Browning X-Bolt Good Choice for Bolt Action Rifle


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Coltdude84
December 1, 2008, 07:02 PM
Hello everyone I already posted a thread earlier concerning which caliber to decide on and I have decided to go with the 270 Caliber since my main thing I hunt is White Tail. I have read magazines that Rave about the new Browning X-Bolt but I would rather hear someones opinion on the forum that has actually had the rifle in the brush and hunted with it. I was torn beetween the New Winchester 70 Featherweight and the Browning but I like the Browning features a little more than the Winchester, not bashing winchester at all because I own three of them and all are oustanding rifles. All suggestions would be appreciated!

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zammyman
December 1, 2008, 07:40 PM
Good evening,
Having used both Browning and Remington rifles, I would point you towards the Remington. There's certainly nothing wrong with Browning, they're a great rifle, I just feel the Xbolt rilfe is really overpriced for what is is. A Remington such as the 700 SPS Stainless Steel (http://www.impactguns.com/store/047700272535.html) is a great choice, and is a better value than Browning.

Coltdude84
December 1, 2008, 08:41 PM
I know they are a little bit on the expensive side but my friend is a FFL dealer and I am going to be able to get the rifle well under MSRP retail meaning I am getting it for what it would cost him.. So this is why I was leaning more towards the Browning..

Omaha-BeenGlockin
December 1, 2008, 09:24 PM
My X-bolt .270 using Hornady 140gn loads is darn near a one hole rifle.

Remingtons are junk.

Shawnee
December 1, 2008, 09:58 PM
I like Remingtons a lot but the Plain ol' Truth is that I cannot recall even one model of rifle, pistol or shotgun from Browning - ever- that hasn't been highly respected and sought after.

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atblis
December 1, 2008, 10:05 PM
Remington CDL is ~$730
Browning X Bolt is ~$730
I don't see a big difference in price.

Schleprok62
December 1, 2008, 11:23 PM
I have to agree with Shawnee... There's just something about a Browning. Remmy's are good rifles, no doubt, but so are Savages, and Weatherby's, and Tikka's, and Winchesters... There's just something about a Browning....

:)

rbernie
December 2, 2008, 12:07 AM
I am selling my Remington 700 SPS Stainless in 270 (on consignment in a local shop as I type this) to pay for the Browning A-Bolt in 270 that replaced it. The difference in fit, finish, and feel is very telling when you have both in hand, side by side.

Having said that, I know very little about the X-Bolt. I have handled the new FN-produced Winchester 70, and it is nicely fitted. Between the two, it really comes down to push-feed with class and grace (the Browning) versus CRF in a slightly more utilitarian package (the Win 70).

Coltdude84
December 2, 2008, 12:06 PM
Well the title says it all, my local FFL dealer has gone through all of his sources and has told me that everyone is sold out of the X-bolt and could be sometime before they get more in, :banghead: BUT! he does have ONE Browning Medallion A-Bolt 270 Left in stock that he would let me have for a very reasonable price, I am thinking about just going with the A-Bolt for now and perhaps pick up a X-Bolt down the road after they have been on the market for a while longer. With that being said, my patience does come short when it comes to firearms and when I have a itch for a new rifle or handgun I dont like to wait months I want it now!

Shawnee
December 2, 2008, 02:01 PM
ColtDude...

I'm betting you'll really like the A-bolt.... especially after you shoot it.


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Shawnee
December 2, 2008, 02:37 PM
By the way, Coltdude.... I just spotted a bit to beat that !

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=117530242


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Coltdude84
December 2, 2008, 03:12 PM
Thanks Shawnee for the advice any everyone else on the forum buy the way that is a great find and sounds like a pretty good deal on that A-Bolt, But I have already placed the order for the Browning A-Bolt Medallion 270 my FFL dealer had in stock, it was the last one he had, I am very anxious to get it. Now all I have to worry about is some good glass! Thinking on Nikon and Leupold.

Shawnee
December 2, 2008, 03:24 PM
One of the guys I hunt with just got a Nikon Pro-Staff 3x9 and it is very impressive for a $150 scope.

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rbernie
December 2, 2008, 04:45 PM
I have a VXIII 1.75x-6x on my A-Botl Medallion 270, and think that it's the perfect match.

Coltdude84
December 2, 2008, 07:55 PM
I have looked at both Nikon and Leupold and I must say I am impressed with both, but the prices on the nikons make me lean more towards there side. The Prostaff series is one impressive scope for only 150 dollars! But then again it is Christmas and I could just tell Mrs Claus I want a scope which is ALOT cheaper than the Diamond earrings she wants....

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 2, 2008, 08:12 PM
The A-bolt and X-bolt are very fine rifles - you really cannot do any better than that in .270 for an all purpose and deer rifle. Gotta love the 60 degree bolt throw.

Shawnee, I had heard some bad reviews of accuracy from the Browning Buckmark RIFLES (semi-auto .22s) with the carbon fiber barrels. But overall, Browning makes very good products across the board, and that INCLUDES their non-firearm products which they put their name on, like scopes, clothing, knives, flashlights, sleeping bags, & such - the same can NOT be said for certain others (*cough* Winchester/Remington/S&W *cough*).

I do not agree that Remingtons are "junk". No, not at all. Their QC maybe ain't what it used to be, but they still make good rifles.

Shawnee
December 2, 2008, 08:24 PM
Coltdude... One must always be careful about what one tells Mrs. Claws.;)


Sauce... I like Remington just fine and have had many. Haven't heard about the "Buckmark" problem but that doesn't mean it hasn't been out there.
How's the new SEVEN doing ?

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Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 2, 2008, 08:45 PM
Man I haven't even SHOT that beautiful Seven yet! I'm insanely busy at work! I cannot wait however.

Coltdude84
December 2, 2008, 10:29 PM
Shawnee you are very true on that note! Mrs Claus really does know how much this Purchase costs! I would not have been able to afford it if I didnt clean out my arsenal and sold one of my Hanguns I dont shoot anymore to a buddy of mine that was wanting a 45 pistol. Well talked to my main gunsmith I let do all my trigger work on my rifles today, and he had nothing but good things to say about the rifle, told him when I get it, it is going straight to him for a nice trigger job right under 3 Ilbs. Dont know what the standard pull on an A-Bolt Browning guess I should have looked....But I like the work my gunsmith does, he has been in the buisness for a long time and does alot of competition shooting and has won 1st place many times so he knows his stuff...

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