Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics


Reply

Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter Review

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #15  
Old 08-03-2014, 04:38 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Central AZ
Posts: 926
Re: Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter Review

My first big game rifle that I purchased was an A-Bolt composite in 30-06. I am now on my third A-Bolt. It is chambered in 300 WSM with a 20" factory barrel. Very lightweight and accurate. It will eventually get re-chambered with either a 270 WSM or a 7mm WSM custom barrel, but it is shooting so good right now that I can't bring myself to change things up yet.

I also have a couple Rem 700's and several customs. I like them as well, but none have ever provided me with the custom fit and feel of the factory browning A-Bolt. Maybe it is just how my body is configured, but when I pick up an A-Bolt it just becomes part of my arm. There will always be one in the safe.
Reply With Quote

  #16  
Old 08-08-2014, 09:38 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Peoria
Posts: 11
Re: Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nomosendero View Post
According to the site, looks like a 1-10.
Kippmbolt , you said it is bedded, does that mean glass bedded or an Alum. bloce.
I would think this would make a good carry rifle.
Glass bedded from the factory.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 08-08-2014, 01:25 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 254
Re: Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by kippmbolt View Post
Hey All-

I've been reading LRH for many years but haven't really posted all that much. Over the past 6 months I decided to buy a dedicated LRH rifle for hunting, mostly whitetails, pronghorn and possible elk. I have spent a lot of time reading and researching and finally decided on a Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter in 270WSM.

I know from doing a lot of reading that most die-hard LRH folks are either Remington or Savage or Custom owners. I too have owned a few Remingtons and a Savage 10FP in 308. I have never laid down the cash for a true custom rifle, but maybe some day soon.

I understand all the advantages to the Remmy/Savage rifles when it comes to aftermarket parts/upgrades but there wasn't anything in either camp that really drew me.

My criteria was it had to be in the 8-10lbs fully outfitted, semi-flat shooting, and not too bad on recoil. The big magnums were not something I am really all that interested in.

I looked at 700P, 700SPS, 700 5R, Savage Long Range, and the Browning X-Bolt LRH. I obviously ended up with the X-Bolt.

The rifle is in 270WSM and wears a Vortex Viper HS LR 4-16x50. The stock rifle comes with a 26" medium weight barrel. The stock is the standard X-Bolt composite stock with dura-touch which i really like. Not the best stock in the world but seems to be fine for now.

I took it to the range yesterday with all factory ammo:
Winchester 150gr. BST
Federal 130gr Trophy Copper
Federal 140gr Trophy Bonded

All of it shot pretty well, around 1 MOA at 100 yards. The best was by far the Winchester. It was shooting around .5-.75" with the best group being .535".

Overall I really like this rifle. It shoots well, the recoil isn't terrible, and it is heavy enough but not too heavy. It has a few nice factory features such as a recessed target crown on the barrel and a bedded stock/action.

Enjoy the pics.





The Japanese make a good rifle.
__________________

"Make a man a fire and you'll keep him warm for a night. Light a man on fire and you'll keep him warm for the rest of his life."

Howa 1500 30-06
Winchester Model 70 .300WM (post-64)
Savage Axis .270
Mausers, Enfields, and Mosins, oh my!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08-17-2014, 08:38 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Mojave Desert, Nevada
Posts: 271
Re: Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter Review

Think about pillar bedding your X-Bolt. Plastic can compress giving uneven torque on the two action bolts.I did it on my A-Bolt with the synthetic stock, plus a bit of glass bedding as well.

Comparing your X-Bolt to a Weatherby Vanguard or Tikka Hunter I'd still take the X-Bolt.
__________________
"There are no comfortable packs, only packs that are less uncomfortable than others."
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-19-2014, 03:03 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 254
Re: Browning X-Bolt Long Range Hunter Review

You just love the miroku
__________________

"Make a man a fire and you'll keep him warm for a night. Light a man on fire and you'll keep him warm for the rest of his life."

Howa 1500 30-06
Winchester Model 70 .300WM (post-64)
Savage Axis .270
Mausers, Enfields, and Mosins, oh my!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC