The Browning® X-Bolt Hunter Bolt-Action Rifle provides the reliability and accuracy Browning rifles are famous for. The X-Bolt Hunter features a satin finished walnut stock that looks great and won't spook game, while the detailed checkering provides a solid non-slip grip. A low-luster, blued finish on the barrel and receiver also reduces glare. The Inflex Technology™ recoil pad reduces recoil and ensures the butt won't slip off the shooter's shoulder. Browning's Feather Trigger™ also enhances potential accuracy by providing a clean, crisp pull with no take-up and a minimal overtravel (a screw adjusts trigger from 3 to 5 lbs.). A free-floated, target-crowned barrel delivers precision accuracy. The X-Bolt also features a glass bedded, matte finished steel receiver that's drilled and tapped with a 4 screw per base design to ensure a secure and stable placement of the optic sight. 3 locking lugs provide exceptional strength and a short 60° bolt lift that cycles smooth and fast, while keeping a wide margin of space between your hand and the scope sight. A detachable rotary magazine feeds cartridges directly in-line with the bolt instead of feeding offset as with conventional magazines. The Browning X-Bolt Hunter Bolt-Action Rifle also features a top-tang safety with bolt unlock button that allows you to open the bolt for loading or inspection with the tang safety in the safe position.
My next step—after bore-sighting the rifle—was to round up a relatively small but diverse assortment of ammo to take to the range. Handling a wide range of bullet weights is one of the things that keeps the .30-06 front-and-center saleswise (that and a 107-year running start on most everything else). My range bag included Winchester Supreme 150-grain Ballistic Silvertip, 168-grain Barnes Vor-TX TSX BT and Federal 180-grain Trophy Bonded. And just to really check out the recoil-absorbing properties of the X-Bolt’s Inflex Technology recoil pad, some elderly Winchester Super-X 220-grain Silvertips.