Browning X-Bolt Pro
Browning announced a new rifle at the recent SHOT Show. Called the X-Bolt Pro, this gun 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 X-Bolt Pro is available in four different calibers. The calibers are 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.
The X-Bolt Pro uses a second generation, true carbon fiber stock with a compressed foam core to keep things both light and rigid. 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.
Standard calibers have a 22” barrel. The 300 Win Mag has a longer 26” barrel.
Suggested retail pricing is $1,999.99 for the standard models with the single magnum caliber commanding a little more: $2,039.99.
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