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Browning M71 lever action

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by andybull, Jan 15, 2012.

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  1. andybull

    andybull Active Member

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    Can someone please give price information for this rifle? My friend purchased it in 1987, unfired in the box.

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  2. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    Mike Battista can help with that...always wanted one to go with my 1950 made original Winchester but surely too rich for my blood
     
  3. locdoc

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    Only 3000 made in 1986 and 1987. Your pics show it to be the High Grade Rifle. The 2010 Blue Book lists a 100% specimen at $1200.00 A little higher now, I expect.

    Last MSR was $980.00

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
     
  4. AL in MI

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    $1200 - $1500.

    I have the same gun, lasted about a whole hour out of the box before the first rounds went down her. :>)
     
  5. CalvinMD

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    Are you buying or selling?
     
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    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful gun. I always wanted an 1886 rifle or carbine in that grade. I should count my blessings that at least I have them in Grade 1.
     
  7. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I love the 348...power to spare
     
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    The factory 348 is a sorry round. It is watered down like the 35 Remington, loaded to a little over 30,000 PSI. However, when loaded with the Barnes 250 gr Original bullet at 40,000 PSI, at near 2400 fps, it IS a powerhouse.

    The 35 Remington can, in a Marlin 336, push a 200 gr bullet to near 2300 fps. This is close to the factory 348 load. This load in the little Marlin KICKS!
     
  9. halfmile

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    This cartridge has a lot of body taper, for easy extraction and feeding.

    Unfortunately this makes for a high degree of bolt thrust. "Improving" the chamber helps, and you can go to higher pressures.

    I sold my original Winchester because I didn't use it. Of course I wish I hadn't.

    Good bear gun, plenty of thump.

    HM
     
  10. g7777777

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    Probably market value is 950-1000

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  11. CalvinMD

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    The new 338Marlin Express is a super cartidge...hopefully once Remington gets its act together that they will start making them again
     
  12. oskerspap12

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    Thats a sweet rifle.Those 71's sure are smooth,and if ya reload the .348 got PLENTY of thump.The Hawk line of bullets really shine in this cartridge.Give 'em a try,and you'll be impressed.

    D.P.Reynolds
     
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    I would call a 200gr. .348 bullet traveling at between 2500/2600 fps far from
    "watered down".
    The "mayor" of our elk camp has a pre-war Deluxe model with a bolt peep site
    that knocks the snot out of cow elk.
    But all of our shots are under 150yds.

    These Browning repo rifles are fine guns. They also do not have the stupid tang saftey of the later Winchester repo's. But they are both metric guns.
     
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    Brian, I had a Browning 1886 High Grade Montana Centennial edition. Bought it in Kalispell for $1000 in '87. Sold it about 5 years later for $1800 when I needed some quick cash. Was a beautiful gun. Never fired it.
     
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    I've seen that version. Could have picked one up a few years ago for $1200. Wish I had.

    Just as well. I modified my 1886 rifle and carbine with tang sights and installed original loading gates so they would load 500 grainers. (The Browning loading gates are too shallow and 500 grainers hang up.)
     
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    Real world speed of the 348 factory load is about 2400 fps with the 200 gr pill. With reloads one can get 2200+ fps out of the stubby little 35 Remington with the same bullet weight.

    With good loads, one can push a 250 gr pill at around 2400 fps in the 348. THAT is big game power.
     
  17. claybrdr

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    "But they are both metric guns. "

    What does this mean? Anyway, see the link above.
     
  18. Texshooter

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    I shot mine 10 times one day and had my neck surgery the next week because I lost the feeling in both hands. AJ
     
  19. W.P.T.

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    Any bullet that can out run a man or animal is good enough in my book ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  20. billyboy07208

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    Would mean any threads on screws are metric pitch,not interchangeable with Winchester originals.

    That is a nice gun.
    I got an 1895 highgrade in 30`06 1 of 1000.
     
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