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Browning's X-Bolt 2 Speed SPR is sophisticated, smooth, and super-accurate.

Browning recently introduced a Gen 2 version of its extremely popular X-Bolt rifle. Between you, me, and the fence post, I was almost concerned. The original X-Bolt was, and is, an extraordinary rifle. My first thought was, “What on earth can they improve?”

Writer liaison Shaundi Campbell put one in my hands in the shade of an ancient cottonwood in New Mexico’s desolate, sunbaked antelope country. Without even knowing any details, my brain went, “Oh! That’s why.” The rifle was sleek and compact, with a short, carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel sporting a suppressor. The action ran slick as grease on glass. And when I put a few shots on paper prior to hunting pronghorns, bullet holes clustered like amorous flies.

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