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Browning SA-22 Grade I 22 LR

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The little SA-22 Browning had lots of drop to its rather huge stock, which made it very comfortable on the face. Although the rifle was compact and felt good from the shoulder, we were at a loss to use its iron sights effectively. They were okay for young eyes, though, and that might suit you fine. We prefer an aperture or a scope, and neither were easy on this rifle. A dedicated scope base and rings will set you back an additional C-note or more. We didn't care for the glassy-glossy finish either, though the finish on stock and metal were flawless. The 11-round magazine was within the stock.

Browning SA-22 Grade I 22 LR

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Making a package about as small as that of the Ruger, The SA-22 was far more susceptible to dirt at the joint. The wood was decent walnut on this Grade I rifle.
This latch (arrow) needs to just be able to fit into its notch for the gun to be correctly joined. We didn't like the fact that the bolt can't be easily held open.
An interrupted thread is the key to the Browning's takedown. The forend button has to be shoved forward to unlock it, and then a quarter turn gets the sharp threads apart. In time this ought to become easier. Adjusted properly, the forend is tight. If not, the wood rattles and the barrel flops.

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