ScoutLook Weather test awards XPR as best group of all major hunting rifles.


.41" group out of the box.

Scoutlookweather.com Finds the XPR from Winchester Repeating Arms Produces a .41” Three-Shot Group, the Smallest Among 10 Popular Deer Rifles Tested.

It is never the wrong time to be thinkng about putting a new rifle in your gun rack to help put venison in the freezer and (hopefully) a nice trophy on the wall. And foremost in every rifleman’s mind is accuracy. But with so many rifles to choose from, which one delivers tack-driving accuracy?

The Winchester XPR delivered the smallest single group of all the groups fired in all of the rifles tested.

…the XPR from Winchester Repeating Arms delivered the smallest single group of all the groups fired in all of the rifles tested.

The demanding and insightful editors at Scoutlookweather just conducted an exhaustive and highly objective live fire test of 10 of today’s most popular bolt action deer rifles and found the XPR from Winchester Repeating Arms delivered the smallest single group of all the groups fired in all of the rifles tested.

…that group was .41” center-to-center at 100 yards. Yes, that’s well under a half-inch. Well under a half MOA.

And that group was .41” center-to-center at 100 yards. Yes, that’s well under a half-inch. Well under a half MOA. From a value priced rifle from Winchester Repeating Arms with standard Winchester 165 grain Power Point factory ammo. No, not with some exotic, pricey custom ammo. Not with some finicky handloads that took dozens of hours of development to match them to that particular rifle. That’s with the very same off-the-shelf silver box Winchester ammo you can buy at your local sporting goods retailer.

(Note: While one spectacularly small group might seem to some like a fluke, plenty of XPR owners are reporting outstanding accuracy across the board from this great rifle.)

Chromoly steel barrel -- button rifled, stress relieved and fully free-floating.

Just what gives the XPR such great accuracy potential? The XPR is built around a receiver machined from chromoly steel bar stock, then it’s through hardened during heat treatment for strength, rigidity and long life. The XPR’s chromoly steel barrel is button rifled, stress relieved and fully free-floating. The whole package is set into the stock in flat profile interface pads to resist flex or twisting during firing.

XPR’s three-lever M.O.A. trigger is the same as in the legendary Winchester Model 70.

Finally, the XPR’s three-lever M.O.A. trigger is the same system found in the legendary Winchester Model 70. Its design gives a 2:1 mechanical advantage and breaks clean every time with no take-up, no creep and no overtravel. That’s how the value priced XPR is able to produce such outstanding accuracy.

You can see the full line of hyper-accurate yet affordable XPRs at winchesterguns.com or  visit your local Winchester Repeating Arms retailer.

The test was as objective as the Scoutlook Weather editors could make it.

  • Ask 10 manufacturers to submit examples of what they consider their best bolt-action deer rifle. The rifles tested by Scoutlookweather were:  Winchester XPR, Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed, Weatherby Vanguard Back Country, Mossberg Patriot, Nosler Model 48 Liberty, Savage Model 11/111 Lightweight Hunter, Tikka T3X Hunter, Ruger American All-Weather, Thompson/Center Compass and the Remington 783
  • Make sure the sample rifle is chambered in 30-06 Springfield, the most versatile and capable cartridge for North American big game. 
  • Do the test using the same lot numbers of factory hunting ammo loaded with 165 grain bullets from three different major manufacturers – Nosler, Winchester and Federal.
  • Fire three 3-shot groups with each type of ammo from each rifle at 100 yards.
  • Run the entire test using one scope from Nikon and move it from rifle to rifle as the test progresses to eliminate any variables in the optics. Laser bore sight each rifle prior to each test.
  • Use a standard cleaning technique for each rifle and fire the entire test from the bench using a Caldwell Lead Sled to eliminate as much as possible operator error or shooter-input variations from shot to shot.
  • Then score each of the 10 sample rifles on a scale from one to 10 on seven important criteria:  Handling, Accuracy, Ergonomics, Construction and Finish, Durability, Reliability and Value, thus making the maximum possible score a 70.

See the entire Scoutlookweather.com review here.  https://www.scoutlookweather.com/hunting/scoutdoors/posts/5738/ultimate-deer-rifle-field-test-winners


Review of Scoutlook Weather article is copyright Winchester Repeating Arms, 2016. Review written by Winchester Repeating Arms staff writer, Scott Engen. Video and video screen shot copyright Scoutlookweather.com, 2016.