There is a trend among select hunters to use smaller varmint/predator calibers with heavier bullets. The higher ballistic coefficient of these bullets, combined with the advances in bullet manufacturing, optics, and ballistics calculators, allow shooters to effectively hunt at ranges that used to be impractical at best and unethical at the worst.
For the long range predator and varmint hunter, Browning now offers the X-Bolt Predator rifle. The X-Bolt is renowned for its “out of the box” accuracy. Add a heavy sporter (375 H&H profile) barrel, a camo dipped stock, action and barrel, and a tight rate of twist, and you get the perfect predator rifle.
For SHOT Show 2014, the X-Bolt Predator is offered in Realtree Max-1 and Mossy Oak Brush, two highly effective patterns for coyote hunters in a variety of environments. The full dip eliminates the need to wrap or paint the barrel and action. Additionally, the bolt has been blued; an often overlooked detail in reducing any tell-tale glare from a predator hunting rig.
Three calibers are currently available: 204 Ruger with a 1 in 12” twist, 223 Remington with a 1 in 8” twist, and 22-250 Remington with a 1 in 9” twist.
Close up of the Mossy Oak Brush dip on the barrel and stock.
Aaron Cummins, Browning Firearms Product Manager and avid Predator Hunter, proudly displaying the X-Bolt Predator in Mossy Oak Brush
The blued bolt on the Predator adds a unique aesthetic, but serves the primary purpose of eliminating glare from the bolt.
Posted: January 15th, 2014 under 2014 SHOT Show.