Browning X-Bolt Pro Long Range 300 WM Full Review

Last year, I got my first experience with the Browning X-Bolt, using a Hell’s Canyon model in 6.5 Creedmore. I came away very impressed, my respect for the Browning name rekindled. They got a lot right with this model, from the trigger to the muzzle brake. So when the chance popped up to take a look at the X-bolt Pro in 300 Winchester Magnum, I hopped on it.

300 WM might not be the sexiest new round on the block, but it is hard to argue with it’s 55 year proven track record. It will kill anything in North America, and probably dinosaurs if you find yourself in that position. I also like it because no other cartridge, to me at least, personifies America more. We could make a more aerodynamic bullet, but that is for nerds. We will just make our 30 caliber bullet go faster! Ballisticians- fit more powder behind this. Go!

As much as I like 300 WM, I was a little concerned about sparking it off in a 6 pound, 9 ounce gun. I have shot well over 100 rounds in this caliber in a day, but that was behind a not light AI chassis on a MK13. Sub 7 pounds is great for carrying around the mountains, but it can make for a very long day of testing. I am very happy to report that the Browning muzzle brake works OUTSTANDING for this caliber. I was so amazed, I actually wondered for a minute if Hornady sent me powder puff loads.

Muzzle brake is threaded on, also suppressor capable

The gun itself is a thing of beauty, something sorely missing in hunting rifles today. The stock is carbon fiber, which gives it a snakeskin-like appearance. It is also responsible for some of the weight cut from the rifle. The stock is slightly darker bronze than the action and barrel, which gives a nice two-tone look. The barrel is a light profile, but accuracy didn’t suffer on this rifle, much like it’s smaller 6.5 Creedmore sister. Using Hornady 200 grain ELD-X, the X-bolt turned in groups at just over 1 MOA at 100 meters. While that is not as good as the Creedmore, it is still P for plenty on a hunting rifle.

Many of the features that I liked on the original are shared with the X-Bolt Pro. The magazine is still a detachable rotary, with a capacity of 3+1 in this caliber. The trigger is fantastic, named the Feather Trigger by Browning. It is on par with the best I have seen in this class of rifle and is user adjustable. Mine came out of the box at 3.75 pounds but is adjustable between 3 and 5. The same 60-degree throw makes a follow-up shot a snap, with some added aesthetics. The bolt on the pro model is fluted, which if nothing else adds to the visual appeal.

When I talked about the original X-bolt, one thing I was sure to point out is don’t leave the store without rings. The X-bolt requires a unique ring set, which severely limits your scope choices. This is one of the only things I would put in the negative column. This time I had enough advanced notice to test the optimal fix for this.

EGW is one of my favorite accessory companies. I have used them for years, primarily for the Picatinny or weaver scope bases they make. From 10/22’s to, well, Browning X-bolts, they make a Picatinny top rail section for almost everything. This allowed me to use a grown-up scope with a Picatinny base, which is much more to my liking. EGW makes the base in short or long action and with a 0 or 20 MOA cant. If you are possibly taking the X-bolt long range hunting, you are going to need one of these. Out of the box, the rail section bolted right on with a perfect fit.

The Browning X-bolt Pro has an MSRP of $2099, which certainly isn’t cheap. But as soon as you pick one up, you know where the extra money went. As hunting rifles go, this is one of the best I have seen to date. If you are in the market for the fall season, the X-bolt family should be on your radar.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Mike October 17, 2018, 8:52 am

    If this rifle is 6lb 9oz then it’s not the long range model, it’s just the pro model. The long range has a heavy sporter barrel and weighs in around 7 1/2lbs.

  • David J Lenzi July 9, 2018, 10:27 pm

    Over 2k for a rifle that manages 1 MOA with match grade factory ammo? Might as well have led with that and saved me the trouble of reading the rest. I jest, but, honestly…I’d have accepted 1 MOA in the 90s, back in an era before a $500 dollar rack grade rifle would guarantee better than 1 MOA.

  • DAVE KIETA July 9, 2018, 4:36 pm

    I have always been a Browning freak! The x-bolts are just awesome. Browning does not get the recognition it deserves due to lack of aftermarket options. Thanks.for the great review!

  • Kendall July 9, 2018, 11:52 am

    Impressed with the muzzle brake on a “6.5 Creed”??? ROTFLMAO! What a country full of pussies we have become.

    • DAVE KIETA July 9, 2018, 4:33 pm

      While ur getting back on target, I’ll be pulling the trigger again with a muzzle brake

    • Clay Martin July 10, 2018, 12:00 pm

      it’s called a follow up shot, genius. or a multiple target engagement.

  • Sgt. Pop July 9, 2018, 10:14 am

    Muzzle brakes, don’t leave home without one…………

  • Tom Evans July 9, 2018, 6:42 am

    I bought this gun 6 months ago and mounted my Mark 4, Leopold, LR Tactical scope, and my Rugged, 7.62 Razor, shooting Hornady 180 GMX Superformance, 3280 fps, right out of the box, at sea level, Homestead, FL, and it shoots a tennis ball group, at the 500 yard range, suppressed!!!
    Amazingly good fun and ammo.
    I expect Elk for Christmas dinner this year.
    We were so impressed with the performance of this gun and ammo, two of my hunting partners for this year bought them, and using the factory brakes, got the same results, one with a Vortex, and the other with his Sig, Tango 6.

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