I own Composite Stalker (308); and Predator Hunter (223) in their crappy duracoat shit that will be coming off in a couple of weeks, to get blued finish underneath and a new stock. The 223 is 1:8, which is why I wanted it, but shoots everything from 55gr just fine.
Anyhow, the 308 has been dropped from various heights, slid down in dirt, mud and rain and terminated a few delicious enemies that looked like deer. I am pretty happy with it. Barrel length is pretty good too, not too loud when shooting in the bush without ear pro (or maybe it’s just the adrenaline).
Bolt is smooth, but rigid so to speak, not in a bad way. Like my Tikka is really smooth but rattly, x-bolt is smooth but rigid (tighter tolerance is what I am trying to say). It feels like it requires more conscious effort to pull it back to avoid short stroking so to speak (yes, I know how it sounds If you going to make jokes about it, just think of your mum). I like them both (including your mum).
Fit is excellent. Feel is excellent. Reliability is excellent. Finish, used to be excellent, caveat below:
Finish, duracoat is faulty, they actually have a court case in progress about that (and same with the coating on their stocks that have patterns). Perhaps they fixed it now, but there is a court case about older models. Bluing is fine, mine is wearing a bit thin in places, but it is my hunting gun and has seen a lot of use when we were allowed to roam free.
Weight, if anyone wants a baseline: Tikka Lite feels a smidge lighter than 308 Stalker, maybe it had an empty mag when I handled it, don’t know, but felt just a tiny little bit lighter. Howa feels like a sack of bricks tied to your scrotum, while you plot your course up hill, dragging the sack, attached to your sack, uphill over boulders. Kimber: I have wet dreams about how lite Kimber is. Browning pump action - also lighter. Comparing to high end Moral and Blazer, the two definitely noticeably feel a lot lighter. It’s almost as if this is the last entry level weight so to speak by feel and ergonomics after you move into next level expensive. Ummm yeah…
Can anyone tell, I just had a coffee