Browning A-bolt composite stalker

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Atlas 00, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Atlas 00

    Atlas 00 Member

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    Anyone got experience with these guns? I heard that they have a really skinny barrel and can be finnicky with most loads.

    I have a chance to get a 300 win mag in a composite stalker (Brownings cheapest version of the abolt), but I plan on re-stocking it and doing a trigger job on it.

    Other than that, is there much more I can do???
     
  2. Terrytf

    Terrytf Well-Known Member

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    Great gun out of the box ! mine is a 7mm rm and I took off the plastic stock and replaced it with a wood one that I bought off a member here . trigger is at 2.1 pounds . just ran 40 round down the tube and after 10 let it set for 10 min then did another 10 rounds . it was fine great shots . grouping was beyond what I expected . I will buy another maybe try the x bolt in a 338 wight gold I think will be my next . More info I bought mine used for 300 and the guy sold it to get a Remington Sendero in the 7mm rm. 3 months has gone buy now he wish he stayed with the a-bolt . he is 1500 into it and cant group what I can . Hope these helps
     

  3. Atlas 00

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    Thanks for the info. sounds like you got a good deal and a good shooter. I am surprised that barrel didn't heat up on you though and start scattering the groups.
     
  4. Terrytf

    Terrytf Well-Known Member

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    we where surprised allso . it did a great job . mine is a stainless stalker I forgot to add that part.
     
  5. Atlas 00

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    i was planning on putting a Bell & Carlson medalist stock on it, and doing a trigger job. the medalist has an aluminum bedding block in it. I was going to see how it will do with it.

    forgot to ask you earlier, what the muzzle diameter of your gun is. just curious if Browning uses a heavier "magnum" barrel on these guns than they do on there non magnum long actions like other manufacturers. I'm hoping it's atleast .650 inches at the muzzle.

    anyone else please feel free to chime in if you know, thanks.
     
  6. Birddog75

    Birddog75 Well-Known Member

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    Try out the Timney trigger spring kits. Took 10 minutes to install and makes the factory trigger awesome.
     
  7. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I have a 7mm in the original stainless stalker. and it shoots great.
     
  8. Atlas 00

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    awesome, thanks.
     
  9. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    So far I have had 3 Browning A-Bolts and I like them...Light to carry, thumb safety, comfortable tupperware stock and good shooters too. I still have the 7mm. It has become my go-to gun for everything from distant 'yotes to elk.

    A-Bolt has the same problem as Remmy rifles...short magazines. VLD bullet loads need to be hand fed, or you can have your magazines extended like I did.

    The skinny barrels get hot quickly, but still group well. It's just that heat kills accuracy in the long run, so I let the barrel cool every 3 shots.

    hope this helps
     
  10. vandal

    vandal Well-Known Member

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    My wife has a Abolt comp in 280 rem. This gun shoots .75moa all day with 160gr. partitions. The trigger is crisp and clean (don't know what the actual lbs are but around 3-3.5). The best part is that I bought the gun used and in great shape for $400. My hopes were for a 1.5 moa gun at best but now I am thinking of trying to shrink the groups to .5moa.
     
  11. Atlas 00

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    Sounds like you guys got some good shooters at some good prices. I was thinking of trying VLD's also, but have heard that they are too long as well and don't feed out of mag's very well.

    wicked accurate from what I've heard. I want to try some in my 7mm mag, but they are also pricey.