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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Thanks, for the info.it looks like the safari grade rifle.
    has FAB NAT DARMES DE GUENRRE HERSTAL-BELGIQUE ON
    THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RECEIVER.

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Thanks, for the info.it looks like the safari grade rifle.
    has FAB NAT DARMES DE GUENRRE HERSTAL-BELGIQUE, ON
    THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RECEIVER.

    THANKS
    Gus

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Definately not a Browning. Browning says MADE IN BELGIUM 0n the barrel or BROWNING ARMS COMPANY. ( depending on when manufactured) The FN plant (was) is in Liege, Belgium. The Sako rifles have MADE IN FINLAND stamped on the barrel. It is safe to say thet your rifle is Belgian in manufacture but not an FN since it was made in Herstal, Belgium.

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Hello,

    I recently inherited a Belgian Browning Safari Grade Hi Power rifle in .300 Win Mag, 30-06. I have attached a link, anything you can tell me about it? value, and rarity?

    http://photobucket.com/1959BelBrowning

    Much appreciated,

    Jorge

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    The serial number indicates athe first year of production. 1959. The recoil pad was added it is not original to the rifle.
    Nice rifle.

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Thanks for the reply. I had a specialist offer me nearly $2000 for the rifle; Someone told me to take it down to Cabelas, and when I did they spent 45 minutes looking at it, and said they couldn't make me an offer at that point in time because they couldn't figure out what it was worth, and that I should bring it back on Monday when the Manager was back because he specialized Browning rifles and he could possibly make me a substantial offer.

    Like I said, I inherited the Rifle, and I am not really familiar with older rifles... thsi thing is gorgeous, but I'm not a hunter, and I'm just not someone who deserves, and or who could appreciate a rifle like this, and feel I would be better off parting with it for firearms that would be more suited for my wife and my daily needs.

    I have been offered anywhere from $600 to $1850, and have been told its worth anywhere from $800 to $4000... I just want to make sure I don't get screwed, you know? The $1850 offer came from a gentleman who specializes in Browning rifles, and he said he was standing behind that offer based on those pictures alone, but other places have told me it needs a lot of work, and they could maybe offer me $600 by the same pictures.

    Just not sure what to do really.

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    If the rifle was new in the box $1800.00 is a fair price. But it is not. The recoil pad, scratches, dings, etc all have a negative effect on the price. The metal is not perfect either. To a Browning collecter the rifle would not be good example of a safari Grade .30-06.
    The scope basically goes along with the rifle not adding or subtracting any value. The biggest flaw is the added recoil pad. The rifle is probably worth about $800.00 based on the pictures. Not any where near $4000.00. If someone wants to buy it for $1800.00: grab it and don't lok back.

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pukindog View Post
    What you have there is a Browning BBR rifle. These were made in Japan starting in 1977 to replace the Belgian Rifles. They were made in one grade only until 1984. In 1983 there was a Limited Edition of 1000 rifles. They were all 7mm Rem. Mags. The rifle shown is not one of the Limited Editions.
    The BBR's are well made rifles.

    Jeff
    Jeff (or whomever knowledgable) how do you tell if it is a limited edition from 1983. I have one that I bought brand new in early 1984. It is a 7mm Rem. Magnum. If I remember, I paid around $300~$400 for it back then. Thanks for anyone's help.

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles. 243

    What is this worth? When was it made? Thanks for your time.

    http://s24.beta.photobucket.com/user...9ccf0.jpg.html

    Browning FN "High-Power", .243 Winchester cal. bolt action rifle. Serial #36658, mfg. Belgium. Excellent condition. Belgium .243 bolt action - 24" sporter barrel has excellent bore.long extractor. European walnut stock and FN marked buttplate. Finely checkered. Jeweled bolt. Stock lug for extra strength. Wears a Redfield 4x-12x in matte finish with Redfield bright blue rings and one piece mount. Sling swivel studs. No rear sight. Hooded front sight.
    Last edited by tmilliron; March 14th, 2013 at 10:10 AM.

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    I sent you a PM couple of minutes ago. Now I can see the photo. it is not a Browning rifle. Most likely a commercial FN built rifle. The Brownings have a different checkering pattern, Browning imprinted on the butt plate, bolts are not jeweled, have sliding thumb safety, and the .243's did not have a recoil bolt through the stock.

    Take care, Jeff
    Last edited by Pukindog; March 14th, 2013 at 11:21 AM.
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