Brown­ing X-bolt Pro Long Range

• $2,099 • 6.5 Creed­moor • 7 lb. 8 oz. • 26-in. bar­rel

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

We can’t lie. The gaudy fin­ish on this X-bolt didn’t ap­peal to any­one on the test team. This much gold wouldn’t look good on Jay-z, and it isn’t do­ing this ri­fle any fa­vors ei­ther. That said, looks aren’t every­thing. The ri­fle func­tions beau­ti­fully. It loads eas­ily, cy­cles flaw­lessly, and has a pretty good trig­ger on it. The mas­sive 26-inch bar­rel, topped with a ra­dial muz­zle brake, makes this ri­fle freak­ishly long and puts more weight for­ward than is ideal for bal­anced han­dling—and with­out much gain in ve­loc­ity (25 to 75 fps) com­pared to 22-inch bar­rels shoot­ing the same loads. Its sub-.75 MOA ac­cu­racy was ex­cel­lent.

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