Browning introduced its X-Bolt rifle line in 2008 and the launch was a success, but the popularity then pales in comparison to its current standing on GunBroker.com.
Last year, it was the second-most popular bolt-action rifle in sales on the website, the third year in a row it claimed runner-up honors. In 2016 it took third and fourth place in 2015. There’s good reason its working toward the top of the podium.
The company has quietly made all the right changes to the rifle in the past dozen years by expanding available chamberings, increasing options and adding the features in different models that shooters demand.
Today, you can select a version with Browning’s classic, wood-stocked look or wearing a high-tech fully adjustable polymer stock tailored for long-distance.
The X-Bolt Max Long Range seen above is a prime example of the latter. It’s chambered in 6 mm Creedmoor and features a heavy-sporter profile, 26-inch threaded barrel that ships with a muzzle brake.
Drop at comb is adjustable and it includes a pair of length-of-pull spacers that slip between the proprietary Inflex Technology recoil pad if needed.
Like all X-Bolts it features the company’s three-paddle, FeatherTrigger. It ‘s set for a 3.5 pound let-off weight at the factory, but is user adjustable anywhere from 5 pounds down to 3.
The entire line also uses Browning’s rotary magazine, which aligns cartridges more true to chamber seatubg for improved cycling. Receivers are tapped for bases. MSRP for the X-Bolt Max Long Range is $1,299.
If you’re looking for something with a wood stock, the X-Bolt Hunter features a satin black walnut checkered stock and is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Barrel length is 22 inches, and it ships with the same trigger and proven rotary magazine (four-round capacity).
The receiver and barrel are matte blue, giving it that classic look so appealing to sportsmen and collectors alike. MSRP comes in at only $959.99.
There are two dozen models of the X-Bolt to choose from—literally, something for everyone, including young enthusiasts in the Micro models.