Browning Rifles Billings MT
Local resource for Browning rifles in Billings. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to types of Browning firearms such as deer rifles, Browning X-bolt rifles, Browning A-bolt rifles, Browning automatic rifles, machine rifles, and sniper rifles, as well as advice and content on waterfowl hunting shotguns.
613 5Th Ave
Laurel Rifle Club406628460
Po Box 21
Northwest Parts & Rigging Co406892177
5460 Hwy 2 West
Columbia Falls, MT
Columbia Falls, MT
Associated Custom Gun Builder406930119
103 4Th Ave S
Turner, James E406962388
16 Bridle Trails Drive
Laurel Rod & Gun Club(406) 628-6292
120 2Nd Ave S
Central Montana Shooting Complex
D & K Sporting Goods406464232
6710 Hwy 191 N
Beaudrys Western Supply406538882
158 Valach Road
Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker Review
Browning has been producing bolt action center fire rifles since the introduction of the BBR in 1978. The BBR carried through until 1984 when it was replaced with the A-Bolt. Today the A-Bolt is still in production, but in 2008 Browning introduced its new X-Bolt line of hunting rifles.
The X-Bolt lineup has steadily been growing since its introduction and we decided to take a look at the Stainless Stalker variation in 270WSM. The Stainless Stalker is offered in three different action lengths and a variety of cartridges. The shortest action is only available in 223 Rem and 22-250 Rem, while the standard short action is available in 243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, 308 Win, 300 WSM, 270 WSM, 7mm WSM, and 325 WSM. Long actions are available in 25-06 Rem, 270 Win, 280 Rem, 30-06 Springfield, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, and 338 Win Mags. Long actions magnums come with 26" barrels, while the short actions generally come with 22" barrels, except for the short magnums which have 23" barrels. At the time of publication, expect to pay between $900 to $950 at retail depending on the cartridge purchased.
Perhaps the feature that stands out the most on the Stainless Stalker is the Dura-Touch stock. Like the A-Bolt before and some other Browning and Winchester long guns, the Dura-Touch rubberized coating is a nice feature that improves the grip of the gun in most any condition. The underlying stock is an ordinary synthetic stock like most others on the market; however Browning uses a special process to layer the rubberized treatment onto the stock. Dura-Touch tends to hold up very well over the years and is a worthwhile improvement over traditional synthetic stocks. As a footnote, if you like the grip of the Dura-Touch stock but want it on a different rifle, you might want to consider the Hogue line of OverMolded stocks. The grip is similar and is available on some factory offerings as well as an aftermarket stock replacement.
The Stalker series of stocks is also a good platform for building an accurate firearm. Our test model has a completely free floated barrel and as can be seen in the accompanying pictures, the action is bedded in two spots on the stock. The action is held in place by two screws, one that goes near the front recoil lug and the other near the rear mounting bolt, making for a solid matchup between the stock and action. Finally the stock is capped with a Browning Inflex recoil pad that is particularly soft and is reminiscent of other aftermarket pads like Limbsaver produced by SVL.
While this year marks the first year that the X-Bolt is available in left handed action, this does not include the Stainless Stalker which is available in right hand versions only. Furthermore, the Stainless Stalker has a right hand palm swell on the pistol grip t...