North America holds some of the most varied hunting conditions on the planet, from mountains to deserts to swamps, plains and forests, with a significant variety of game. The good news is, under any given conditions—and for any given animal—there are lots of good choices and relatively few that are wildly unsuitable. What is perhaps most important is that your choice gives you confidence. One of the few curses of my occupation is it’s a rare blessing when I have a chance to actually use my own rifles, but I definitely have my favorites—or at least my “ideal choices.”

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