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Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: slammer] #/10/20
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Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: slammer] #/10/20

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I've owned both A-Bolts and now three X-bolts.




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Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: Capt_Craig] #/10/20
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The entire states of AL, MS, and LA love their Browning rifles. I’ve seen more in those states than probably the rest of the US combined.



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Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: slammer] #/10/20

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I always liked the stainless stalker and the micro midas


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I’ve got two that I’m very happy with. A and a , both Stainless Stalkers. Have done nothing but adjust down the pull weight of the triggers. I think they are a lot like a higher priced Tikka in that they generally shoot very well and need little to nothing done to them. That may be why they get less attention from loonies that like to tinker. Also the Made in Japan thing may play a role.



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I enjoy my browning xbolt because of the operating ergonomics that work well sitting in the stand or making a drive.

ts similar to my old ruger 77 tang safety ruger, but now I have a composite SS rifle for the rainy days

I have not had to work on it like my remington rifle
And it doesn't ooze cheap like many savages


Matter of fact I bought the browning on clearance in a small town hardware store because it was well above the save price point and the browning sat there.



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Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: slammer] #/10/20
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One of the major gun dealers here (Scheels) has a nice large display of Browning X-bolts. Out of probably two dozen rifles there are only Creedmoors and Win Mags. There may be one 7mm and one PRC. Jeez, finding a good anymore is like pulling teeth. Now that I think of it, they have a large selection of Bergaras, Seekins, Christianso Arms, Coopers and Brownings and I don't think there is a 7mm, , or among them.

Anyway, I think the Hells Canyon in 7mm will find its way in to my collection as soon as I can come across a good deal on a used one. It will be either that or an X-bolt pro. I'll bet if I stumble across Big Foot riding a unicorn, he will be carrying a Hell's Canyon in 7/



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The barrels are apparently very difficult or impossible to remove on an x-bolt. Read somewhere it will tear the threads out of the receiver.

Like that they have three different size receivers though.


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I have a X-bolt Pro Tungsten with the Carbon stock in Creedmoor its my 1st Browning and it seems like a solid shooter with good build quality. It’s a great carry rifle with it being lighter in weight than most others I have.



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Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: DollarShort] #/10/20

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At my age, "getting lucky" has become more like walking from one room into another and remembering why I did.


Don't get old!


Anywho, almost forgot about the Browning Hells Canyon that followed me home two weeks ago. Did a trade and this was part.


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Chambered for the Creedmoor.


Rifle came with the scope, so I took it straight to the range, did not bother to zero at 25 yds.

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Shot these three groups @ yds. Three different bullets/loads.

Think I'll do the Accubonds. Cold bore shot close to the dot is after adjustment w/ the 's.


It just may be a keeper.


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Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: slammer] #/10/20
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I like them. Seems people buying most of the used guns only want cheap stuff. They know they can get a for $ and anything more than that they wont spend. So they buy Americans, Axis & SPS etc.


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At my age, "getting lucky" has become more like walking from one room into another and remembering why I did.


Don't get old!


Anywho, almost forgot about the Browning Hells Canyon that followed me home two weeks ago. Did a trade and this was part.


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Chambered for the Creedmoor.


Rifle came with the scope, so I took it straight to the range, did not bother to zero at 25 yds.

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Shot these three groups @ yds. Three different bullets/loads.

Think I'll do the Accubonds. Cold bore shot close to the dot is after adjustment w/ the 's.


It just may be a keeper.





I have two xbolts and what I like is what's shown in your target photo. Both rifle shoot multiple loads very well and print them in the same spot.
I've had other rifles that would move the poi quite a bit with any change to the load.

O e of them happens to be a 7mm rem mag and I do live in the South.
I do not own a bit of buck mark marketing propaganda.

Re: Why the lack of love for Browning X-Bolts? [Re: TheBigSky] #/10/20

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One of the major gun dealers here (Scheels) has a nice large display of Browning X-bolts. Out of probably two dozen rifles there are only Creedmoors and Win Mags. There may be one 7mm and one PRC. Jeez, finding a good anymore is like pulling teeth. Now that I think of it, they have a large selection of Bergaras, Seekins, Christianso Arms, Coopers and Brownings and I don't think there is a 7mm, , or among them.

Anyway, I think the Hells Canyon in 7mm will find its way in to my collection as soon as I can come across a good deal on a used one. It will be either that or an X-bolt pro. I'll bet if I stumble across Big Foot riding a unicorn, he will be carrying a Hell's Canyon in 7/




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My oldest with a Browning A-Bolt in Win Mag.


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Hard to recollect how many critters I've taken with that rig

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I have a X Bolt that shoots really well. Unfortunately, the plastic stock on it has damn near turned into goo. It sticks to absolutely everything. Been looking for a replacement and will probably get a Boyd's. Not much in the way of aftermarket choices for it.



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I have a stainless A-Bolt II in Swede and 2 stainless X-Bolts in and I like them because, kind of like Tikka's, you just take them out of the box, add ammo (and scope) and hunt. All are well under M.O.A shooters. RJ


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I’ve seen a few up here in AK, one of my buddies has an older stainless xbolt and that’s his only rifle. He brings home meat every year with his best up old Lund and his browning.


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They don't appear to be all that popular down here either, just a lack of marketing I think. People don't know what they are missing out on. I've only got one X-bolt but really need a few more. Accuracy is just outstanding for such a light rifle. I have one in WSM but feel like I need another in a of some sort.


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No X-bolt, but have an A-bolt Medallion for some years and yes I'm in the south in Louisiana. I was about about 16 and my dad and I went to the local gun shop and was looking. When the owner opened the box and I saw the engravings and that wood stock, DONE. And yes as someone mentioned about southern states, it was a 7mag. I did however went in with the intention of , but was sold out so the 7mm mag took down deer for many many year until recently I picked up a Tikka in I still use it from time to time but not as much. It does have the Boss on it, 1st year they came out. It is now the Queen of my safe and gets used on an as needed basis.

Not a lot of people like the floor plate design of the A-bolt back then. Hinged floor plate with detachable mag. I personally liked it. Clean look on the outside but allowed for a removable mag. I never had a single issue with it as far as trigger, shooting or anything. I do see now that there are offerings for trigger springs and I may try that just to see. I'm not sure about the X-bolt, however the A-bolt's recoil pad felt like it was made of granite. Hard as [bleep]. I have sinced replaced it with a limbsaver and its much better now. Mine was bedded in the wood stock originally from factory. I didn't know this till many years later when I completely tore it apart to check some things out. All in all, southern states or not, it was a shooter and still is. Its just my shoulder with the issues I have can't take the recoil as much as I would like anymore.



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    1st I don`t own one.
    There is however a write-up in the Nov issue of Rifle magazine if you`re interested, of course it gets a favorable review

    This is what I`ve observed playing with a couple in the gun shops if it matters.
    The rifles action is made in Japan and the barrel is the same as used is by it`s sister company Winchester, and made in Oregon I believe - both are owned by FN Herstal. I like the short bolt throw, but don`t care for the plastic magazine.
    The scope mounts look interesting. I like Rugers "built in" system and this looks as good or better.
    I don`t know about triggers, but the Winchester has a new one that is getting good reviews, I much preferred the old Winchester to the Browning A-Bolt trigger. The X-Bolt has a new design that I haven`t touched, it may be similar to the new Win though just a WAG.
    Brownings triggers are always gold plated. It appears "chinzy" to me, and I`m not a fan of glassy stocks, but they hurt nothing other then my eyes. I prefer the "satin finish" stocks if it is available on your model.
    Browning has always been a nice rifle, a bit too "glossy" for my taste, but they certainly shoot fine and are well assembled. As I said I`ve no experience with this model, but from handling one and shooting other Browning rifles I certainly would not be afraid to seriously consider owning one.
    If you do get one let me know what you think after shooting it
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    Tom, I own a X-bolt in win. Don't know what info your looking for,but I really like mine.
    Joe I have 2 A-bolts and 1 X-bolt, none have a gold trigger. Plastic magazine have proven the take more abuse than metal ones.The X-bolt being new their mags dont have much reputation yet but I see no reason they wont last for a really long time.Never heard of Browing barrel's being made in Oregon, any one know for sure?

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    The new Winchester mod will suite your needs, little less money for a rifle made right here in the U.S.A. that is shooting the pants off the X-bolt, if you insist on browning look at the A-bolt, much nicer rifle than the X-bolt.. Also look into a Tikka T-3, accurate, affordable and not made in Japan Not real impressed with the Remington 's lately Don't overlook the real sleeper, Savage/2 the cost of the browning and far more accurate and, made in the U.S.A.

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    A-Bolt here in , & a few others. I like mine, put in a 'light' Timney trigger spring & that's all. I see A-Bolts in for sale at times, they can be hard to find though.

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    I have a A-Bolt Stainless Stalker in win with a 22"BBL (no BOSS)that I have had for over 20 yrs.
    It shoots 1/2moa @ with Federal Boattails all day long, low maintenance, light weight and good looking.
    Trigger is just fine with a glove on. No it is not Gold it is stainless also.
    I love the having the detach mag under the floor plate.


    I can't speak for the X-Bolt, but if it is anything like this A-Bolt its a go!!!
    You couldn't get me to part with mine for no amount of money!!!

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    I have both the a-bolt and x-bolt. I really like the plastic magazine. Easy in/easy out. The A-bolt magazine design is redundant. I like the adjustable trigger on the x-bolt. I like the palm swell and the dura-touch finish. I like the scope mount system with four screws per base. SIMPLY,,,,,,,My opinion is that it is not the savage that is half the price( 2x4 and a pipe that shoots well.)

    The Browning is a refined gun that has alot of very nice features that shoots very well. The first criteria in buying a gun for me is how it feels and fits. If both are good, I can get it to do what I want it to and the Browning makes this task easy. They also hold their value quite well. Make the logical decision and just,,,,

    BUY ONE! You will love it!

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    Nothing wrong with a Leupold for your new gun. I'd try to go VX-2(vari-x-II) or better. A is nice also. You have a bunch of other quality scope choices too. Some outdoor classifieds can save you a bit if you want to look & deal with a private seller.

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Browning X-Bolt JUNK!!!!

That's too bad, I've never had a problem with the many, many Browning's I own

Keep in mind there is/can be lemons throughout anything you buy
I bet you we could chat about vehicles, ATV, guns, electronics, machinery, etc. etc. etc.
and someone out there has had a problem that wasn't fixed to their liking.
Heck, have you ever made a mistake at work.
I know I've read about mistakes before

Guess you gotta read the fine print, however,
I'm sure if your level headed and send/bring, it back someone may take a look at it?

My buddy had a similar thing happen with his Winchester Model 70, but only out to the MOA of yards
He traded it in after messing around with it for two years.
Guess what????
He traded it in for a Browning and hasn't looked back.

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Hey @jeepguy88 I'll give you some more feedback early into October. Not sure what you finally decided, but I was in the process of spec'ing out a build and had scope in hand (Leupold Mk5, ) and I had to accelerate my timeline considerably.

I have a X-bolt (HellsCanyon) Max Long Range Win Mag arriving this weekend. I do not have a ton of free time lately, but hope to get it broken in, sighted, and scoped ahead of my travels first weekend in October. I'm kinda new here, so I'll find the right spot to post some shot groups and shit as possible.

I was like you, I think. This rifle had many things out of the box that I just thought was useful; as I haven't shot long (much beyond m) in quite a while, I have decided to roll the dice due to sudden circumstances. There just wasn't a ton of info out there on these rifles, but as I got my meathooks on one of these earlier this year, I have used it as a "baseline" for what I was trying to build.

Worst case I eat a loss and sell and do this all again when I have a bit more time. The scope I am confident in - LOL.

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Hi, I ended up buying the Xbolt HellsCanyon Max Long Rang in PRC.
Sorry forgot to mention that in this thread. Its a pretty sweet gun for the price range that its in. The trigger was over 4lbs, when I got it, I put a MCarbro trigger spring in, I think its like $$14 its not much. Got it just below 2lbs. Pretty nice trigger now. Didnt have to anything else to the gun. The stock muzzle brake is pretty much just for looks, I put a Harrells Precision radial brake on, mounted my scope and went shooting. Took it out to ONE MILE the first or second week I had it hehe. Mine is shooting under 1/2 moa. Probably could get a lil better but Im not really used to magnums. Im getting there, Ive got ish rounds through mine already. I have a elk hunt coming up in November that hopefully will get a chance to see what it can do. Im shooing the ELDMS.
I was in the same boat, couldnt find alot of info on them, and took a gamble, if I didnt like it, kick it to the curb. lol. Ill be keeping mine around for along while.
Your going to love your new rifle.
Anyway here is me shooting 1mile.
Pretty hard to argue with those results haha

 

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Have owned 7 tikkas, , , , x 55, , 4 x bolts , , creedmore,

Differences i have found:

Stocks: synthetic stocks are stiffer but slippery, feel cheap on tikkas, X bolts are plastic rubber floppy noodles but feel great in hand and fit me better. Tikka wood stocks are same dimension as their synthetic. X bolt wood stocks are fatter than their synthetics and feel like a club in my hands. I don't have large hands

Barrels: Observation with borescope (have borescoped many more of these rifles than just the ones I've owned) shows consistent higher quality machining and bore surfacing on tikkas, Xbolts can vary from pretty nice to pretty rough, though they still tend to shoot as well as tikkas on average. I find they copper foul much quicker than tikkas. borescope says they tend to erode faster than tikkas (especially their blued barrels) with equal number of shots.

Actions: Tikkas much smoother to operate. Find the bolt handle rather small on xbolts, shoulda made it 1/4 inch longer with a bit larger knob. Have no preference on the 60 or 70 degree bolt throw difference on either. Very convenient nicely placed tang safety on xbolt with the option of having safety on while unloading some people prefer though it makes little difference to me as I just eject the chambered round and drop the magazines on both to unload. This xbolt option maks for more small parts that may tend to corrode, rust or malfunction.

Triggers: tikka clearly the winner here though the xbolt does have a larger trigger guard that may accommodate a gloved trigger finger easier. Have yet to find an xbolt trigger that could be adjusted down to their advertised weight, and find out of the box trigger pulls among different rifles vary from about 4 lbs anywhere up to 6+ lbs. Browning could take a lesson from Tikka here.

Magazines: Xbolts clearly the winner. Magazine longer than Tikkas, they fit flush making the rifle single hand carry much nicer than the tikkas that stick out the bottom. X bolt chambering and longer magazine geometry combined with short chambered throats allows bullets to be seated longer and allow reloaders to seat bullets on the lands if they choose. On the other hand tikkas have long throats and short magazines rarely allowing a reloader to seat bullets anywhere near the lands and allow the cartridge fit into the magazine. Tikka could take a lesson from Browning here.

They each have their good and bad points. Pick the rifle that fills your boots.

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