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Posted: February 10 2017 at 3:45pm | IP Logged Quote joed

Anyone here own a browning bolt action?   Been curious that you never seem
to see Browning rifles.    The only time I have ever seen one was when I bought
my Remington in 1978.   The clerk at the LGS had me try every bolt action they
had looking for the one that fit and felt right.

I remember looking at a Browning but I settled on a Remington because it was
made in the US.

But I'm curious, I don't even know a person that owns one.

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Posted: February 10 2017 at 4:13pm | IP Logged Quote dahlin

I have an A-bolt hunter in 3006 the place were I worked gave it to me for my 30 year award. Its a good accurate rifle shot a few bucks with it. I shoot 165gr Nosler Balistic tips I don't like the gloss finish would rather it was an oil finish but for the most part I like it. Randy
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I own three: A Bolt varmint stalker in 223, 1 X Bolt
Stalker in 223, and an X Bolt Hunter in 243.

The rifles function flawlessly and the accuracy is
excellent in the 1/2 to 3/4" moa range. BUT

My problem with them are the triggerswhich are suppose to
be adjustable. I could never get my down below 3 1/2 lbs
which is too heavy for me for precision shooting.

The A bolt trigger fix was easy - Timmey sales
replacement trigger springs - this fixed the problem.

The X bolt are suppose to have an improved trigger but as
I said, I could not adjust mine down below 3 1/2 to 4
lbs. Forturnately I found a gunsmith who would work on
them and got them down to the 2 1/2 lbs level.

The A Bolt Varmint Stalker has a 24" No 3 contour barrel.
With tailored reloads this shoots in the 1/2 moa range.
The problem is the forearm is too short making it awkward
to carry in the field with a sling. I solved the problem
by installing a barrel ban 3" out from the end of the
forearm.

You might asked why didn't I notice the trigger problems
when I examined the rifles before purchase. The answer is
that it's hard to for to evaluate just dry firing against
a wall in a gun shop. When I got on target on the range I
found the weight of pull unacceptable to me. There was no
creep, just heavy pull.

Bottom Line: With effort I got my Browning to work the
way I want them but I'd opt for a Tikka - the triggers
are outstanding, the accuracy great, and the action
flawless.
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We've had a Belgium Browning .308 Win BLR (lever) in the family for at least 30 years. It's a good rifle. My dad and my oldest son have used it the most.

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I used to work in a gun shop in 1996.
The Browning A-Bolts then had a good reputation for accuracy. They were well made and had free floated barrels. The BAR was a good rifle too. Hard to go wrong with those if you like them.
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Just remembered - a buddy of mine who is a frequent and successful bear hunter always uses his .300 Win mag, Browning bolt action.

Honestly I'm not sure what specific model it is, something made in the past 10 years or so, with a synthetic stock, but he clobbers a lot of bears with it.

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Posted: February 11 2017 at 8:17am | IP Logged Quote joed

It's weird, I knew people have them but I never see anyone with a
Browning.    

Matter fact, I don't even see them in the LGS and can't figure out
why. I bet if I walked into the biggest LGS in the area and asked to
see a Browning bolt action they'd look at me as if I was from Mars.

I've wondered what they are like so it's good to hear from all of you.

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In this area just about every gun shop sells them the top of the line are kind of pricey may be that's why you don't see that many but from my experience and from what my nephews have had they are good shooters. Randy
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Our family Browning BLR in .308 Win. It's been a real good rifle, but I sure don't use it much. Dad used it for wild hogs in California, then gave it to my oldest son who occasionally does a little target shooting with it. Surprisingly accurate and 100% reliable. I'd hunt with it!







Most have been made in Japan, and a lot seem to have aluminum receivers, but this early one was built in Belgium and has a steel receiver. I like it.

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My brother has had a couple of the BAR rifles and I worked up loads for him. They are dressed up nice and were quite accurate. Just a bit pricey.

A buddy of mine had an A-Bolt with the Boss adjustment on the muzzle. I guess I would have to get used to the looks of the Boss, but it was easy to dial in a decent load to reduce the grouping into a tack driver load.

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Posted: February 11 2017 at 6:26pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

For the reloader, the extractor system Browning use is far
superior to Remington's with cartridges such as the 223
where the thin rims tend to wear over time.

There are pricey but the quality is very good but like I
said in my prior post, the triggers my mine needed work.



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