Why are Browning Rifles so expensive?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by cpttango30, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    What makes Browning rifle cost more than Remington's, Ruger's and others as well. I see nothing more to them maybe the 60* bolt throw because it has 3 locking lugs and not the std 2. The BOSS doesn't count because some one lights one of them off next to me I will shot it up there ARES.

    I think Browning makes a fine looking rifle the action lines are some of the best looking out there. But when it comes right down to it. No aftermarket actions are based on a Browning A-bolt, the A-bolt is your youngest of any bolt action on the market today.

    So tell me why I should pay $400 more for a browning varmint rifle in 223 than a Remington varmint rifle in 223?
     
  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Ahh.....it's a Browning! It's the same with Glock handgun calibers being over priced to high over comparable other brands in the same calibers, like S&W. Just my opinion through observation. The higher calipers, .30.06, .270 and .300 do make a fine bolt-action hunting or sniper rifles if you prefer.

    Jack
     
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  3. Dgunsmith

    Dgunsmith New Member

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    Somebody has to pay for all those high priced slick ads Browning has printer...they chose YOU the consumer for that privilege !
     
  4. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    Ah, its all in the name and it's a shame. Browning puts out some fine rifles, but I would rather buy a Remington for less money or build my own and out shoot the Browning. Browning could have a larger chunk of the market if they lowered prices without lowering quality, to compete with the other manufactures....................

    Jim..........
     
  5. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I guess I'm weird but I'm 1 of those people that actually like browning a-bolt/x-bolt rifles. To begin with, the Brownings are only selling locally for about 760$-and that's for the Medallion, the fancier model. According to my math that's not 400$ difference.

    The BOSS is a great thing if you shoot factory ammo only & want the best accuracy. They ARE available in the CR model=Conventional Recoil, which makes no more noise than regular barrels.

    The main features I like about them are:
    3 locking lug bolt
    60 degree bolt throw
    convenient tang safety
    cocking indicator you can feel in the dark
    better magazine design
    fairly light weight, stiff action
    factory glass bedded
    factory free floated barrel
    usually great out of box accuracy
    some of the best production barrels I've seen in general
    comfortable shaped bolt handle
    very slick bolt operation
    fast locktime
    superior fit/finish of wood & metal
    factory adjustable trigger
    trigger is very easy to rework
    never had to send 1 back for warranty work
    never had to actually repair 1-usually only do trigger jobs on them
    I've built several rifles from a-bolt rifles and they're great actions to build from-makes GREAT custom rifles. Is that enough or do you want more reasons?
     
  6. M14sRock

    M14sRock Active Member

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    This is about as well said as can be. Browning rifles are excellent, and worth every penny.
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Whoopie it has 1 more locking leg than a remington or Ruger.

    My trigger is very good on my Remington Oh wait it is a timney.


    More give me more. I want to see more reason.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Why did Oldsmobiles sell for more than Chevys?

    This is why Breyers has 31 flavors- not everybody likes Rocky Road. I do have my Dad's Grade 2 BAR in .243, made in Belgium, that purely factory condition shoots 1/2 MOA at 100 meters. About the only factory pure auto I have had that does that, no tweaking. Rifle has taken more deer than will fit in a 5 ton dump truck, and my grandkids are shooting it now. With a little care, will probably be good for 2-3 more generations of us.
     
  9. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    baskin robbins? 31?
     
  10. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    What do them noisy gd things have to do with guns?
     
  11. caniswalensis

    caniswalensis New Member

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    Sorry, I thought it would be more apparent.

    What I was saying is that Browning rifles are more expensive than other rifles for the same reason Harleys are more expensive than other motorcycles.

    That is, they are both legendary brand names that people are willing to pay extra for. This is due to both the prestige of ownership and the perception of higher quality in the product.

    I might be wrong, but I believe it is a valid point.

    Regards, Canis
     
  12. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Browning built a reputation when their guns were built by F.N. in Belgium. They were known for their high quality far and wide. Now they're made in Japan and the quality while still good isn't what it was. What you're paying for is the name they built for themselves back when, just like Colt.
     
  13. Dillinger

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    Browning makes a good stick, but it's not the best factory actioned rifle out there.

    The do have some consistently good barrels, of the ones I have seen, and they do have a pretty good locktime ( meaning that their firing pins aren't super heavy and they travel well when the trigger is pulled ).

    Outside of that, you are paying for a name and that name, exactly like Remington, has had thousands of ads placed in thousands of magazines to get that name in your face.

    When Cerberus bought Remington they doubled their advertising budget for the two years BEFORE they went through to re-tool their shop. Think about that for a moment....

    Will the market bear what is being asked? Yes = They are getting what they are asking for the product. If they are, then they are making money their way.

    More units out there, at a lower average price, is double or triple the liability and warranty headaches. Why not have 100,000 units with the same profit margin of 500,000 lower priced units IF the market will bear it?

    JD
     
  14. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    Those among yall badmouthing Brownings-exactly how much 1st hand experience do you have with the current rifles being produced? I'm not talking about somebody else's rifle either. I work on all kinds of rifles and find strengths & weaknesses in them all. I just happen to like the features/quality that Brownings offer-a LOT.
     
  15. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I don't have any that is why I am asking the questions.

    I just don't think a bolt action mass produced rifle needs a price tag of over $750. I still think that is getting a bit high.
     
  16. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    I've handled/fired old ones and new ones and IMHO the quality of the new ones while still good is better on the old F.N. rifles.
     
  17. J33Nelson

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    "I just don't think a bolt action mass produced rifle needs a price tag of over $750. I still think that is getting a bit high."

    lol! $750 is a cheap scope. I guess we have different views on pricing for guns!

    As for Browning. Not a big fan. I like to buy "made in the USA" so I am a little biased. I would suggest a Kimber or Cooper for a varmint rifle but if you think 750 is a lot of money you will probably crap your pants if you look at those two brands.
     
  18. M14sRock

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    I agree with you about the scope. A good rule of thumb is to spend as much on the scope, as you did on the rifle, or more.

    But I gotta point out that as awesome as Cooper Arms rifles are, Dan Cooper supported and donated to Pres. Obama's campaign. I would not buy a Cooper until that little faux pas has been appropriately addressed.

    Now, back to the Browning rifles so we don't hijack this thread. The A-Bolt is a rifle that needs to be fired to be really appreciated. The short bolt throw alone makes it a winner, and couple that with a VERY ergonomic tang mounted safety to get a very fast action bolt gun. They shoot great.
     
  19. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    My $500 scope does exactly what your $750 does so why spent the extra $250 on it?

    Just like my $600 Remington does what that $1000 Browning does so again why spend the extra money on it.