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Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Dave Wright, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. Dave Wright

    Dave Wright New Member

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    I have a Browning SA-22 that I inherited from my grandfather many years ago. It’s a 1963 build rifle. It has been locked in my safe for a long time and has not been fired in probably 35 to 40 years. I have 2 issues I need help with. First, 5he magazine tube has snapped off flush with the receiver. It this locally repairable or factory? I have seen it both ways online.
    Second, the stock has cracked where it bolts to the receiver. Only one crack is alway thru but there are several others that haven’t come thru. Do you know if replacement stocks will come anywhere close to the walnut original on color.
    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    First, contact Browning and ask if they can help you.

    If that fails, any gunsmith worthy of the name should be able to repair the stock and fabricate a new mag tube.

    Edit. This rifle is still being produced. Browning should have all of the parts available
     
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  3. BullMoose429

    BullMoose429 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I agree with locutus, Browning should be able to help- they are a high end manufacturer and are know for having some great customer service. For the mag tube- if parts have snapped off- you’ll probably have to replace it (you could weld material back on and then machine it- but that would cost you far more than it’s worth)- is contact Browning for a new one. For the stock- depending on how bad the crack is, you could get it fixed by a gunsmith or get a new one from Browning
     
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  4. Les Moore

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    Might want to keep a weather eye on the costs, a Marlin 60, brand new, is just north of 200$
     
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  5. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    An inherited Browning SA22 is worth a lot more than a new Marlin 60.
     
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The difference between a Browning and a Marlin is like the difference between a hamburger and a prime rib.

    Both are good and both will fill you up, BUT.....................;)
     
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  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Just ran a price check on sold Browning SA-22s. These were made in several different grades- averaging around $850-$1500 for a real minty higher grade. LOVELY little rifles!

    I would reach out to Browning- matching the wood will depend on the grade of your rifle- but in general, Browning service is high quality.
     
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  8. JTJ

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    " in general, Browning service is high quality.[/QUOTE]
    They sure screwed the people that owned P series BLR rifles. New model new mag and no support on the old mags. They were going for $300 and might not work. I dumped mine.
     
  9. BullMoose429

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    They sure screwed the people that owned P series BLR rifles. New model new mag and no support on the old mags. They were going for $300 and might not work. I dumped mine.[/QUOTE]
    I was thinking of eventually buying one in 300 win mag as a dedicated moose rifle, if the p series are going that cheap and I can find one that comes with a mag- would you recommend it or no?
     
  10. freefall

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    The original series just came in short action calibers. .308, .243, .358 are all I can think of off the bat. Maybe .22-250?
    Btw, .358 is a great moose round.
     
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  11. BullMoose429

    BullMoose429 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I thought that every series came in long action and belted magnum cartridges- obviously I’m wrong- 358 is a great round close range- roughly they same energy as 30-06/270 in a bullet with a .358” permanent cavity, with great penetration- does a number on a big bull- 338 federal is a great round too. I was recently at the Windham Weaponry retail store (yes that Windham Weaponry- I live not too far from their factory) and I was asking if they made an AR10 in 338 federal and they said that nobody does- somebody better get on that- and get on it fast- because an AR that can be used on moose would be pretty sweet
     
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  12. BullMoose429

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    youre profile says you’re in Alaska (or as I call it- Rich Man’s Maine) you guys have bigger moose than we do, so it’s pretty interesting to hear that you guys seemingly use the same cartridges that we do
     
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  13. freefall

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    I shot 2 moose and 3 black bears with a .358, they all fell straight down. I can't say that of any other caliber.
     
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  14. BullMoose429

    BullMoose429 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not any other caliber that wouldn’t shatter your shoulder bone
     
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  15. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Mine was a 308. I really liked that rifle but $300 for a mag is crazy.
     
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  16. BullMoose429

    BullMoose429 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    $300 for a mag is criminal
     
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  17. freefall

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    .338 mag has never put one straight down like that.
    I got the .338 because clients thought the .358 cartridges were too small.
     
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  18. BullMoose429

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    Interesting- my friend was a black bear hunting guide- he killed 44 bears with a 44 mag and a 444 marlin. While they may be bigger and have more momentum- they don’t beat the 338 win mag for energy. But- like I think your saying- big holes with deep penetration kill- that’s a fact- and I think most folks in Maine and Alaska would agree- that’s why we carry revolvers in 44 mag and 454 Casull- not Thompson Encore pistols in 243.
     
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  19. Txhillbilly

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    Sure is funny how a thread about a 22 lr turns into a big bore rifle thread.
     
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