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Old November 9, 2015, 10:47 AM   #1
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Out with the old, In with the new

For many years I used my Browning A Bolt with BOSS muzzle tuner. I'd say this gun was ok accuracy wise, but the BOSS darn near made me think I needed hearing aids. Even with ear plugs, the report got so bad I finally went to my local gunsmith and had him remove the BOSS and make me a thread protector that was the right length to cover the threads w/o extending 3" like the old system did. Problem is that this changed the barrel harmonics and my accuracy went out the window. Even with lots of load development experimentation, I was never really satisfied with this gun nor it's accuracy potential.

I finally decided to move forward with a new gun and bought a Cooper Model 52 .30-06. This respected gun is guaranteed to give 1/2 minute of angle accuracy at 100 yards with the proper load. They test the gun at Cooper and send test targets. I am assured the gun can do it's job if I can do my job as a hand loader and shooter.

My question is how other Browning BOSS owners feel about their guns? Browning has a great reputation for fit and finish, but I personally feel this system let me down. Maybe it was a good idea on the drawing board but poor in reality.
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Old November 9, 2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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Browning also offered non-ported BOSS tuners
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Old November 9, 2015, 08:57 PM   #3
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Yup, Browning or Winchester, same system & same option for ported or non-ported tuner. If I 'members correctly, you'd want the BOSS-CR. It's the closed chamber version.

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Old November 9, 2015, 09:01 PM   #4
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I'd have had the smith simply cut it off and re-crown the muzzle.
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