Fierce Rogue Review: One of my favorite rifles of all time

I own over 40 hunting rifles. Most of the rifles being produced today are frankly quite good compared to what came out of factories in years past. In fact, it can be tough for most buyers to really know how a rifle will perform when looking at a gun shop, because they all look so similar.

So, if you’re planning to drop $2,300 or so on a new Fierce Rogue, you may be wondering if it’ll really be that one rifle that you want to keep forever.

I’ve spent the last few weeks shooting the Fierce Rogue and overall, I can say it’s one of the finest rifles I’ve ever shot, and probably the best in its price point.

What Is the Fierce Rogue?

The Rogue is Fierce’s effort to create a less expensive rifle to compete in the $2,300 price point or thereabouts. It’s intended for use as a backcountry hunting rifle, so it’s incredibly lightweight and chambered in most common hunting cartridges.

Pros and Cons of the Fierce Rogue

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight (between 5.3 and 5.8 lbs depending on if you get the titanium or steel action. I recommend the steel because it’s more smooth)
  • Very accurate (my average group size in testing was 0.751″ at 100 yards)
  • Crisp 1-3lbs adjustable trigger (Bix ‘n Andy Dakota)
  • Feeds 100% reliably
  • 70-degree bolt-throw, Remington 700 pattern action with 2-lug bolt
  • Rigid carbon fiber stock
  • Hand-lapped cryo-treated barrel
  • Integral pic rail (with access from the front, so it’s compatible with the Ckypood and Hatch bipod)
  • QD Flush cups for slings
  • Limbsaver recoil pad
  • Threaded muzzle, fluted bolt
  • Available in 7mm PRC with a 20″ barrel! THE ANGELS ARE SINGING!

Cons

  • I don’t love the grip angle (see picture below)
  • Expensive (but great for what it is)
  • Will make you hate your other guns

Cartridge Options

CartridgeBarrel Lengths AvailableTwist Rate
.22 Creedmoor22″, 24″1:7.5
6.5 Creedmoor20″, 22″1:8
6.5 PRC20″, 22″, 24″1:8
7mm Rem Mag20″, 22″, 24″1:8
7mm PRC20″, 22″, 24″1:8
.308 Win20″, 22″1:9
.300 Win Mag20″, 22″, 24″1:9
.300 PRC20″, 22″, 24″1:9

Comparing the Rogue to Other Similarly-Priced Rifles

  • Springfield 2020 WaypointAbout the same price – The Waypoint is the best rifle I’ve ever reviewed, but it has drawbacks to the newer Fierce Rogue. (1) It is only offered in a FEW chamberings which is quite limiting, and (2) It’s about a pound heavier than the Rogue. The two places I feel the Waypoint beats the Fierce are (1) a more shootable vertical grip, and (2) a higher comb (plus an option with an adjustable comb that adds weight and price).
  • Bergara Premier Mountain 2.0Less expensive than the Rogue – I love Bergara rifles. In my opinion, they’re winning the price-for-performance game in the hunting rifle space right now. The Mountain 2.0 is a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Fierce and includes carbon stock from AG Composites. It’s only a few ounces heavier, but its stock is more of a traditional style with sling studs, swept back stock lines, and a rounded forend. I would prefer the Fierce Rogue, but reasonable minds can differ.
  • Christensen RidgelineAbout the same price – I haven’t had the opportunity to review the Ridgeline yet, so I can’t speak much to it. It offers a carbon stock and barrel, is about 5 ounces heavier than the Rogue, and is readily available for sale at many retailers. The Ridgeline is a little less expensive than the Fierce Rogue.
  • Weatherby Mark V Backcountry 2.0Slightly more expensive – People rave about this gun. It’s super lightweight at just 5.4 lbs, has a great recoil pad, and a carbon fiber stock. For me, I wish it had a carbon fiber wrapped barrel and shorter barrel offerings in more standard (non-Weatherby) cartridges.
  • Seekins Havak PH2Less expensive than the Rogue – A lot of people love the accuracy from Seekins rifles. I just don’t get it. They stock feels really cheap for the price point. I haven’t shot it, so I’m open to be proven wrong, but I just don’t love the fit and finish.
  • Seekins ElementMore expensive than the Rogue – I simply don’t understand this gun. Steel barrel, and a “carbon composite stock” that feels like just regular plastic. In person, it just doesn’t feel like the kind of gun that commands a $2,800 price point. I’ve never actually shot one, but I can’t fathom spending that much on this level of fit and finish.
  • Browning X-Bolt ProOne version is less expensive, one is more expensive – I just don’t understand Browning. They insist on using metric threads so nobody’s suppressors or muzzle brakes fit, they refuse to put carbon-fiber wraps on even their premium rifles, and they’re triggers are WAY too heavy for a premium-priced rifle. The X-Bolt Pro is less than the Fierce Rogue by a few hundred dollars, and the X-Bolt McMillan is a couple hundred more than the Fierce Rogue.
  • Proof Research Elevation – Slightly more expensive than the RogueProof Research makes a heck of a barrel. Some of the most accurate groups I’ve ever recorded were with Proof barrels. The Elevation is a lightweight rifle, but still about 8 ounces heavier than the Rogue. If you have the money to step up to the Elevation MTR, you get an incredible stock.
  • Savage 110 UltraliteMuch less expensive than the Rogue – A few people asked about this one in the comments, so I’ll include it even though I think the Rogue is in a different class than the Savage 110 Ultralite. The Ultralite uses a fantastic Proof Research barrel, making it super accurate. However, it still feels like a cheap Savage action and an even cheaper plastic stock. Feeding isn’t 100% on the Ultralite. The Ultralite is good for what it is, but I wouldn’t consider it on the same playing field as the Fierce Rogue.

Jim’s Verdict on the Fierce Rogue

There is very little to complain about on the Fierce Rogue. It’s extremely lightweight, feeds perfectly, has a great trigger, is accurate, and is built well.

Really, my biggest complaint about the rifle is the trigger angle. The swept-back grip is comfortable for standing shots, but really not ideal from supported positions. I love the palm swell behind the grip, but wish it had a more modern, vertical grip. Having said that, I was able to get great accuracy out of the gun and the carbon fiber parts are built very well.

The only real question in my mind is if the Fierce Rogue beats the Springfield 2020 Waypoint. The Waypoint is heavier and comes in a limited set of chamberings, but has a higher comb and more vertical grip. The price is about the same between the two. It’s a tough call because I love the Waypoint, but I think the Fierce edges it out due to the greater availability of chamberings and noticeable weight advantage.

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20 Comments

  1. Christian Ondrusek says:

    How does it compare to the Savage 100 ultralight? I love the channel by the way and learned a lot from your videos and blogs.

    1. Jim Harmer says:

      I added that to the review. Thanks for the question.

      1. Dylan Riedesel says:

        Any idea if they will make the Springfield waypoint in 300 win mag? Trying to decide between the rouge and something else in that caliber. The waypoint sounds like it would be nice in 300 win mag..

        1. Jim Harmer says:

          They told me they aren’t going to do long action.

          1. Daniel F. says:

            That’s what they told me to Jim. The guy I spoke with stated: “We have no intentions of making a long action. We are proud of the rifle we are producing. There has been talk within our upper management of possibly expanding the line to include new models. There has also been talk about discontinuing the line all together.” He did go on to say that they would continue warranty and service on all their products, no matter what the future endeavors hold for the company.

          2. Daniel F. says:

            Is this the same action as the Rival? My Rival shoots lights out.

  2. Brandon C. says:

    The Rogue looks like a great forever rifle. The 7 PRC seems like a good choice, but I don’t reload and ammo is impossible to find. Would you shoot the rogue in 7mm with a 22″ barrel? I’m looking for a solid deer rifle but something would work out west as well.

    Thanks
    Brandon C.

  3. Nice looking rifle and looks like it shoots well and is light. My concern is as a prospective buyer I am concerned of the reviews I read regarding customer service and quality issues with this company.

  4. How does it compare to Rage?

  5. This rifle definitely caught my interest, I’m looking for a do it all western rifle that I can be supremely confident in and is durable. This rifle seems to check the box on all things I was looking for as I was planning to build to fit my needs, and this beats the budget that I had set out. One big question I have is I have never had a rifle with one of these carbon fiber barrels and carbon fiber stocks. How durable are they? Are they pretty scratch resistant, or am I going to have to baby a rifle like this.

  6. Do you think it will eventually come out in 300WSM similiar to their other firearms. Im also curious to know how it compares to the Savage 110 ultralight.

    1. Jim Harmer says:

      I don’t think it’ll come out in 300 WSM. I think the limited chamberings for the Rogue is a way to differentiate it from the more expensive Fierce Rival.

  7. Shawn Jester says:

    Jim, love the videos and reviews. Keep them coming. I ordered a carbon rouge and can’t locate on Fierce’s website what the scope base requirements are. Does it take a standard model 700 base? I want to run with a 20moa pic base. Thanks in advance for a clarification you can provide.

  8. Lee Carleton says:

    Thanks for the great video. Quick question: why would you get this in a 20″ 7 prc vs a 22″?
    Keep making videos!!

    1. Jim Harmer says:

      I always shoot with a suppressor, so I really value short barrels. I’m willing to give up some performance.

  9. Stephen Miller says:

    You had over-pressure signs shooting this gun with factory ammo and yet you recommend it? You had similar problems with the Savage 110 Ultralight. Did you ever get to the bottom of those problems? Is your power that temperature sensitive?

    Is the titanium action the issue on this one?

  10. Stephen Miller says:

    You had over-pressure signs shooting this gun with factory ammo and yet you recommend it? Did you ever get to the bottom of those problems? Is your powder that temperature sensitive?

    Is the titanium action the issue on this one?

  11. Daniel F. says:

    That’s what they told me to Jim. The guy I spoke with stated: “We have no intentions of making a long action. We are proud of the rifle we are producing. There has been talk within our upper management of possibly expanding the line to include new models. There has also been talk about discontinuing the line all together.” He did go on to say that they would continue warranty and service on all their products, no matter what the future endeavors hold for the company.

  12. Daniel F. says:

    Is this the same action as the Rival? My Rival shoots lights out.

  13. Will you be reviewing the new Rival XP?