Best Of SHOT Show 2024: Top Rifles

Here we’ve gathered some of the best new rifles that our team found on the show floor at SHOT Show 2024.

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posted on March 20, 2024
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Above: Browning’s new X-Bolt 2 Speed model, one of several new rifles in the company’s X-Bolt 2 lineup that debuted at SHOT Show 2024 in January.
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The dust has long settled since SHOT Show 2024 held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past January, and the clock is already ticking for next year’s show. But, there were several solid guns from some of your favorite firearm companies that their debut at SHOT Show this year. Below we’ve compiled seven of the best rifles from SHOT Show 2024, including models from Benelli, Browning, Hammerli Arms, LWRCI, Smith & Wesson and Winchester.

Smith & Wesson Model 1854
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Smith & Wesson Model 1854 Lever-Action Rifle. Built with 19¼-inch barrels and chambered in .44 Rem. Mag. with 9+1 capacity, the Model 1854 lever-action’s base model has a paired synthetic black and stainless-steel finish across the stock, receiver, fore-end and barrel.

S&W 1854 limited edition
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Additional features include M-Lok slots in the fore-end, a 4¾-inch Picatinny base for mounting optics, ghost ring rear sight, a large loop lever, side-loading gate, removable mag tube and a flat-face trigger. MSRP: $1,279, smith-wesson.com.


Winchester ranger
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Winchester Ranger .22. Winchester’s first .22 lever-action rifle since the Model 9422 is the new Ranger. There are several aspects about it that are definitely “welcome to the 21st century,” and yet it is still a traditional-looking rifle imported from Turkey that will MSRP under $500.

Winchester Ranger .22
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At SHOT Show’s Range Day, the lever operated unexpectedly smoothly for such a low-price .22, and the Ranger performed accurately on steel targets set about 30 yards downrange. Available before summer 2024, winchesterguns.com.


Browning X-Bolt 2 Target Competition Lite
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Browning X-Bolt 2 Target Competition Lite. This updated X-Bolt rifle includes a revised full-diameter target receiver, DLX target trigger set at the factory at 2½ pounds, spiral-fluted bolt, 20-MOA Picatinny rail, adjustable composite stock and a beefy, tunable competition muzzle brake. To help meet NRL Production class weight requirements, this rifle is fitted with a 24-inch stainless steel and carbon-fiber barrel from Preferred Barrels. Available calibers are 6 mm and 6.5 mm Creedmoor, plus .308 Win. MSRP: $2,739.99, browning.com.


Browning X-Bolt 2 Speed LR
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Browning X-Bolt 2 Speed LR. Browning’s new X-Bolt 2 Speed LR bolt-action rifle incorporates the lightweight Vari-Tech composite stock with three-way adjustment and a new, thicker ¼-inch Inflex recoil pad. Suppressor-ready, the new X-Bolt 2 Speed LR has a fluted, sporter contour barrel that is two inches longer than the standard barrel, muzzle brake, a spiral-fluted bolt with extended bolt handle, aluminum Picatinny rail and a DLX trigger. Black overmolded gripping surfaces and the X-Lock scope mounting system complete the package. MSRP: $1,499.99 to $1,579.99, depending on model, browning.com.


Hammerli Force B1
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Hammerli Arms Force B1. The Force B1 rimfire is a straight-pull action rifle that features a quick-change barrel system, which is toolless and can transition between barrel lengths and calibers from .22 Long Rifle to .22 WMR. As for the straight-pull action, it is a biathlon-style mechanism that emits minimal noise when manipulated. Also setting this rifle’s toggle-style straight-pull action apart from the pack is the ability to provide a solid lockup during operation. MSRP: $649, hammerliarms.com.


IC-9 PCC
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LWRCI IC-9 Pistol-Caliber Carbine. This new pistol-caliber carbine from LWRCI chambered for 9 mm sports an innovative operating system and is designed to use Glock 9 mm magazines. The LWRCI IC-9 is an AR-15-based PCC with what LWRCI calls “chamber-ring-delayed blowback” operation. More features include a 12-inch M-Lok-compatible fore-end, enhanced fire-control group, ambidextrous controls, multi-position stock and the company’s Ultra Combat grip. Besides Black, available colors (with upcharge) are Flat Dark Earth, Olive Drab Green, Patriot Brown and Tungsten Grey. In addition to the 16-inch IC-9 PCC, there are 8.5-inch pistol and 8.5-inch SBR variants. MSRP: $1,999, lwrci.com.


Benelli Lupo HPR
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Benelli Lupo HPR Bolt-Action Rifle. Benelli’s new Lupo HPR bolt-action is a hybrid hunting and target rifle that will be of interest to long-range shooters. Competitors will appreciate features such as a heavy-contour barrel, straight-line fluting and three-port muzzle brake. The machined-in rail across the hardened steel receiver’s top allows shooters to mount optics without the need for base rails. A newly designed stock system allows for customization with shims to augment the cast and drop of the buttstock, along with two length-of-pull spacers, adjustable eight-position cheekpiece and M-Lok slots. In addition, the company’s BE.S.T. cryogenic treatment is included. Available chambered in 6.5 PRC, 6.5 mm Creedmoor, .338 Lapua Mag., .300 PRC, .300 Win. Mag. and .308 Win. MSRP: $2,949, benelliusa.com.

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