An Icon Enters the Chassis Game: Winchester’s New XPC— SHOT Show 2018

Winchester Repeating Arms, a rifle manufacturer made famous by the innovative lever action Model 1866, debuted a concept chassis style rifle at the 2017 SHOT Show. One year later, the Winchester XPC is ready to hit the market.

SPECS: Winchester XPC

  • Cartridge: .308, 6.5 CM, .243 Win.
  • Capacity:5+1; 10+1
  • Barrel length: 20 in. (.308); 24 in. (6.5 & .243)
  • Overall length: 44 in.
  • Length of Pull: 13.75 in.
  • Stock: Composite
  • Receiver finish: matte blued
  • MSRP: $1,599

The Winchester XPC is a bolt action rifle that is mated to a chassis. Based on the Winchester XPR Rifle, the XPC features Winchesters M.O.A. trigger system and is available in 243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 308 Winchester. Winchester markets the M.O.A. Trigger as having zero take-ups, no creep or overtravel and is user adjustable. The M.O.A. Trigger comes from the factory adjusted at 3.5 lbs. I got to dry fire the Winchester XPC rifle during SHOT Show, and I found the trigger to be excellent.

Impressions

Aside from a decent trigger, the Winchester XPC comes with a full-length M-LOK handguard. This is advantageous if an end user wants to add a light for hunting at night or augment night vision. The Picatinny/MIL-STD 1913 rail at the 12 o’clock position would be ideal for mounting a night vision or thermal unit, or a Charlie TARAC prism for long range shooting. The XPC also comes from the factory with a 20 MOA rail, Magpul PRS Gen3 stock and since the muzzle is threaded, ready to go for suppressed use.

Winchester did a good job with the XPC rifle. I have an old Winchester Model 70 sitting in my safe that has a lot of sentimental value. The XPC retails for $1,599 which is bargain considering the capabilities you are getting with this rifle. It’s nice to see Winchester adding more innovative products to their rifle lineup.

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  • Mark N. February 1, 2018, 6:58 pm

    The Winchester NAME was made famous by the 1866, etc. but that company is long gone, and only the name remains. FN Herstal/Browning currently licenses the name from Olin, who owns the Winchester ammunition company and all Winchester trademarks. All of the new lever actions are made in Japan by Miroku. I wonder which company makes these.

  • don schimpff February 1, 2018, 6:02 pm

    I still like the Lever actions: 1873, 1886, 1892, 1894 & 1895. In the right hands, they kill just as dead as anything.

  • John Roberts February 1, 2018, 10:45 am

    24″ is more than enough barrel length for a .243, and Winchester needs to wake up and smell the coffee by offering this rifle in .224 Valkyrie also.

    • Lee February 1, 2018, 11:12 am

      Honestly I really think the 243win needs a longer barrel for pushing velocity with slower powder like hybrid 100v, and a twist capable of stabilizing 105 berger hybrids, 110gr match kings, an 115gr dtacs. 26″ is just enough to get 2900 with 105’s using H4350. In reality you really want to be able to push and stabilize 115’s at 3000fps. Nothing hurts going faster but game rules limit at 3200fps. 24″ is fine if all your doing is varmint hunting with light fast bullets, but I’m assuming they are trying to tap the emerging precision rifle game market. They would be smart to ditch the 243win and offer a 6mm creedmore instead.

      Ruger set the bar with the Ruger Precision Rifle, now everyone else is trying to jump in the game.

      • Mark N. February 1, 2018, 6:55 pm

        Savage was in this “game” long before Ruger. With better triggers and barrels too.

  • Big John February 1, 2018, 10:38 am

    Love all these new tactical rifles with all their rails, adjustable cheeks. butts and chassis designs…NOT!!!

    They may be great for the range, or a conflict in urban terrain, or the open terrain of Southwest Asia (if they’re not going to be bumped around), but if we ever get in another conflict in a thick forest or jungle environment the troops are going to need machetes to disentangle all of this garbage. This is what happens when the target community gets involved with tactical rifles instead of the operators (small “o”) more involved in their design. To think we used to laugh at the Draganov, now they seem down right stream line in comparison.

    The pinnacle of sniper rifles should have been the old USMC M40A1 in a long action, chambered for the Magnum caliber of their choice (this coming from an Army guy), but hey what the hell do I know??? Give us old “has beens” a call when that balloon goes up and we can also point out why you should have kept the LRSD! If these trends continue it only helps our near-peer adversaries.

  • kerry purcell February 1, 2018, 8:44 am

    well at least they offer it in something besides the over rated little creedmore cartridge, the 243 needs a longer barrel but its still good,no mention of respective barreling twists,,looks tactical,,,and thats all gommer is interested in,,,,,

    • Thomas Gomez February 1, 2018, 7:55 pm

      What is your caliber of choice?

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