Gun Report

Browning A-Bolt II Micro Hunter .243 Win., $684

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The second of three winners in this test. It showed consistent accuracy with all test ammos, looked good, felt slim, and handled fast. What's not to like?

Browning A-Bolt II Micro Hunter .243 Win., $684

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Hunting
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Weight Unloaded
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Action Type
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Barrel Finish
Trigger Pull Weight

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Here's the kind of accuracy we were getting out of the Micro Hunter. This three-shot group measured 0.644 inch outside edge to outside edge, and only 0.401 center to center with the inexpensive 80-grain break-in ammo from Remington.
One of the niceties on the Browning was the recessed muzzle crown. That will likely keep the rifling from getting dinged. Another plus was the gun's adjustable trigger. It obviously worked fine out of the box, but if we owned the gun, we might dial it down to 3.5 pounds.
There are subtle differences in the way these guns handled, but one noticeable one was the radius on the Browning's grip. It had a more downward turn (arrow) than the Ruger, and offered a better grip surface because of that angle and the wood checkering.

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