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Old 02-23-2013, 10:44 PM
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Re: Browning Xbolt accuracy long range

I have had 2 identical rifles (1 from '04-08, and one from '12-current), b/c the first one got stolen from me back in 08. They are/were Browning A-Bolt II Composite Stalker w/ BOSS in 7mm RemMag. The old one had an original Bausch & Lomb Elite 3000 Firefly 3-9x50, and the current one has a Kahles Helia KX 3.5-10x50.

I just got this new one a few months ago, so haven't had a chance to do anything much other than a Rifle Basix 1.25# trigger spring & trigger job, and a 100 yard zero to tune in the BOSS for my handloads.

My other one I have taken several deer well over 300 yards. My furthest free-hand standing shot in a treestand was 476 yards, with that gun shooting (before I reloaded) Federal Premium 160gr Barnes TSX Triple-Shocks w/ the XLC coating. It had no problem laying the smack down on a whitetail at that distance. You gotta love a flat-shooting caliber.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:48 AM
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Re: Browning Xbolt accuracy long range

Thanks for the great info. I think I'm going to go for it. Trying to decide between the 300wsm at 6 pounds 8oz, with a 23" barrel, or the 300 win mag at 6 pounds 13oz with a 26"barrel. I do reload. The gun will be for hunting in the mountains for deer an occasional elk and hopefully a sheep or goat one day.
Thanks Tony
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:18 AM
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Re: Browning Xbolt accuracy long range

Never been a fan of the WSM's.... They came out right about the time the outdoors store I was working for was fixing to close up its doors for good...I've always prefered full-size cartridges myself. I have heard good things about the WSM's, I just can't bring myself to buy one.

Don't overlook the 7mm RemMag....That is a very potent caliber. I know alot of folks who are persistant on having a .30 caliber bullet....But remember, there is only 0.024" difference between the .30 caliber and the 7mm (.284) caliber bullets. Granted, you can get heavier bullets for the .30 caliber, but a 160gr Accubond from a good 7mm RemMag handload will be just as nasty as a 175gr pill from a .300 WinMag.

One of my buddies has a .300 WinMag, and I make his handloads for him...We go to the range and my 7mm 160gr Accubonds sound like they hit harder on the backstop @ 100 yards than his .300 WinMag with 178gr A-Max's. Our velocities ought to be very similar +/- 100fps between the 2 calibers....But my 7mm RemMag uses less powder to do it.

I'm not trying to convince you to go with a different caliber, I'm just saying don't rule out 7mm calibers just b/c they are a little bit smaller than a .30 caliber.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:15 PM
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Re: Browning Xbolt accuracy long range

Please PM me before you buy a new X-bolt of any kind. I am short on time so I can not post what I need to say this very second. But I have an X-bolt .300wsm and there are some things you need to know before the purchase. If you are interested PM me tonight sometime! later
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