Stainless steel rifles, sometimes called “All-Weather Rifles”, offer better weather protection than standard blued barrels and actions. If you hunt where it rains, or if you bring rifles in out of the frigid cold and have to deal with condensation, they can keep rust away and keep your rifle looking great without having to be as careful as you would with a regular hunting rifle. On a muzzleloader, stainless is extra nice because it helps ward away corrosion due to the propellant and residue left over. Stainless steel rifles are a bit easier to see in the woods, by game as well as other hunters.
Already wanted a centerfire stainless rifle and now you’re just looking for different versions and price points? You’re in the right place! I compiled a list of stainless hunting rifles by price; just scroll until it hurts. Prices listed are current prices local in Canada and the US and can change over time. Note: these are only stainless, centerfire rifles. No rimfire or non-sporting rifles are listed.
Savage Axis XP Stainless $429
The Savage Axis (my review on the Savage Axis) is an excellent, budget-class rifle and is available in short action and standard length cartridges. The stainless version bumps the price quite a bit. $429 in Canada, $413 in the US.
Ruger American All-Weather $549
Savage 16/116 $649
Marlin 336SS $739
Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Stainless Synthetic $799
Ruger M77 Hawkeye All-Weather $819
Marlin 1895GS $829
Remington Model 700 SPS Stainless $879
Tikka T3 Lite Stainless $889
Ruger M77 Gunsite $999
Ruger All-Weather Mini Thirty $1049
Browning BLR Lightweight Stainless $1099
Tikka T3 HB Varmint Stainless $1129
While it’s called the Varmint, the T3 HB Stainless also comes in common hunting cartridges like 7mm rem mag, 308, 300 win mag, and 300 WSM. That’s good for some pretty big varmints! $1129 in Canada, $954 in the US.
Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker $1139
Sako A7 Soft-Touch Stainless $1149
Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather Stainless $1149
Winchester’s Famous model 70 action in white goes for $1149 in the US but I cannot find any retailers in Canada with any in stock.
Remington Model 700 Mountain SS $1199
If you’re going to go hunting sheep in the mountains, you stand a good chance of seeing some rain. That’s where a Remington 700 Mountain Stainless gets to shine. $1199 in Canada, as low as $874 in the US.
Ruger No. 1 Stainless $1400
(My review on the Ruger No. 1 in Stainless) Not forgetting our single shot enthusiasts, the Ruger No. 1 turns in a classy rifle and are hard to find in Canada. Can be found from time to time in Canada at around $1400 new.
Kimber 8400 Montana Stainless Synthetic $1460
Remington 700 Sendero SF II $1499
Montana Rifle Company Extreme S2 $1659
An improved Model 70 that is somewhat difficult to find in Canada at $1659 and in the US for $1299.
Sako 85 Finnlight $1949
Sako 85 Carbonlight $3899
Gunwerks LR-1000 Rifle $11,799 – $13999
Did I miss your favorite stainless hunting rifle? Let me know in the comments so I can add it!