Winchester Expands XPR Rifle Line. Again.

After exiting the firearms market for years, Winchester has been making a push back into them in a big way. The ammunition business certainly is the largest, but it’s good to see Winchester working to stay in touch with its roots – especially focusing on hunting arms instead of tackling the tactical market.

True to this, Winchester has announced various updates to their XPR line of bolt-action rifles. The new for 2017 options start with the XPR Hunter Mountain Country Range model. The XPR Hunter Mountain Country Range features polymer stock in Mossy Oak Mountain Country Range pattern. Further, it keeps the well-liked M.O.A trigger and Perma-Cotes a matter blued surface on all metal surfaces to avoid glare and scaring off game. The weapon is capped off with a detachable box magazine, Inflex Technology recoil pad, and two-position thumb safety. Calibers will range from .243 Winchester to .338 Winchester Magnum (caliber coincidence, perhaps?). Barrels will range from 22″ to 26″. Retail for all is set at $599.99

For those of smaller stature, the other new offering will be a welcome option. The XPR Hunter Compact is set up with a shorter length of pull (13″) for younger and/or smaller shooters. The XPR Hunter Compacts will only be available in short-action from .243 Winchester to .325 Winchester Short Magnum (another caliber naming coincidence?). Retail is same as the XPR Hunter Mountain Country Range at $599.

Features (Courtesy of Winchester):

  • M.O.A. Trigger System
  • Bolt unlock button
  • Nickel TeflonĀ® on bolt body
  • Detachable box magazine
  • Advanced polymer stock
  • Compact models feature shorter 13″ length of pull
  • Perma-CoteĀ® matte black metal surfaces
  • Inflex Technology Recoil Pad
  • Steel recoil lug
  • Receiver is machined from solid steel bar stock
  • Two-position thumb safety
  • Button-rifled, free-floated steel barrel
  • Recessed target crown

 



Frank.K

TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


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  • Full Name

    Who makes these? Miroku?

    • flyingburgers

      Only the “historical” rifles and double barrel shotguns come from Miroku. Everything else comes from the FNH/Browning supply chain which is high value parts in Belgium, remainder and assembly in Portugal.

      • tiger

        This rifle has production at FN USA in South Carolina. Not Europe.

        • flyingburgers

          Actually did some research… parts are made in Japan with final fitting in either SC or Belgium.

  • Swarf

    Why would you want a camouflaged gun?

    Besides fashion.

    • Tim Pearce

      Do you want to be a ninja or not?

    • Anonymoose

      Let’s play a game of spot the sniper!

    • Shankbone

      Hunting?

    • Tex Pat

      If I have a choice between it & an ugly black plastic stock, I’ll go with camo.

    • tiger

      Game has eyeballs.

    • Huge movie fan

      Hunt much? Strike that, just think about it for a second, I’m sure you can figure it out.

  • Really?

    you are aware that the ammunition business is owned by OLIN, and the firearm business by Browning…right?

    • Harry Canyon

      Herstal group…aka FNH.

      • flyingburgers

        The non-Japanese shotguns and rifles (single barrel and non-historic) are lower-end Brownings. The engineering is mostly done by Browning in Utah, production by FNH in Europe.

        • Marcus D.

          So, what is the Browning analogue to this rifle? And how does it compare in price? After watching the video, this is a pretty nicely featured gun, the only open question being the stock’s rigidity. A stress relieved button rifled barrel is how Savage makes its barrels, and while not premium, they are solid, accurate and reliable.

          • flyingburgers

            It compares to an AB3. MSRP for the base AB3 composite is $599, so arguably you get camo for “free”.

          • Shankbone

            Browning A-Bolt III.

        • tiger

          Wrong. They have production in Columbia, SC. Not Europe.

      • Evan

        Actually OLIN does *own* Winchester; the name and brand is used under license as a subsidiary of FNH. FNH bought out USRAC (Winchester employee-owned iteration of the company, and factory, again a separate entity from Winchester Repeating Arms Co. and OLIN Corp.

        • tiger

          Simpler answer. They are separate companies. The ammo division is owned by Olin. FNH owns the gun maker side.

  • I wunder

    When is Winchester’s AR line gonna drop!?

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Hopefully never

      • Rick O’Shay

        Because if there’s anything the AR market needs, it’s definitely another brand.

        /s

    • Swarf

      If it’s lever action, I’m in.

  • jonp

    With T/C Compasses on sale this week for $285 with a $75 rebate and a MOA guarantee, selling a composite rifle for over twice that is going to be a hard thing to convince people to do.

    • 22winmag

      Earlier this year, I got my .325WSM XPR for $383 after $50 rebate and it’s a mind boggling performer and bargain.

      I seriously doubt the T/C compares especially in the trigger department.

      • jonp

        I’ll let you know. if the $150 extra you spent is worth it.

  • tiger

    The statement Winchester left the business is flat false.

  • Gary Kirk

    Bring back controlled feed model 70s in heavy calibers, with FN barrels.. I might be interested??