American Hunter - June 2017 - 57

MONTANA RIFLE CO.
EXTREME X2
montanarifleco.com
■ Type: bolt-action centerfire rifle
■ Caliber: .280 Ackley Imp. (tested); others
from .22-250 Rem. to .33 Nosler available
■ Barrel: 24"; stainless steel; button-rifled,
hand-lapped; 6 grooves, 1:9.5" RH twist
■ Trigger: single-stage; 3.1-lb. pull weight
■ Magazine: internal box w/floorplate;
5-rnd. capacity
■ Sights: none; receiver drilled and tapped
for Winchester Model 70-style bases
■ Safety: three-position wing
■ Stock: straight-comb, carbon fiber
w/Kevlar; LOP 13.625"
■ Metal Finish: matte stainless steel
■ Overall Length: 45"
■ Weight: 7.5 lbs.
■ MSRP: $1,412

cult-like following. It's relatively difficult
to find a new rifle chambered for .280
Ackley, and to my knowledge Nosler is
the only major ammunition manufacturer currently producing factory loads
for the cartridge. Still, it's favored for
its performance, which comes close to
matching that of the 7mm Rem. Mag.
but in a standard-length case and with
less recoil. American Hunter contributor Bryce Towsley provided me with one
of his favorite handloads, which turned

in a group average of less than a halfinch at 100 yards. Groups with the two
Nosler factory loads also averaged well
under an inch.
Tuned for a pull weight of slightly
more than 3 pounds, the crisp pre'64 Winchester Model 70-style trigger
inspired even more confidence when
I shot from field positions. The lapped
action smoothly fed every cartridge from
the five-round magazine, and unloading
was a snap thanks to the hinged floorplate incorporated into the one-piece
bottom metal. With its 24-inch barrel,
the rifle balanced right at the front
action screw. While the Extreme X2
wasn't a lightweight, especially with a

scope onboard, it came to the shoulder
easily, naturally and on target. Another
feature that aided in lively handling was
the open curve of the stock's pistol grip,
although the comb was a hair too low for
my preference.
Trustworthy function and repeatable
accuracy are things hunters depend on a
rifle to have. Jeff Sipe and Montana Rifle
Co. build them into the Extreme X2. ah

Montana Rifle Co. Extreme X2
Load

americanhunter.org ❘

Velocity
(fps)

Smallest

Group Size (inches)
Average

Largest

140
160
150

3019
2708
2867

0.60
0.66
0.25

0.89
0.77
0.47

1.07
0.87
0.61

(grs.)

Nosler Custom AccuBond
Nosler Trophy Grade Partition
Handload w/Nosler Ballistic Tip

.280 Ackley Imp.

Weight

Outdoors | Sandbags | 100 Yards | 3-Shot Group

57 ❘ june 2017


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