The bolt-action rifle was forever changed with the introduction of the Browning X-Bolt. The X-Bolt builds on the proven successes of past Browning rifles and adds numerous improvements that place the X-Bolt at the top of any side-by-side comparison. Most notable are the adjustable three-lever Feather Trigger™ system that offers the best feel on any Browning rifle ever and our proprietary barrel manufacturing systems which produce barrels recognized for their custom-class accuracy.
There is a lot of talk on the internet these days about what makes the Browning X-Bolt achieve accuracy that used to be reserved for custom rifles. In this video independently produced by GoHunt.com the concepts of acheiving M.O.A. accuracy and beyond are explored in detail. The GoHunt team came to Browning headquarters in Utah and asked the important questions.
The X-Bolt is free-floated by bedding the front and rear of the action for stability and to help maintain barrel to stock spacing for consistent accuracy. A recessed muzzle crown helps protect the rifling from damage.
For precise shooting in the field or off the bench, there’s absolutely no substitute for a good, predictable trigger. The X-Bolt’s new three-lever Feather Trigger provides a clean, crisp pull with no take-up or creep and minimal overtravel. The trigger is screw adjustable from 3 to 5 lbs. and factory pre-set at approximately 3 1/2 lbs. An alloy trigger housing contains the hard chromed steel components that are highly polished on all critical contact surfaces. Precise engagement angles mean the X-Bolt Feather Trigger feels light and right and stays that way through many thousands of rounds. Unlike competitors’ triggers with secondary fingerpiece levers, the Feather Trigger is designed right, from the very start.
Securely mounted optics are essential to the accuracy and precision of any rifle. To ensure the new X-Bolt rifle has the most stable mount possible, it features the X-Lock scope mounting system. The X-Lock system uses four screws per base, replacing the traditional two-screw system. The benefits are obvious, with the scope bases being secured at all four corners rather than only held at the center of the base. This allows for more accurate placement of the bases on the receiver. This revolutionary X-Lock system holds the base tighter to the rifle than ever before.
The new Inflex Technology recoil pad is the most comfortable, effective pad available. That's because Inflex Technology is more than a mass of recoil absorbing material, the innovation is engineered into the pad. Underneath the material, an internal skeleton has been designed using the concept of directional deflection. When a Browning with the Inflex recoil pad is fired, the pad collapses, but instead of simply moving to the rear, directional ribs pull the comb down and away from your face for even greater shooting comfort and faster follow-ups.
Inflex Technology is on several Browning rifles and shotguns. The video above explains the version on the Browning X-Bolt rifle. The same principles apply on the other Browning guns fitted with Inflex.