XBolt, ABolt, MOA Weatherby

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by RemingtonShooter, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. RemingtonShooter

    RemingtonShooter Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a 300wsm. I alrady have Savages/Tikkas/Remmy's....which do you like of the above...

    Thanks
     
  2. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I have an A-bolt that I love, my dad has an X-bolt that is a tack driver as well. the wby I have ween good things from...I vote one of the brownings though
     

  3. RemingtonShooter

    RemingtonShooter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Any reason to buy a Xbolt over a ABolt?
     
  4. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    the x bolt has an adjustable trigger and a very cool X pattern for scope mounting screws a huge plus. however they have a large plastic bottom which seems a little flimsy (although dads has had no issues) the A bolt has bottom metal/hinged floor plate like a 700. and with a spring kit from timney can be given a very nice trigger. I prefer my a bolt even though its a little heavier (mine is a 1st gen) so it comes down to personal preference. i say go to the gun store and handle them both see which one you like the feel of better. I think they will both print tight groups down range.
     
  5. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    I actually just bought a 300WSM X-Bolt a few weeks back and have to say I LOVE IT. I use to have an A-Bolt as well which is a fine rifle. If you have the money id go with the X-bolt without any hessitation. The rifle just feels better in my hands and the cheak hold is better (TO ME) than the A-bolt. You would have to hold the two to know for yourself. The x-bolts trigger is one of the best factory triggers ive shot. It goes down to 3lbs which is light enough to hunt, but not super light, BUT there is absolutely no play/slop to the trigger. It is very nice and tight. With an after market spring you can go down to really soft trigger pulls if you would like and they arent to expensive. As far as some people say the magazine on the x-bolt being polymer vs the A-bolts metal I think they both have their positives and negatives. The A-bolt is metal...some just simply like metal. To me the polymer mag is definitely better. Its MUCH easier to insert into the rifle vs the A-bolts mag. Also, even though it is polymer, it is a very very strong polymer that I actually even stood and jumped on to try and see if I could crack it, which I could not. Do that to the A-bolts mag and I guarentee it will bend or dent. Also, no worries with rusting or weathering compared to the A-bolts mag. That being said, The A-bolt is definitely a fine rifle and has stood the test of time for many years now.

    My friend owns a Tikka 300wsm, which shoots very well for him. Definitely sub MOA, however...to me...it felt cheap compared to the browning's, same goes for lower end Savages such as the 110. I dont think you can go wrong with any of the rifles listed above though.

    As far as remmys go, they are very nicely built rifles, but where I am located, they seem to be heavely marked up so I usually stay away from them for price alone. Believe it or not but I bought my X-bolt...brownings higher end model cheaper than the basic Remmy 700 here.

    If price is not a factor I would go hold them all and decide based on feel. They will all shoot well. But, if you plan on keeping the gun stock, no aftermarket trigger jobs or barrels...etc, and price isnt to much of a factor
    I would buy them in this order:

    1) X-bolt
    2) Savage with accutrigger
    3) A-bolt
    4) Remmy
    5) Tikka t3
    6) Savage without accutrigger
     
  6. RemingtonShooter

    RemingtonShooter Well-Known Member

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    ABolt Medallion or XBolt Hunter?
     
  7. drbill

    drbill Well-Known Member

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    Abolt Medallion I think they are IIs now.

    I have had the older ones that had lugs like a cannon and they kicked liked cannons too.

    The newer Abolt IIs are smooth as silk and don't seem to kick like the older ones.

    You can get a Bell and Carlson aluminum bedded stock for them pretty inexpensive. Not the stiffest stock but only one (I think) that is aluminum bedded for the Abolt II. You need to fit the barrel a little. My wood stock ones shoot too.

    You can get one in synthetic for under 500.

    I have talked to/heard from smiths that they hate working on them.

    I like the Abolt better than the Xbolt. That is just my preference. The Abolt II might be heavier - not sure. I like shooting them:D, then just get another.

    You can get Timney springs for trigger.

    Tikkamike said it well - they are tackdrivers, go play with them.

    I hope this helps you.
     
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  8. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    Definitely get the x-bolt if it is a hunting rifle. The medallion a-bolt will look better but the x-bolt hunter will feel better. Also I forgot to ad above in my earlier post that the recoil pad on the x-bolt is WAY better. Not just a little better.
     
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  9. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    There truly is no comparison in the recoil pads, the X Bolt is the hands down winner. I also really like the palm swell of the X Bolt. I had the option to buy another A Bolt or an X Bolt, and after handling both I felt like the X Bolt was going to make a better handling mountain rifle.