’s easy to carry, and ammo is abundant. The latest crop of budget bolt-actions — many of which come in scoped combos — has been impressive at the range, and sales are strong. I asked clerks in the Knoxville area for a .243 combo for around $500. Could they deliver?