The Browning X-Bolt versus the Savage 110

July 18, 2019

From .22 bolt action rifles to .30-06, there are a lot of choices for hunters.

Long-range hunting has grown in popularity, with hunters looking for the right performing rifle with the right characteristics along with a quality scope.

The Browning X-Bolt and the Savage 110 are two weapons that can get the job done no matter what sort of game you like to hunt.

Each weapon has slightly different designs and advantages that, depending on your requirements, might make one or the other the right long-range bolt-action for you.

Savage Arms

Savage Arms has been around since the 1890s when Arthur Savage, born in Jamaica and educated in the UK, emigrated to the United States and started a weapon’s company.

During World War, I Savage produced the Lewis Gun for the fledgling military aircraft industry.

The company made Thompson submachine guns and .30 and .50 caliber Browning machine guns for the military during World War II.

After the war, Savage used the expanded factory capacity due to wartime needs to enter several other markets. For example, Savage built the first motorized lawnmower, right after the war.

During the 1950s, Savage began what would become the company’s signature line, the Savage bolt action rifles.

The company went through turbulent times, bought and sold by various public and private companies from the 1960s until 1989 when the business filed for bankruptcy.

The new president of Savage, Ron Coburn, saved the company by divesting itself from extraneous production items and concentrating on making only bolt action rifles.

For the past thirty years, Savage and slowly grown and rebuilt its reputation as one of the premier weapons firms in the world.

Savage 110 Apex Hunter XP

This model Savage comes out of the box with a scope already mounted and ready to use. The Vortex
Optics scope provides you with a magnification of 3-9x and a field of view of 34.1-12.6 ft at 100 yds.

Savage trademark products ensure excellent accuracy. The Savage® AccuTrigger™, for example, is optimized for accuracy. The trigger pull is a very light, factory set, 2.7 pounds but can be adjusted by the shooter.

The gun has thread-in head spacing and a button-rifled barrel with a floating bolt head.

The gun weighs slightly less than 10 pounds. You can purchase models chambered for several different calibers:

  • .204 Ruger
  • .308 Winchester
  • .22-250 Remington
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • .223 Remington
  • .243 Winchester

You can adjust the length of pull to fit your comfort zone.

There is also a detachable box magazine and left-handed models available.

Browning Arms

Founded in 1878 by two brothers, John and Mathew Browning, the company received its first patent of 128 gun patents in 1879.

Browning formed a partnership with Winchester in the late 1800s, which lasted for 20 years.

Browning also formed a second partnership with Fabrique Nationale in Belgium around the same time.

Browning launched the X-Bolt line in 2008.

X-Bolt Max Long Range


The X-Bolt bolt-action rifles use a three-lever feather trigger system.

The robust scope mount has an adjustable comb to dial-in eye-to-scope alignment and a four screw instead of the traditional two-screw mount.

The Browning engineers developed something called Inflex Technology Recoil Pad used on the X-Bolt. The pad pulls the stock comb away from the face, directing the recoil downward, assisting in not only reducing recoil but compensating muzzle climb.

It has a bolt unlock button safety, fluted sporter barrel for accuracy at longer ranges and uses a rotary box magazine that feeds cartridges direction into the bolt. The 60 degrees bolt angle permits rapid reloading.

The three swivel studs allow sling or bipod use.

The X-Bolt comes in 25 different calibers. The X-Bolt Long Range is one of 25 current production models, with several other models discontinued.

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