I have an a-bolt medallion in 300 wm and love it. I also just bought a Howa Hogue in 06 and am very impressed with it. The Howa is a smaller and easier rifle to carry. I am sure some will agree and some will argue.
I have the X-Bolt in .270, and I liked that it was lighter than many of the other rifles I was considering. I do like the detachable magazine and the unloading with safety on feature, and the trigger is smooth, light, with no take up. It shoots great, 1/4" groups at a 100yrds. Mine is the stainless composite with a Leupold VX-3, in Talley mounts. Ultimately I just kept handling everything I could get my hands on, until I found something that felt like an extension of my body. I was not set on Browning over other brands, I just wanted that perfect fit. Best of luck in your search.
I have the X-Bolt stainless in 30-06, it is lightweight, and 'points' really well if you know what i mean.
The only thing i didn't like was the heavy trigger, but it is very easy to adjust.
So no complaints here.