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The ammo was worth almost that much... SMH


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I always appreciated the craftsmanship of the A-bolt rifle and have owned a few. They were plenty accurate and very smooth operating. The stock design just didn't work for me though.


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Originally Posted by Sasha_and_Abby
The ammo was worth almost that much... SMH

Yeah the guy wanted to buy something else BADLY.

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i know a 7mm mag won't win many popularity contests but tha still will get the job done lgs had a browning abolt hunter 7mm rem mag nice walnut stock with good grain just a few light handling marks had a vx3 3.5-10x50 in leupold dual dove tail two pice mounts on it, when i turned the tag over i was shocked, walked up to the owner of the shop laid it on his counter and paid him $575 out the door for it....... it will cloverleaf almost any 150 gr load if put in it......

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this thread got me thinking...... how many abolts do i have??
abolt medallion 300wsm
abolt medalion 270wsm
abolt stainless 270 wsm
abolt hunter 22-250
abolt hunter 30-06 (was bought cut and crowned to 20" barrel when i bought it)
abolt hunter 7mmrem mag
abolt hunter 270 win (was rebored by jes to 35 whelen two years ago)
abolt micro hunter 7mm-08
abolt micro hunter 358win (grice gun shop special run)

i would be pressed for funds to sell any of these rifles everyone one of them is a shooter

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Originally Posted by JD45
I worked for a top gunshop around 1996. I remember all the great sales and deals we had on Browning A-bolts. I was younger and thought I was Jack O'Connor and laughed at all of the novices and newbies that bought them.

Years later I realized how good they were. The barrels were floated, triggers not bad, decent synthetic stocks, and really nice walnut ones.

But mainly they would freakin shoot. Everybody we sold to bragged on them it seems. I saw groups shot with a 7mm Rem.Mag. that I couldn't believe.

I wish I had a stainless synthetic hunter model, and a Walnut Medallion. Very cool rifles, and a deal back then.

Same here, but our shop had a couple crack gunsmiths. When a customer would ask if the A-bolts were any good, I'd escort him into gun repair...look over the few hundred guns in the rack waiting for repairs. " Do you see any Browning A-bolts in there?"
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And yeah..the accuracy!


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I worked for a top gunshop around 1996. I remember all the great sales and deals we had on Browning A-bolts. I was younger and thought I was Jack O'Connor and laughed at all of the novices and newbies that bought them.

Years later I realized how good they were. The barrels were floated, triggers not bad, decent synthetic stocks, and really nice walnut ones.

But mainly they would freakin shoot. Everybody we sold to bragged on them it seems. I saw groups shot with a 7mm Rem.Mag. that I couldn't believe.

I wish I had a stainless synthetic hunter model, and a Walnut Medallion. Very cool rifles, and a deal back then.

Same here, but our shop had a couple crack gunsmiths. When a customer would ask if the A-bolts were any good, I'd escort him into gun repair...look over the few hundred guns in the rack waiting for repairs. " Do you see any Browning A-bolts in there?"
grin

I thought not.....


And yeah..the accuracy!

I may smoke a turd in hell but....


You don't see toasters in for repair either. You just throw them out.

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(No dog in this, I like Browning O/U, never owned an A Bolt)


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I like the A bolts quite a bit, and the A bolt II.

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In the early 90’s when my dad got tired of toting the Mark V .300 Wby Mag he asked me what he should buy. Needed a stainless.30-06. I did a bunch of research and suggested the Stainless Stalker. He carried that rifle until 2013 when the trigger malfunctioned. He killed two truckloads of deer and elk with that rifle.


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Had a 300 mag SS Stalker II Boss that I foolishly sold. It was truly a one hole gun if you kept barrel cool. I foolishly sold it in a moment of weakness. I killed animals of all kind with that rifle….love to have it back


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Originally Posted by deerhunter5555
Had a 300 mag SS Stalker II Boss that I foolishly sold. It was truly a one hole gun if you kept barrel cool. I foolishly sold it in a moment of weakness. I killed animals of all kind with that rifle….love to have it back


I have the same gun. Used to shoot some elk with it and a couple of deer. Don't shoot it much but don't want to sell it either.


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And not only corrosion, but moisture/condensation freeze up can shut the whole dance down...and has.

I had a friend leave his Abolt SS leaned against a tree while packing out a moose. They took one gun with them and when returning to the kill site cautiously they were charged by a grizzly as he got to the gun. The Abolt was froze up but the 700 wasn’t which saved them some real problems. I hadn’t heard of them freezing up at the time this happened and figured it could happen to any gun in the right conditions.

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When I was a kid I lusted after an A-Bolt Stainless Stalker in .30-06. I had ads for them stuffed in my school binder so I could drool a little during class. After a summer of projects for my dad I finally had scratch to buy one myself. We went down to the local sporting goods store and they were sold out so I "settled" for a Model 70 Featherweight in .30-06. The model 70 is still in my safe 30 years later but now identifies as a .25-06. I still get a little nostalgic when I see a stainless a-bolt on a used rack even if I never actually had one in my personal collection.

Can the triggers be replaced with a decent aftermarket to eliminate the freezing/seizing issues?

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Originally Posted by TnBigBore
I always appreciated the craftsmanship of the A-bolt rifle and have owned a few. They were plenty accurate and very smooth operating. The stock design just didn't work for me though.

The gold medallion stock fits beautifully. So much better than the stalker/medallion style.
I’ve owned/own a few. My .30-06 is crazy accurate and a .308 I sold my dad is same.
Never owned an X-Bolt.



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Still have my 1st year Gold Medallion. Unfortunately the stock is a pile of ashes in a northern Maine deer camp.
Took out of the moth balls after 20 years a while back to see if it still shot bugholes. It did. So I took it out for old times sake on a -billion degree day and the insanely gorgeous stock promptly spit clean in half at the wrist. I wept openly....
As much as [bleep] on them as a 700 lover those things fit perfect and shot lights out with ease....

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I have ABolt 22LR that love. I know it’s not a big game rifle but is one of my favorite rifles since I bought it new in 1985. I bought my son a 2008 Shot Show special for his first rifle. It was a 270 Win with a octagon barrel and oil finished stock. It is the best looking gun I ever bought. He loves it and is afraid to hunt with it because he doesn’t want to mess it up. I love the ABolts more than the X Bolts.

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Picked up a new unfired 7mm-08 medallion today. No box but it was to pretty to pass up

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