BROWNING X-BOLT MAX LONG RANGE FULL REVIEW

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With more people than ever interested in extending their effective shooting distance, whether it’s hunting or at the range, the demand for rifles to keep up has been pushing the industry forward at a steady pace. Enter the Max Long Range from Browning. Incorporating the quality that Browning fans have grown to love, the LR adds new features as well, creating a rifle that’s capable of stretching a shooter’s capabilities without breaking the bank.

Built on the Browning’s X-Bolt action, the Max Long Range comes suppressor-ready and includes a thread protector and muzzle brake. The barrel is a fluted heavy sporter style that’s free-floated over a composite stock. A new addition for the LR is Browning’s Feather Trigger, it comes from the factory set at 3.5 to 4 pounds and holds up to the claims of no creep and easy to adjust. The trigger on the .300 Winchester Magnum I received was set at 3.75 pounds out of the box and with minimal effort, I had it backed off as far as the adjustment would allow, to about 3.25. It was a little heavier than I like but it was crisp and broke uniformly with no creep, with a 60-degree bolt throw and extended handle, I found myself cycling the bolt quickly and easily. The detachable magazine fed reliably and was easy to drop out and replace.

The stock is perhaps the most noticeable attribute of the LR right out of the box, with an adjustable comb and several spacers included, one can tailor fit the rifle to a specific body style or shooting position. With three swivel studs mounted it’s ready for a sling and accessories immediately. The rifle is advertised at 8 lbs 7oz naked and after mounting a scope and bipod weighed in at 10 pounds 8 oz.

I took the Max Long Range out early one morning before the wind picked up and tried several different factory loads in it out to just over three hundred yards. The rifle consistently shot MOA groups with three of the four loads with the fourth shooting sub-MOA out past three hundred yards, the furthest I could stretch it before the conditions became unmanageable.

300 yard group with Black Hills Ammo 180 gr Nosler Accubond

The vertical pistol grip and adjustable comb made it comfortable to settle in and put the rifle through its paces while the muzzle brake lessened the recoil enough to be able to see impact even with the 180-grain shoulder thumpers. All in all the Max Long Range is an affordable, over the counter rifle that will give a good portion of rifles that cost double or triple the cost a run for their money. The Max Long Range is offered in many of the popular calibers, including 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 Win, 300 WSM, 7mm Rem Mag, 28 Nosler, 300 Win Mag, 300 RUM, 6.5 PRC, and the 30 Nosler.

 See specs below for the .300 Win Mag the author shot:

Action Length Long Action Caliber 300 Win Mag
Barrel Length 26″ Overall Length 46 7/8″
Length of Pull 13 3/4″ Drop at Comb Adj
Drop at Heel Adj Weight 8 lbs 7 oz
Magazine Capacity 3 Twist Rate 8″
Barrel Finish Satin Gray Stock Finish Black Gray Splatter
Receiver Finish Matte Black Chamber Finish Polished
Barrel Material Stainless Barrel Contour Heavy Sporter
Stock Material Composite Recoil Pad Inflex 2, Large
Pistol Grip Cap None Checkering Textured Grip Panels
Sling Swivel Stud Matte Blued Receiver Material Steel
Trigger Finish Gold Plated Bolt Slide Finish High Gloss
Magazine Type Detachable Trigger Material Alloy
Trigger Guard Material Alloy Trigger Guard Engraving Buck Mark
Floor Plate Material Composite Drilled and Tapped for Scope Yes
MSRP $1,299.99

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About the author: Jordan Voigt is a lifelong passionate outdoorsman. He has been blessed to hunt in numerous countries and several different states, as well as having worked for outfitters in Montana and Alaska as a camp jack, packer, and guide. He lives in Montana with his beautiful wife and is busy teaching his two sons about the outdoors and chasing the next adventure. You can follow him on Instagram @jordan.voigt

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  • Carroll Williamson January 27, 2020, 2:04 pm

    Just bought a new Browning x bolt max long range 300 win mag for an upcoming hunting trip. I don’t have a lot of time to experiment and was hoping you guys could recommend a bipod that works well with this gun?…

    Thanks,
    CW

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