About Our Rifle Review Letter Grading System
By the Guns and Shooting Online Editorial Staff
We use the old fashioned A, B, C, D, F system they used to use in school (before political correctness and "outcome based education" took precedence over learning). A plus (+) or minus (-) indicates a score on the high or low side of that basic grade.
Here is a list of the grades we use and what they mean:
This grading system is designed to rate factory built (production) rifles. Most modern rifles are pretty good, and we tend to review more high end product than low end. For that reason the grades on our reviews average higher than "C"; we are not grading on a curve!
As reference standard rimfire hunting rifles, for example, we use the Marlin Model 60 autoloader and Marlin Model 925 bolt action. These represent middle "C" .22 rifles
As the reference standard centerfire hunting rifles we use the Savage Hunter Series (Models 11 and 111). These represent middle "C." Rifles that we deem superior will score higher (Savage Classic Series, for example), and rifles that we deem inferior (Stevens 200, for example) will score lower. It's that simple.
Examples of centerfire hunting rifles that received other grades? "A" Weatherby Mark V Deluxe; "B" Marlin Model 336SS; "D" Tikka 512S. Read the reviews and you will begin to see how our minds work
Please note that all grades are somewhat subjective and these are based on our opinion of a certain model, compared to others of its type (centerfire hunting rifle, rimfire hunting rifle, etc.), after reviewing a single rifle. Your opinion may vary. And price is only one of many factors considered, so a lower price tag doesn't earn much slack in the greater scheme of things. Finally, all grades are final. No appeal.
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