I wish Browning made the X bolt in left hand synthetic stock.So far not available.
I have one complaint against at Tikka that stops me from owning one. No 3 position safety or bolt release lever. I just dont like the fact that you will be cycling live rounds through every time you unload it with the safety in the off position. I bought a Sako to to solve that problem and love it. I also just bought an X-Bolt and can tell you it looks mighty fine in the gunsafe, but beyond that I cannot comment. I wish Tikka would change that and if so, i would probably buy one next time.
You might want compare the triggers on both. See how much you can adjust them and how they break at a lower setting. I think you will see a difference that might sway you one way or the other.
I have the X-Bolt in 30-06, light 'pointable' rifle, no complaints from me.I had a local gunsmith in Erie Colorado work the trigger on the x-bolt. I think it was around $140ish. He brought it down to about 2 3/4lbs I think, took what little creep out that might have been in there, changed the angle slightly. I recommend this for any rifle based on my limited experience. I had my old A-bolt in 300 winmag done this way and they both shoot way better from it.
Why would one have to cycle the rounds through a Tikka to unload it? I've never had one in hand, but couldn't one just drop the magazine and work the bolt once to eject the one in the chamber? .