Browning Barrels And Actions

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mashburn posted this 2 weeks ago

 I hope someone can answer this question for me. I have heard it for years but have never been able to verify it. I have never tried to remove a barrel from the action on a Browning rifle, so I don't know. I have been told by several sources that Browning uses epoxy on the threads when they barrel a new receiver.

Is there anyone who can verify this and not just by hear say. I've had some people say all that you have to do is put a little heat on the receiver ring and they break right loose with minimum effort and other people who have dealt with them said they found them unable to remove. Like the old TV commercial that said "inquiring minds want to know" so I guess I have an inquiring mind because I want to know.

I have a friend who came up with a few Browning receivers and barrels that were supposedly from a service dept. He says that if Browning is faced with a bad barrel, they replace both the barrel and the receiver and the same if the receiver is at fault.

I hope someone has a answer for this. Sometimes I'm tempted to get one of my A Bolts and take it to the shop and see if it will come off. I'm not that inquiring yet but I have wondered about this for years.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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Bud Hyett posted this 2 weeks ago

The only time I've seen a barrel with epoxy was a rebarreled Browning 1960's FN 400 action in .257 Roberts. The barrel was on the rifle with a threaded sleeve between the barrel shank and receiver. Someone had used a barrel with the shank that was too small and made the insert to fit the barrel.

The sleeve was epoxied to the barrel. The barrel with insert was epoxied to the receiver. Fortunately the insert came out with the barrel. The gunsmith doing the work took the insert off out of curiosity. A lot of work for whatever reason.

Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest

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Little Debbie posted this 2 weeks ago

The 2 or 3 old FN Brownings I’ve rebarreled had no epoxy. One had a fair amount of rust. The one A bolt I’ve dealt with did not have have any either. The BACO produced M 70 .223 WSSM barrel I switched seemed to have some copper based anti seize on the old barrel and I put Brownells silver color barrel anti seize on the replacement like all barrel installs. I think it makes getting headspace correct easier. They come apart like a dream too. Epoxy or not, I end up heating about half the barrels/actions to get them apart easier.

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mashburn posted this 2 weeks ago

Little Debbie,

I bought three  early Browning A bolts within about 10 years.(late 90's)  All of them with synthetic stocks-two stainless and one blue. The blued model had the neatest job of bedding around the recoil lug and the two stainless models had no bedding at all. it was black bedding material. I tore another A bolt down, not mine, and it was bedded with some yellow stuff and very sloppily done.

Mashburn 

David a. Cogburn

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