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I am thinking of buying a new .270 Browning x bolt as i currently have a A bolt and like it a lot. what do you guys think about the X bolt have you herd of anyhting good or bad about it?
I use an X-Bolt Hunter in .30-06 extensively. I can't say anything bad about this rifle. It won American Rifleman's Rifle of the year for 2009.
If you are familiar with Browning rifles, you'll find that the X-Bolt is ergonomic and well made. The rifle is stout, and is aesthetically pleasing. The bolt charged indicator is a nice feature, and the 60 degree bolt throw is convenient for fast reloading after a shot is fired.
I'd recommend going with the Browning X-Bolt scope rings over any other aftermarket scope rings. They secure the scope in 4 points per ring as opposed to the traditional two screws. I use a Nikon in 3.5-10x50 with an illuminated #4 German Reticle. If you want proof that this rifle can take game, feel free to check my profile and see what I have killed with the X-Bolt.
If I could improve one thing about this rifle- I'd ask Browning to make their detachable magazine (love this feature) hold 5 rounds compared to the 4 that it currently holds. My Mauser holds 5 rounds in its internal magazine, and during the drive hunts, every round counts. That said, I'd buy it again in a heart beat.
I second everything HeidelbergJaeger just said and can't add anything to it. I love my X-Bolt Hunter (7mm08) as well. I do wonder how the detachable magazine (which I also love) will hold up over the years, but I guess we will see.
The X bolt is the best rifle for the money I have ever owned. I am down on Brownings since I own many and have found that quality has gone down over the years. Examples the newer BLRs are not as well made as my old one from 1989. The Cynergy is not as well made as the older Citoris. Just try to close one. The x-bolt on the other hand is engineering genius! I am anti plastic but the magazine which is composite is the smoothest magazine ever. The lips prevent recoil damage to soft tips of bullets. The rotary design feeds flawlessly and doesn't stagger the rounds. Even the recoil pad makes this feather weight kick like a feather. Mine is in .270 win. With hand loads I got a four leaf clover at 100yds on a fairly windy day. Mine is the stainless and synthetic. I find it handsome in a modern way but the wood models don't quite do it for me looks wise. None the less this is quite a gun. No contest compared to the A-bolt. If you want an A-bolt compare with a Kimber. The X-bolt is in my opinion the best production gun for the money. My only criticism is that some of the older Browning triggers are a slight bit crisper. No over travel but when dry firing you can detect the slightest slightest creep. Unlike my 1970's vintage BAR.
i absolutely love mine. the recoil pad on it is amazing. i shot my 300 win mag xbolt 5 or so times and didnt never felt it in my shoulder, my buddy shot his ruger 30'06 5 times and his shoulder was bruised up. action is smooth as snot on a door knob. love mine cant wait to get another
cool! finally some people who arent hatin on browning and saying savages and tikka t3's are way better. those guys dont know that an xbolt would dominate a silly tikka t3 in every way.lol i have one in 30-06 and one in 300wsm and ive gotten a 5x6 mule deer and a month later a 7x7 rossie bull.i love both my xbolts...my a-bolts are ok too i guess.
oh and dont worry about the polymer mag Hil. it seems very durable.my glock21 .45 is a polymer frame and i been shootin the F outta that thing for years and it shows very little signs of wear.
It is amusing. The polymer mag on my T3 has been ragged on all the time and now all of a sudden the polymer mag on the x-bolt is outstanding. I looked at an x-bolt the other day and I really liked the looks of the rifle but I didn't like the mag as well as my T3. As the previous post said don't worry about the polymer mag. I have 4 T3's and have been using them for years and I haven't had any problems out of the mags. As far as dominating my T3 I would have to see that to believe it. I just don't think that would happen. As far as shooting my T3's will shoot 3 shot groups at 100 yards that are cutters almost everytime to the range. I don't know many off the shelf rifles that will do that.
This year I had a chance to buy a Browning Stainless Stocker--A-Bolt--in 270WSM. Don't know anything about the X-Bolt, but the A-bolt, I bought is a real shooter and a nice all-around rifle.
I had an A-Bolt stainless .308 with a boss one time many years ago. The rifle was nice and shot okay. A little loud with the boss. I traded it for another rifle, not because something was wrong, just because I saw something I wanted more.
Cain't go rong wit a .270. Rifle is just a choice you gotta make to make U happy!!
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