Barrett Makes a Hunting Bolt-Action? The New Fieldcraft Rifle—SHOT Show 2017

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Barrett has always been an innovator in the market, but they mostly stuck to big bore rifles. The semi-auto M82A1 in .50 BMG, you might have heard of it, it saw some action back in the Gulf War, I think. They developed a slew of bolt-action .50 BMG rifles, then a “step down” to .338 Lapua Magnum with the MRAD. (You are doing something pretty wild when .338 is considered a small cartridge for your company.) We also saw some AR-pattern rifles in familiar 5.56 and 6.8 SPC. This year we saw a radical departure from the norm ( if Barrett has a normal setting) with the Fieldcraft series of hunting rifles.

The Fieldcraft rifle from Barrett (yes, you read that right) gives shooters a svelte and handy sporting bolt-action rifle.


  • Chambering: Varied
  • Barrel: 21 or 24 inch
  • OA Length: varies
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Stock: Carbon fiber composite
  • Sights: none
  • Action: bolt action
  • Finish: Stainless steel
  • MSRP: $1,799.00


Jarringly different, the first thing you notice about the Fieldcraft is how light it is. The stock is apparently a carbon fiber composite, for an incredible strength-to-weight ratio. Many a man has cursed Ronnie Barrett’s name humping a .50 BMG up a mountain (though not as likely when shooting terrorists with .50 cal), so I guess this makes up for it. The Fieldcraft rifle is sure to be a winner with the hunting crowd.

The rifle features stainless steel construction and very petite dimensions.

Price & Available

Available right now for right around $1,800, you too can own a Barrett—just not the one your friends expect. If you are looking for an ultra-lightweight and handy bolt-action rifle from an unexpected source, definitely check this one out.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website,

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  • George Price April 15, 2017, 11:37 am

    questions: Does the bolt lock down when it’s locked and loaded ? How many rounds does mag hold ? How many bolt lugs ?

    a complete review would be great …..

  • Thomas E Drake March 7, 2017, 7:20 am

    I would be glad to own and shoot this gun, but the price will stop it!

  • John Gosford January 23, 2017, 12:38 pm

    Kimber And Cooper Rule The Woods !!!

    • Alan January 25, 2017, 1:13 pm

      I have neither, yet I seem to do quite nicely.

  • Sam Meyer January 19, 2017, 4:17 pm

    Just what hunters need, ANOTHER super light rifle guaranteed to deliver way too much recoil in any useful hunting caliber above .243. You may not curse the Barrett name while humping this one uphill, but you’re likely to after pulling the trigger and getting the snot kicked out of you.

    • Brice H Dyal January 19, 2017, 8:27 pm

      I heard a lot of crap like the previous poster about recoil from small minded affeminate men 25 years ago when I built a 7.7# 338 mag with scope sling and 10 rounds of ammo ready to go. Used exclusively for deer,elk,bear,coyotes for 5 years including 18 one shot kills on deer and elk from 4 yards to 700 yards.

      Load your ammo, shoot often, practice great shooting form, fit your stock and scope to your body, practice woodcraft and enjoy a light rifle…

      Btw a 6.5# peep sight equipped 45/70 with 400grn @ 2300 or a 3.5″ 12ga 5.5# single shot shooting 1900fps solids are both the end of my recoil enjoyment… I am NOT a steely eyed elephant gun man! 😎

      • Sam Meyer January 26, 2017, 7:33 am

        Duh – after 40 plus years of hunting successfully with “wimpy” caibers such as 30-06, .270 and 7mm I know that the heavy kickers are unneccessary if you actually DO roll your own loads, practice and know even a little bit about woodcraft, unless needed to assuage penis envy issues. 700 yard shots on game are frankly unethical and usually the fanciful imagings of those too cheap to purchase a range finder and too clumsy to get within range of their quarry.

        • Joey Arender April 30, 2017, 5:57 pm

          If a man is well versed and practiced at 700 yards and has the right weapon for the job then how is it unethical. Please explain. I was told when booking a Marco Polo hunt that I’d be using one of their 300 wby mags and to expect 3-600 yard shot. So for two years I loaded and shot the closest I had, a 338 win mag. While I didn’t have 600 yard range I did have a 375. And I made two one shot kills one on Marco Polo sheep at 597 anf 347 on a pamir ibex. Both heart shots. But for some I’d guess it would be unethical since they would not prepare properly.

      • Richard Wallace February 20, 2017, 5:52 pm

        My 45-70 felt great.

    • Alan January 25, 2017, 1:19 pm

      Whatever, if you can’t take the recoil, don’t shoot it.
      Recoil is mind over matter, literally.
      Id rather deal with recoil, than hump a heavy gun over hill and dale when both shoot as well as the other.
      That’s one of the reasons I hunt with a handgun, way easier to pack.
      But for possible long range, I’ve had a .338 WM Mountain Light custom for years that drives tacks.
      And I only weigh 165 lbs.
      I just don’t think about the recoil.

  • Nick559 January 19, 2017, 3:50 pm

    I would like to handle one of these. It looks like a 1/2 price alternative to a Rifles Inc (or similar) custom that I have. If that’s so and the handling and accuracy characteristics are similar, this may be a steal for a semi-custom lightweight mountain rifle.

  • Tom C. January 19, 2017, 3:47 pm

    Buy a Kimber and save yourself a ton of money and get control round feed.

  • Jimmie January 19, 2017, 4:59 am

    Not impressed with the Barrett hunter. Just a typical 700 looking bolt.
    Id like to see a mini version of their bmg 50 auto and bolt in typical hunting rounds weather its 308 30-06 and larger.
    The gas operated barrel would be a limb saver.
    I dont see it bring a big seller because of price and if its so light anything 30-06 and larger is going to be a mule on recoil.

    • Tyrell January 19, 2017, 2:27 pm

      Not sure if this is exactly what you’re talking about. I would own one if it wasn’t for the lack of $$$. Check out Noreen Firearms. I’ve had my eye on their “BN36 – LONG RANGE ASSASSIN”

  • Mark N. January 18, 2017, 9:07 pm

    Price and weight similar to the Kimber Subalpine, which is a bit steep. Lots of unanswered questions though, such as trigger weight and adjustability on this Mauser-style action, whether there is a sub-MOA guarantee, etc. Web site has few details. Yu should score one for a review.

    • Big D January 19, 2017, 9:03 am

      It’s clearly a push feed. I do agree that there are many unanswered questions. Like, what barrel mfr are they using? Or, what trigger are they using? Not knocking Kimber, but depending on the details, this weapon could actually be a steal. Anyone who thinks it’s too costly should go price a new ss Model 70.

      • Mark N. January 20, 2017, 9:55 pm

        Doesn’t Barret make his own?

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