December 01, 2017

Scope Ring Height Calculator

Easy to use and fast! Check out our new scope ring height calculator page for determining the proper ring selection for your Carbon or Evolution chassis. No more aggravating formulas!

November 22, 2017

XLR Industries Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale!

It's that time of year! XLR is celebrating Black Friday / Cyber Monday in style with amazing discounts for our customers! Spend $595 or more and save $150! Just use checkout code BF150! Spend $200 or more and save $40! Just use checkout code BF40!

Looking for stocking stuffers? Check out our new M-LOK Dovetail Adapter, which allows any compatible chassis to be mounted on an Acra-Swiss style tripod! Or help someone on your gift list out by buying them an M-LOK Bipod / Sling Adapter, allowing for the mounting of a Harris-style bipod or sling! And for that extra-special someone on your list, why not treat them to one of the finest rifle chassis in world?! Oh, and don't forget to throw in an official XLR T-Shirt!

We at XLR hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Do spend it with loved ones, and do get a little shopping in at xlrindustries.com! 
November 20, 2017

Why Buy a Rifle Chassis? | Gun Stock vs. Chassis

rifle chassis or traditional stock

Rifle Stock or Chassis? 

In the world of precision shooting, you may have noticed that the wooden rifle stock is fading out. Once the primary material for a rifle stock, wood offered a cheap and workable solution for mounting your rifle. However, it was realized decades ago that this is where the advantages ended. With the progression of manufacturing materials, wood is no longer as economical and can warp and change size over time and with temperature. In the early 1960's, fiberglass composite stocks started to appear on the market. They offered a stronger, lighter and more stable alternative to wood. For years, these fiberglass / synthetic stocks have dominated the bolt action market.

However, both wood and fiberglass stocks have their limitations. While they can provide a solid shooting platform, stocks come with an inherent resistance to adjustability and customization. Most are more akin to the one-size-fits-all variety, though some newer models do have adjustable features. The amount of finish work required to make them an acceptable and stable platform often puts the final cost at much more than the shooter originally intended. Although bolt action rifles are generally not used for long strings of fire, fiberglass is also an insulator and will hold in much more heat. 

Today's precision shooter wants something that can be that can be tailor-made for them for the ultimate in comfort and versatility. What's more, it must be highly accurate, customizable, and stylish. This is where the aluminum rifle chassis comes into play. If you seek to improve your current rifle platform, a chassis may be the best investment you can make.

Bedding-less Installation

There is no overstating the ease of installation provided by a rifle chassis. Choose a model that features a custom inlet for your receiver and it will install in minutes; this is as easy as tightening down the action screws. If you plan on switching barrels in the future, you will find the chassis design to be especially user friendly, as you may not even have to remove the action from the chassis. 

Chassis get away with this style of installation with a couple of different methods. The most common is the V-block. A V-block is simply an aluminum "V" that cradles the receiver while giving it two solid contact surfaces. This allows for inconsistencies in receiver diameter.

Another method, and the one used by XLR, is what we call a multi-point, radial cut inlet. Like the V-block, a multi-point inlet has raised surfaces to contact the receiver. However, instead of just two contact points, XLR inlets have a multitude of high points that will essentially "self-bed" the receiver to the chassis - giving much more contact area to the receiver than a traditional V-block. This multi-point bedding system takes much longer to machine than the V-block, but is a worthwhile sacrifice.

Comfort

A visual comparison alone will tell you much about the comfort features available on chassis vs. those on traditional rifle stocks. Much of the comfort you receive is actually found in the buttstock.

the modern buttstock  

XLR's Tactical Lite buttstock has adjustments for length of pull, cheek rest height, and recoil pad height.

The modern detachable buttstock, compact and relatively lightweight, is a marvel in providing support and adjustability to an individual shooter - and is something you just can't add to a traditional fixed rifle stock. On a well-made buttstock, you will find a cushioned recoil pad, adjustable length of pull, adjustable recoil pad cant, adjustable cheek rest height, and attachment methods for monopods and slings. Most chassis systems will also come with a molded pistol grip, such as the Ergo, that enhances performance by providing a better interface between the shooter and the firearm. Most of the time these grips are of the AR-15 variant and thus offer yet more customization for the end user by allowing them to select the grip of their choice.

Accuracy

A rifle chassis can improve accuracy greatly over factory stocks, by as much as 50% in some scenarios. In addition to providing a more solid bedding system, aluminum chassis are not affected by the elements, so you will not see variations in accuracy during shooting sessions. The adjustability of the stock is also a key factor in end-accuracy. By fitting the rifle to the shooter, the shooter is much more consistent in his/her shots, as their natural point of aim is not affected.

Customization

Chassis systems also allow for the addition of multiple types of accessories such as thermals, night vision, bipods, quivers, sling adapters, barricade stops, and picatinny rails. They may even have integrated features such as M-LOK or Key-mod compatible slots and Quick Detach or QD sling sockets.

modern custom rifle chassis

The ENVY chassis system has several integrated features including a dovetail mount for tripods.

Some models, such as the XLR Envy chassis, have all of these features as well as an integrated dovetail mount for tripods and a built-in bubble level for adjusting rifle cant. In any case, there are a broad range of accessories that can add ease and enjoyment to your shooting experience.

Detachable Magazines

An off-the-shelf rifle will usually come with an internal magazine that will only hold a minimum number of rounds. You can convert your stock so that it will accept box-style magazines, but expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for this transformation. On the other hand, most chassis will come with an integrated detachable magazine system capable of receiving large capacity magazines. The XLR systems, for example, accept all AICS style magazines.

Value

Much like aftermarket rifle stocks, chassis systems range in price from hundreds of dollars to thousands. But often what makes a rifle chassis the better value is the lack of gunsmithing and modification required to add comparable features and accessories. From the bedding of the action to the addition of a detachable magazine systems, many find the traditional composite or wood stock more expensive in the long run.

Chassis Selection

Choosing the best chassis for your needs can be a daunting task, as there are many makes and models to choose from. As chassis have increased in popularity over recent years, manufacturers have responded with competitive pricing and a variety of styles and configurations. It can be said that all of this development has benefited none more than the consumer. There has never been a better time to enter the exciting world of shooting with a rifle chassis!  

Element modern rifle chassis

XLR's ELEMENT chassis, with its $442 price tag, is a highly functional and affordable chassis model for shooters of all levels. 

 

November 14, 2017

Howa 1500 Evolution Chassis System | Pic of the Week 11-14-17

Anyone get any shooting in over the weekend? Our friend Pete did with his Evolution chassis. He is running a Tactical buttstock and a Howa 1500 chambered in 260 Rem with a Timney trigger and Vortex optics. Thanks for the photo! Hope this setup is treating you well. Thanks for being a part of the XLR Family.

November 08, 2017

Savage Model 10 Hunting Chassis | Pic of the Week 11-8-17

PIC OF THE WEEK - Rocky Mountain High! Thanks, Tony, for this scenic pic of your Element chassis with Tactical Lite buttstock. Best of luck hunting with your Savage Model 10 6.5 Creedmoor. Beautiful setup you have there with the Bushnell Elite LRHS. Let us know if you ever bag that deer!

Email pics of your rifle to info@xlrindustries.com for the opportunity to be featured as our Picture of the Week.

November 01, 2017

Savage Model 10 Evolution Chassis | Pic of the Week 11-1-17

What a rifle! Thanks, Eddie, for this sweet pic of your Evolution chassis with Tactical Lite buttstock. Eddie is running a Savage Model 10 FCP with a Sightron SIII scope. Beautiful stressed digital camo hydro-dip on this as well. Hope she shoots as good as she looks!

Email pics of your rifle to info@xlrindustries.com for the opportunity to be featured as our Picture of the Week.

October 26, 2017

The Best Savage Model 10 Chassis | Pic of the Week 10-26-17

PIC OF THE WEEK - Check out our friend Alex in action with his Evolution chassis at the recent Southwest Regional PRS Club Finale at the Big Sandy Range in AZ. He is shooting a Savage Model 10 .308 with Vortex Viper optics. Great photo, Alex!

Email pics of your rifle to info@xlrindustries.com for the opportunity to be featured as our Picture of the Week.

October 20, 2017

Cerakoted Carbon Fiber Chassis | Pic of the Week 10-20-17

PIC OF THE WEEK - Thank you, Jumbo, for sending in this super clean pic of your Carbon chassis with Tactical buttstock and Palm Shelf grip. Jumbo is running a Rem 308 with Vortex optics, an Accushot monopod, and a GG&G bipod. Don't scratch that custom cerakote! What a build!

Email pics of your rifle to info@xlrindustries.com for the opportunity to be featured as our Picture of the Week.

October 12, 2017

Tikka Element Chassis | Pic of the Week 10-12-17

This week we're sharing a picture of Chris' trusty Element chassis with Tactical Lite buttstock. Looks like he's put some miles on this setup! Chris is running a Tikka chambered in 260 Rem with a 26" Proof Research stainless barrel and Leupold optics. Definitely a "well balanced" build.

Email pics of your rifle to info@xlrindustries.com for the opportunity to be featured as our Picture of the Week.

October 06, 2017

Left-Handed Chassis Inventory Reduction

Lefties Unite! Now through October 20th, 2017 XLR is reducing inventory on all left-handed chassis models while supplies last. Savings are available by phone only. Savings are not available through online orders. Call us today! 

Element Chassis - Save $100!
Envy Chassis - Save $140!
Carbon Chassis - Save $180!
Evolution Chassis - Save $150!
Evolution HD Chassis - Save $160!
Evolution BMG Chassis - Save $200!

Take advantage before these amazing offers end! Call 970-241-1807 to place your order or email us for further information at info@xlrindustries.com.