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Question by bndude. Uploaded on December 29, 2010
I believe the X-Bolt has their newer adjustable trigger.
The Browing A/bolt has a floor plate 3 shot magazines
the X/bolt has a Bolt unlock butten,detachable Rotary
I believe the X-bolt also has a plastic trigger guard, which is a major turn-off for me.
My father has a xbolt and it is amazing. Also the new feather trigger is just. Amazing. Also 99 the trigger guard is not plastic it is metal, but that might depend on the model my father has the more expensive model. I also prefer a magazine in my gun so it's great. The influx recoil pad is also great at reducing recoil of are 7mm Remington magnum,which can kick like a mule with certain loads. If your looking for a great rifle with excellent feel and reliability go with the xbolt
I just did a bing search on "differences browning a-bolt x-bolt". I have been reading for 1/2 hour and learned a great deal. First, it is the magazine, not the trigger guard that isn't steel. Second, the magazine is composite, not plastic.
I would recommend doing the same search, either in Google or Bing and read the differences.
I think they say the trigger guard and magazine are made of high-strength composite aerospace structural material, which is advertising lingo for plastic. It may not rust, but plastic is not known for its durability and long-term stability.
IMHO, it is a poor substitute for steel, masquerading as an improvement.
The "plastic" magazine is more solid than I expected; I guess we'll see how it holds up. This is my X-Bolt's second season afield.
The major improvement is the bolt unlock button. A great feature.
I couldn't find that statement regarding the trigger guard. I am not trying to be argumentative, just trying to learn. Can you give me a reference? By the way, they make major components of aircraft from composites.
You may be right. I could not find any authoritative source stating that the trigger guards were plastic, just comments on shooting forums from bloggers complaining that the trigger guards were either pot metal or plastic.
With regard to the composite magazines, I saw one forum comment that replacement steel parts could be fabricated by gunsmiths in the future, whereas plastic parts, once obsolete, would be most difficult to replace. One would do well to have spare magazines set aside for the future.
One further thought - I have owned rifles with detachable magazines in the past, and have enjoyed the ease of loading and unloading the rifle with one of them. But I was always haunted by the prospect of one day finding it gone.
I noticed wile looking at them at cabelas that the X-bolts had a shiny finish while the A-bolts had a less shinier finish, but that could just be what they had in stock im not shure.
Most detachable magazines are just that; detachable at a most inopportune time. JMO
The Browning web site does say that the trigger assembly is alloy, which usually means aluminum alloy. I can see where some people would find the difference in feel would disappoint someone used to traditional steel assemblies. It may very well someones hyperbole to reinforce their dislike for the material.
I would prefer an A- Bolt,had one years ago and let it get away.
I think you've hit the nail on the head.
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