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Sendero or XCR

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Unread 11-30-2009, 11:43 AM
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Re: Sendero or XCR

I bet I carried my Sendero 100 miles this season, up and down mountains, even stuffed in backpack for overnight. With big scope and bipod. No regrets.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 01:34 PM
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Re: Sendero or XCR

For me it would depend on how much walking and packing your kind of hunting involves. If you've got to cover a lot of ground, I'd buy the XCR for ease of carry. The Sendero with scope is getting heavy enough that I start to hate my rifles when I pack the heavy ones around a lot. But we have a lot of mountain terrain in Alaska. Another consideration is your terrain. If it's more mellow, then the Sendero may not be too bad to pack around. I believe the XCR should shoot good enough to kill deer to 600 yds though.
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Unread 11-30-2009, 01:56 PM
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Re: Sendero or XCR

Originally Posted by tayhot View Post
Here is my dillema. I want a 300 RUM and debating on which model to choose, the Sendero or XCR.

I know there are pros and cons to each and depending on situations will be the make or break with this selection. So let give you some details.

I am 28 yrs old and in really good shape. This rifle will be used for big game hunting, elk, deer, bear, oryx, etc here in NM and AZ. There are opportunities to shoot out to 500-600 yrds. I plan on putting good optics on the rifle (4x15x42).

Which rifle model would you choose? Would I regret getting the heavier Sendero?
The Sendero has a superior stock to the XCR and it is a more accurate rifle. It only weighes 14 oz more than the XCR. I carried mine about 50 miles this season with a 2 lb NF scope and bipod, mostly mountain terrain.

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Unread 12-02-2009, 12:41 AM
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Re: Sendero or XCR

There are 3 major differences between the rifles: corrosion resistance, weight, and accuracy.

The XCR is more rustproof than any firearm that came before it. The Browning Stainless-Stalker may have invented corrosion resistant rifles but the XCR perfected it.

The next issue is weight. For some light weight is all that matters. For others a little extra weight is welcome if it comes with being more shootable. I know I wouldn't object to carrying a Sendero on a mountain elk/muley hunt while others believe they MUST have a rifle under 6 pounds if they are to walk more than a mile. In .300 RUM, the added weight of the Sendero will tame a lot of the recoil. Most hunters would need a brake on an XCR in .300 RUM.

Then there is accuracy. I've never heard of a Sendero that wasn't a shooter (even if most don't start out as a target rifle). I've seen & had an XCR that wouldn't group no matter what we did to it.

For walking through the timber the XCR will be faster & easier to carry so long as you don't develop a flinch due to the recoil generated by a .300 RUM in that light of a rifle. The accuracy trade-off with the XCR won't matter inside of 400 yards. If you are shooting past 400 yards, the added inherent accuracy of the Sendero matters. At 600 yards or more, the accuracy differential really matters. If you luck into an XCR that is a tack driver, great, because otherwise they are terrific rifles. Just don't EXPECT an XCR to be as accurate as a Sendero.

For someone in their late 20s who's in great shape, the added weight of the Sendero is nothing compared to the benefit in reduced recoil and accuracy. Go with the Sendero.

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