Morgan, Utah – The bolt-action rifle market is forever changed with the introduction of the all new Browning X-Bolt for 2008. The X-Bolt builds on the proven success of past Browning rifles, and adds numerous improvements that will position the X-Bolt at the top of bolt actions offered to today’s discriminating sportsman.
X-Bolt Feather™ Trigger. The most notable new feature on the X-Bolt is the completely new adjustable three-lever Feather Trigger system that offers the best feel on any Browning rifle ever. The X-Bolt’s new Feather Trigger provides a clean, crisp pull with no take-up or creep and minimal overtravel. The trigger is screw adjustable from 3 to 5 lbs. and factory pre-set at approximately 3 ½ lbs. An alloy trigger housing contains the hard chromed steel components that are highly polished on all critical surfaces. Precise engagement angles gives the X-Bolt Feather Trigger a lighter trigger pull feel that stays that way through many thousands of rounds.
Bolt Unlock Button. The new X-Bolt will also feature a new bolt unlock button that works with the top-tang safety. Conveniently located on top of the bolt lever, the bolt unlock button allows the bolt to be unlocked and opened with the safety in the on position. The safety blocks the trigger sear and features a firing pin block for added safety.
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Inflex Technology Recoil Pad. An all new Inflex Technology recoil pad is standard on every X-Bolt rifle. This ultra soft pad offers the best recoil absorption available on any rifle. The proprietary construction and material promote a directional deflection of recoil forces, pulling the stock comb away from the face to reduce felt recoil and muzzle climb.
X-Lock™ Scope Mounting System. The X-Lock mounts feature an all new four screw per base design that replaces the traditional two screw system. This gives the X-Bolt the most stable scope mounting system possible with the bases being secured on all four corners rather than only attached at the center of the base for more accurate placement on the receiver.
An all new detachable rotary magazine is incorporated into the X-Bolt. Constructed from a durable lightweight polymer, the magazine is designed to feed cartridges directly in-line with the bolt, instead of offset as with traditional leaf-spring magazines, for a straight shot right into the chamber. The magazine sits flush with the bottom of the rifle for a sleeker appearance.
Other features found on the new Browning X-Bolt will include a short 60º bolt lift that provides fast cycling and allows the shooter to work the bolt more quickly without the scope getting in the way. The bolt has three locking lugs to provide exceptional bolt strength. The X-Bolt barrel is free-floated by bedding the front and rear of the action for stability and to help maintain barrel to stock spacing. A recessed muzzle crown helps protect the rifling from damage.
The new Browning X-Bolt will be offered in Hunter and Medallion models with wood stocks and in Composite Stalker and Stainless Stalker models with composite stocks. Short action composite model weight is 6 lbs. 5 oz. and long action wood stock models weight is 7 lbs. Calibers offered from 243 Win. to 375 H & H Mag. Suggested Retail $799.00 to $1,049.00.