Old Browning .22 Rifle Help


December 25, 2012, 11:00 AM
My uncle purchased a property in PA and in the attic found a nice old Browning rifle in .22. I wanted to have it cleaned up/ inspected to get it to an operational condition. Looks great.


I believe it was manufactured before 1974 I was told? Looks to be in great shape. Thoughts?

Thanks for any help-


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December 25, 2012, 11:08 AM
I wanted to have it cleaned up/ inspected to get it to an operational conditionAll that gun needs is clean it and shoot it!

Very little ever goes wrong with them if you don't dink around with the takedown adjustment ring without knowing what you are dinking with.

Here is an owners manual that covers everything you need to know in case you didn't get one.


If you post the serial number we can tell you what year it was made.


December 25, 2012, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the link! Would I be able to put modern optics on it? (Sorry, very little knowledge on rifles--normally a pistol guy here)

December 25, 2012, 03:16 PM
It may have a 3/8" grooved receiver for a tip-off scope mount.
I can't tell from your pictures.

Otherwise, Browning sells a scope mount that goes on the barrel.

However that aperture sight that somebody put on it is about as good as a scope, if you take the time to learn how to use it.

Right now, it appears it has the elevation slide set well past "Shooting Way High".

It needs to be sighted in.

IMO: The slim trim Browning .22 Auto is better used without optics weighing it down.

Very few rifles have ever been made that point any better or faster with open sights.


December 25, 2012, 03:29 PM
Great to know!! Ill get it sighted in and try with out optics for sure

December 25, 2012, 08:07 PM
If that's a 6T on the label, the serial number dates it to 1966.

Jim K
December 25, 2012, 08:29 PM
We sold a bunch of them around that time. It was the most reliable .22 autoloader on the market until the Remington Nylon 66, and that was a lot nicer and better made rifle than the Remington. A lot of folks considered the extra cost well worth it.


December 25, 2012, 10:20 PM
People found the extra dollar for the Browning was worth it? Just clarifying what you said!

December 26, 2012, 10:11 AM
The Browning .22 Auto was, and might even still be the "Cadillac" or "Rolex" of .22 semi-auto's.

It for sure was back then!

.22 semi-auto's from Winchester, Ruger, Remington, Savage, Mossberg, etc. sold in the 1960's for around $50.00 then.
The Browning sold for around $90.00, and was well worth it.

All Browning firearms in the 1950's, 60's & 70's were as good as you could buy on a working mans wages.


December 26, 2012, 11:46 AM
Very light and easy handling, very reliable, and very accurate. It's about my favorite plinking rifle. From the pic and the way the Williams receiver sight is mounted, yours appears to have the grooved receiver for .22 scope tip-off mounts. I went with the Browning mount that replaces the rear sight on the barrel, since I think it reduces or eliminates the chance of the scope losing its zero from taking it down. It's worked fine for me for years, anyway, without needing rezeroing between field trips.

December 26, 2012, 03:42 PM
You have yourself a champion rifle there! I have one in the safe right now, beautiful shooting/handling rifle, bought mine about 25 years ago, finest shooting rifle I own. You will not be disappointed with this firearm!! Congrats on a nice find, and as you've been told, just go shoot it.

December 26, 2012, 04:27 PM
I bought mine in 65 while I was in the AF in Dover Del, think I paid $65 new. My Father in Law liked it so much he bought one too. I still have mine, my son has inherted his. They are still beautiful and shoot great.

Highland Ranger
December 26, 2012, 04:49 PM
Still made - do a search on galleryofguns.com

That looks like a higher grade with the scroll work on the receiver.

I have the same gun but in stainless. Pictures of it on THR somewhere with the scope mount.

December 26, 2012, 05:05 PM
There has never been a stainless Browning .22 Auto.

All Grade I (standard grade) Brownings of the time had the blued scroll engraving.

The Grade II had more engraving, and was matt grey nickel finished.

The Grade III had full deep relief engraving, matt nickel finished, and better grade wood.


Highland Ranger
December 26, 2012, 06:30 PM
There has never been a stainless Browning .22 Auto.

There is one in a case sitting 10 feet behind me.

I love when people are dead wrong but speak with such authority.

Now I guess I need to find the pictures.

Highland Ranger
December 26, 2012, 06:37 PM
Bought in 2005. Stock is synthetic. Made in Japan version.

Couldn't find posts here, may have been over on rimfire central.

Yeah I know the scope ruins it . . . .

Very cool gun though, can't go wrong, lucky find for OP.




December 26, 2012, 08:17 PM
This one has a stainless barrel and nickel reciever.

I have two, one is my Fathers, Belgian made 3/8 dove tail in the reciever. The one I recieved when I was 11 is a Japan model that is drilled and tapped for a barrel mount. I agree with RC about forgetting a scope mount.

The Japan model also has a gold buck under the trigger guard the early ones do not.

December 26, 2012, 08:47 PM
I love when people are dead wrong but speak with such authority.

Now I guess I need to find the pictures. I guess you do.
I'd Love to see it!

I have every Browning catalog going back to 1960 up until 2002 or so.

And as far as I recall, they have never listed a stainless .22 Auto, barrel or otherwise.

Unless it's something Miruku just did in the last few years or something?
I need to see one before I believe they did it.

PS: O.K., I believe it.
I was wrong. :o

They did do it in the last few years apparently.
Plated carbon steel receiver with stainless barrel.

In my own defense, I was thinking Belgian Brownings like the OP ask about.
There certainly were no stainless steel ones of them!


December 26, 2012, 08:54 PM
Very nice find. One day I'll have the kids look in our attic (lol).

With that peep sight I'll betcha you're going to need a taller front sight even at it's lowest setting unless it's already been done (can't tell from the pictures), but that's normal.

December 26, 2012, 08:54 PM
I'm jealous!!

Jim Watson
December 26, 2012, 09:09 PM
Shooting it, you need to crank your off arm out to the side a little bit.
If you support it directly underneath, it WILL throw hot empties in your shirt cuff.

However would I know something like that?
I can't imagine, mercy me.

December 26, 2012, 10:33 PM
Wow! What a find then!! Thanks for all the info. Very excited to get back tomorrow, clean, inspect, then SHOOT it!

December 26, 2012, 10:56 PM
Get it back tomorrow??

Where did it get off too?


December 26, 2012, 11:12 PM
to get back, not get it back! Away for the holidays.... :)

December 26, 2012, 11:22 PM

I See said the blind man!! :what:

Never mind!!

But myself?
I'd have took it with me, wherever you went
And slept with it under my pillow!!


December 26, 2012, 11:25 PM
I believe your eyes are in working order, considering all the information you have given me about the rifle from the crappy pictures ;)

December 26, 2012, 11:42 PM
Hot brass down your sleeve is a small price to pay for a GREAT little rifle.

Never needed to put a peep sight or a scope on on mom's, heck she forgets to flip up the rear sight have the time. Rarely misses a pop can.

December 27, 2012, 12:00 AM
The great thing about the Browning bottom ejection is:

You can turn the rifle 90 degrees either direction on your shoulder while shooting it.
And shower the competition on both sides of you with hot brass down their shirt collars.

Then, while they are distracted with hot brass slipping down their soft, flabby under-belly's, and getting seriously close to their neither regions!!

They start hopping up and down doing the Gangnam Style trying to get it out?

Right then, you can beat them easily and astoundingly in a beer can shooting match. :D


December 27, 2012, 05:44 PM
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December 27, 2012, 06:17 PM
That is a very nice 22. If you don't like it sell it. You can find very tacti cool rifle for what the browning will bring. Leave it as is or sell it.

December 27, 2012, 08:30 PM
Selling it to buy a tackycool rifle would be a serious blunder!!


Jim K
December 27, 2012, 08:39 PM
I don't know about hot brass, but I once chipped the tile in a gun shop with one of those rifles. I had repaired it, and test fired it with two magazines. I always counted shots and as I was turning away from the firing point of the indoor range, I worked the bolt several times to clear the rifle, thinking I was one short. Then I pulled the trigger.

I was one short, and an examination showed a small constriction in the magazine tube, just enough to keep one round back. With that gun, it is not so easy to check feeding and I made a mistake with fortunately no harm done except to the floor tile and a nick in a cinder block wall. But after that, I was super careful with those little guns.


December 27, 2012, 09:12 PM
LOL, I'm glad RCmodel had the chance to put his foot in his mouth before I did. I would have laid $100.00 down that Browning never made one in Stainless. My Grandfather, Father, and every male cousin (8 !) in my family has/had this rifle. It is tradition for the boys to get one at the age of 14. Got mine at the age of 12 back in '89 since I grew up shooting more than the rest.

December 27, 2012, 09:52 PM
Any info off the serial number ??

Highland Ranger
December 27, 2012, 11:54 PM
LOL, I'm glad RCmodel had the chance to put his foot in his mouth before I did. I would have laid $100.00 down that Browning never made one in Stainless.

Don't think they made many. From what I recall clerk said it was a special edition.

But the kind of special no one wants.

Easy to see that the beautiful blue and wood beats synthetic.

At the time I wanted utility, I am going to get a blue one of these days.

December 31, 2012, 04:27 AM
I learned to shoot running and flying targets with my dads in the 70's Unfortunately he had to sell it when he divorced my mom.:banghead: had to do the same thing in my divorce so I understand now what he had to go through. I recall being very mad because it handled much better and was much nicer than my Glenfield model 60. I still want one and hope that I can run across a nice one.

January 9, 2013, 09:01 AM
looks like yours was build in 1965.
In Belgium it was in incredibly popular rifle, also because of the easily (though illegal) available silencer (needed no threadiing, just locked behind front sight), which lead the 22 short to produce less noise then a bb-gun and easily conceilable due to easy takedown.
poachers loved it to bits
on the serial:
another nice read: http://jamesazacharyjr.blogspot.be/2009/05/browning-semi-auto-22-takedown-rifle.html

have fun

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