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Thread: Browning Model 71

  1. #1
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Browning Model 71

    I recently ran across a large collection of guns, one local gun shop picked up two Winchester 71's and three Browning 71's, all new in the box (the Brownings, not the Winchesters). Apparently this guy had a major thing for these guns, he owned and shot Winchester 71's and bought a Browning 71 for each of his three sons when they came out, none of his kids wanted them or anything to do with them, so he kept them. One of them was left at the gun shop, so I put a deposit on it, it's a carbine version, new in the box, still has the wrapping on it. The shop wanted $925 for it so I decided now was time for one. Another local shop has half a case of Winchester ammo for it so I can get that to start with.
    My question is, I am looking for loads for it, I plan on using a 200 grain or close to that size bullet, my plan of course that this gun will be for whitetails next year, not to go after anything else bigger, at least not yet.
    Whatever cannot be remedied, must be endured.

  2. #2
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    The 200gr. Hornady flatnose works well on deer.I have loaded it for several friends with H-4350 powder.there is also a 200 gr. FTX bullet available.

  3. #3
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    That's a good deal for a NIB carbine. I reckon the carbines handle a little better than the rifle version.

    There are plenty of good jacketed bullets available these days for the 348 and I believe Starline is making brass in the calibre now.

    Now you need hunt around for a decent aperture sight, but steer clear of the lightweight alloy Lyman 66's. Try to find a vintage steel Lyman or Redfield. You may have to alter the sight ever so slightly to fit. There is an outfit making reproduction steel Redfields, though they are quite expensive.

  4. #4
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    NE Wisconsin
    I have shot Elk with bullets from Hawk great caliber and fantastic little carbine. Congrats on a great find.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check