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    Default Browning X-Bolt

    I'm looking for a new rifle for my wife, who is a lefty. Looking for any first hand experience either good or bad with the Browning X-Bolt.

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    I picked one up last year in .270.... Easily the easiest rifle to get shooting straight out of the box.

    Shoots 4 brands of factory hunting ammo sub MOA... kind of hard to beat that.

    No issues at all with fit, finish, or function.
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    I have an A-bolt .300wm gold medallion, a synthetic stainless .338wm xbolt, and a .270wsm xbolt. I like my brownings.

    The .270 is a nice little chicken shooter. I bought it to be my mountain rifle. My wife bloodied it with a DC483 bull. I didn't get (haven't gotten) the .270wsm to group as good as I expect it will. .84" at 100yd 4 shot group off a sled - I think I can clean that up a little maybe with depth settings, or powder/primer combos.

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    If you are looking at the new offering in stainless/laminate, it wont be available for production for sometime. It was a shot show special.
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    I agree with Hodgeman, I bought a SS 308 and it is both a pleasure and highly accurate rifle to shoot. One of the best feeling stocks I have held. I have shot it in the rain and it does not get slippery to hold either. Accuracy for mine was OUTSTANDING to say the least and eats anything I have fed it... I am not a Browning addict by any means, but this is a very enjoyable gun to shoot and lug around... I put a 2 x 7 x 33 Leupold LR on it and a great combo... Loves Hornady 165gn Interlocks - 2600 fps, all sub 1 in groups at 100 and I have shot a couple at 200 yards! Short bolt throw a plus also IMO...
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    I've got an xbolt in 338 WM and it is a tack driver. I bought another in 30-06 a few weeks ago but haven't got a chance to shoot it yet. I hunted with Browning Abolts exclusively since around 1992 and aside from the Eurotrash styling of the xbolt, I don't have any real complaints with the xbolt. It is one of the few turnkey rifles you can shoot without having to replace the stock or bed it. I don't know what they use for bedding compound but it seems to work okay.

    The magazine sits pretty much flush with the stock and I like the ergonomics of it. As Smokey mentioned, the stock is very good. Compared to the Abolt, the Xbolt bolt handle feels a lot slimmer, almost too slim but it seems to work just fine. I would buy a third Xbolt if I needed another caliber.

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