Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation
Re: Browning A Bolt
Glad you got your "old friend" back.
In early October of last year, I won an A-Bolt II Medallion in .257 Roberts in as a raffle drawing prize. Since I'm never a winner in these sorts of things, it didn't bother me much that the grand prize was something I really had no interest in at the time. When I found out that I'd won it, I kind of teetered back and forth between selling it off or keeping it. To help make my mind up, I slapped a scope that was going spare on it and took it to the range to shoot it. I was highly impressed with its accuracy and the mild manners of the .257 Roberts round. Since I had shot it, I figured I might as well take it hunting -you know, just to be sure I was making the right decision about whether to keep it or sell it. I wound up wacking a mature bull elk with it last fall.
For me, the A-Bolt II was something I had to "live with" to warm up to, but I like mine, and more than just a little bit. It's little things, like the fit of the stock to my body; like it being a full size, traditional polished blued steel and walnut rifle while weighing under 6.5 pounds, bare; like the low bolt lift, the smooth bolt travel and feeding / ejection cycle, and so on. I had to use the thing to really "get" why the magazines detach off the floorplate. I like the tang-mounted safety, as it is simiar to other firearms I shoot a lot -my O/U shotguns, my M77 Ultralight, and No.1's.
If I live long enough to see grandchildren, they're going to have to wait until I rotate off the mortal coil to get their mitts on my A-Bolt II. As I said, I had to live with it and use it to warm up to it, but mine is now to me one of my all-time favorite rifles. I now see why some people who have used them for a while like them as much as they do.