I wish I had the 1895 SBL with the laminated stock, big loop lever, picatinny rail, with a matching stainless steel leupold scope. <drool!> I've had a chubby for that gun ever since I saw in Wind River.And for timber hunts a good ol Marlin 1895 guide model 45-70 loaded with 400grain Barnes bullets.
Yup that's what I got except for stainless unfortunately. But I love that gun and it's one I will never part with lolI wish I had the 1895 SBL with the laminated stock, big loop lever, picatinny rail, with a matching stainless steel leupold scope. <drool!> I've had a chubby for that gun ever since I saw in Wind River.
Better picture of the gun after its first elk. 60 yards on a dead run with 2 other bulls behind it. Dropped this bull on the run and then the 2 other bulls ran past kinda unsure what to do.After having a horrible elk hunting experience with a 25.06 (which kills elk just fine but not always with a blood trail) I switched to a 375 H&H X bolt. Shoots 235 gr Barnes and I added a front Williams ghost ring fire sight for when I decide to quick release the scope.
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To answer your question #1 for me personally it is absolutely worth it and quality and durability have been great. I bought one and liked it so much I bought another. The little features the X bolts have really set them apart IMO.Hi all,
I'm sure I can sift through the responses to get a feel for this question, but I'm curious about two things. My father is sick and has always wanted a Browning X-Bolt for himself, but it doesn't look like he will be hunting again. He still wants to get one for myself and my brother to share and pass down to our kids. He seems to be stuck on the X-Bolt, which seems fine to me as it seems like a great gun. So my two questions:
1) If you have an X-Bolt, do you feel it was worth the money? Have you felt good about the quality and durability?
2) If you were to choose a cartridge from a blank slate, what would it be? I currently run a .308 and feel good about that caliber but have also heard good things about 6.5 creedmoor and would be open to other suggestions. I would want enough versatility to use the gun for (primarily) elk, mule deer almost as often, and pronghorn on a less frequent basis. I've currently capped my shot distance for myself at 300 yards but would like to push that out closer to 400.
Thanks for any insights!