Winchester XPR Hunter True Timber Strata 535741296 350 Legend

The Winchester XPR is a full-length rifle that looked great and handled well; we dropped off half a grade for its just-average accuracy.




The Winchester XPR Hunter showed up ready to work. The Vortex Crossfire II 3-9×40 scope was already mounted and bore-sighted on our sample. This was a nice, trim scope with crosshairs thick enough to see and thin enough not to obscure your point of aim. The reticle includes “tick” marks to help with hold off on both elevation and windage. Glass was clear and crisp.

Overall Length42.25 in.
Barrel22 in. long, 1:16 twist
Overall Height w/o Scope Mount6.3 in.
Weight Unloaded6.75 lbs.
Weight Loaded (145 grain, 4+1 rounds)7.0 lbs.
Sight RadiusN/A
Action FinishPermacote flat dark earth
Barrel FinishPermacote flat dark earth
Magazine Capacity4
Magazine TypeDetachable box
StockSynthetic, True Timber Strata finish
Drop at Comb0.5 in.
Drop at Heel0.75 in.
ButtplateInflex 1 recoil pad, small
Length of Pull13.25 in.
Receiver Scope-Base PatternShort action Winchester
Trigger Pull Weight3.3 lbs.
Safety2-position sliding safety with bolt release
Telephone(800) 333-3288
Made InPortugal

The stock is molded in “Strata” camouflage pattern, which makes good use of multiple hues of brown, green, and tan. The synthetic material has a nice pebble grain sculpted into the fore-end and the grip. The bottom of the fore-end is flat to help with shooting off the bag. The butt of the stock has a soft recoil pad that again, is not a primary concern with this caliber. We actually had one of the testers’ 12-year-old granddaughters shooting this particular rifle. She is a pretty seasoned shooter but had never fired anything larger than a 6.5 Creedmoor before this trip to the range. When asked if she thought there was too much recoil, she nonchalantly said, “Not so much.”

Above: In the Winchester, a steel recoil lug (top arrow) has been inserted into the polymer stock and mates nicely with a mortise (bottom arrow) on the bottom of the action, just in front of the forward action screw.

Both the Ruger and Savage rifles utilize short, handy barrels. The Winchester has the look of the more traditional hunter rifle with its longer tube. The XPR’s button-rifled barrel is not threaded at the muzzle, though it is nicely recessed to protect the rifling from abuse. Theoretically, the barrel is free-floated. That may be the case regarding contact in the bottom of the fore-end channel, but on our sample, the sides of the fore-end did indeed gently touch the barrel. A steel recoil lug has been inserted into the polymer stock and mates nicely with a mortise on the bottom of the action, just in front of the forward action screw. Once again, the bottom “metal” is a polymer as well as the magazine and even the trigger. The magazine latch is at the forward end of the mag and is recessed sufficiently to prevent most chances of inadvertent release. The spec sheet from Winchester says these are three-round magazines, but we got four in ours without any problem. We saw no spring pressure or feeding problems. The magazine cannot be top loaded while inserted in the rifle. It must be removed to be topped off. The barreled action has been finished in FDE Permacote, which matches nicely with the camo pattern on the stock.

The Winchester magazine has a polymer body. We had no feed issues with it.

The bolt is a one-piece design that was smooth to operate, even from the shoulder, and was easily removed via the bolt stop located on the left rear of the action. The bolt face sports a plunger-type ejector and a pivoting extractor. A groove runs down the left side of the bolt, into which the head of the bolt release fits and prevents the bolt from binding. The three-lug bolt lifts with a short 70-degree throw, keeping the bolt handle well away from any optics. The bolt is removed via an easily accessed release on the left rear of the action. The safety is a two-position rocker switch on the receiver just aft of the bolt handle. Forward is Fire and to the rear is Safe. Both the bolt and the trigger lock while in the safe position, so the Winchester XPR provides a bolt-release button immediately forward of the safety that can be depressed to rotate the bolt, even while on Safe. A visual and tactile cocking indicator protrudes from the bottom of the bolt shroud when the firing pin is set. The trigger may be plastic, but required compression was a very consistent 3.3 pounds with almost no perceptible creep or overtravel.

The Winchester package rifle included a Vortex scope that came from the factory installed and bore sighted. Deduct $200 if you want the gun without the scope.

The average five-shot group from this rifle averaged 2.15 inches when compiled for all three types of ammo used. The XPR’s favorite was the Winchester 150-grain Xtreme Point, with groups as small as 1.54 inch. It would be interesting to see what results some tailored handloads could produce in this platform. All rounds fed perfectly whether from the magazine or just dropped into the receiver with the mag in place.

Our Team said: The Winchester XPR looks great and worked perfectly. This package includes a Vortex Crossfire II Scope at around $650, which makes it a good value.

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All groups were shot at 100 yards from a solid bench using a Caldwell TackDriver front rest ($44 at and a T.A.B. Gear large rear bag ($30 at with the heavy fill. Muzzle velocity was determined using a LabRadar chronograph ($559 at Location: American Shooter Centers ( in Houston.
Winchester 145-grain FMJRuger American Ranch RifleWinchester XPRSavage 110 Hog Hunter
Average Velocity2193 fps2234 fps2155 fps
Muzzle Energy1548 ft.-lbs.1608 ft.-lbs.1496 ft.-lbs.
Best Group2.09 in.0.95 in.1.83 in.
Average Group2.39 in.2.10 in.2.03 in.
Winchester 150-grain XPRuger American Ranch RifleWinchester XPRSavage 110 Hog Hunter
Average Velocity2251 fps2308 fps2223 fps
Muzzle Energy1688 ft.-lbs.1775 ft.-lbs.1646 ft.-lbs.
Best Group2.19 in.1.54 in.1.01 in.
Average Group2.42 in.1.77 in.1.33 in.
Hornady 170-grain Soft PointRuger American Ranch RifleWinchester XPRSavage 110 Hog Hunter
Average Velocity2211 fps2250 fps2212 fps
Muzzle Energy1847 ft.-lbs.1911 ft.-lbs.1847 ft.-lbs.
Best Group1.98 in.2.35 in.0.99 in.
Average Group2.71 in.2.57 in.1.52 in.


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  1. After going back and forth between choosing the Savage hog hunter or Winchester xpr I decided to let my dealer pick for me. He said he wasnt too familiar with either in 350 legend but pick the Winchester. I went with the compact model. I liked the fact of the 20 inch barrel and shorter lop. I really wanted the winchester over the savage but hesitated when you took half a grade away because of accuracy. I still figured at the distances my deer hunting is the groups would be adequate. After 2 range sessions I couldnt be happier. This might be the most accurate rifle I own. With Browning 155gr and Winchester 150 gr I have cloverleafs at 100 yards, I guess I got a good one. My other rifles arent cheap either I am talking Tikka,Blaser and Savage along with many others


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