Browning X-Bolt Stalker

Browning X-Bolt Stalker Review

By Jason Vincent

A lot of babies have been made via the missionary position. Heck, I’m told some people still use the method. Probably because it’s simple and effective.

So is the Browning X-Bolt Stalker.

Field Ethos Disclaimer: Don’t have sex with your X-Bolt. While it’s technically possible, it could be dangerous. More importantly, it wouldn’t be very enjoyable. Lots of sharp edges. I’ve met some of you who read these articles and feel like this all needed to be said.

Seriously though, these rifles are Plain Jane. 


White bread-killing machines.

I bought my first X-Bolt stalker when I was a Game Warden, and I wanted a cheap rifle for one specific purpose – hunting several small food plots at close range in low light. Close being inside of 150 yards.

I chose the .308 and mounted a fixed power Schmidt & Bender 8 x 56 optic. It’s super bright. The brightest I’ve ever seen.

The first time I sat down at the bench with the rifle I was shocked at how accurate it was. A true ½” gun with Federal Sierra Gamekings.

That year I filled the freezer with the X-Bolt Stalker and made one crazy long shot on a coyote that I’ll never forget.

My wife and I also had a baby. But I’m not going to tell you how we made him.

Since that winter, eight years ago, I’ve recommended this rifle to tons of hunters – both experienced and inexperienced and I have yet to hear someone complain about their X-Bolt’s accuracy.

There’s something to be said about keeping things simple. While I have a fleet of rifles in the safe, I’ve always valued the simple workhorses that don’t break the bank and just get the job done efficiently. The X-Bolt Stalker is this rifle. It’s the missionary position.