A-Bolt Medallion


October 23, 2008, 11:44 PM
Local shop has a pretty and very clean Browning A-Bolt Medallion in 270 (with Leupold base) that's tagged with what I think is a pretty nice price - $400. I like the light weight and balance of the rifle, I'm a big 270 fan, and the trigger and bolt are crisp and smooth. But I know nothing about A-Bolts and their strengths/weaknesses.

What should I look for? Any worries?

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October 24, 2008, 07:13 AM
Nice gun, I have been eying one in 30-06 for about a year. Gander Has one on the shelf for $700 (new)

When I was asking bout it on this board I got a lot of possitive feedback about the rifle.

October 24, 2008, 08:40 AM
I have one in .270 and it's my main deer rifle. My dad shoots the exact same gun as well. $400 for one that is in good condition is a pretty fair shake. Probably get it down another $50 bucks at least. Just make sure the bolt slides easily and doesn't want to stick in certain places. Make sure when you lock it down that it's locked down tight. Check the crown on the muzzle for any nicks or burrs. Pretty much just the normal things to look for. They're great guns though.

October 24, 2008, 10:20 AM
I have taken 55 whitetails with my 7mm A-bolt. I have a lot of guns but I depend on my A-bolt to fill my freezer year after year. My family liked it so much that my wife, father, and brother all purchased 7mm A-bolts and have taken many deer with them over the years also.

I would say go for it I don't think you will ever regret it.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 24, 2008, 11:30 AM
Make sure that it's already scratched up, because if it's not, you'll be too afraid to take it hunting for fear of bangin it up.

October 24, 2008, 11:31 AM
What is a 'Medallion' versus any other form of A-Bolt?

October 24, 2008, 11:55 AM
A-bolts came in several trim levels. The top of the line model was the White Gold Medallion, and the Medallion was just below that (glossy wood finish and shiny bluing.) I have a Medallion in .243 and it is a great rifle, but like PremiumSauces said, I'm almost fearful to hunt with it in case I scratch it up!

Here's a review of A-Bolt rifles that you might find useful: http://www.chuckhawks.com/a-bolt.htm

If it's in good shape, $400 sounds like a good price.

The Bushmaster
October 24, 2008, 12:32 PM
Below the Medalion is the "Hunter". I have the Browning A-bolt Hunter in .30-06. Excellent wood (very glossy), Excellent blue finish, Gold (colored) trigger, excellent fit and finish and excellent accuracy...And a bolt that makes a "snick-snick" sound instead of the sand grinding sound that a lot of bolts make when operated.

October 25, 2008, 04:01 PM
Thanks, guys. I've gone ahead and put it on layaway.

October 25, 2008, 05:16 PM
Good buddy of mine has an A-Bolt Stainless Stalker in .270 that shoots one hole five shot groups at one hundred yards with handloaded 140 Ballistic Tips. A nice rifle.

Just my .02,

October 25, 2008, 10:10 PM
My A bolt in 7mm Rem mag is my "go to" gun for hunting...very accurate.....and yes..it is already all scratched up!

October 26, 2008, 05:37 AM
My A- bolt went down a mountain on a hunting trip, so I got it
at a fire sale price from my brother in law!

November 23, 2008, 04:27 PM
Well, I finished paying off the layaway for it last week, so this weekend I bolted a VXIII 1.75x-6x on it and took it to the range. I had no handloads made up, so I grabbed a couple of dusty boxes of PMC 150gr SP loads from a local dealer ($14.99/box - they've been there a while) to at least get the rifle on paper.

Three shots to get zeroed in, and the next seven went into an inch at 100 yards.

I'm pleased. :)

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