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    Tell me about the Browning 22 LR rifle .... it's a takedown version

    Well fellas , I'm hearing the voices again . They seem to come on a pretty regular basis .

    The best that I can make out is " spend it , spend it all " and " those kids don't need no inheritance " .

    I was looking with some mild interest at a Browning .22 LR Takedown rifle .

    It seems to be around a 1982 production , thus made in Japan . Don't even mention the
    earlier Belgium made models . I ain't got that kinda money .

    So some questions -

    Anybody got one , or had one ?

    General feedback ?

    Is the Takedown a desirable feature ?

    It's a grade II . Its looks VERY nice w very pretty wood , a stainless receiver w engraving .

    A 20" barrel .

    Perhaps many of you know that I really do not particularly like 22s .

    But for some reason this gun has me ......... mesmerized .

    Like that fella does on The Mentalist !

    So give me some insight .


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    George . needing a new safe pretty soon I reckon
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    Lovin' it here in N. Ga - I wasn't born here , but I got here as fast as I could .

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    Don't have one now, but have had several in the past. Good little guns. Mine were accurate, and would feed any LR ammo. Take-down is a nice feature; keep the tension ring tight and there won't be any play. Just be sure to be careful of hot brass going into your shoes! Bill

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    The Browning takedown is a great little rifle. I had one and sold it like many of my other guns. It was worth about 3 times what I paid for it, and I wanted my M1 Garand even more, so I sold it. I find no fault with the Japanese made models. It's as much snob appeal as anything else.


    The Belgium models do have better furniture on them but that's about it.
    Loading is through the buttstock so it's slightly different than the other breakdown rifles.


    I saw a couple on gunbroker and I know where one is being sold. The going price is generally around $700 and I think it's a fair price for the rifle you buy. The one I had would feed any ammo put in it wiithout any problems. It even fed Thunderbolt and Cyclone cartridges. Most semi-auto 22 rifles are a bit fussy, mine was not.


    I would recommend it to anybody looking for a high end accurate takedown rifle. I don't recall that they ever came with a range bag so you'll need to find one. One of the sporting goods stores here in Cd'A has a clearance store and they have a bunch of S&W range bags that might work well for it. These are really good quality softsiders and they're very affordable. If you get the rifle and would like me to look into the measurements for a fit I'll be happy to stop by and get the sizes for you.


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    I like 'em. Mrs. xtm has a high-grade model that her Pa gave her ~50 years ago and she lets me shoot it every now and then. Everyone who shoots it seems to like it. Be sure to get one of the short take-down cases to carry it around in so you can take advantage of that quick and handy feature. When broken down, it will pack away nicely in a suitcase.

    Look at the engraving very closely - some of the more recent Browning engraved work is machine-rolled and machine-cut and looks like it - nice, but not nearly so pleasing to the eye as less perfect hand-done scrolls and loops.

    Some of the wood on Japanese Browning .22s is very nice and some is so light and soft, I'm not sure that it is really-and-truly walnut. It reminds me of the crummy light-colored wood that Weatherby slapped on some of their high-priced guns back in their gaudy rifle era. Cynics refer to them as "Balsa Wood Weatherbys".
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    I have a 1974 (first year) Japanese made Browning SA-22.

    It has very nice wood, and in general, is a thing of beauty.

    I had been wanting one for some time, and I just happened to find a deal on this one.

    The SA-22 was designed by John Browning himself, which should tell you how fine a rifle they are.

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    IMHO everything w/ the Browning name on it is of very good quality. As far as not leaving your kids an inheritance, what could be better to inherit than some nice guns? They'd just spend the $ & not keep it as a keepsake anyway so you may as well enjoy the Browning in the meantime.
    "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment & buy one" Jesus - Luke 22:36

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    Until recently, most non-bolt action .22s were made with a takedown feature of some sort. It was expected since so many people traveled by train, wagon, or open auto and wanted to be able to safely pack them away from rough handling until they got to their destination.

    The Browning auto is one of the quickest .22 repeaters to takedown. Many single shot .22s come apart easily, too. The classic Marlin Model 39A comes apart by removing the large knurled screw head - so did over a million of Remington's M-12A pump. It's simply a nice portability feature to have on a handy .22 Rifle.
    Last edited by xtimberman; 06-17-2012 at 09:18 AM.

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    Guy behind me at the gun show, in Kokomo yesterday, had one for sale it was a Belgium, no box or papers but in like new condition. He was asking $1050 FIRM.

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    I always wanted one myself. Buy it like injun bro says it can be inherited.Browning dont market junk no matter where its made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onenut58 View Post
    I always wanted one myself. Buy it like injun bro says it can be inherited.Browning dont market junk no matter where its made.

    It is kind of strange that of all the rifles, and shotguns, made in Japan 99% of their people can't own one.


 

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