For 2024, Browning has a carbon fiber barrel offering.
Public land buck I took this fall with the new 2024 Browning X-Bolt 2 Pro McMillan SPR Carbon Fiber rifle.
For 2024, Browning has released what I’ll call an updated version of their X-Bolt line of rifles. Their new version is called the X-Bolt 2, and they are now offering a few carbon fiber barrel rifles. It’s no secret, but I truly love the performance, precision, and accuracy I get from a Browning rifle. I’ve taken Browning rifles to some amazing places over the past eight years.
In the video, I walk through some highlights of the new rifle, plus I show a 3-shot group at 900 yards, and then I take a shot at over a mile (1,825 yards).
Earlier this fall, I received the X-Bolt 2 Pro McMillan SPR Carbon Fiber rifle in 300 PRC (there are actually nine different X-Bolt 2 models available for 2024). After picking this rifle up, I couldn’t wait to get home and head into my reloading room. I went to work adding 20 MOA picatinny rail and mounted up a Vortex Razor HD Gen III 6-36x56 riflescope.
Before that, I made a quick stop at the office to weigh the rifle on a shipping scale. The rifle, with nothing on it but a bipod picatinny rail, weighed in at 6 lbs. 9.2 oz.
Browning X-Bolt 2 Pro McMillan SPR Carbon Fiber in 300 PRC
I’ll be honest: Before this year, I’d never personally hunted with a carbon fiber barrel, and I’d never shot a rifle with a barrel this short. My dad has a carbon fiber barrel rifle, and I’ve seen him take a lot of animals with his rifle, but this fall was the first time I had hunted with one myself. I will say, I was impressed!
I got this rifle earlier this fall, around October, and luckily, I had a mule deer hunt coming up. I put round after round down the barrel at the range. I’m sure most people are this way, but shooting perfect groups puts a smile on my face. This rifle was a joy to shoot.
Adam in our office let me borrow his Garmin Xero C1 Pro Chronograph, and I put it out next to this rifle when I was getting it dialed in. I personally love to handload everything, but I figured it would be great to test out the performance with some factory rounds. Below is some data from a 10-shot string using factory-loaded Hornady 225 grain ELD Match rounds:
On my hunt this fall, I took a mule deer with one shot at 350 yards. Hit him right in the shoulder, and he tumbled off a ledge and was down in less than 20 yards. The rifle performed flawlessly!
As mentioned earlier, when doing the video review of this rifle, I decided to stretch out the distance. I thought, why not see what this rifle can do at a distance of over a mile, 1,825 yards to be exact. I had not shot this rifle at a mile before this, I dialed up 70.5 MOA and 3 MOA left. The rock I have to shoot at is roughly 18 inches wide and 12-ish inches tall. The shot made me laugh, I put a round, maybe a couple of inches above the rock! And I have Cody, who was filming, to back me up and confirm that was actually a true first round.
Overall, if you’re looking to pick up a new rifle, you won’t be disappointed when it comes to Browning’s new 2024 X-Bolt rifles. They flat-out shoot!
Be sure to check out all the new 2024 rifles, especially their new Vari-Tech stock with OVIX camouflage that features an adjustable length of pull, adjustable comb, interchangeable grip modules, and overmolded grip surfaces.
Preferred Barrel Blanks carbon fiber barrel
Recoil Hawg muzzle brake reduces felt recoil up to 76%
Reconfigured receiver with additional bolt guidance surface area for smoother operation
Redesigned bolt with ergonomic new handle shape
Adjustable, multiple-lever DLX trigger set to hunting weights
Carbon fiber McMillan Game Warden 2.0 stock with an Urban Carbon Ambush finish
Bare rifle weight: 6 lbs. 9.2 oz.
10-shot average: 2768.5 fps
Standard deviation: 8.6 fps
Extreme spread: 24.3 fps
Min velocity: 2757.4 fps
Max velocity: 2781.6 fps
5/8”-24 muzzle thread
The model I used had a 22” barrel
A shorter barrel length is optimized for use with a suppressor
Zero creep, zero take-up, and zero overtravel
Adjustable trigger weight (I was able to set mine to 2 pounds)
6.5 Creedmoor, 308, 6.5 PRC, 6.8 Western, 7 PRC, 300 Win Mag, 300 PRC