To get the most out of a quality rifle such as the Browning X-Bolt it makes sense to use the best possible scope base. On this page we list and review 6 of the best scope bases recommended for use on the Browning X-Bolt rifle.

The Browning X-Bolt is a high quality bolt action rifle that has become one of the go-to choices for hunters everywhere.

No matter how good the rifle may be, however, it could all come undone if the scope isn’t mounted properly or with a quality base.

There are many brands of scope base created to fit the Browning X-Bolt. Choosing the right one may be a matter of price or allegiance to a particular brand.

Hunter recommendations have provided a great hint as to which base works well and has proven reliable over the long term. We have used this method to compile a list of scope bases that offers a solid range of choices.

Know Your Rifle Action

As with most bases, it is important that you understand whether the rifle action is long or short. You will require a specific base depending on the action and they are listed separately below.

The Browning X-Bolt Picatinny scope mount requires 8 screws to securely mount it to the rifle. It requires 4 screws per base mounting platform.

The list below allows you to compare the various makes and models as well as the key features and the Manufacturer’s Recommended Sale Price.

Comparison List of Scope Bases Suitable for the Browning X-Bolt

Make / Model



- Short Action

- Aircraft grade alloy

- Integrated bubble level


- Long action

- Aircraft grade alloy

- Integrated bubble level


- Long or short action

- 20 MOA

- Anti-cant indicator


- Long action

- 7075 T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum

- 0 or 20 MOA


- Short action

- 7075 T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum

- 0 or 20 MOA


- Long or short action

- 7075 T6 aluminum

- 0 or 20 MOA


Description of Rifle Scope Bases

Now that we have been able to browse through the scope bases considered to be most suited for the rifle model we will take a look at a more detailed overview of each.

Each of these brief scope base reviews aims to provide you with extra information about the base that is not otherwise immediately apparent in the summary list such as special unique features. It should also help you in working out which would prove to offer you the greatest value in terms of its usefulness.

Browning X-Bolt 20 MOA Picatinny Rail Short Action Scope Base

This is a high-strength aluminum alloy 1913 Picatinny base that attaches to the receiver with 8 screws. In other words it uses four screws per base mounting platform.

The design of the rail fits short action X-Bolt rifles only.

Integrated into the base is a bubble level that helps you level the rifle when setting up the scope. It will also come in useful when shooting in the field.

The base, which weighs 1.6oz, provides 20 MOA making it perfect for the long-range shooter.

The base is compatible with both Weaver-style and Picatinny-style rings.

Browning X-Bolt 20 MOA Picatinny Rail Long Action Scope Base

This is the long action version of the Picatinny rail described above.

The rail has all of the features described in the short action version. This includes 20MOA making it conducive with long-range shooting and an integrated bubble level in the base.

It is machined from high strength aluminum alloy and is attached to the receiver by eight screws.

The fact that this and the short-action version is made by Browning should give you the confidence that it is designed specifically for use on the Browning X-Bolt.

Talley Picatinny Base for Browning X-Bolt

This base is machined from high grade alloy with a hard-coat protective anodize finish to 65 Rockwell. It is amazingly hard-wearing and will last the life of the rifle.

The anti-cant indicator is really just a fancy way of saying it has a bubble level built into the back of the base.

This base is available to suit short action as well as long action calibers. There are also rails that will suit magnum length actions (.300 PRC, .300 RUM, & .375 H&H) as well as super short actions (.223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .223 WSSM & .243 WSSM).

The rail weighs 4oz and it offers 20MOA to provide a mounting platform that will be suitable for all shooting applications.

Visit the Talley website for more information about these rails.

EGW HD Browning X-Bolt Picatinny Rail Scope Base

This rail is a one piece Picatinny rail machined from solid 7075 aircraft grade aluminum. It has a matte black hardcoat finish and has been sand blasted before being Type III anodized to provide it with long lasting durability.

There are separate mounts available to fit short and long action rifles. However, it is important to note that the long action mount does not fit magnum actions including .300 RUM, .300 PRC or .375 H&H.

This mount is available either with 0 or 20 MOA built in.

Find out more about the company and the range of products available by visiting the Evolution Gun Works website.

Leupold Backcountry Cross-Slot Browning Scope Base

This is a one piece Picatinny rail that provides a strong and reliable lightweight mount for the Browning X-Bolt at a very competitive price.

The mount is machined 7075-T6 aluminum but it only weighs 2.2oz. For a 5.9 inch long rail, this is very light and is a great way of maximizing eye relief with a great deal of versatility in the placement of your scope rings.

Leupold makes this rail to suit a short action or a long action rifle. It is also possible to buy it with zero or 20 MOA for long range shooting options.

The rail fits both Picatinny and Weaver-style rings.

Find out more about all of the products available from the company by visiting the Leupold website.

Buying a scope base for your Browning X-Bolt could be a little tricky if you are not sure of your rifle’s action. You can figure it out by measuring the spacing of the holes on your rifle’s receiver.

EGW have gone the extra step with their information and have provided the hole spacing for each action.

Short Action: Rear Spread – 0.7”, Front Spread – 0.7”, Center Spread – 2.94” (Overall length of rail is 6.184”)

Long Action: Rear Spread – 0.7”, Front Spread – 0.7”, Center Spread – 3.692” (Overall length of rail is 7.075”)

Another way of improving accuracy with your Browning X-Bolt is to use a bipod. Check out our selection of recommended Browning X-Bolt bipods.

We have already pointed out the super short action calibers (.223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .223 WSSM & .243 WSSM) and the magnum action calibers (.300 PRC, .300 RUM, & .375 H&H). You don’t want to buy a short or long action rail if you’re shooting any of the calibers mentioned above.

Pairing the scope base with a good quality rifle scope will set you up to achieve the accuracy and consistency required for a successful hunt.

Other than that, the Picatinny mounts described on this page will provide a solid and tight mount that will be reliable for the life of your rifle.

Shooters who are asked to nominate a mount that they have had success with will invariably name one of those listed on this page.


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