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B-78 High Power Rifle

The production of the B-78 High Power rifle began in 1973. In 1976 the was a "Bi-Centennial Model" was produced.   The B-78 was discontinued in 1982.

To find your serial number, you will need to refer to your owner's manual. We have most owner's manuals online. You can go to those by clicking here.

  Historic Information Serial Number Info
1973-75 In 1969 Browning started using two digits for the date of manufacture:
W=B78 High Power Rifle
This was preceded by the serial number beginning with 1000 for each year.
Example: 100073W = A 1973 B-78 high power rifle with a serial number of 1000.
W=B78 High Power Rifle
1976-1982 In 1976 Browning standardized its serial number identification which it followed until 1998. Also in 1976 Browning releases a "Bi-Centennial Model" with the code: 1776
1. Serial Number
beginning with 01001
at the start of each year.
2. Date of Manufacture
is a two digit code
3. B-78 Type 147=B78 High Power Rifle
1776="Bi-Centennial Model"

Number Example:


This would be an B-78 High Power rifle, manufactured in 1976 with the serial number 01001.

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