Browning Olympian Scope Mount

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  1. farson135

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    I just inherited a nice pile of firearms from a relative. One of them was a Browning Olympian (I had to call Browning to figure that out). When I was on the phone with Browning, I asked about scope mounts for the rifle. From what I was told, only Browning scope mounts for that rifle will fit, and Browning stopped making those mounts back in the 70s.


    Does anyone here know of any aftermarket mounts that will fit the rifle? I am sure they know what they are talking about, but maybe I will get lucky. As it stands, I have found one website with the mount listed (customshopinc), but it is out of stock. I also have the mount that came with the rifle, but it is not ideal.
     
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    I thought the browning olymps were just very nice comercial mausers?
     
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    Short action Browning FNs were mostly short and medium Sako actions (though the .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester chambers were built on the small ring Mauser action prior to using the Sako medium action); the longer chambers being built on standard Mauser type actions with either short or long (more desirable for collectors) extractors. So the type of mount will likely depend on which action you have.

    These were well-made, "classic" styled, accurate rifles that were a little on the heavy side. Most came with nice triggers, beautiful bluing and better than average stocks in terms of figure. Barrels could be had in 22" and 24" lengths (depending on the cartridge). The unfortunate thing you have to watch out for is the dreaded "salt wood" stocks that came on many of these rifles.
     
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    Sooooo.....i guess we need pictures?!
     
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    Absolutely! I had never heard of them, so I Googled it. Man, those are some pretty rifles! OP, what caliber is yours in?
     
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    The rifle is loaded in .270, and it has a 22'' barrel.

    Sorry for the bad pictures. The lighting in my house is horrible, and it will not stop raining.

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    Beautiful. I wish you the best of luck getting it set up the way you want.
     
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    Sexeh! Mauser long action then?....well "standard"
     
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    Those are the ones I'd spend some time (and money) looking for if I were fortunate enough to own an Olympian. They're no doubt out there somewhere and looking might result in finding if you search hard enough in the right places.
     
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    Thanks for the help Gordon and SwampWolf. I will keep an eye out on the auction sites, or maybe I will get lucky at a gun show.

    I really want to shoot the rifle, but it is not going anywhere. Besides, my Great Uncle bought it for my Great Aunt's birthday back in 1961. It even has her name engraved on it. It is about time it got a decent scope mount. I do not know what they were thinking.
     
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    wow! she's a beaut!
     
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    Regular FN commercial '98 Mauser except for the Browning bolt stop.
    Lots of choices in scope mounts, they don't have to be Browning brand.
    Unfortunately, I do not see in Brownells any mounts in matte stainless or nickel to blend with the French Grey of your Olympian.
    Maybe polished blue like the barrel?
    Conetrol now makes stainless.
    http://www.conetrol.com/specialty.html
     
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