Now that everything was ready to go, I decided to take the rifle to the range for some real life testing. Shooting from a bipod I felt comfortable from the word go, because the stock was already adjusted to fit my shooting style. I wasnít trying to strain to get proper cheek weld and my length of pull was right where I needed it to be. I was in a very relaxed form and was able to concentrate more on my breathing and trigger control.
The first shot was nicer than I could have imagined, with the stock recoiling in a nice, even push against my shoulder. With the balance of the stock, each shot was consistent and returned to battery like it was supposed to. The pistol grip made it even better by allowing me to have a firm grip. I shot several nice groups off of the bipod and decided to try some offhand shooting. Again, the rifle recoiled nicely allowing some consistent shooting.
The XLR Industries Evolution Chassis is what I would call a fairly lightweight system that allows shooting from different positions with less fatigue than is typically found with other modular systems. Even with my 30 inch medium target contour barrel the rifle was balanced well enough for those off hand, sitting and kneeling shots. It was also be light enough for some flatland hunting, though I donít think I would want to carry this rifle into elk country or Africa. It would be ideal for a nice long range hunting setup.
The main con with this stock is scope mounting. If you have a scope base that extends .200 of an inch past the action face, it will have to be milled off to allow the installation of the hand guard. Also, you will have to carefully select your scope ring height to match the objective. Often you will have to go with a high or extra high scope ring to allow clearance of the hand guard. XLR has a formula available at their web site to help with scope ring height selection. I have extra high rings on my rifle, but with the cheek rest having so much adjustment it is not a problem.
I believe the XLR Industries Evolution Chassis System is one of the best options out there if you want a modular design. The ergonomics and finish are some of the best I have seen, and everything, including the options, is very reasonably priced. The XLR Evolution Chassis System will allow years of shooting and hunting, and XLR stands behind all of their work with a lifetime warranty on everything they sell. Not only does XLR Industries produce high quality products, but their customer service is impeccable. When you call XLR, you will usually get the owner, Kyle, and he will work with you on every question you may have. I give XLR Evolution Chassis System and the XLR company a very high rating. I am 100% happy with the decision I made.
Marty Dabney is a full time cattle farmer and a part time farrier/blacksmith from central Virginia. He is the father of two children and believes that getting the youth of the world interested in hunting, shooting and the outdoors in general will help them gain a respect for the land, the animals and the rights that so many have fought to preserve.
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