For Sale 375 H&H Browning X Bolt

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  1. Bas

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    Push feed. Not at all liked by most on this site. If you have time, research hunters being injured because of carrying push feed verses controlled feed. Good luck, my research findings were almost non existent. A device made by man WILL fail, but when ?
     
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    Yes, all Browning A Bolts and now X Bolts are a push feed design, but my .338WM A Bolt has been very reliable. I believe the older Browning FNs made in Belgium may have been a CRF action, but I'm not sure. It's peculiar though, when I see a lot of post '64 Winchester M70 "Safari Classic" or "Super Safari Express", etc., for sale at what I would consider a premium price for a push feed actioned rifle. Maybe it's the beautiful design or wood? Somebody must have hunted DG with these for the decades they've been around?These are not the newer Winchester M70s with the retro CRF design. I have a 1974 Winchester M70 .270 push feed, and the action is reliable and smooth, but I prefer my Browning's action. It's smooth, but tighter with the bolt locked down and has the 60 degree bolt throw. Slick!
     

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    Great pics and further info! I'm still procrastinating as I have an A Bolt in .338WM, and wonder if I need a .375 X Bolt? But, at least I helped resurrect the post for you for other potential buyers if I don't buy it! But, you may have sold it by now? Thanks!
     

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    A lot of thought was put into the X-bolt magazine. It takes some design influence from the Mannlicher Schonauer design. It feeds the round from the center line rather than staggered left to right. I haven’t had the opportunity to operate one in 375 H&H, but with the long tapered case it should be especially slick. I’ve already got two 375 rifles and can’t justify it.

    The design of the tang safety is particularly clever on these rifles. When engaged, a metal rod extends into a recess in the striker, blocking it directly. A button on the top of the bolt handle allows you to open the rifle with the safety still engaged. But, the bolt is otherwise locked closed unlike some current designs. I would have no qualms about hunting dangerous game with one.
     
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    No offense intended, sir. It is a beautiful gun and I can’t believe that it is still available at that price. If I had the funds, it would be mine. I don’t have anything but trades to offer at this moment.
     

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    Two bits of info, 1. Larry Potterfield of Midway USA made a "nearly perfect" safari rifle that was on his tutorials. His wallet allows him to have nearly anything he desires and yet he chose a push feed action.
    2. While shooting my 375h&h and 460 Weatherby mag at the range last year , a fellow member had been watching me and claimed the 375 had more muzzle flip than the 460. The 375 has no recoil reduction device and the 460 has the Pendleton device (lots of holes near the muzzle in the barrel ). For what it's worth..........
     

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    VERY interesting! Yes, many of these post '63 Winchesters you see for sale with the push feed actions served many an African hunter well I'm sure for decades before the newer Winchester CRF actions became available. But with Winchester, Remington and Weatherby ALL using a push feed action for decades, I'm sure they were effective to some degree? Limited action choices available for the average American hunter back then (with the exception of Ruger's CRF)? There are more reasonably priced choices NOW available in a CRF rifle for the AVERAGE American hunter who couldn't afford a custom built rifle 40-50 years ago. Is the push feed action dead? My Browning .338 for NON DG doesn't think so. And WHY do you own a .460 Weatherby? Get a bolt action Barrett .50BMG! Go big or go home! Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!
     

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    CoElkHunter: I think you're right about that. Finn Aagaard (sp?) used a push feed Win M70 458 for some years. About the Ruger, the tang safety models actually didn't have controlled feed. The extractor looked like a Mauser type, but did not engage the rim until the bolt closed. They worked fine though, as far as extraction is concerned. Of course the military 223 rifles are not controlled feed, and neither is the M40 Remington, which was the sniper rifle for decades.
     

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    WOW, I didn't know that about the Ruger! The only (what I thought was) CRF rifle I owned (until recently) was a 1977 something Ruger M77 Varmint in .220 Swift. I almost bought a 1980 Ruger M77 (tang safety) in .375 thinking it was a CRF. Thanks for the info.
     

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    CoElkHunter: The only Model 77 375s that Ruger has made are the RSM rifles. They are controlled feed. There's one for sale in this forum now. They don't have the tang safety though (it's a wing-type safety on the right side of the bolt shroud). The RSMs are great rifles, although on the heavy side.
     

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    Might have to look into that, but FIRST, I need to move a couple rifles and close to 10 handguns before buying more toys .
     
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