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    Browning X-Bolt or Browning A-Bolt Rifle which one ???

    I'd like to add a FAST Bolt Action Rifle to my Stable later this Summer and have narrowed it down to a Browning A-Bolt or X-bolt with the 60 degree Bolt lift in 308 Caliber. I plan on using the Federal Fushion "LITE" 170 grain Ammo with it. This is the same Ammo I use in my Remington 760 .308 Pump.

    I looked at a Browning X-Bolt "Micro Midas" Hunter in 308 with a 20" barrel and it seemed to fit & feel perfect although I may still get the longer barreled Rifle.

    I've heard a couple negative thing's about the Browning X-Bolt's (trouble cycling ammo) but nothing bad about the older Browning A-Bolt's.... The X-Bolt seem's to have so many custom Rifle option's incorporated into it for an over the counter gun it seem's like you get a lot of bang for your buck.

    Anyone have any feedback on either of these rifles? I would certainly appreciate it.

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    Can't tell you about the X-bolt, but I do own an A-bolt in .300 Win Mag. After 30-40 rounds the action got really smooth and slick. Also a very accurage rifle right out of the box.

    Selection may be a bit thin, but Gallery of Guns has some A-bolts for real good prices right now.
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    I have fired both in .325WSM in a side by side comparison, (same load) I think they are pretty much the same BUT the Xbolt does seem to handle the recoil much better. It's a different recoil pad.
    Hope this helps.
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    I have a pair of left handed A-bolt medallions that I bought 15 or so years ago.. 270 and a 300 win mag. Ive not shot the 300 win mag much at all. But I have the 270 alot, it is a fine rifle, very accurite. The action is very smooth an quick. I didnt like the glossy stock so I stripped it down an put tongue oil on it. Turned out much more to my liking.. Its got abunch a good huntin memories with it.
    I dont know much about the x-bolts, other than what Ive read.
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    I have 3 A-Bolts. A .270 LH Stalker, a .308 LH Micro hunter, and a .25wssm Stalker. All 3 are more accurate out of the box than they have a right to be. All 3 cycle like glass and are stone reliable. I have limited experience with the X-Bolt, but have sold a couple and handled a few more. They seem to have all of the good A-Bolt qualities with perhaps a few refinements BUT for my taste they look a little too modern and spacey for me. Just a personal taste thing. I'd bet my 51 Waffle top .35 Rem that they perform as well as their older brother! It's your money...buy the one YOU like!
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    I have a A-Bolt blued synthetic in 260 Rem and for some reason this caliber is kinda hard to find. I have run through a lot of real nice rifles in my lifetime but I like the A-Bolt. It is accurate, lightweight, and functions perfectly. My buddy had one for years in a 270 and he was deadlly with it.
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    Thank's guy's for the Feedback.

    It look's like the Browning A-Bolt's have a stellar reputation....

    Be nice to get more feedback on the Browning X-Bolt's as they haven't been around as long as the A-Bolt's.

    Does anyone shoot the Federal "Fusion" Ammo? I shoot Fusion in .308 "LITE". It turn's my Remington 760 Gamemaster .308 Pump into a hot 30-30 with much less Recoil and Concussion. Your limited though to about 200 yard's. It's the only way I know to shoot a newer quality Pump Rifle with 30-30 characteristic's. Now I want a Browning A-Bolt or X-Bolt. The X-Bolt's I've looked at are the smoothest, fastest cycling bolt Rifles I have ever handled. I assume by what I've heard here the A-Bolt's are the same. The smooth 60 degree bolt lift is nice for mounting a Scope.

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    No input on the X bolt, but i own 3 A-bolts {223,243,300 Win Mag} and they are Great guns, not a single complaint here.The 60deg bolt is real nice, it was 1 of the reasons for the purchase when it came out, than i just liked the guns so much i bought a couple more.

    My 243 A-Bolt is still one of my favorite rifles, i would like to find a ultralight synthetic stock for it, any ideas on a stock or maker of a stock for it?



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    OP,

    I own one A-Bolt and two X-Bolts. I own a A-Bolt 22-250 and an X-Bolt in 7mm-08 and 223. I prefer the X-Bolt for the magazine, adjustable trigger, and the way the bolt works. Truth is, both are excellent rifles but I cannot confirm any feed issues with the X-Bolt, mine have been perfect feeding many 223 and 7mm-08 bullets. In fact, I really fouled up my 223 one day and it took me a long time to get all that copper out but there were no feeding issues. I would imagine a 308 would feed great and you will love the drop-out composite magazines and adjustable trigger on the X-Bolt.

    If you were here in Utah I would just give you one of each to shoot for a while.

    You can never go wrong with a Browning bolt action rifle.
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    I have never shot the X-Bolt, I can't get past the looks of the rifle. I do have two A bolts (one is my son's) and they both shoot great. The X-Bolt may very well be a good rifle but I sure wished Browning would stop putting the "Euro" look on their guns!
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