Browning X-bolt Pro Long Range
• $2,099 • 6.5 Creedmoor • 7 lb. 8 oz. • 26-in. barrel
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.