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Browning X-Bolt

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 22hornet, Dec 14, 2011.

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  1. 22hornet

    22hornet Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to purchase a new rifle and I'm considering the Browning X-Bolt. I'm a lefty and they are available in a wide range of port siders. Does anyone here have an X-Bolt? Any issues or nit picks?
     
  2. g7777777

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    it is worth it to get one with a Boss

    Good rifle

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  3. noknock1

    noknock1 Active Member

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    I own one and mine has a very nice factory trigger and does not have a BOSS. Like Gene said, it is a good rifle.
     
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    Son has a X-Bolt in .243 cal. Adjustable trigger, tight groups and a nice looking rifle. Well worth the money. Not sure if it offered in the BOSS system but everyone I've talked to that has a BOSS system says they are just a sales gimmick on a hunting rifle.
     
  5. 22hornet

    22hornet Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I think a new x-bolt will be in the safe soon.
     
  6. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I have its predecessor the A-Bolt in stainless synthetic in 270win...with a silver 3x9 Leupold it is truly a sweet rifle..accurate and rugged..the X is barely any different
     
  7. jsteenson

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    You need a big hand. they have a psitol grip for a catcher's mitt.
     
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    Like CalvinMD I have the A bolt with the 3-9 Leupold, as do 2 of my hunting partners. All 3 of us have the Stainless Stalkers with the only difference is mine is in left hand. The 1 thing I did find was that all 3 of these guns shoot much better with a "beefed up" handload. To get the accuracy we wanted, I have these loaded up to about 2975 fps. with 150 gr. bullets. 1" or less groups out of all 3. Another local bought 1 like ours after seeing how ours performed only he has the boss. I found the same preference for our hot load with his gun also, only with less recoil. I just don't like what the boss does to the sleek lines of the gun but it does soften the recoil. Our other 3 guns can be rather brutal with this load off the bench.

    We have all hunted our entire lives with a variety of different rifles between the 3 of us & all of us agrees that these guns are, by far, the smoothest & fastest pointing rifles we have ever used. Wished I had it 40 years ago! I suspect you will find the X-bolt to be very similar. Good luck!
     
  9. CalvinMD

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    Im the same Bob G...dont like the way the boss looks although its really functional from what I've seen....Mine loves the Federal blue box and Premium factory loads and is a one holer with my handload of 58.5 of H4831 pushing a Nosler B-tip 130gr..it chronos at nearly 3100fps and nothing I have taken with it has every managed a second step
     
  10. Bob Griffith

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    Calvin,

    My load is 53 gr. of IMR 4064 over a Hornady 150 BTSP and you are correct about knock down power. Nasty things when they hit. I had a couple hit the 3000 fps mark but generally run 2970-2990. I have a friend that keeps telling me to try this or that, etc. The 4 of us that use this handload all agree, it ain't broken so I am NOT going to fix it! If it gets to where I can't get 1 of the components, then fine, I shall try something else. In the meantime, we just keep piling up the venison! Merry Christmas!
     
  11. g7777777

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    The Boss - particurally if you dont handload is the only real way to tune your gun for accuracy

    It can make your gun a "custom gunsmithed and accurized" gun right out of the box.

    It does change the recoil sensation significantly with the faster calibers.

    So make your choice- I would argue that there is nothing classic about the lines of a rifle in a plastic stock anyway- kind of like eating a donut and drinking a diet soft drink at the same time?

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  12. CalvinMD

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    HI Gene!!long time no talk to...I guess I'm still traumatized by my first polychoked mossberg bolt 12ga....when modern internal choke tubes came out I fell in love..anything on the end of a barrel makes me cringe....but yup them Bosses do work good...Merry Christmas to all!!!
     
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