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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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Went yesterday and got an old friend back. Several years ago I bought myself a new left handed stainless steel a bolt in 270. Took a break from hunting and guns let my grandson get it to use. He had no interest in it. It sat unused in a gun cabinet for about 5 years. Probably going to order a new Nikon for it and start back using it. Wish I could post a picture
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 09:14 AM
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Sounds wonderful. I have a few A-Bolts, they have always served me well.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 06:42 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 03:15 PM
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We all need lots of friends. I keep telling this to my wife.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Patrick will eventually get back but it will be when I'm gone. The rifle fits to good and shoots to good to let him have it back for now. Good shooting guns that feel that good are hard to come by
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-30-2016, 08:33 PM
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I have 3, a 280,308, and 25-06. My son has a 7mm-08. I have been really happy with all of them, they all shoot better than I can and they just fit. My 280 has accounted for countless whitetail deer. I really hate to see Browning cut back on them.
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My son has a 280 A-bolt that is scary accurate.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-23-2016, 08:00 AM
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ive had two of them. both great shooters. I think there a good looking gun. Much better looking then those ugly x bolts.

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Arguments about what's the "best" all around game cartridge. Many are suggested but few people get it right; the correct answer is the .257 Roberts. It's not the right cartridge for brown bear in Alaska or elephant in Africa but such critters are not routinely in the common hunter's sights.

I don't have a Phd, not even a BA. But I do have a DD214.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 04:08 PM
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My wife has an A-Bolt Micro in 7-08 that she is deadly with on Whitetails. Great rifle and great cartridge.
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