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Browning A-Bolt II Hunter .223 WSSM

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The .223 WSSM in this Browning Hunter had little to recommend it. The bad things included mediocre accuracy and reduced capacity. The gun itself was post-plain and had a sharp-edged, rock-hard butt pad. The good things included a slickbolt, excellent trigger, and good balance.

Browning  A-Bolt II Hunter .223 WSSM

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If Browning/Miroku tried harder, they could probably make the bolt-release button even bigger. Nor did we think much of the thick, obtrusive floorplate. Browning even blurs the photo's profile on the company website to hide that monstrosity, but it's still there. The mag button worked well,but the mag held only three of the fat cartidges. The sparse checkering worked.
This might be a suitable rifle for small game where a powerful .22 centerfire cartridge would be appropriate. We put on a 12X Leupold in Weaver bases and rings, and though it was a good combination, less magnification might be better. We noted a loaded .22-250 cartridge would clear the ejection port, so the fat WSSM cartridge really contributed nothing to making this a light rifle.

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