One look at the Browning A-Bolt Target’s barrel will tell buyers that this model is produced by the group subsidiary Miroku in Japan. The US-branch in Morgan/Utah manufactures it there especially for the domestic market. The match rifle comes to Germany via The Duke in Remscheid, specialized in US-weapons.
The test rifle chambered to .223 Remington presented impeccable credentials for the shooting range: the match barrel with recessed muzzle crown, 71 centimeter long and 23 millimeter thick at the muzzle. In addition a satin finish gray laminate wood stock, with a wide fore-end and height-adjustable comb at the butt. Non-slip checkering on the contact surfaces of the hand protection and pistol grip, pleasantly soft rubber butt plate, sling swivel studs for attaching a bipod.
The magazine takes five cartridges and represents a combination of a hinged cover and removable box magazine. Once swung out, the cartridge box clipped to the cover is withdrawn, making for easier loading and unloading.
The three-lug bolt slide moved with minimal resistance through the sleeve into which it also locks. Requiring merely a short and velvety soft travel, the trigger was crisp and clean. The trigger weight felt significantly less than the almost 3 kilos measured
The trigger can be reset to 1500 grams after dismantling the guard. The "heavy beast" was calm and shot like a small bore match rifle.
The buyer gets an excellent match rifle here for less than €1,700.
Range of uses for the Browning A-Bolt Target
The Browning A-Bolt Target meets all the expectations of a good match rifle. The BROWNING A-Bolt is less suited for hunting, for police and military
The Browning A-Bolt Target Overview:
|Model||Browning A-Bolt Target |
|Price: ||€ 1.690|
|Capacity: ||5 + 1 cartridges|
|Barrel lenght: ||710 mm (rifling 1:8")|
|Total lenght:||1.217 mm|
|Trigger weight:||2.930 g|
|Weight: ||5.150 g|
Features: three-lug bolt, match stock with adjustable comb, 28" match barrel, hinged cover magazine with removable box, mounting holes
Shooting test Browning A-Bolt Target
|No.||Factory cartridge||Grouping |
|1||52 grs Remington MK BTHP||20 mm|
|2||52 grs Sellier & Bellot Match||21 mm|
|3||55 grs GECO Target||23 mm|
|4||69 grs Lapua HPBT||19 mm|
|5||69 grs RWS Target Elite Plus||15 mm|
Remarks: Grouping = five-shot groups, shot sitting from the bench rest support at 100 m distance, reported in millimeters, measured from the shot-hole centers. Bracketed values after subtraction of an outlier
Abbreviations / bullet codes: BTHP: Boat Tail Hollow Point, HPBT: Hollowpoint Boat Tail
Visier Evaluation of the BROWNING A-Bolt Target
|Precision (max. 50 points)||50 points|
|Stock (max. 10 p.)||9 points|
|Trigger (max. 10 p.)||8 points|
|Magazine/Handling (max. 5 p.)||5 points|
|Sight (max. 5 p.)||4 points|
|Receiver/Function (max. 10 p.)||9 points|
|Finishing (max. 10 p.)||9 points|
|Total points (max. 100 p.)||94 points|
|Commendations||6 of 6 commendations|