New Rifle?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by drtony, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. drtony

    drtony Well-Known Member

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    hey all,

    I am looking at purchasing a new bolt action rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor. I will primarily use it for hunting, but might get into shooting steel at long ranges eventually. I have been looking at a couple different rifles, but would like to know what you all think.

    I’ve been considering (all are similar in price— within a hundred or so):

    Xbolt pro long range
    Weatherby mark v accumark
    Bergara premiere approach

    I have a leupold vx6hd 3-18x50 to pair with it.

    Some things that are important to me:
    - short(er) bolt throw
    - stainless steel barrel/action
    - 24-26” barrel
    - solid/ durable construction with high reliability
    - accurate

    These are in no apparent order. Also, I don’t want to go over the $1700 1800 price range. So making a custom really isn’t a good option as it will be used this fall for hunting.
     
  2. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    I would definitely be looking at the Xbolt pro Long Range. Browning has tightened up the twist on their barrel to match the new heavy for caliber 150 Gr. 6.5 bullets coming out by Sierra and Berger. Browning now does a 7 twist in the 6.5 creedmoor. Everyone else is still doing an 8 twist!

    The browning is just better all the way around. Nice slick 60 degree bolt throw, carbon stock, cerakote stainless steel action and barrel, fluted barrel, removable brake with thread cover, and LAPPED barrels. Plus a good trigger and if you don't like it, you can replace it with a timney trigger that goes down to 1.5 lbs.

    I'm a Savage guy myself these days, but do have a Browning ABolt that I have shot for years. The browning is a nice rifle and would be great with that VX6HD scope you have.
     
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  3. Jjeffhunter

    Jjeffhunter Well-Known Member

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    +2 for the browning hard to beat for the price and all the ones I've handled have been accurate rifles
     
  4. drtony

    drtony Well-Known Member

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    Have either of you shot a pro? The 7 twist was a huge interest point!
     
  5. Jjeffhunter

    Jjeffhunter Well-Known Member

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    I've shot the hell canyon speed but not the pro it did have a 1/7twist and shot 140gr Bergers very well
     
  6. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    No haven't shot one, But there is a well respected contributor on here who has loaded for a Hell's Canyon Speed, in 6.5 CM, that took a sheep at 615 yards. That's getting to the practical limits of the 6.5 CM and I feel a XBolt Pro LR would shoot just as well or better.
    Link to the thread: https://www.longrangehunting.com/threads/ram-down.195731/
     
  7. the hunter

    the hunter Well-Known Member

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    I would git the bergara, takes AICS mags, almost custom barrels, custom action, custom trigger, and custom fiberglass stock. I have two bergara b-14s A hunter in .300wm and a HMR in 6.5 creedmoor, both are 1/2 moa to one large hole at 100yds.
     
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  8. drtony

    drtony Well-Known Member

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    That’s a nice sheep at over 600 yards. Getting a bighorn is one of 2 dream hunts I hope to do!

    From what I can gather, the hells canyon speed is abou the same thing except the carbon fiber stock and stainless steel barrel-action on the pro?
     
  9. drtony

    drtony Well-Known Member

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    I like the bergara, just can’t find much of a review on them. How is the premier action/barrel different from the regular bergara rifles?
     
  10. the hunter

    the hunter Well-Known Member

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    Cut to better tolerance, slicker action, floating bolt head, and some more custom features. As to the barrels they are much like a match grade shilen barrel. Look up there barrel process on google.
     
  11. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I would go with the Bergara approach, I like the m40 style stock for hunting and lr prone shooting. Their stocks are high quality, I’m using a hmr stock on my milspec at the moments and it’s been really good. Comes with a tt trigger too.
    The xbolt would be my 2nd choice.
     
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  12. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Do not overlook this rifle...

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/42441/Remington+Firearms+85198+700+5-R+Gen+2+Bolt+6.5+Creedmoor+24+4+1+Synthetic+HS

    It has all your criteria (stainless action and barrel, just Cerakoted black). 24" threaded barrel. Solid construction and proven reliability. Damn sure has the accuracy part proven. The 5R Milspec rifles are not your standard Rem 700. They use special 5R barrel blanks for them, and they are high-quality. I have 2 of them (.308 & 300WM). I want to add one of these in .260 Remington to my 5R collection.

    With handloads, it will most-likely be the most accurate factory rifle you have ever shot. It will need an aftermarket trigger immediately, as all Remington's trigger suck thanks to lawyers allowing idiots to sue Remington.
     
  13. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Another thing to think about is weight. The Browning is about 1.5 pounds lighter than a couple of the other rifles mentioned. Much of that is due to the carbon stock. Carbon is much lighter than fiberglass. It is also stiffer and stiffness is a great quality in a long range stock.

    The Browning also has a flush fitting mag. If this is to be primarily a hunting rifle, you will more than likely be carrying it a lot. It is difficult to carry a rifle with a long magazine in a balanced fashion. the mag tends to be right where the natural balance of the rifle is and gets in the way. Now, if it's more of a LR or PRS or Steel shooting rifle. the heavier stock and AICs mags would be a plus.