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Browning Semi-Auto 22 Accuracy

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hinton03, Mar 30, 2009.

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  1. hinton03

    hinton03 Member

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    I have always wanted one of these neat little 22LR's, but am unsure of the accuracy of these rifles.

    Does anyone have first hand experience with the Browning?
     
  2. aka108

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    They are nice reliable rifles. Belgian most desireable followed by Japanese mfg and later on some rough copies were imported from China. I own the Japanese mfg. one. Best I can get is about 1 moa at 50 yards with a 3x7 Weaver rf scope. Loading thru the stock is sort of a PIA and you need to be careful not to loose the bullet stop when dissembled for cleaning. I have not tried premium ammo in it so accuracy may be a bit better with it but I'll never know. The bottom eject can put a few hot cases into the sleeve of along sleeved shirt. Not really a problem, just a occassional surprise.
     
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  3. Owen

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    which one? The Buckmark Carbine or the classic one with the tube magazine in the stock, and bottom ejection??
     
  4. hinton03

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    aka108: Thanks for the info; it seems 1 MOA at 50 yards is suitable for the purpose of this rifle.

    What mount did you use for the scope on your rifle? I saw Browning offers one for $58 bucks that uses a weaver style rail and both Burris and Leupold offer a one piece base for around $20.

    Owen: The classic.
     
  5. aka108

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    The scope base I used is from Weaver if my memory is decent. For rings I used some Simmons cheapies from Wally, 5 bucks a pair. Made in China and all that but never had a problem with them esp on a rimfire.
     
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    You get .5" groups with bulk ammo at 50 yards with Browning ATD? Splendid!
     
  7. hinton03

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    aaah! The loaded question.
     
  8. ArmedBear

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    Saw video of Tom Knapp using one to shoot the lit end off a cigarette this morning on the History Channel (to demonstrate that Annie Oakley could really do that to Kaiser Wilhelm with her Marlin lever gun, as the history books describe).

    He did it, no problem -- of course it wasn't in someone's mouth at the time, but the gun could hit the target.

    I'd say they're accurate enough.:)
     
  9. rcmodel

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    Ammo test set-up: 50 yards bench-rest:
    Browning Standard .22 Auto
    Tasco World Class 3-9x40
    Browning scope base on barrel

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    22Target1JPG.jpg

    22Target2JPG.jpg

    rc
     
  10. hinton03

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    rcmodel: Super, a mini range report; doesn't get any better than that.

    Thanks
     
  11. ArmedBear

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    Interesting. Looks like it likes lighter bullets.

    With a scope on the rifle, the HP ammo would probably have produced one-hole groups.:p
     
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    Hey! I really think it would do better with an AO scope on it.

    The 3x-9x Tasco has a little parallax at 50 yards, and I'm sure I didn't totally control it while shooting those groups.

    This does show you the importance of trying as many different brands of ammo as you can find when rifle testing though.

    The Remington bulk-pack did best that time around, but the next batch I bought had terrible performance and wouldn't even begin to group.

    rc
     
  13. ArmedBear

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    Maybe the first pack was put together when someone slipped and dropped a bunch of Eleys on the plant floor.:D
     
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    they are plenty accurate... i love my belgian its a fun gun to hunt rabbits with irons! i love it!
     
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    thats a pretty little rifle rc!

    my uncle has one, and has had it as long as i can remember (40 years or so)
     
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    I have a Japanese one in stainless with the grey sythetic stock and a Nikon Prostaff scope.

    Love it. Tack driver. Makes the steel spin at 50 yards.

    You won't be disappointed - get one!
     
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    A little correction on the acuracy I stated in #2 above. Not quite 1 moa. Wasn't thinking quite right. It will keep its shots inside a 3/4 inch target paster at 50 yds which is a litle greater in size than 1 moa at 50. This is with Eley Sport and similar with Aguila std vel.
     
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    Highland Ranger: I was looking at the same rifle, except with octagonal barrel.
     
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    is it an lr only model or can it fire shorts? becuase if so , try the cci short hollow points, fantastically accurate. another interesting round would be the Aguila sss sniper 60 grainers, it is a long rifle bullet, but it is masssive. I would be interested to see if yours can handle them, or will they keyhole.
     
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    Target #8 in post #9 is Aguila SSS 60 grain load.
    They were showing slight key-holing and one ended up clear off the paper.

    rc
     
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    The little Browning is a petite, light, sweet handling, little carbine; the very piece de resistance of this genre of .22RF sporting rifles. I would never put a scope on mine because I think it seriously detracts from the very quality I bought it for: its superb handling. But then, my lever-action carbines don't wear scopes for the same reason...:)
     
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    If you do, make sure it goes on the barrel, not the receiver. Takedown rifles can be funny that way.

    "Browning scope base on barrel" <= smart man

    I finally gave up and gave in, and put a little Weaver on my '63 Mountie. My eyes never were any good and now they're worse.

    John
     
  24. Bill2e

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    Mine is more accurate than I am.

    I shoot it woth Irons, I had a scope on it for a while. Bought the mount from midways & the rings fron gander. The scope kept slipping off the mount. So I went back to IRONS. I can get a bolt action if I want a scope for a 22.


    I used the burris, with 22 dove tails rings from gander. It did not work out well for me, so they sit in the box. I'll buy the one from browning if I decide to scope it again.
     
  25. rcmodel

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    Scope a Browning .22? :what:

    Well, it's a dirty job, but somebody had to do it if you wanted an accuracy & ammo test like I posted above! :neener:

    What I really want is an old 3/4" tube Browning or Redfield .22 scope to put on mine.

    But those things cost way more now then the rifle did when I bought it 30 years ago. If you could even find a nice one.

    rc
     
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