August 27, 2013
I have an original Winchester 71 rifle from 1936 which I enjoy shooting and reloading for. now I have an opportunity to purchase a browning 71 carbine in about new condition. it is the high grade .anyway I have read that the brownings use metric barrel threads and was wondering what other differences are there between the two.is the receiver and internal parts the same? im going to use it as a shooter and ive even read that they are better made than the originals because of modern manufacturing processes .can anyone fill me in. thanks john
June 11, 2014
I have only handled the Browning 71, but I own the Browning 1886 SRC and both were made in the Miroku factory. In general, the quality and finish of the Miroku-built Brownings are excellent. Apart from my vintage Winchesters, the Browning 1886 SRC is the only 'modern' rifle I own and it is for use in rough conditions or inclement weather. Beating up a Browning is much better than beating up a classic original Winchester. I spoke with a fellow in the design department of Browning back when they had just released the SRC and he told me off the record what kind of pressures they were built for, which I will keep off the record but it was very impressive. It is possible the Browning 71 and the Browning 1886 SRC have very similar actions in many respects.
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