Browning Hells Canyon Speed Big Game Rifle

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Browning Hells Canyon Speed


I visited with Nick Harvey recently and saw and handled his new trophy hunting rifle, a Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon speed in 26 Nosler. I immediately fell in love, just as Nick had. If this rifle were a girl at a party, she'd be the stand-out prettiest in the room, an absolute stunner. From the bronze Cerakote metal finish, to its amazingley slim overall lines and the whopping 26 Nosler cartridge that will shoot as flat as a laser, this rifle really has "pizzazz" and from Nick's experience, sizzling performance. It does not only look great, but it shoots amazingly well for such a light, long rifle, the 26-inch barrel no doubt contributing to the cartridge's already impressive ballistics. Look out for Nick's Test Report and Practical Reloading column in the coming December 2019 issue.

Browning HCS Details
Browning HCS Details

From Browning USA below:

Aaron Cummins, Firearms Product Manager for Browning, when describing what hunters get for their money with the HCS. “Compared to a lot of other rifles that people buy, when you buy a Browning, it’s done. You get a full-featured rifle that really doesn’t need any extra work.”

What is it about the X-Bolt HCS that makes it better? “The X-Bolt is our technology leader,” says Cummins who calls it a “tremendous offering” in terms of what you get as a hunting rifle. It’s packed full of features such as a user-adjustable trigger and other accuracy-enhancing qualities, including glass bedding, hand chambering and free-floating barrel. Shooter comfort is also considered by way of an Inflex recoil pad and removable muzzle brake to manage recoil. It also has a Dura-Touch finish that is tough — and in A-TACS Arid/Urban camouflage, attractive — but doesn’t feel cold no matter how low the mercury drops. Heck, even the straight-feed rotary magazine is high-performance.Below are some specs' to whet your appetite.


Calibre / Chamber

26 Nosler and many other big game chamberings


Threaded muzzle brake; Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish; Free-floating;

Target crown


60° bolt lift; Burnt Bronze Cerakote; Steel Finish

Magazine Capacity



Adjustable Feather Trigger


Top-tang safety; Bolt unlock button


Drilled and tapped for scope mounts

Recoil Pad

Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad


Sling swivel studs




Overall Length

46 3/4"


7lbs 8oz

Pull Length

13 5/8'

Drop of Comb


Drop at Heel





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