Featured Browning X-Bolt Stalker Long Range (300 WM) -- Experiences/Advice?

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  1. Brydawg512

    Brydawg512 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    I just sold my Remington 700 5-R -- just too heavy to lug around as my hunting rifle. Now, I have my eyes on the X-Bolt Stalker Long Range in 300 Win. Mag and wanted to hear personal experiences, recommendations, likes and dislikes.

    I also had a few questions...

    1) What is the thread pitch on this rifle?
    2) How is the stock brake? Good/bad?
    3) The 1:8" twist -- what weight/bullet do you all shoot? I don't reload, yet, however plan to in the future, so may be stuck with factory 180s for a period of time.
    4) Likes/dislikes, recommendations?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Joefrazell

    Joefrazell Well-Known Member

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    That twist will shoot any bullet you want but is designed for the heavies
     
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  3. martinakl

    martinakl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    1) 5/8-24 muzzle thread pitch
    2) Stock brake works. Nothing special but it'll help tame the 300 Win Mag
    3) 1:8 twist, as mentioned, will shot just about any bullet out there.
    4) Recommendations:
    1. MCarbo Spring: https://www.mcarbo.com/browning-x-bolt-trigger-spring-kit.aspx
    2. Side port brake, if you shoot prone at all
     
  4. gpo1956

    gpo1956 Well-Known Member

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    Totally agree with martinakl. Great rifle, with good twist. I took the brake off after first shooting session and haven't put on since. The McCarbo spring makes a notable difference.
     
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  5. Brydawg512

    Brydawg512 Well-Known Member

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    Great, I appreciate the feedback on the rifle. Do you have any brake recommendations to take place of the stock brake?
     
  6. martinakl

    martinakl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I bought this brake for a Ruger American (Threaded 5/8-24). I added the black Cerakote option and it matched up nicely. I bought it because of it smaller profile. Seems like most self timing brakes are much larger diameter. Price was also a positive.

    I believe your barrel is probably very close in diameter.
    https://www.macsgunworks.com/product-page/quick-fire-muzzle-brake
    SIDE VIEW:
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    TOP VIEW:
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    BOTTOM VIEW:
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    .73" Barrel:
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  7. martinakl

    martinakl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    On my XBolt, I went with the 5 Port Muscle Brake. I have the Max Long Range Varmint/Target. Limited edition. It’s a heavy barrel version. @ .9” at the muzzle. Brake is about 1.15”.
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  8. Brydawg512

    Brydawg512 Well-Known Member

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    So, does barrel diameter play a role in the muzzle brake selection, or is it just the thread pitch for sizing?
     
  9. ruby76

    ruby76 Well-Known Member

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    Have a 4 port lil beast from MBM, works great. As far as diameter it comes down to preference if you want a smooth transition to your barrel, or tapered.
     
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    ruby76 Well-Known Member

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    4C62F9B2-886E-42A3-A351-AA40BA263B68.jpeg I had my smith turn down my brake to match the barrel diameter.
     
  11. martinakl

    martinakl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Thread size has to match and then some sort of: budget, looks, effectiveness, preference, timing, equation. Order if those is up to the individual.

    for a custom rifle, I’d have a brake timed and turned down for a seamless transition while all the other work was being done. For a factory rifle, I don’t want to spend too much $$$ on a brake and install, and/or wait for a smith to get around to it.
     
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  12. Brydawg512

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    Now, with a brake like the APA's, can I self install the brake? What exactly is "timing" again? Isn't it just starting the install from the correct position to ensure correct orientation of the brake ports?
     
  13. martinakl

    martinakl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    APA makes a great brake.

    “Timing” is getting a brake to be tight and in the correct position once tight. A couple option to “time” a standard brake would be to get a crush washer or use shims. You really can’t adjust the start position, just the stop position. I’d YouTube these to see how it’s done.
     
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    Ok, I will be sure to look that up. From what I've heard/read about APA, it sounds like they make what I need. This will be my hunting rifle, so shot distances are extremely varied. I do agree though that a side ported brake is in my favor in case I have a prone shooting opportunity or my normal shooting endeavors. Now, do you know what the accuracy is like out of these rifles?