What's 6.8 Western?
Welcome back to Hunt Fish Shoot! This week we review the Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon Speed chambered in 6.8 Western. This is one sweet hunting rig and it is capable of hunting all the game in North America you would want.
The Xbolt Hells Canyon Speed comes in an ATACS AU camo pattern with a bronze cerakote. The barrel is a stainless steel 1-7.5 twist and 24 inches. It is threaded and includes an attached radial port muzzle brake which is very effective in mitigation of recoil. The full set up as seen, weighs in at less than 8.5 lbs. The Vortex Razor LHT HD 4.5-22x50 scope is an excellent addition and can help you reach out and make those long range hits with ease. The rifle includes a detachable rotary magazine capable of holding 4 rounds and is of very nice design, and flush fit.
Equipped with a “feather” trigger it is smooth with a crisp break and no creep. It’s on the heavier side but it’s still a good trigger and doesn’t hinder accuracy as much as many people speak of. Initial accuracy testing was not what we would hope for, yet the groups how now tightened up and the rifle shoots closer to a .50 MOA group. We intend to do an update and we really are believers in the 6.8 Western.
Shooting the Browning ammo, recoil in the 6.8 Western is mild and closest to the 308 Win. Definitely less than a 7mm Rem Mag or 270 WSM. It’s easy to keep track of your shots between them due to this. It’s hard to argue with the numbers but Browning and Winchester are definitely on to something. Don’t just take our word for it though, if you don’t have a western big game rifle and need something for everything from white tails to Moose or Elk get a 6.8 Western.
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