Browning AB3 Bolt-Action Rifle

Browning has announced the new Browning AB3 Bolt Action rifle. With an MSRP of $599, about half the price of the cheapest Browning X-Bolt or A-Bolt, this “valued priced” rifle will compete against the mid-range rifles such as the Remington 700 SPS. From the press release …

For 2013 Browning is pleased to announce the introduction of the AB3 bolt-action rifle.  Built to be an accurate and value priced rifle, the AB3 will retail for $599.99.  For 2013, the AB3 will be available in a Composite Stalker model in four different calibers.

The new AB3 features a bolt lock override button that allows shooters to unload the firearm while leaving the top-tang safety in the on safe position. The steel receiver has a matte blue finish and is drilled and tapped for scope mounts. A free floating, hand chambered barrel with target crown is featured. The AB3 also has a removable box magazine.

The composite stock is matte black and features textured grip areas. An Inflex recoil pad reduces felt recoil. Sling swivel studs are included.

The AB3 Composite Stalker model is chambered in .30-06 Springfield, 270 Win, 300 Win Mag, and 7mm Rem Mag.

Suggested Retail Price:           $599.99

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  • Sable

    No .308? I think I’ll pass…

  • Joseph B Campbell

    If you look at the ammo books the 30-06 it is actually measured at 308. I don’t know if that matters. I am sure you would still have to buy 30-06.

  • Leoj

    Click below to buy and sell guns

  • FourString

    I think a very fascinating comparo would be between the ‘budget’ bolt rifles spanning from this to the Ruger American—while throwing a Mauser M12 into the mix and commenting on the differences and the worth of the price difference, including subjective evaluations on shooting enjoyment in addition to the numbers on real world performance. That would be a cool informative article for those looking to buy a bolt rifle :]

  • Ron Ryder

    I have attached a picture of a target shot with the 270 win 130 gr Winchester ballistic silvertip. two holes three shots. It appears that the program mounted the photo sideways. the holes are 1.4 high one the center line. This was shot from a rest not a vice. This is not a cheaply made piece of plastic gun. It is a Browning all the way. I have owned many Brownings and this is a good as any I have had before…or better when it comes to accuracy. Really a good gun.

    • Ron Ryder

      Target mentioned in above post…pict did not appear in original post…this is not sideways….

      • Ron Ryder

        It is not posting the picture for some reason sorry guys….

        • Ron Ryder

          Now they are showing…enjoy and good hunting…