Engraved Bolt

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  1. Pheroze

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    Hi all,

    I thought I would share a little work I had done on my A-Bolt. This rifle is a 25th anniversary version with an octagonal barrel. Browning has an advertised bolt engraving service. I called the number and left a message with the automated system....8 months later I decided to try a gunsmith. I was referred by The Gun Dealer in NB (great guys) to Lemieux Armuriers in Quebec. I have to say they were fantastic to deal with. It is a small job but puts a nice personal touch on what I consider to be a nice rifle. So, there may be a side benefit to that bolt sleeve! I am curious whether anyone else has added little tweaks to a factory firearm to make it their own?

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    that's wicked , cant say ive ever seen that before , most of the engraving on my firearms is done from walking through the bush ,
    but I like what you've done here .
     
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    Iv'e had a few bolts jeweled but not engraved
     
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    thanks bluey.

    I keep finding little dings and scratches; strangely they make me happy. I read once that each scratch is a memento but the problem is I never know where they came from, they just appear!
     
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    I agree Rob44 that jeweling is always a nice touch. The Browning ad put the engraving idea in my head. I am glad they never did follow up on my message because I think the work done by Lemiuex is probably much better. I suspect the bolt sleeve on the A-Bolt lends itself to the work easier than a round bolt too.
     
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    my turn to bite ,mate
    whats jewelling?
    cant be long now, hey ?
     
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    Hi Bluey yea not to far off now thursday afternoon .I managed to get a little more range time and blew thru a crap load of 375 now i have to re-load enough to take with me ,,ever see a bolt or a precision piece of metal that has row after row of circles polished in ,thats jeweling,
     
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    righto , ive actually owned a m70 feather weight 22/250 with a bolt like that .
    thank you ,mate.
     
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    Only modifications I have made to firearms is to lengthen the stalks to ensure they fit.

    One day I'll get some tools and make the guns fancier.
     
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    I also have a 22-250 bought in pieces,started off life as a Mexican Mauser,,that the Guy gave up on ,,a decent going over an aftermarket Trigger and a Nice stock and I have a pretty nice Varmmit rifle
     
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    Pretty cool engraving. Had one of the Octagon barreled Browning in 338Wm for just a few months, it was a beautiful rifle, just didn't shoot a good as it looked.
     
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    I found it points beautifully and groups 150gr very well. I am having less luck with 180gr although I suspect that is more my fault than its. Turns out I don't shoot as good as I look either :rolleyes:
     
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    Pheroze,

    I went through about $220 of different brands and with diffeerent gr. bullets and If memory serves me correctly, best group waas with some Federal 225gr. (which I have had luck with in the past) and it was shooting 3 inch groups at 100yrds. I just gave up. If there was ever a rifle I wanted to shoot good it was that one.

    Some folks have good luck with certain brand firearms and some don't, right.?.?
     
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    Federal 150.jpg I am very hopeful because it will be hard to find a buyer with the same initials :unsure:lol! This is the picture I have of federal 150gr (I believe Gamekings) at 100 yrds. So, my hope is to find 180gr that will replicate this or better. I tried superformance 180gr interbonds and the groups were larger although I do not have pictures. I tried xp3 180 gr once and I think I was having a bad day because the pattern was wild. I want to get out with some cheaper stuff and just see what I do and go from there.
     
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    Try Swift A Frame, Cor Lokt.
     
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    I will do, thanks for the advice; I will grab a box of 180 Cor Lokt and see how it patterns. This year is shaping up to be a coyote/deer/moose calf year so I am also trying out the 165gr; trying 125gr for coyote. I doubt I will get a tag for adult moose this year:(. Originally I thought to just stick to one weight for all but I am getting into the variety of weights with this caliber - it feels like the hunting equivalent of a golf bag full of clubs.
     
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