The price of gas is again soaring, and with it the cost of groceries, raw materials and any thing else that needs to be transported is climbing as well. Seems the price of everything actually has gone up in recent years including the items hunters and shooters hold dearest to them — their firearms! It’s getting harder and harder to find a brand new tack-driving rifle that you won’t have to take out a small loan to buy. With many gun prices soaring well over the $1,000-mark, to find something below $500 would seem virtually impossible. Well, guess what? It’s not.
In fact, we found 10 options here that will all ring up at the cash register for under $500, hopefully leaving you with a little gas money to even get out to where you hunt or shoot.
- Savage has developed some of the most iconic and quality-performing deer rifles in history -- think Savage Model 99 -- and for the modern hunter, they’re delivering Savage quality at a price that will help even the most cash-strapped among us get into the woods and putting venison on the ground. The Axis, now available in left-handed as well as right-handed models, is a bolt-action rifle made with a no-frills, yet extremely durable matte black synthetic stock paired with a matte black carbon steel barrel. Follow-up shots are fed from a four-round detachable box magazine, and the receiver is drilled and tapped for the mounting of optics. The gun comes available in a host of deer-suited calibers, including .243 Win., .25-06 Rem., .270 Win., .30-06, .308 Win. and the 7mm-08 Rem. The gun tips the scales at 6.5 pounds.