Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed Review

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I decided to do a quick review of my Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed. I have owned it going on a year now and wanted to thoroughly shoot the gun before making a review. A year ago I was in the market for a new rifle. Not just any rifle, I wanted a big caliber, lightweight, and deadly accurate rifle. Believe it or not that is a very tough combination to get right. This is not a review of who is the best gun manufacturer. I do not own just one particular brand. Actually there are more Savage rifles in my safe than any other brand. I was specifically looking for a rifle that could take down any game at long distances with the right cartridges and with proper target practice. The rifle also needed to be super lightweight so that if I am carrying 60 pounds of gear the rifle will just be an after thought. Upon doing research I narrowed my search down to three guns; Bergara B-14, Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed, and a Savage Bear hunter. It was easier than you think for me to make my decision. I eliminated the Bergara simply because of the price and I eliminated the Savage because I feel even though it was the cheapest, the price point didn’t match the product I was getting. So I went with the Browning in 300 Winchester magnum.

The only down side is at the time no one had one in stock and I would be taking a huge gamble if I didn’t like it. Luckily a local gun shop agreed to order one and he called me when he received it. When I first laid hands on the gun the first thing I noticed was how light the gun was. You can look at specs online all day long but actually holding it puts it into perspective so much better. I was sold along with the gun. The gun shop owner cut me a deal on the rifle and a scope and off I went. I topped it with a Vortex Viper HST 6 x 24 x 50 scope. I bought three different brands of ammo, Nosler, Federal, and Hornady. After trying all of them I went with the Hornady 180 grain SST. At 100 yards you could put a quarter over all three holes shooting out of a gun vise. I completely regret not taking a picture of it. The factory muzzle brake also made the recoil super manageable even with the hotter Hornady loads. After getting it dialed, I went to a longer gun range(a farmer’s field) that extended to 700 yards.

The gun and myself shot with ease out to 400 yards. I added myself in there because no matter the price or quality of a gun, the rifle can only accurately shoot as far as the person holding it. The 700 yard target was not easy, the wind was not favorable that day. It took 6 shots before I was able to dial it in to a 36″ by 24″ steel plate. To be honest, I feel that is very good when your dealing with that size grain of bullet and dealing with wind from a factory out of the box rifle. After that session and shooting through out the year it has by far become one of my favorite hunting rifles. Don’t make no mistake. This is not a competition shooting rifle or even a recreational shooter that you can take out and plink at a target for hours. It is designed for durability and accuracy all while being a lightweight rifle. The barrel will heat up fast and you will have to take long breaks. For a hunting rifle, I can honestly say no other rifle in my gun safe can top it. And I am sure someone will read this post and say “well my ol’ Savage 270 or my ol’ Remington 308 can out shoot anything”. Well… good for you, I own both as well and love them. But if you are in the market for a long distance shooter out of the box to take with you on a backcountry hunt when every pound that you carry counts and you don’t have the money for a custom built rifle, this is the gun for you.

 

Last modified: September 1, 2020

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