One of Browning’s most favoured rifle types is the A-Bolt, which has been around for a long time. It is a centrefire, bolt-action rifle reputed for its highly efficient and stylish design, as well as its dependability in delivering pinpoint accuracy. In the A-Bolt II Composite model, Browning incorporated innovative design features that are not only aesthetically pleasing but really functional.
Basic Specifications (depends on calibre)
- Length – 1,042 mm
- Barrel Length – 550 mm
- Weight – 3 kg
- Rate of Twist – 12 inches
- Magazine Capacity – 3, 4 rounds, detachable steel box
The A-Bolt II is one of the most sophisticated and accurate bolt-action rifles in the market today. It represents an upgraded version of the favoured A-Bolt rifles, packed with improved features for superior performance.
The bolt assembly on the A-Bolt is fluted and anti-bind, with a rotating head and 3 locking lugs instead of the usual pair. This set-up allows for a shorter bolt handle lift of 60 degrees, which means fast cycling and more room for the scope. The bolt knob is slightly flattened and slanted at a 30-degree angle fitting the hand naturally.
The black, classic style stock on the Browning A-Bolt II is made of a composite of graphite and fibreglass and is injection moulded. The stock’s fore-end is a shell construction with sturdy sidewalls. There is chequering on the fore-end and pistol grip areas to ensure all-weather handling.
The buttstock has no discernible cheek piece, which makes it adaptable to both left- and right-handed shooters. Though, there is a palm swell on the right side of the pistol grip. The black recoil pad is solid and finished the stock design very nicely.
One of the more unique features of the Browning A-Bolt II rifle is its detachable magazine box with a hinged floor plate. There is a release button in the upper part of the trigger guard, which when pressed will reveal the magazine and reloaded or removed as a whole to be replaced. On standard calibres, the magazine boxes can hold four rounds, on magnums 3. Although, it is possible to load an extra round in some calibres.
The trigger on the A-Bolt is adjustable between 3 to 6 pounds, which is a good range for a variety of uses. One notable feature of the trigger is its broad, striated design, which is also gold plated in the traditional Browning style.
Meanwhile, the safety on the rifle is located on the receiver tang, making it convenient to switch using the thumb of the right hand. Pushing the switch forward means the gun is ready to be fired, pushing it back locks both the bolt and rear trigger.
The barrel is free floated as well as glass bedded at the front of the receiver and recoil lug to ensure proper spacing for consistent accuracy. The muzzle crown is recessed cut common to Browning centrefire rifles, helps protect the rifling and maintain consistent accuracy. Barrels are checked 3 times for interior finish, straightness, as well as air-gauged for uniformity.
The A-Bolt II Composite also comes in variety of calibres, which also range in price and usage.
- .243 Win.
- .270 Win.
- .30-06 Springfield
- 7mm Rem. Mag.
- .300 Win. Mag.
- .25-06 Rem.
- .338 Win. Mag.
- .300 WSM
- 7mm WSM
- .325 WSM
- .270 WSM
There really is nothing bad you can say about the Browning A-Bolt II Composite Rifle. You would be a pretty fussy customer if you do have something all that unpleasant to say about it. Such as, saying that magazine is a little bit unconventional due to its hinged floorplate but detachable set-up. The gold-toned trigger is not to everyone’s liking, but it really doesn’t affect the accuracy or durability of the rifle.
In conclusion, the A-Bolt II Composite deserves its reputation as a favoured rifle for deer hunting and for its accuracy.