Re: Anyone buy/shoot the "new" Browning A-Bolt slug gun??
I was going to buy one this month but they are really behind or lagging behind in production on purpose. I called Browning today and they stated they were getting ready to ship 540 of the A-bolts out that were previously on backorder. They have an additional 90 that are currently on back order. Not good news if your're looking to pick one up for this falls hunt. I'm having second thoughts about buying one after reading the post about the accuracy here and on another message board. Below is what was posted on another message board:
I am new to this posting stuff but felt the need to post on this gun. I have hunted almost primarily with slug guns for 30 plus years and feel I know them well enough. 22 years in the Corps and I shoot well enough.
I wanted the A-bolt shotgun for years and when I saw they were coming back out I got mine on order. I picked mine up about a month ago....what a disappointment it has been. It is a beautiful gun! I cleaned her up real good, mounted a Leopold 3x9 sg/ml scope, boresighted, added a limbsaver recoil pad and was all set for the range.
I started with the recommended Winchester Partitons at 50 yards. I had 3 misfires, one failed extraction and the best group I could get was about 3.5 inches. I spoke with the Browning rep and he took the gun to the service center to have it checked out. The service center just called me after having the gun for a week and told me that they had removed and re-installed the scope, fired slugs from Federal, Remington, and Hornady. The best group they got from any of the slugs they tried was 3.5 to 4 inches at 50 yards. They informed me that they had spoke with the Browning Rep about their findings and was told " that is in Browning specs". Wow! I have smooth bore guns that will shoot better than that. I have'nt even attempted 100 yards yet. They are sending the gun back to me......not sure if I'll sell it or keep it as a boat paddle! I have one of the not-so-pretty Mossberg 220F's that will outshoot this one all day long. Not at all happy!!
It's probably too early to tell yet but I was surprised to hear that Browning thinks 3.5" groups at 50 is within specs. Maybe I will look at the Savage. I know it's not the quality of the Browning but It shoots better groups at 50 yards. The H & R is also very accurate from what I've read but man that thing is so heavy. I'm glad I picked one up before I almost bought one. It's pretty much for stand hunting only.