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Started a new thread.  I got several recommendations to consider the Browning .300 mag.  I checked the Browning website and found there is the x-bolt hunter and the x-bolt Medallion.  I don't see any differences unless I am missing something.  Does anybody have any thoughts on this gun?  Should I consider it for my next purchase or move on to something else?
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Hunter has a  matte finish with a satin stock..the Medallion has a gloss finish and stock ..Performance wise, they should shoot similar , but the hunter is a bit more 'woods friendly " without all the glossy finishes to reflect sunlight .. Everything I have read on these has been favorable. I own an A Bolt II and it's been a super rifle, and I trust this new Browning will get'er done for ya. If the X bolt lines are a bit racy , the A bolt II is still cataloged.
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Originally posted by tomp tomp wrote:

Started a new thread.  I got several recommendations to consider the Browning .300 mag.  I checked the Browning website and found there is the x-bolt hunter and the x-bolt Medallion.  I don't see any differences unless I am missing something.  Does anybody have any thoughts on this gun?  Should I consider it for my next purchase or move on to something else?
 
The new X-Bolts look like nice rifles to me, with some well-thought-out features!  The stock lines may not be well-received by traditionalists, but I found the stock shape to be very good ergonomically.  I'm not real wild about the buttstock shape, though, specifically the cosmetic contour line that extends into the buttstock from the grip cap area.  I love the feel of the forend though!  The bolt retains the 3 locking lugs and short bolt lift of the A-Bolt.  The rifle has a clever bolt release button on the base of the bolt handle that allows unloading the rifle with the safety on.   It basically serves the same function as the middle position of a Winchester style 3 position safety or the bolt release button in front of the safety on the Sako 75 & 85.  The X-Bolt gets its name from the bolt pattern of the scope bases, which uses 4 screws per base rather than the traditional 2.  The rifle has a completely redesigned trigger Browning calls the "Feather" trigger that feels pretty good.  The detachable magazine has been redesigned as well so that it feeds directly from the centerline.  The main criticism I have of the rifle is the fact the magazine is made of plastic... excuse me... "polymer."  The other issue I see with this rifle is there doesn't seem to be very many scope mount choices for it at present, but I'm sure that situation will change in the near future.
 
Overall, I think it's a nice rifle, and all the reviews I've read about it so far have been very positive, especially regarding its accuracy.  If you like the stock shape, then I think it's definitely worth consideration!
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make sure you got your hands on the bases before you get the gun. the trigger is the new 3 lever design that will be used in the new winchesters 70's
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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

make sure you got your hands on the bases before you get the gun. the trigger is the new 3 lever design that will be used in the new winchesters 70's
 
Although the new Winchester MOA trigger is similar to the new Browning Feather trigger, and they are both 3-lever designs, they are not the same triggers; there are subtle differences evident when you look at the innards.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by tomp tomp wrote:

Started a new thread.  I got several recommendations to consider the Browning .300 mag.  I checked the Browning website and found there is the x-bolt hunter and the x-bolt Medallion.  I don't see any differences unless I am missing something.  Does anybody have any thoughts on this gun?  Should I consider it for my next purchase or move on to something else?

 

The new X-Bolts look like nice rifles to me, with some well-thought-out features!  The stock lines may not be well-received by traditionalists, but I found the stock shape to be very good ergonomically.  I'm not real wild about the buttstock shape, though, specifically the cosmetic contour line that extends into the buttstock from the grip cap area.  I love the feel of the forend though!  The bolt retains the 3 locking lugs and short bolt lift of the A-Bolt.  The rifle has a clever bolt release button on the base of the bolt handle that allows unloading the rifle with the safety on.   It basically serves the same function as the middle position of a Winchester style 3 position safety or the bolt release button in front of the safety on the Sako 75 & 85.  The X-Bolt gets its name from the bolt pattern of the scope bases, which uses 4 screws per base rather than the traditional 2.  The rifle has a completely redesigned trigger Browning calls the "Feather" trigger that feels pretty good.  The detachable magazine has been redesigned as well so that it feeds directly from the centerline.  The main criticism I have of the rifle is the fact the magazine is made of plastic... excuse me... "polymer."  The other issue I see with this rifle is there doesn't seem to be very many scope mount choices for it at present, but I'm sure that situation will change in the near future.

 

Overall, I think it's a nice rifle, and all the reviews I've read about it so far have been very positive, especially regarding its accuracy.  If you like the stock shape, then I think it's definitely worth consideration!

I really like the overall "feel" of this rifle. It "fits". The "Hunter" is definitely the "woods rifle". Medallion I would just want to leave in a display, which would be of no use for me. I have not had a chance to really get acquainted with the trigger system.
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There is a real nice trigger on the X bolts!!..................
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The trigger seems almost as good as my Sako 85 although it has a 3# minimum.  The bolt release is great.  I wish they'd have used 24" barrels on 270, 280 and 30-06 like they did on the 25-06.  The stock design is overwrought and the detachable magazine fits that theme.  The buttstock in particular, in spite of a cushy recoil pad, is too small.  It looks like a case of function following form.  If they put the new action in a traditional stock with a BDL style hinged floorplate they'd have a winner.
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I looked at the X-bolt and the new TC Icon and am currently trying to decide which one to get. The X-bolt is light and balanced, it does have a comfortable fore end with checkering that is also on the bottom where your hand needs it. Yes it does have a polymer clip but I bet they are pretty tough and it cuts down on the weight a lot. If I get the X-bolt it will be a 7mm-08. I do think the buttpad is ok but wish it was more flat on the end instead of the contour. The Icon is nice as well and has a metal clip. In long action wood stock it is a little heavy but balanced. I want a short action woods rifle so I will get it in 308 if I do get it. My only other decision is do I want a wood stock and matte black barrel or Stainless and Hogue duratouch stock which you can get on both. I love the look of wood but I like the non slip feel of the dura touch. Does any one have a Hogue overmolded rifle and are there any negatives to them?
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Originally posted by DAVE44 DAVE44 wrote:

I looked at the X-bolt and the new TC Icon and am currently trying to decide which one to get. The X-bolt is light and balanced, it does have a comfortable fore end with checkering that is also on the bottom where your hand needs it. Yes it does have a polymer clip but I bet they are pretty tough and it cuts down on the weight a lot. If I get the X-bolt it will be a 7mm-08. I do think the buttpad is ok but wish it was more flat on the end instead of the contour. The Icon is nice as well and has a metal clip. In long action wood stock it is a little heavy but balanced. I want a short action woods rifle so I will get it in 308 if I do get it. My only other decision is do I want a wood stock and matte black barrel or Stainless and Hogue duratouch stock which you can get on both. I love the look of wood but I like the non slip feel of the dura touch. Does any one have a Hogue overmolded rifle and are there any negatives to them?
.....................I gots me a Ruger Alaskan with the Hogue stock!! It`s a go anywhere rough it rifle. I`ll never have to worry about wood scratches, dings, problems from weather, wood warping, gripping the stock or anything else or problems related to wood..............
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