The new Browning X-Bolt Pro bolt-action rifles presented during the main events of 2019 are available in three different models. We discovered the entire range in one day at the Lugnano shooting range in Umbria, Italy, where Browning showed the latest generation of rifles to dealers and to all4hunters, giving us the opportunity to try them out. The technical features that are common to all the models are the three-lever Super Feather trigger with no over- or pre-travel and the floating barrel with double bedding. The metal parts of the X-Bolt Pro rifles are fully protected by a Cerakote finish. Compared to the traditional Browning X-Bolt, the design of these bolt-action rifles is distinguished by the fluted bolt and barrel, whose break-in – as in the best custom firearms – is done by hand. During manufacturing process, any traces of machining are smoothed to improve accuracy and durability. Each barrel is triple checked by Browning for straightness, finish and air-gauged.
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Browning X-Bolt Pro: Technical details and prices of the three new 2019 versions called Carbon, Long Range GRS and Grade 5
The Browning X-Bolt Pro Carbon is the lightest version dedicated to hunting. It features a 13.9”/ 353 mm double-layer carbon fiber stock. Inside there is high-density compressed foam core which is combined with the Inflex II recoil pad for vibration absorption when firing. The fluted steel barrel, with a threaded muzzle is 20.8”/ 53 cm long and hand-lapped. All metal parts and the bottom of the magazine are treated with a tungsten Cerakote finish to protect the gun from the elements and ensure durability. The rifle is available in .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, .308 Winchester, 7 mm Remington Magnum calibers at a price of 2,290 euro.
The Browning X-Bolt Pro Long Range GRS is distinguished by its stock and barrel, clearly designed for long-range shooting. The GRS Sporter laminated plywood stock is rigid but ergonomic thanks to a four-position adjustable recoil pad. The 24”/ 61 cm semi-heavy fluted barrel features a muzzle brake and thread protected by a cap (provided). This bolt-action rifle with 20 Moa Picatinny rail is available in .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor. Price for this model is 2,190 euro.
The Browning X-Bolt Pro Grade 5 is the most classic version of this bolt-action series, featuring a grade 5/6 American walnut stock with rosewood inserts on the handguard and pistol grip. The 14.7”/ 375 mm stock is longer than the other versions. The rifle is available in .30-06 Springfield, .308 Winchester, .243 Winchester (with 22”/ 560 mm barrel) and .300 Winchester Magnum (with 24”/ 610 mm barrel). The rifle is offered at a price of 1,999 euro.