“The buttstock’s wrist is comfortable in (the) hand,” shared van Zwoll. “Textured panels on grip surfaces help when your hands are cold or wet. I find the texturing ‘just right,’ neither too smooth nor too aggressive.”
Styling, ergonomics and features aside, at the end of the day any rifle’s real appeal comes down to its reliability and accuracy – and the XPR delivers both, in spades.
“Fed singly through the port, or from the magazine, the stocky (325) WSMs nosed smoothly forward,” van Zwoll revealed. “No balks. No double clutching. They extracted easily — the bolt’s diameter, and its nickel Teflon™ coating, contributed to silky travel and function. And — may old Model 70s forgive me — I adored the XPR trigger. …calling my shots was easy, courtesy that smooth, light, consistent trigger break.”
“Given the range conditions and the rifle’s trim proportions, I didn’t expect one-hole groups,” van Zwoll continued. “…I was pleased. All three loads shot…to the same place…all three .325 loads printed three-shot groups of 1.2 inches, +/- .1. These days, with reports of half-minute knots so common they beg a truth-meter, I’m still satisfied with a hunting rifle that consistently sends various bullets into 1 ¼ MOA. If you hold that tight, you’ll get 5-inch groups at 400 yards, a very long poke at game.”