The Browning X Bolt Pro
Browning announced a new rifle at the recent SHOT Show. The Browning X Bolt Pro is part of the impressive X-Bolt line of long guns. It gets the Pro designation from the fact that it is a semi-custom gun with top-quality construction and features that round out the package.
The Browning X Bolt Pro is available in four different calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, and 300 Win Mag. Depending on how well these models sell, the company may introduce additional calibers in the future. Standard models have a four-round detachable magazine. The magnum gun uses a three-round magazine.
At the back of the stock is a soft Influx recoil pad to cushion the shoulder from recoil. The stock is textured at common grip points and has a Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish. Swivel studs are located in the typical places.
This is the same basic action as the one used in the company’s other X Bolt rifles. On this model, the action has spiral fluting on the bolt while the bolt handle has a large knob. The bolt and handle are both finished in Cerakote Burnt Bronze. Combined with the stainless steel used in the bolt’s construction, this should be a very corrosion-resistant combination.
On this model, Browning chose a lightweight sporter profile for the barrel. It is made of stainless steel and has full-length fluting. The brake is threaded on, so it is possible to remove the brake and mount a suppressor or other muzzle device. A thread protector ships with the rifle.
Internally, Browning spent some additional time with these barrels. The company employs a proprietary lapping process to improve accuracy out of the box and take it to a “near broken in” state. Externally, the barrel gets the same Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish the other parts have.
Suggested retail pricing is $1,999.99 (at the time of this writing) for the standard models with the single magnum caliber commanding a little more: $2,039.99.
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