A solid rifle is the backbone of any successful hunting expedition in Deer Hunter 2014. Here's a look at each of the rifles available from the shop, and which ones are worth spending that hard-earned cash on.
Grantham Model 500
The default gun you begin the game with really isn't worth writing home about. Good only for clearing out those early missions, and grinding enough cash to upgrade as soon as possible.
A good solid early first buy, with some decent upgrade potential. Superior in our eyes to the Grantham Lightning.
The Clayton Shadow on the other hand is much more like it. A true upgrade in just about every way, although you'll probably have to lay down some real money to afford those gold bars. Arguably worth the investment.
If you don't want to spend real money on the game, the Westin Warfighter is quite achievable through cash-grind gameplay. It's a pretty powerful weapon too, with decent upgrade potential.
Clayton ODF Falcon
A good all-round weapon if you have the means to buy the weapon in-game.
If the G&H Howitzer (see below) is just a little out of your price range, consider picking up the Clayton DXR.
The absolute creme de la creme of hunting rifles is the G&H Howitzer. If you're going to lay down real cash on just one gun in the game, you can do an awful lot worse than pick up this awesome all-rounder.