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Old June 27th, 2016, 06:04 PM   #1
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Browning 1886!

Well this is my first "big bore rifle". I looked high and low for this exact rifle and finally got one. I wanted this over the SRC for the full octagon barrel and mag tube...but now I want the SRC to go with it :)
I've only put about 25 rounds through it so far, 405gr PPU ammo and she's a dream to shoot. I want to get some buffalo targets for giggles next time I'm out shooting. Hope yall enjoy!



As a follow up, I wanted this over one of the new Winchesters as its very true to the original design (no safety or rebounding hammer). This goes to my "Guns of John Moses Browning" collection...I believe it makes #8 so far. There were 7,000 of these made in 1986 and while this did not come with the box, it appeared to be unfired when I got it.

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Old June 27th, 2016, 06:32 PM   #2
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The Browning renditions of early Winchesters are indeed fine rifles. Had them all at one time and now down to the Model 71 which I am soon going to offer for sale. The 348 Win. caliber is quite the cartridge and recently tried some of those Hornady plastic tip pointed bullets enabling you to use in tube fed magazine, they work fine and are accurate.
The 348 caliber is somewhat scarce these days, but have pretty much a lifetime supply on hand as well as components. If interested let me know, time to downsize at 73 you know. I'll place a formal posting in the classified in couple days, but it's not an easy thing to do.

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Old June 27th, 2016, 06:37 PM   #3
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I wish I was in the market for another right now but this one stretched me thin enough as it is haha. You shouldnt have any problem finding that beauty a home, though.
Some day...

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Old June 27th, 2016, 06:43 PM   #4
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I got a SRC around 89-90. I've taken it to Canada for bear and deer and used it here in Pa. I settled on a Hornady 350gn. RNFP over 54 gn. Of 3031 a long time ago as it hits very hard out to about 160 yards, my furthest kill. They are a great copy of a real 86 and with the steel of today probably stronger. Congrats. You will have fun with that one.

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Old June 28th, 2016, 05:38 AM   #5
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I had a Browning 1886 SRC and it really was a hoot to shoot. Cycling that smooth action and having that empty coffee can come flipping up out of there... nothing like it! Had good luck with 350grn JHPs and those big, beautiful 405grn SPs.

I sold mine about 10 years ago to fund the purchase of my Socom16... and while a fair trade, the 1886 is That Rifle I regret selling off. It was a decision between the 1886 and my Browning 71 Carbine... the 71 won because it had/has a receiver peep on it, and the 1886 wasn't tapped. Sure do miss that rifle...

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I have the SRC model - love it! Strong actions and sleek in design - smooth as silk, and a powerhouse if you need to raise the anti.......just a great rifle.

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That model is a horse! Big and hefty.

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Old June 28th, 2016, 02:23 PM   #8
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I had one in both standard grade and high grade. Wish I had not sold them but, it was a long layoff.

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Old July 1st, 2016, 03:25 PM   #9
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Well the gun is a great shooter...unfortunately the ammo I got for it is not. Its accurate, but not crimped so some of the projectiles are being pushed back into the case while in the mag tube. Idunno how much that would increase the pressure but I'm not willing to risk it. I've been saving the brass until I get a reloading station going so I guess when I get that...I'll crimp what I have left and start reloading the brass I picked up. I'm glad I caught it before I shot it.

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Sexy rifle sir!

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