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Anyone load for Browning A-Bolt 284 win

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 98s1lightning, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. 98s1lightning

    98s1lightning Member

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    Im wondering if anyone owns and loads for a Browning A bolt in 284 winchester (super hard to come by) I'm wondering if there is OAL issues with magazine length regarding 160 to 165 grain bullets. Im interested in shooting many of the Nosler bullets including the LR and the Hornady 162gr ELD X which I predict is a long bullet.

    Also wondering if you might know if this is built on the same length action A Bolt that the 7mm-08 is built on? Possibly rechamber a 7mm-08 for it?

    Thanks
    KAD
     
  2. LoonWulf

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    I've never even SEEN a short action abolt in person, but from my reading max coal is about 2.85, which would be uncomfortably short for how I would want to run a .284win and vld type 160s.

    If I were going to use a .284 in an action that short I'd probably limit my weight to 140s tops, and probably shoot fast 120s.
     
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    I'll add to @LoonWulf's sage advice that double checking twist rate for stability with longer bullets may be in order, my stw came 1:9.5. if you can imagine irritation, that's close to it.
     
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  4. Nature Boy

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    I assume this is for hunting?

    I’ve realized that loading for mag length limits my ability to find optimal accuracy since I can’t adjust seating depth. The problem is compounded when using long, VLD type bullets like @LoonWulf mentions
     
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  5. 98s1lightning

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    Yes hunting bullets.
     
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    What's the abolt length limit? Nosler shows 2.8 with the ablr and 160 and hodgdon is showing 2.97" with a 162 btsp, i could fit that into a savage, but the abolt may be a bit short?
     
  7. 98s1lightning

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    I'm not sure on the length I don't have one... this is research before I buy

    I like the short action idea of the 284. The A bolt 284 is super rare, I could possibly get a 7mm 08 A bolt and have chamber reamed to 284, I'm not sure on cost or if it's possible but the 7 08 has a 9.5 twist. Not sure what the 284 comes with. It's barely documented that it was produced.

    Or go 280 in a long action but they are 1 in 10 twist....
     
  8. horsey300

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    Short action standard is 2.8 or less (there are exceptions but here we are), last I knew, browning used red loctite on the barrel threads, so with that in mind I have a series of suggestions, but at the end of the day, you do you.
    #1 rebarrel to the chamber/twist of your desire, if you're considering reaming just do this.
    #2 pick up the .280 and run it with standard hunting bullets until the barrel is shot out then see #1.
    #3 grab a savage or age a rem (remage get it? Haha) and slap a prefit custom barrel on there.
    #4 take a bighorn action, prefit custom barrel, trigger of choice, stock of choice, and build that thing to your dream gun. (Option 3 gets the most fun/$, option 4 gets the most legacy/$, option 1 and 2 keep you with the browning).
     
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