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Rifles - Browning A-bolt:


Any comments regarding quality and accuracy of the Browning A-Bolt Stalker(composite or stainless,with or w/o Boss)would be appreciated.
Richard <rchel2577@aol.com>
Clovis, CA USA - Tuesday, December 22, 1998 at 01:44:28 (EST) 
Brownings; The A-bolt's stainless and composite blued shoot about the same and not quite as good as Remington 700's but plenty fine for just about any purpose. Probably were the chamber shortened and same attention as our 700's get it would be good and the ones I tested were all fairly lightweight barrels. The boss will blow your ear drums in short order but it does work and helps the accuracy to at least as good as an out of box remington in most cases. The removable
or load from the floor plate open mode is great and the feed and function is grade A. It is a matter of concidence but I've seen 2 270's overloaded by using the Lyman manual that has a fairly subtle change between 270 and 270 weatherby mag just on the opposite page. They performed admirably with primers being blown completely out the back and in one case had been fired several times before the owner caught on. I once misread a new powder scale and loaded a .243 with 50 grains of 4320 as opposed to the 40 grains I was trying to do.
4230 goes Nuclear at that pressure and the resulting blast split Atoms in rocks nearby resulting in enough smoke to create a mushroom
The mistake resulted in the firing of 1 case and the bolt had to be hammered open. One of the suspect rounds was lost and turned up later to practically weld the gun shut! It was opened however and continued to shoot fine. Triggers don't adjust as easily as Remington but can be done. If you get the BOSS you might want to contact Browning and buy a BOSS less the (holes)compensator function with no holes. The accuracy can still be adjusted and it wasn't really changed much as to the settings required. I don't like the shiny finish and gold triggers they put on stuff but other than that they are a fine rifle for hunting purposes. My personal preference would be for the Remington but I find the function of the action to be superior on the Brownings and on par with the best rifles I've used. Neeext!
B.Rogers <brogers@elkhart.com>
USA - Tuesday, December 22, 1998 at 10:27:25 (EST) 

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