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    Smile Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    I have an older model Browning rifle chambered in .243. I inherited it from my grandfather years ago. It has been a faithful rifle and I have continued to use it for hunting purposes. I have recently been trying to track the exact lineage of this rifle but my efforts are proving fruitless...until I stumbled across this thread. Any input from the experts would be greatly appreciated.
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    hI! I'M A NEW MEMBER,FROM CANADA,AND I HAVE A PROBLEM . MY UNCLE HAS A 7MM.REM.MAG. BROWNING WITH A FN ACTION,HE WANTS TO PUT A SCOPE ON IT BUT THE LEUPOLD BASE I GOT FROM THE LOCAL GUNSMITH (PART No. 49988) IS SUPPOSED TO FIT BUT IT DOSEN'T? THE 1 PIECE BASE FITS FLUSH ON THE FRONT RING BUT THERE IS A >.050'' GAP AT THE REAR. ALL SCREWS THREAD DOWN ,BUT IF I SCREW THE ONE ON THE BACK,THE BASE WILL BEND.???I CHECKED EVERYWHERE AND THIS IS THE ONLY PART No. FOR THIS RIFLE. HELP ME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pukindog View Post
    Browning High Power rifles. There were three grades; Safari, Medallion, and Olympian. Upon introduction in 1959m all rifles were produced by FN in Belgium. The Safari Grade was the first of the line in 1959. In 1959 the standard Safari calibers were built on the large ring Mauser actions. These were the .264 Win. Mag., 270 Win., 7mm Rem. Mag., 30-06 Spring., 300 H&H Mag., 308 Norma Mag., .338 Win. Mag., 375 H&H Mag., and the .458 Win. Mag. In 1960 the .243 Win. and the .308 were introduced on the small ring Mauser action. These rifles are at a premium. There were a few large ring rifles produced in .243 Win. and .308 Win. These are really rare. In 1964 the Sako medium length action (L579) was introduced. These were produced in .22-250 Rem., 243 Win., .284 win., and .308 Win. Sako also provided barrek=led actions in the small action (L461). The calibers were .222Rem., &222. Rem. Mag.,
    I realize I am being long winded here but I collect these fine rifles. Note that Sako was the only manufactureer that could stand up to the FN requirements. Sako did not produce finished rifles for FN.
    The medallion and Olympian Grades followed in 1960.
    If you want any more info as to production date or ? send me an IM.

    Jeff
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    I neef help.I inherit 15 years ago from grandpa a Safari case from Albercrombie and Fitch that has two Belgium made rifles. One is a 30-06 and the other a 22. I think they were purchased in the 60's. They are lke new and never fired. They got their respective blue envelope manuals.
    I was offered $5,000 for them,but I dont know what they are worth.
    I am having trouble dating them.
    The 22 serial is 691 20961. The mauser is 45289. The 30-06 is darker wood than the 22.
    Help please!!!

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    No way of knowing what the firearms are without pictures. The serial numbers are not typical Browning numbers. The Browning literature with the guns was usually packaged in a black envelope with gold printing.
    No idea what you have.

    Jeff
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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Hello Jeff.
    I went back and checked my Safari Case.
    The envelopes are in fact black with gold lettering.
    The 30-06 # is 8L 49289.
    The 22 is # 69T 20961.
    Both say made in Belgium.
    The 22 says also Browning Arms Co.St Luis Mo
    & Montral PQ. Made in Belgium.
    Hope you can help.
    Thanks.

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    Hector, I cannot tell anything from the photo. The serial number fro the .30-06 indicates a Safari Grade rifle made in 1968. If it was new in the box top price would be somewhere around $1600. max.
    The .22 Serial number indicates a 1969 manufacture. Grade I, Grade II, and Grade III all had the same letter T in the number. If the rifle is blued it is a grade I, if it has a grey receiver with lightly engraved figures it is a Grade II, Grade II is heavily and deeply engraved on the receiver. If it is a Grade I and was new in the box price would be around $1000.00. Grade II and Grade III would be more.
    If both rifles are blued and you have an offer of $5000.00 GRAB IT!!
    Without being seen neither is anything special. (unless the .22 is a Grade III).
    Jeff
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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    Thank you very much!
    Will do.
    They are new in a Abercrombie & Fitch
    Safari Case,with their respective manuals.
    Came as a set.
    Thanks again.

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    Just inherited my fathers rifles. I remember when he purchased this one. I believe it was 1959. It is a Browning Belgium Safari Winchester 270, serial number L325. Could you tell me if I am correct on the year of this rifle and what its value might be. It is in 95% condition.

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    Default Re: Older Browning Rifles.

    The serial # indicates 1959 as the year of manufacture. As a matter of fact it was the 325 gun off the line.
    Value at 95% would be about $1100-1300.

    Jeff
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