Browning X-Bolt Pro vs Hell's Canyon Speed

take5

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I could use some help deciding on one of these rifles chambered in 300 win mag. I own a Hell's Canyon Speed in .308, but I'd like to pick up a 300 win mag and I've narrowed it down to either the X-Bolt Pro or the Hell's Canyon (not sure about long range or speed). My local gun shop has a used X-Bolt pro (2017) for $1,499 and the Hell's Canyon for about $1,129. I like the feel of the X-Bolt pro, but I don't know if the carbon stock and extra fluting is worth the another $370. I do like it, but I'd rather go for the best rifle for the money. For what it's worth, I am not likely to ever shoot out past 600 yards.
Any insight and feedback is appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
 

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They are both great rifles. I own a couple pros and a few other brownings. My best shooting browning is a pro long range in 300win mag but all the others are great rifles as well. Buy the cheaper one and add that saved money to a alpha scope. You will find ammo the rifle likes and paired with high end glass 500-600 yards and beyond will be fairly easy to achieve.
 

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My vote is for the hells canyon long range. Mine is also the 300 win mag. The long range model has a different bolt handle and a heavier contour barrel. That’s really the only difference I know of. Myself I like the heavier barrel. I don’t know if your a fan of brakes, but it has to be the loudest gun I’ve been around. I can’t shoot it without hearing protection
 

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I have the XBolt Max Long Range in 300 win mag, adjustable check rest, over sized bolt handle, heavy contour fluted barrel, 5/8x24 muzzle break (just replaced with the new Browning recoil Hawg). This gun is a tack driver. Handloaded 220 grain ELDX at 2795 fps. took my bull at 505 yards last year. Just another option to make the choice harder...lol

I also have an XBolt speed in 30 06 and an XBolt Western Hunter in 28 Nosler, both also tack drivers!!!!!

Please don't tell me where these are at I might drive there to buy one!!! I have a Zeiss V4 scope without a home and there are no Xbolts anywhere near me.
 

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Got the Pro in 300wsm, very happy with it!
Paper plate at 600yd gun.
Pleasure to carry in the mountains and it just feels good to shoot.
 
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Please don't tell me where these are at I might drive there to buy one!!! I have a Zeiss V4 scope without a home and there are no Xbolts anywhere near me.
@TNKnoxville if you were to add another in 300 win mag, which do you think you’d pick up? The pro, speed or long range?
 

JPeters218

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I had a hells canyon speed 30-06, my friend had an X-Bolt pro .270. They both shot the same. Just go with whatever looks/ feels better to you
 
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I appreciate all if the feedback. Still interested in hearing more information about any of the models listed.
 

Spoonman

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I have a pro in 6.5 prc and I like it more than the non pro model. Stainless cerikote barrel and fluted bolt. Couple things on the pro that the speed and others don’t have. Like I said before they are all pretty good shooters. I’d spend more on glass if you can.
 

TNKnoxville

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I'd get the Pro or long range for the heavy sporter barrel. My personal preference is the thicker/heavier barrel. I'm intrigued by the Pro stock also. Would come down to whatever felt best in my hand. I've not had a chance to play with a Pro, can't find one!!!!!
 
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