"Just as the Cynergy is Browning's answer to what a modern shotgun should look and perform like, the new X-Bolt is an innovative and practical rifle that turns the A-Bolt into an instant classic. This radical design sets the standard for Browning bolt-actions for years to come."
So read the introduction in American Rifleman Editor-In-Chief Mark A. Keefe's story about the new Browning X-Bolt (May 2008, p. 52). He noted that the X-Bolt's steel receiver's lines follow those of the A-Bolt, yet are slimmed and refined and that its three-lug bolt offered a short, 60-degree lift. And then there was the hammer-forged, free-floating barrel that produced 1-m.o.a.-accuracy.
He called the X-Bolt's detachable polymer magazine "one of the most practical I have seen. It is a simple, rotary design of which Melvin Maynard Johnson would be proud." Add to all that a bolt unlock button that performs like the middle position of a Model-70 safety, yet works even more intuitively, and the X-Bolt's "Feather" three-lever trigger, which allows adjustments from 3 to 5 lbs.
Keefe's statement that the X-Bolt's stock is "a thing of beauty, not only to the eyes, but also in the hands," could be applied to the whole gun as well.