Re: Anyone custom a Browning A-Bolt?
The A-Bolt II Long range hunter with composite stock, adjustable trigger, SS, and 26" heavy barrel is what I'd look for, if you need to customize further (doubtful) it seems the best platform to do it from. They have some nice calibers, but the 300 win mag would be my choice. Fit and finish and magazine system are second to none. Interestingly, if the 195 grain 7mm gets out, order a barrel in the perfect twist for it in 7 mm and have it chambered as a 7 stw. I'm thinking about doing that. Just waiting for that bullet and knowledge about the best barrel twist rate at this point. I think they are still making them, but check Gunbroker and such. They are a very strong short bolt throw action, reliable, and the attention to detail in a Browning and the quality for a factory rifle at the $1000 price level is incredible. People that have owned Brownings, mostly hunters know this. The long range sniping crowd is a little different. Most hunters are really 3 digit hunters, ( I am ) The concept of long range hunting isn't long range sniping. I think this is misunderstood here? If you read what Len's passion about LRH was and I believe is, it's not long range 1000 yard + sniping an animal. It's a complete experience in glassing animals that are hard to get close to and then getting in a position to harvest them ethically. Normally this is 300-700 or so yards in my estimation. A Browning isn't going to be a 1200 - 1 mile gun. But that isn't really long range hunting anyway. Brownings can be the right gun and a quality purchase for the hunter.
My 2 cents.