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Hello all,
I need your help in making a decision. I am buying a new rifle in .270 caliber. I have narrowed my choices down to the new Browning X-bolt hunter, or a new Remington 700 BDL DM which is new but was discontinued in 2004.

I have had both in hand, the bonus to the Remington is the open sights whereas the browning is only set up for a scope mount. I hunt in the northern woods, and in the farm fields. If anyong has any advice for me before I buy, please chime in now as I am up in the air.

Thanks, Jeremy
 

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Either one should work well for you. It is a matter of personal preference. I have not yet seen the X-bolt, but have been pretty impressed with the quality of the Browning firearms I have owned. My preference would be the Browning.

I don't shoot bolts much because I am a leftie and don't like the left-handed bolt guns. I have a Browning BLR that I love (except for the hi-gloss finish on the stock), a BL-22, and a BPS. All three shoot as well as anything off the shelf that I have come across and have been of exceptional quality.

If you plan to shoot open sites, the advantage mentioned about the Remmy is something to take into consideration. I am not sure if the X-bolt comes drilled for sites or not.

Good luck with your decision.
 

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Ford, Chevy...whatever suits your taste. Either will work well. Maybe more "stuff" available for the Remmy. Not familiar with the X-bolt but I had an A-bolt that was schweeeet! I have a 700ADL ini .25-06 that has been flawless for 28 years.
 

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JD is a HUGE Remington fan, might want to ask him;) Seriously, whatever you like better, wont go wrong with either IMO. Or both! Good luck with the choice.
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I am a die hard red blooded Remington fan. But always thought the Browning wins in the looks contest.

Both are proven reliable firearms that will last 5 or 6 lifetimes if cared for.

Browning has an advantage to be with the 60* bolt lift and 3 locking lugs. If two is good three is better.
 

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I have a Remington 700 BDL DM 30-06 and I love it.... the remington would be my pick but thats just me....
 

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I have a Remington 30-06 and a Browning A bolt 270. I will take the Browning anyday. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I have a Remington 30-06 that's fiercely accurate. I don't like its funky little extractor. I bet my life on my Ruger M77 mkII .338or my 98 Mauser 35 Whelen.
 

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freefall said:
I have a Remington 30-06 that's fiercely accurate. I don't like its funky little extractor.
Why does everyone pick on Remingtons Extractor? How many times has your extractor failed to extract a cartridge? If it has never failed how can you not like it? I don't like the giant claw on my Model 30 and m1917. I think it is over kill for extracting a cartride.
 

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JD is a HUGE Remington fan, might want to ask him;)
That's not true hillbilly.... LOL :p

Truthfully, both are good enough platforms for minute of deer. If you are only after a good hunting rifle that will see 20 or 30 rounds a year between practice and the actual hunt, I don't think you can go wrong with either product.

The Remington is going to give you a huge aftermarket of parts if that is your thing.

The Browning, I feel, is a better looking rifle - but that doesn't mean it's going to shoot any better. :rolleyes:

Now if your intent is to buy it for the action and build a custom rifle on that action... my choice would be NEITHER. :D

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Why does everyone pick on Remingtons Extractor?
I pick on it only when there is a chance you will read my posts. :D

The old Remington spring steel extractor will work, but it's light years behind the times, especially when Remington themselves have dumped the idea altogether with their new platform.

Given the available options out there, it's not that it will go bad at an inopertune moment, it's the fact that it can go bad.

As for the question of how many times I have seen it fail? I have seen the aftermath on more than a few rifles over about 3 years where people are home loading high pressure cartridges. The last 2, for sure, were the result of the SSM cartridges going a bit overboard....

Then again, I work part time in a shop where stuff gets brought when it doesn't work right, or work at all, so the Laws of Probability are much higher for me than average.

JD
 

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The BIG D said:
The Browning, I feel, is a better looking rifle - but that doesn't mean it's going to shoot any better.
You know Browning doesn't make a bad looking gun in the lot. Remingtons are kind of plain. But brownings are just always good looking. Esp Shotguns I have yet to figure out how you can have a bottom load bottom eject shotgun. But it gives you a lot of realestate to make look perty on the sides.
 

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In my experience, both Remington and Browning make very quality products. In looks, I'd also give Browning the edge. They make some fine looking firearms.

I don't know which company produced them first, but Ithaca also produces a bottom feed/ bottom eject shotgun. I know Ithaca was making them even before WW2. And yes, it does provide lots of available real estate for fancy'n up an already good looking shotgun.
 

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If Remingtons piss poor extractor works on a 300 UM or a 338 Edge then how can it not work on other less powerfull cartridges?

I am not talking about the dumbazz that decided that he would only go 5 gr or the max load. That is not the extractors fault that it got bought by someone that should not be allowed to breath let alone reproduce or own anything other than a padded helmet. I am talking about a firearm in working order shooting a factory loaded round with in SAAMI specs. Any extractor can fail it is man made and if one thing holds true is that man is imperfect there for he makes imperfect machines.
 
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