Winchester Announces New XPR Hunter Bolt-Action Rifle

Winchester has added the new XPR Hunter to their bolt-action rifle lineup.  It follows the current fashion with a polymer stock, this one in Mossy Oak Break-up Country camo.  Other features include Winchester's M.O.A. trigger system, a two position, bolt locking safety with bolt release button, and an accuracy enhancing steel recoil lug embedded in the stock.

In a bold move, Winchester bucks the unfortunate cost cutting trend we see on budget priced rifles these days: short, 22 inch barrels for standard length cartridges such as .270 and .30-06.  Their XPR Hunter is available with a full 24 inch barrel for all standard length chamberings, and for you long-range hunters, a 26 inch barrel for standard length magnums.  However, a 22 inch barrel is the only option for short action cartridges including the short magnums.  Here's hoping they see the light on that one, too.

Available calibers are:
  • .243
  • 7mm-08
  • .308
  • .270 WSM
  • .300 WSM
  • .325 WSM
  • .270
  • .30-06
  • 7mm Rem Mag
  • .300 Win Mag
  • .338 Win Mag
Suggested retail price is $599.99 (US).  For more information, visit Winchesterguns.com or your local firearms retailer.

-- LJ Bonham