American Rifleman Magazine says the A-Bolt Shotgun is "Hard to Beat.”
Release Date: 9/26/2013
Review of NRA American Rifleman Magazine article written on the Browning A-Bolt Shotgun -- October 2013 issue.
Many areas of the country, particularly in the East, Midwest and South, wildlife regulations mandate using a shotgun for hunting deer and other game. Many hunters, brought up on the reliability, smooth operation and accuracy of a bolt-action, lament the lack of top-quality rifled barrel shotguns in the classic turn-bolt configuration.
After a two-decade absence, Browning has reintroduced the legendary A-Bolt Shotgun, giving thousands of slug hunters the turn-bolt they’ll use for all sorts of game today and be able to treasure for generations to come.
In today’s over-crowded “me-too” hunting shotgun market, the Browning A-Bolt Shotgun Stalker comes standard with all the great features legions of hunters have come to love, including fully-adjustable fiber-optic sights, a detachable two-shell box magazine, a two-position top-tang safety and the quick 60-degree bolt lift. The Stalker model is fitted into a glass-bedded matte black synthetic stock with a cushy recoil pad and sling swivels already installed.
“…Hard to beat.”
In the October 2013 issue of the NRA American Rifleman Magazine the editors tested the A-Bolt Shotgun Stalker and found it “…hard to beat.” Let’s see what else the NRA’s editors had to say.
Their first item of note was the A-Bolt Shotgun’s extraordinary accuracy. “Barrel movement, which is a by-product of most shotgun designs, is detrimental to accuracy… . No such problem exists with the A-Bolt Shotgun, as the barrel is threaded directly into the receiver.”
Adding to the A-Bolt Shotgun’s accuracy are a precision-machined solid steel receiver, receiver-mounted scope bases (instead of being barrel-mounted like many others) and a tasteful gold-colored trigger. The NRA editors said trigger’s “…factory set 3-lb., 4.5 oz. pull – with no discernable creep or overtravel – was deemed ideal by our evaluators, and no doubt contributed to the gun’s respectable accuracy.
". . . no discernable creep or overtravel."
So what kind of accuracy are we talking about? Based on the NRA’s 100-yard benchrest testing with modern factory slugs from Federal, Hornady and Remington resulted in an impressive 3 MOA overall average for five, five-shot groups. A few groups were flirting around a mere 2 MOA. That’s “minute of whitetail, bear or boar” in any hunter’s playbook, and is approaching sporting rifle-level accuracy.
"In the hands the A-Bolt Shotgun Stalker
feels like a well-crafted dangerous game rifle.”
And how did the A-Bolt Shotgun do in the field test? The NRA’s editors found “…there were no malfunctions, and feeding was exceptionally smooth. We also appreciated the fact that the magazine could be readily inserted and removed upon entering the field or heading out without having to cycle all the rounds through. In the hands the A-Bolt Shotgun Stalker feels like a well-crafted dangerous game rifle.”
". . .there were no malfunctions, and feeding was exceptionally smooth."
In conclusion, the NRA’s editors stated with conviction that “For the hunter who hunts routinely, if not exclusively, in slug-only areas, or where protection is needed from large bruins and slugs are preferred, it would pay dividends to make a one-time commitment to assure optimum performance. For the money, the A-Bolt Shotgun is hard to beat. We’re glad to see Browning bring it back.”
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Heft an A-Bolt Shotgun for yourself. Throw it to your shoulder and stare down an imaginary whitetail monster or a running wild boar. We think you’ll be pretty impressed, and will glad we brought it back, too. Once you have imagined it go out and live it.
Original article copyright American Rifleman Magazine, 2013. Review above is Copyright Browning 2013. Review by Browning staff writer Scott Engen. To read American Rifleman articles join the NRA by clicking here. Original article not yet available online.