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Anyone custom a Browning A-Bolt?

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Unread 06-18-2011, 02:39 PM
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Re: Anyone custom a Browning A-Bolt?

Yes, I have an "old" A-bolt that I had tweaked a bit. It has a Lilja 1 in 9 twist barrel with a baby Painkiller brake. It's in a Lone Wolf "Howler" stock and I installed a replacement trigger spring by Rifle Basic. As you can see, it works well.

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Unread 06-19-2011, 12:33 PM
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Re: Anyone custom a Browning A-Bolt?

I converted a standard 223 A-Bolt w/BOSS to an Eclipse thumbhole & eventually rebarreled to 6br.
I'm very happy with the Browning action, and trigger with a reduced spring kit.
I also converted mine to single shot only, no eject, and bedded it myself.

Many gunsmiths hate browning rebarrel jobs, because Browning does not intend for their barrels to ever come off! They're epoxied in..
This causes gunsmiths to have to cut the barrel and machine extract it from the action ring..

Jim Kolbe did a fantastic job with mine, matching contour and black finish on a stainless Pacnor.
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Unread 06-26-2011, 09:33 AM
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My daughter hunts with a browning a-bolt that was built into a 264 win mag. It was a 300 win mag when I bought it twenty years ago. Put a shilen 1-9 ss 26 inch barrel on it; bedded the original stock; worked the trigger; custom brake and glassed a check piece on for her. It has a zeiss 6.5-20x50 on it and shoots a 1/2 inch five shot group with 100 grain noslers. It works great on coues whitetail.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 06:17 PM
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Re: Anyone custom a Browning A-Bolt?

That was a happy story, I like that.

I want to rebarrel my Browning 223 A-Bolt as it's a really good shooter, tight groups. That tells me the action is solid. I like the short throw.

Can I get the barrel off? heat, turn counter clockwise? They have metric threads too? Rebarreling then metric.

Thanks for any help or suggestions. I'd use a gunsmith if needed, and take a recommendation. I'd like someone to comment that works on A-bolts,
respects A-bolt's, they have been good shooters for me.

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Unread 04-30-2012, 07:38 AM
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Re: Anyone custom a Browning A-Bolt?

Great thread.

Yes, I would also like to know who re-barrels Brownings, nothing to do right now but I have always liked Browning. I was thinking about an X-Bolt.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 08:16 AM
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Let's keep looking, some gunsmith out there must work on them. My gunsmith is good, but he is so busy and complains so much with the rifles I bring him, I've decided I need several gunsmith's... I want someone who is really interested and has taken the time to understand my Browning A-bolt's.

I like my A-bolt's but if there is no gunsmith that can customize them, I'm going to have to stick with custom actions, mauser actions and savages. I'm not a true Remington fan, PERIOD. If a Remington 700 clone is made by a Custom action maker, typically just the (footprint) is used, then you get the 700 done right the first time around. After market parts are plentiful on Rem 700 footprints. But no remington 700 is worth the price of a Custom Stiller Predator done from scratch. It's actually cheaper and better to just buy a Stiller Predator.

But I like my A-bolt's for their out of the box accuracy and strength and short bolt throw.

Find us a Browning gunsmith, or if I can't, I won't continue buying them! They do need trigger work and rebarreling occaisionally.

My theory is: if you get a gun you like, the action is good and then it's just the barrel and trigger, after that, the action must be good, so keep it and breath new life into it with barrel swaps.



BUT, I will listen to others opinions, so hopefully someone will chime in here.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:05 AM
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Triple G Gunsmithing 254-965-6464 Stephenville, Texas
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