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Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

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Old 06-17-2010, 07:32 PM
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Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

You always see the Remington 700 line of rifles being custom, and savage, even Ruger every once in a while or sometimes winchester. You never hear about a browning being custom. Why? Browning Makes some good bolt action rifles, why dont people custom them?
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:43 PM
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Re: Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

I would guess availability of aftermarket parts has some to do with it
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:48 PM
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Re: Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

I just happen to be putting one together right now but its not a bolt its a B-78. To answer your question, I don't know any reason why the bolt wouldn't work just fine.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:46 PM
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Re: Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

Browning doesnt have as good of an angle for camming the bolt over. Typically the threads where bbl and action meet are terrible (from what I here) Magazine fed, by a short length mag. A horrible trigger, And very very little in the way of aftermarket parts.
Im a Winchester fan for sure. Win has my favorite action by far,-BUT-I have a soft spot for Brownings too belive it or not. I found most of this information out while doing research here at L/R/H, and other places, seeing what I could do with my A-Bolt 338win mag to ''spruce it up a bit'' and customize it to streach its legs some.
Well I settled on a D.I.Y. trigger job (3lbs is as light as she goes) and its still squishy and creepy, but 100% better than it was. Next I will replace the tupperware stock with a bedded wood or laminate one. Thats about where it ends for me. Kinda bummed, cause I do like my Browning, but wadda ya do....?
I did however read a post and saw pics of a beautifull Browning custom a guy here on L/R/H built during some sort of gunsmithing school or training of some sort. It shot lights out too from what I remember. I think I saw this post sometime between Dec and Feb. Maybe try doing a search here on L/R/H to try and find it.
I wouldnt give up on Browning if you own one, but if you want to customize a rifle later, your alot better off buying a Winchester Model-70, or Rem-700.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:45 PM
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Re: Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

A friend of mine shoots an A-bolt in .300 win. Heavy S.S barrel, Muzzle brake, Nightforce 5.5-22 and I've seen a few 4" groups at 700 yds. He put a spring kit in the trigger to get the pull weight down.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:34 AM
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Re: Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

The Timney spring kit works wonders for the A-bolt trigger. A little stoning on the sear helps to cut the pull weight as well.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:25 PM
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Re: Does anyone have a Custom Browning?

I have a Browning BBR 1977 which is being customized into a 25 Pronghorn. Parts availability is the biggest complaint that I have You are sol if you are thinking about getting a good sourse of parts. Possibly have to buy two to keep one working.

Shoots accurate, trigger isn't the best by far. External finish is 1st class.

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