Browning A-Bolt II Long Range Hunter

Description

The Browning A-Bolt II Long Range Hunter is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag. and .300 Rem. Ultra Mag. What makes the Long Range Hunter different from other A-Bolt models is its longer and heavier to support magnum loads for long-range
shooting. And it has a distinctive gray laminate stock with checkering on the pistol grip and fore-end.

The A-Bolt’s action is known for its smooth reloading capabilities. It has three locking lugs that secure it in place and provide it with a short 60-degree bolt throw.

Other features common to all A-Bolt models include a free-floated barrel, Browning’s Top Tang safety, which places the safety on the back of the pistol grip where the action-hands thumb naturally falls, and an adjustable four-pound trigger.

Browning recommends the A-Bolt II Long Range Hunter for medium and large game.

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Specifications

7mm Rem. Mag.
Caliber:7mm Rem. Mag.
Capacity:3
Sights:None
Features:Target crown; adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free-floated barrel; and recoil pad
Action:Bolt
Stock:Gray laminate
Material/Finish:Steel/matte stainless
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:8.3 pounds
Barrel Length:26"
Twist:1 in 9.5"
Length of Pull:13.6"
Overall Length:46.75"
Drop at Comb:0.6"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.300 Win. Mag.
Caliber:.300 Win. Mag.
Capacity:3
Sights:None
Features:Target crown; adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free-floated barrel; and recoil pad
Action:Bolt
Stock:Gray laminate
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:8.3 pounds
Barrel Length:26"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.6"
Overall Length:46.75"
Drop at Comb:0.6"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
.300 Rem. Ultra Mag.
Caliber:.300 Rem. Ultra Mag.
Capacity:3
Sights:None
Features:Target crown; adjustable trigger; top-tang safety; free-floated barrel; and recoil pad
Action:Bolt
Stock:Gray laminate
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:8.3 pounds
Barrel Length:26"
Twist:1 in 10"
Length of Pull:13.6"
Overall Length:46.75"
Drop at Comb:0.6"
Drop at Heel:0.5"
MSRP$939.00

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. 

The ‘Hunter’ is the most basic version of the A-Bolt, lacking the higher-grade walnut, fancy fore-end tips and other cosmetic features of the higher grades.  Even in this lower grade, the checkering is sharp and overall fit and finish is good.  The Hunter’s stock has a lower-gloss finish than that of the higher-grade editions.  Personally, I don’t like to carry anything shiny and highly-visible into the woods with me when I’m hunting, making the less expensive Hunter a bit more practical afield. 

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.