Browning X-Bolt Target Max — SHOT Show 2022

At Shot Show 2022, Browning announced their X-Bolt Target Max. While incorporating MAX adjustability, this new X-Bolt features a stiffer, heavier receiver, adjustable target trigger, extended bolt handle, fluted stainless steel barrel, and more!

Browning X-Bolt Target Max.

The X-Bolt Target Max is available in 6MM Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 308 Winchester all with fluted 26″ stainless steel bull barrels that are suppressor-ready using 5/8″-24 threads.

Coming with a Recoil Hawg muzzle brake, recoil is very light straight from the factory. Incorporating a front Picatinny rail on the bottom of the forearm, this rifle is ready to pair with many of today’s precision rail-mounted bipods. 

Recoil Hawg muzzle brake and fluted barrel.

One of the best features for long-range shooters is the stiffer, heavier, full-diameter receiver. This provides more rigidity to aid in a very precise overall package. The receiver features a machined flat that can be used for squaring and truing the muzzle brake and reticle to the rifle.

Another useful feature is a pinned recoil lug to ensure repeatable orientation if the barrel is ever replaced. Sporting a black Cerakote, the X-Bolt Target Max should be able to handle whatever harsh elements are thrown its way. 

Thicker receiver, and machined flat for squaring and truing the rifle.

Featuring a patent-pending Browning Target Trigger, users have the option to adjust the pull weight from 2 to 3.3 pounds. This rifle ships with one MDT 10-round polymer mag, and feeds into Browning’s new Xtra Capacity Magazine System. 

Shooting a couple of strings of fire through this rifle, it had no problem slapping a 4″ hostage steel target at 100 yards. While this is no real test of precision, this rifle handled it without issue. 

Adjustable Target Trigger, and Browning’s “Xtra Capacity Magazine System.”

Using an oversized bolt handle allows for more torque and easier operation of the rifle. Included is a Picatinny rail “installed with four oversize 8-40 screws and an additional steel pin that secures the rail to the receiver. The pin acts as a recoil lug to prevent the rail from shifting.”

Browning X-Bolt Target Pro
Browning X-Bolt Target Pro.

While I was only able to shoot the X-Bolt Target Max, Browning also announced the release of four other X-bolt variants based on finish, caliber, and chassis configuration. Sharing many of the same internal features, these options give consumers individualized customization straight from the factory. 

Browning said that the X-Bolt Target Max should be shipping and available in the second quarter of 2022. With an MSRP of $1,669, this will be a rifle to keep your eyes on. For those who would like to read more, details are listed over on Browning’s website HERE.

Specifications for Browning X-Bolt Target Max chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor:

  • Item Number: 035560282
  • UPC: 023614853688
  • Action Length: Short Action
  • Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel Length: 26″
  • Overall Length: 46 13/100″
  • Length of Pull: 13 3/4″
  • Drop at Comb: Adj
  • Drop at Heel: Adj
  • Weight: 9 lbs 14.08 oz
  • Magazine Capacity: 10
  • Twist Rate: 7″
  • Barrel Finish: Satin Gray
  • Stock Finish: Matte
  • Receiver Finish: Matte Blued
  • Chamber Finish: Polished
  • Barrel Material: Stainless
  • Barrel Contour: Bull
  • Stock Material: Composite
  • Recoil Pad: Inflex 2, Large
  • Pistol Grip Cap: None
  • Checkering: Textured Grip Panels
  • Sling Swivel Studs: Cerakote
  • Receiver Material: Steel
  • Trigger Finish: Gold Plated
  • Bolt Slide Finish: High Gloss
  • Magazine Type: Extra Capacity
  • Trigger Material: Alloy
  • Trigger Guard Material: Alloy
  • Trigger Guard Engraving: Buck Mark in Gold
  • Floor Plate Material: Composite
  • Drilled and Tapped for Scope: Yes
  • MSRP: $1,669.99

About the author: Mitchell Graf is passionate about hunting and competition shooting. During college he was the shooting instructor for Oklahoma State’s Practical Shooting Team, and these days he spends as much time as he can chasing after pigs and coyotes with night vision and thermals. You can follow Mitchell’s adventures over at his Instagram @That_Gun_Guy_

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • John ROBERTS February 2, 2022, 2:33 pm

    The X-Bolt’s receiver is ugly, always has been. The bolt shroud looks like an afterthought, aesthetically unpleasing. Browning can do better.

  • Skeptic steve February 2, 2022, 7:18 am

    Great, it keeps with Brownings accuracy standard of 1.5 inches at 50 yards! I have an X-bolt in 26 Nosler, and it meets the accuracy standard with factory ammunition. Imagine a hunting rifle that is usable to 200 yards in this day and age! How is this company still in business? Save your money and buy something accurate.

  • Lon February 2, 2022, 5:38 am

    Why are you doing your videos at a range that has live fire going on at the same time??? Some of the words of the presenter(s) are missed because of the background noise……very annoying

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