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SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)
VEL. @ 10'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

HORNADY NO. 8094
150-GR. GMX

2742 AVG.
11 SD

2,505

1.22

2.10

1.66

NOSLER NO. 60054
168-GR. CC

2686 AVG.
18 SD

2,692

1.50

2.36

1.77

WINCHESTER
NO. X3085BP
150-GR. PHP

2792 AVG.
11 SD

2,597

2.10

2.82

2.37

.308 WIN.
CARTRIDGE

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE IN INCHES
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

1.93

MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FROM A 22" BARREL. RANGE TEMPERATURE: 79° F. HUMIDITY:
45%. ACCURACY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A CALDWELL
LEAD SLED. ABBREVIATIONS: CC (CUSTOM COMPETITION), GMX (GILDING METAL EXPANDING), PHP (PROTECTED HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).

The bolt-unlock button on the
handle (arrow) allows bolt removal
with the rifle on "safe." A red tab
behind the bolt shroud denotes
cocked status. The two-position,
sliding tang safety on the test gun
could be silently disengaged, and
the shallow, 60-degree bolt throw
helped with quick follow-up shots.

BROWNING LEFT-HAND
X-BOLT HUNTER
MANUFACTURER: MIROKU FIREARMS
MFG. CO., 537-1 SHINOHARANANGOKU CITY, KOCHU PREF., JAPAN
IMPORTER: BROWNING ARMS CO.
(DEPT. AR), ONE BROWNING PLACE,
MORGAN, UT 84050; (801) 8762711; WWW.BROWNING.COM
CALIBER: .223 REM., .22-.250 REM.,
.243 WIN., 7 MM-08 REM.,
.308 WIN. (TESTED), .25-'06 REM.,
.270 WIN., .270 WSM, 7 MM WSM,
7 MM REM. MAG., .280 REM., .30'06 SPRG., .300 WSM, .300 WIN.
MAG., .325 WSM, .338 WIN. MAG.
ACTION: BOLT-ACTION, REPEATING,
CENTER-FIRE RIFLE
RECEIVER: BLUED STEEL
BARREL: 22"
RIFLING: FOUR-GROOVE, 1:12" RH TWIST
MAGAZINE: DETACHABLE POLYMER BOX;
FOUR ROUNDS (TESTED) OR THREE
ROUNDS

SIGHTS:

NONE; RECEIVER DRILLED AND

X-LOCK SCOPE BASES/RINGS
TRIGGER PULL: SINGLE-STAGE; 4 LBS., 6 OZS.
STOCK: WALNUT: LENGTH OF PULL, 135⁄8";
DROP AT HEEL, 1/2"; DROP AT COMB, 5/8"
OVERALL LENGTH: 41¾"
WEIGHT: 7 LBS., 6 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: TRIGGER LOCK, MANUAL,
TAPPED FOR

ONE MAGAZINE

SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $870

break with no discernable creep
or overtravel.
The flush-fitting, detachable-box
magazine holds four rounds of .308
Win. (tested), and the release is
located on the front of the magazine. Instead of the X-shaped, jackfollower spring design of the A-Bolt,
the X-Bolt's molded-polymer, rotary
magazine features a pivoting follower powered by a torsion spring.
Although the feed lips prevent
topping-off with the magazine
inserted, a round can be dropped
into the feedway and chambered
with an empty magazine. It feeds
rounds in-line with the bore.

Each scope-mount base is
secured with four Torx screws.
Available bases double as the
lower rings, providing exceptionally secure mounting.
The Hunter stock is walnut with a
satin finish. It has an American-style
comb and shallow finger grooves,
with 20-line-per-inch bordered
checkering on the full pistol grip and
target fore-end. It is fitted with QDstyle sling swivel studs. The overall
fit is well-executed but not extraordinary, typical of Miroku-made firearms
and befitting the gun's price.
It functioned without issue: no
malfunctions; strong ejection; easy
feeding. Upward rotation of the
bolt was a bit stiff, but nothing that
couldn't be overcome with proper

The American Rifleman has used the phrase "Dope Bag" since at least 1921, when Col. Townsend
Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then, it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used
by target shooters to hold ammunition and accessories on the firing line. "Sight dope" also was a
traditional marksman's term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction
was called "doping the wind."
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information
based on the limited experience of individuals under specific conditions and circumstances. They do
not detail the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary to properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page. Always
consult comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements,
procedures, techniques and safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.

practice. The magazine release
was easy to work, and the magazine fell naturally into the palm.
It should be noted that the rifle's
light barrel, coupled with the heat
generated from successive five-shot
groups, negatively influenced its
accuracy results. Initial shots often
stacked, but then a couple of fliers
would enlarge the groups. Hornady's average was best, Nosler's
groups had the tightest initial shots,
and Winchester maintained the most
consistent spreads but proved to be
the least accurate.
A healthy left-side palm swell,
the slim fore-end and the Inflex
recoil pad, first seen on the Cynergy
shotgun, all add to the particularly
comfortable handling of the rifle. As
Editor-In-Chief Mark Keefe mentioned in 2008, "It was one of the
best-handling and -pointing designs
I've ever thrown to my shoulder."
With this version, that statement
held true for left-handed American
Rifleman staff members as well.
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