Browning A-Bolt Composite Stalker

Description

The Browning A-Bolt Composite Stalker is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in 11 calibers. The Composite Stalker is just one of many in the A-Bolt series, but what separates it from other A-Bolt models is its composite stock, of course, and the availability of Browning’s Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System barrels on select calibers. BOSS is a threaded barrel attachment that promises to completely tame barrel vibrations (harmonics). It’ll improve accuracy because when a round is fired the initial explosion sends violent vibrations throughout the gun and can throw off the projectiles trajectory..

Otherwise it has common A-bolt features including a free-floated barrel, where the stock won’t interfere with the steel barrel’s action. It uses Browning’s Top Tang Safety, which places the safety on the back of the pistol grip or where the action-hand’s thumb naturally falls. The feature also locks and unlocks the bolt. The bolt itself requires a short 60-degree lift instead of 90. And, it has an adjustable 4-pound trigger.

Browning recommends the A-Bolt Composite Stalker for deer and varmint hunting.

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Specifications

.243 Win.
Caliber:.243 Win.
Capacity:4
Features:Target crown; adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free-floated barrel; and recoil pad
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.25 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:41.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.270 Win.
Caliber:.270 Win.
Capacity:4
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.6 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.30-06 Springfield
Caliber:.30-06 Springfield
Capacity:4
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.6 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
7mm Rem. Mag.
Caliber:7mm Rem. Mag.
Capacity:3
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7.2 pounds
Barrel Length:26"
Twist:1 in 9.5"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:46.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.300 Win. Mag.
Caliber:.300 Win. Mag.
Capacity:3
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7.2 pounds
Barrel Length:26"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:46.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.25-06 Rem.
Caliber:.25-06 Rem.
Capacity:4
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.8 pounds
Barrel Length:24"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:44.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.338 Win. Mag.
Caliber:.338 Win. Mag.
Capacity:3
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:7.2 pounds
Barrel Length:26"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:43.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.300 WSM
Caliber:.300 WSM
Capacity:3
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.3 pounds
Barrel Length:23"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
7mm WSM
Caliber:7mm WSM
Capacity:3
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.3 pounds
Barrel Length:23"
Twist:1 in 9.5"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.325 WSM
Caliber:.325 WSM
Capacity:3
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.3 pounds
Barrel Length:23"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.270 WSM
Caliber:.270 WSM
Capacity:3
Features:Adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free floated barrel; and recoil pad
Browning's Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (optional)
Action:Bolt
Stock:Composite/black
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blued
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.3 pounds
Barrel Length:23"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.75"
Overall Length:42.75"
Drop at Comb:0.625"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
MSRP$599.00

Editor Review

As a company, Browning has a long and consistent history of making firearms that are both original and mechanically wonderful.  The company was originally founded to produce the designs of John Moses Browning, who can be considered the Thomas Edison of the gun world.  While the A-Bolt rifle wasn’t developed and introduced until 59 years after Browning’s death, it is still very much in the spirit of the sort of thing that he would have come up with.

The A-Bolt is a bolt action rifle that manages to look more or less like most modern bolt actions while having a number of improvements.  The safety has been placed in the center of the tang, like that of most shotguns.  Its bolt has a handle that only needs to lift about 60 degrees.  All sorts of clever engineering was required to make this happen, but all you need to know about it is that this allows you to mount a scope lower and closer to the bore than on many other rifles, which will make it easier for you to shoot accurately at a variety of distances. 

All A-Bolt models come standard with a detachable magazine.  The fact that the rifle was designed to use such magazines in the first place makes it more reliable than those made by some other manufacturers, who sometimes jury-rig a rifle action that was really made for blind magazines in order to create a detachable magazine option.  You don’t need to worry about this magazine suddenly dropping out when you shoot the rifle. 

In order to say anything bad about the A-Bolt, one has to get pretty fussy.  The magazine sits a bit proud of the stock, which tends to irk some people.  It has a gold-toned trigger that is not everyone’s cup of tea.

The A-Bolt is a very good rifle that will appeal to people who tend to have certain pet peeves about other rifles.  Bolt handles that don’t quite clear every scope, safeties that the thumb has to reach too far for, or detachable magazines that drop out or fail to fully engage with total reliability.  If any of these issues have annoyed you with past rifles then the A-Bolt could be a good solution at a surprisingly reasonable price.