Over the last couple years, there has been a considerable push from gun companies to produce a new entry level hunting rifle to replace the quickly deteriorating Remington 700. Ruger has their American Rifle, Weatherby has their Vanguard S2, and now Winchester looks to be getting into the game with the XPR. The website for the new gun is live now, but certain details (like pricing) seem to be withheld pending SHOT Show 2015. What we do know is . . .
The gun seems to hit all the high points of accurate firearms. The molded plastic stock is free floating, the rifle sports a somewhat heavier barrel profile and a nice target crown at the business end, and the bolt is a chunky piece of metal that ain’t going nowhere. The most exciting thing might be the trigger, though, since they claim that there’s zero creep, overtravel, or take-up. Sounds perfect for a single stage trigger, but we will have to see it in person to judge for ourselves.
Besides the obviously hunting-focused ad campaign that’s being rolled out for the gun, there are a couple hunting-friendly specs on the sheet as well. For example, while the safety on the gun locks the bolt in place and keeps it from moving (which is great for moving around in the woods and not having to worry if your action just opened up). There’s also a separate bolt release button which allows the shooter to override that feature. Perfect for loading or unloading your rifle near the house without having to worry about taking the safety off first.
We’ll keep you posted as SHOT approaches.