10 Best Hunting Rifles Available in 7mm PRC

My custom-built 7mm PRC rifle

I’ve been shooting 7 PRC constantly over the last few months. It’s a cartridge design that I’ve wanted to see for a long time, and after shooting and reloading it for a few months, I can happily report that it does not disappoint.

The following table has a full list of the rifles that are currently announced and imminently available in 7mm PRC. There are over 20 rifle manufacturers who have announced they’ll be supporting the cartridge, but I haven’t yet seen listings for many of the volume manufacturers.

Probably the best and fastest way to get a hunting rifle in 7 PRC is to take one of the rifles you already have, like a Ruger American, a Tikka T3x, a Bergara B14, or pretty much any other rifle, and order a prefit 7mm PRC barrel from Preferred Barrel Blanks. They are already doing prefits for the 7 PRC. If your rifle is chambered in 7 Mag, 300 Win Mag, or similar, you should be able to screw on a prefit barrel and be done!

ModelPriceAvailabilityNotes
Mossberg Patriot Predator$520Coming SoonI have two Mossberg Patriot rifles and they both shoot giant groups at 100 yards. I do not recommend.
Savage 110 Apex Hunter XP$710Coming SoonLook for models with Cerakote instead. Savage doesn’t have a good blueing process which often causes surface rust on the barrel.
Savage 110 Apex Storm XP$820Coming Soon
Remington 700 Long Range$1,000Order from MidwayUSAWe’ll see if the new Rem Arms can pull off a decent build quality. They have a lot of work to do before I can trust a Remington rifle again.
Savage 110 High Country$1,240Coming Soon
Savage 110 Timberline$1,240Coming Soon
Savage Impulse Big Game$1,450Coming SoonJust the rifle itself weighs 9 lbs. I don’t understand who they designed this rifle for.
Christensen Mesa FFT$1,600Coming Soon
Savage 110 Ultralite$1,700Coming SoonThis is the best rifle Savage makes. Very accurate.
Christensen ELR$2,300Order from Brownells
Christensen Traverse$2,450Order from Brownells
Savage Impulse Mountain Hunter$2,450Coming SoonI don’t like the Impulse. Even the “mountain” version is very heavy, and the action is cumbersome.
Christensen MPR$2,600Order from BrownellsDecent rifle, but the mag rattles around in the mag well and accuracy was nothing special.
Christensen Ridgeline FFT$2,700Order from Brownells
Fierce Carbon Rival$2,700Order from CabelasExcellent gun. Good stock lines. Lightweight. Remington 700-style action.
Fierce Carbon Rage$3,000Order from CabelasEssentially the same gun as the Rival, but you get an upgraded action that is similar to a Sako.
Fierce Reaper$3,000Order from CabelasVery cool gun. A little heavy, but that’ll help mitigate recoil.
Fierce Mountain Reaper$3,400Order from FierceProbably the coolest bolt-action rifle on the market.
Gunwerks Magnus$5,750Order from GunwerksGunwerks is EXPENSIVE! I like their Magnus stock, but I don’t like the Clymr stock because the comb is low and it doesn’t have an adjustable cheek piece.

Fierce Mountain Reaper

Fierce Firearms has been one of my favorite manufacturers of high-end rifles for a while. They seem to understand that shooters want cool-looking, lightweight, shootable rifles.

While Fierce has had their Reaper model for quite a while, it was a little heavy. Now, they’ve started making the Mountain Reaper which takes all the best features of the Reaper, but puts them in a lightweight package.

It has a magnesium chassis, a titanium action, and weighs less than 6 lbs in many chamberings. Fierce rifles generally mitigate recoil well due to their stock designs and Limbsaver recoil pads, but I still might recommend a muzzle brake or suppressor to shoot 7 PRC in this light of a package. The recoil of the 7 PRC

The Fierce Mountain Reaper is available in 7 PRC with 20″ and 22″ barrels with a 1:8 twist, and personally I’d pick the 20″. My custom 7 PRC uses a 20″ barrel and I’m happy to see 2,950 fps with 150gr copper bullets for hunting.

Check out the Fierce Mountain Reaper.

Savage 110 Ultralite

Savage was one of the first rifle makers to embrace the 7 PRC. While many companies announced support at the launch of the cartridge, Savage is actually shipping rifles and brought it to no less than 11 different models immediately.

In my review, the Savage 110 Ultralite was extremely accurate due to the Proof Research carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel. It felt like I couldn’t miss when I did my full review of the Savage 110 Ultralite.

The knock on the Savage 110 Ultralite is that it uses a clumsy Savage action and an unreliable plastic magazine and mag catch. I was told once that a Savage 110 Ultralite is a “$1,000 barrel attached to a $400 gun.” It’s a funny comment, but there’s some truth to it.

Still, if you can look past the cheap magazine and Tupperware stock, you’ll have a sinfully accurate rifle that is incredibly lightweight for a very reasonable price.

Here is a full list of rifles that Savage will be releasing in 7mm PRC:

  • 110 Ultralite (HD or Camo) – $1,649 – $1,699
  • 110 High Country – $1,239
  • 110 Timberline (Right or left hand) – $1,239
  • Impulse Big Game – $1,449
  • Impulse Mountain Hunter – $2,437
  • 110 Apex Hunter XP (Right or left hand) – $709
  • 110 Apex Storm XP – $819

Personally, I would recommend staying away from the Savage Impulse rifles. After shooting them, I just found them too heavy (including the “mountain hunter”) and more cumbersome than I expected.

Christensen Arms MPR (And other models)

MPR stands for “Modern Precision Rifle.” It is a modern chassis design with adjustability in the stock, M-lok everywhere for attachments, and a pistol grip. It’s the type of rifle that most advanced shooters want.

I’ve reviewed a Christensen MPR on the Backfire Youtube channel and gave it mixed results. The mag well was so loose that I couldn’t believe it wasn’t a defect in the particular rifle I was using. The accuracy was okay, but not notable for a rifle in this price point. Plus, it was a little heavy for taking out into the woods.

In talking with other shooters, the MPR is a little polarizing. Some people get a good one that shoots very well and rave about it. I’ve talked with many others who have had poor accuracy or build quality issues.

Christensen is also chambering their other rifle models in 7 PRC, including:

Remington 700 Long Range

Remington absolutely destroyed its brand as a rifle maker over the last 20 years. Frankly, I was surprised that the owners of the new “Rem Arms” manufactured rifles even decided to bring the brand back. It seemed to me that the brand reputation was so destroyed that it would have been easier to start from scratch under a new name.

Yet, the reports I’ve heard so far from gun industry professionals that I trust has been positive. I still haven’t had my hands on one to review for the Backfire Youtube channel, but I’m eager to see if they’ve turned things around. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Prices for the new Remington in 7mm PRC are expected to be around the $1,000 price point.

Gunwerks Magnus Rifle System

If you are willing to shell out the big bucks (a little less than $6,000 for the bare rifle), then Gunwerks would be happy to take your money. They make extremely fine hunting rifles for shooters who value accuracy and a system that makes long-range shooting more streamlined.

Personally, if I were to spec out a new Gunwerks rifle today, I’d go with a Magnus rifle with these specs. I am naturally drawn to the lightweight hunting rifles, so I may be tempted to go with a Clymr, but after holding and playing with a Clymr stock, I found the comb was just too low to get a decent cheek weld. I can’t imagine paying that much for a rifle and having a stock that doesn’t fit.

The Magnus stock is only half a pound heavier, but provides much better ergonomics.

Gunwerks was very quick to jump on the 7mm PRC cartridge. They had their own 7 LRM cartridge for many years that was extremely similar to the 7 PRC’s design, so it wasn’t difficult for them to begin manufacturing the new cartridge.

List of All Rifle Makers Supporting 7mm PRC

The following list comes from Hornady of rifle makers who have announced support for 7mm PRC rifles.

Factory Mass-Market Rifle Makers

  • Christensen Arms
  • Fierce Firearms
  • JP Sauer and Sohn
  • Mossberg
  • Remington
  • Ruger (in 2023)
  • Savage
  • Seekins Precision
  • Springfield Armory (in 2023)
  • Proof Research

Custom and Premium Rifle Makers

  • Allterra Arms
  • Altus Shooting Solutions
  • Best of the West
  • GA Precision
  • Gunwerks
  • Hill Country Rifles
  • H-S Precision
  • Horizon Firearms
  • McWhorter Custom Rifles
  • Short Action Customs
  • Stuteville Precision
  • TS Customs
  • West Texas Ordnance

What About Those Not Listed?

Surprisingly, some gun makers are noticeably absent from the list above. Browning and Winchester have shown no love for the 7mm PRC–perhaps because Hornady snubbed them in supporting 6.8 Western.

Bergara / CVA also hasn’t announced any support for 7mm PRC and said they will watch the cartridge and essentially see if it takes off.

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7 Comments

  1. Hey Jim,

    Do you know if Bergara has any plans to add 7PRC to any of their line ups? I’m looking to snag one for the $1000 price point and I’m curious if I should get the savage, or wait.

    Thanks,

    Skylar

    1. Jim Harmer says:

      Haven’t seen any news from Bergara of supporting 7 PRC. I’d guess they’ll jump on the train a year from now.

      1. Brandon M. says:

        I spoke with Bergara last week about this, they are keeping an eye on the cartridge before committing to making it an available chamber option in their rifles because of how new it is to the market. Most likely won’t see the 7 PRC until later next year at the earliest.

  2. Will Boswell says:

    Hello Jim,

    I have truly enjoyed the results that I have been getting out of my Bergara B-14 HMR in 300 win. I noticed that they weren’t one of the companies listed to be manufacturing a 7mm PRC right away. I’m also a huge fan of the CVA Cascade rifles, but being as they are Bergara owned I expect them to release at a similar time to Bergara. I purchased the HMR to get into the longer range precision shooting, and I am impressed with the gun. I understand that I could swap barrels, but my rifle weighs in at over 12lbs as is. I want a lightweight 7mm PRC that I can shoot out to about 500 yards with and maintain that precision accuracy I’ve attained through my HMR. What are your thoughts on what’s available? I don’t have the budget to build or buy one of these $2,000 rifles. I’m looking for a sub $3,000 gun with optic included. I intend to use a Vortex 3-18 which will run me around $1,000-$1,500. Which gives me $1,500-$2,000 to spend on the rifle. Should I wait for Bergara or CVA? I may as well be a Bergara fan boy after how much I’ve grown to love mine now. Or do you believe that one of these offerings is a better option?

  3. Josh Christenson says:

    I appreciate your articles on the 7 prc! Just wondering, I don’t ever see you do reviews on seekins precision rifles? They also are chambering in 7 prc and seem to have a very reputable following.

  4. MaddAzzShooter says:

    I’ve purchased the HMR Premier due to its high custom/consumer value. It made custom building from the REM 700 pointless considering the features and cost comparison of the two. Being a Ruger M77 fan I missed the three position safety and would add dual ejectors to leave nothing on the table for as “Bells and Whistles “ to be added to the Bergera Premiere lineup. Lastly the 7mm PRC is “No Brainer”as it implements the proven (Creedmoored/ WSM/Lazzaroni) concepts improving performance and efficiency (and proper application of action lengths)of like cartridges. No more need for LA .260/.260AI, 7mm-300WSMs or in my case a single shot .280AI with a custom chamber to launch the Berger 195grEOL ICBM missiles defying all cross canyon winds…

  5. Toby Baker says:

    Just wondering if Bergara was planning on offering the 7PRC any time soon.
    Recently purchased a b-14 in 308 and love it.