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Weatherby 307 Range XP


I like both the older A-Bolt, and the newer X-Bolt. Never owned either, but have shot plenty.

Training a couple of guys a few years back as they prepped for a Canadian caribou hunt. They both bought the standard synthetic stocked Browning X-Bolt in 7mmRemMag. I adjusted the triggers and mounted scopes for both of them. They were shooting Hornady 162grn ELD-X Precision Hunter ammo, and those two rifles were among the most accurate assembly line-manufactured hunting rifles I have ever shot.

More recent than that, I trained a guy as he prepped for an elk hunt in Idaho or Utah (I can't remember which one it was). He had a much fancier rifle; a Browning X-Bolt White Medallion in 7mmRemMag. He used the same Hornady ammo the previous fellows had used (I recommended it to him because I had seen how well it shot). That rifle shot every bit as well as the other two did. He was a bit older than me, and had never hunted before in his life.

The elk hunter gave me a holler when he got back from his hunt. The day they got to the hunting camp, the guide took them straight out to get a little hunting in. Found a small herd of elk cows, and the guy I trained dropped one cleanly at 308 yards.
 
What don't you like? Main complaint I hear is the trigger. But I have no experience.

Accuracy, the ones I’ve tinkered with weren’t very accurate but they weren’t the new, long range models. Also, growing up, there was a certain type of person who owned brownings…lol. So that second part isn’t very scientific or brownings fault.
 
Accuracy, the ones I’ve tinkered with weren’t very accurate but they weren’t the new, long range models. Also, growing up, there was a certain type of person who owned brownings…lol. So that second part isn’t very scientific or brownings fault.

Not sure about the older ones, but the newer X-Bolts have an adjustable trigger. I liked the 3 that I worked on.
 
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The rifle as pictured immediately above weighed 8lbs 14oz. That's the rifle with optics/rings/mount, and an empty magazine.
The forend was more bendy than I prefer, so I bedded it with Devcon 10110 steel putty.

Installed a Silencerco ASR brake, and Cerakoted the stock in the old USMC M40A1 pattern.

The addition of the brake and the bedding bumped the empty weight up to 9lbs 12oz. My Silencerco Omega 300 with anchor brake and Cole-TAC HTP added 1lb 4.8oz to the package, for a total empty weight of about 11lbs.

Range time this Thursday for zeroing, dope out to 400yds, and some chrono data. We'll see how she does with 160grn Accubonds.
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