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.
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|
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