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February 25, 2017, 12:48
Got a hankering for a Browning takedown. Thoughts?

February 25, 2017, 15:10
Got a '64 model chambered in 22 Short during the Great Rimfire Shortage since shorts were available all over my area. Cycled CCI CB Shorts just fine, sounded like a mouse with a bad case of the farts, accurate enough for golf balls at 50 yards.

February 26, 2017, 01:19
I have a Norinco copy, what was the model# for the Browning?

February 26, 2017, 07:34
I'm not sure. I remember it as Browning SA 22 takedown grade 1 or 2. Just looked on the Browning web site, it's a SA22 grade 1.

February 26, 2017, 07:44
there is the Remington 242. It's the same gun just a lot less then the japanese or browning version

February 26, 2017, 09:46
Just had a look for the Remington, it's a 241. Not that much less that the Browning.

February 26, 2017, 12:30
Just had a look for the Remington, it's a 241. Not that much less that the Browning.


Understand before Browning was selling them here FN sold them in Europe with Remington producing the M24 series here. Think the 24 started in the very early 20s with the original FN variant starting a few years earlier.

The later 241 and 242 seem to draw more $$$ than the earlier 24 or even the FN. Around here you can usually find 24s for the $300 range.

241 and 242s run into the $400s with Browning Belgians right around the $500 mark.

All of them are great guns. The early Remingtons had a robust following in rural areas where they were a popular Deer gun in the 20s & 30s.
Yeah in earlier times .22LR was consider adequate medicine for 100 odd pound grass eating Forest Rats particularly in a rapid firing semi auto.

Thoughts ?
Well first off never shoot one wearing a loosely cuffed long sleeve shirt. They tend to drop hot brass right down your off hand sleeve.

Over the years they can get a wobble if they are taken down constantly. The upside is those can be often had stupid cheap and there is a built in adjusting mech to tighten them back up as good as new. I used to snag them as "parts guns", only took a few minutes to adjust them.
PO'd a few vendors over that one.

Scopes are a bit of a pain on the Remingtons. The Brownings can use a cantilever mount that attaches to the factory tapped barrels. Do NOT get the Browning made one, it's CRAPPY Aluminum and requires removal of the rear sight.

Leupold makes a Great Steel base relieved to clear the folded sight set up for the fancy steel double dovetail Leupold rings just be aware shorter folks often have eye relief issues as the base is well forward.

Many of the 24s will be found missing extractors, sometimes they were extra parts after a through cleaning. Thing is the design runs fine without the extractor installed.

If you are into suppressors they tend to have much less action noise than a Ruger 10/22
What little there is, is directed downwards.

The design tends to be slower to foul up due to the same deal, they tend to blow debris out the bottom oriented ejection port which also tends to make the rifle a bit more weather resistant.

You almost Never have magazine tube failures due to the assembly being shielded by the stock.

All in all another superb design by the Great John Browning that has stood the test of time virtually unchanged just like his Ma Duce, 1911, Ithica 37, etc.

February 26, 2017, 14:16
I was just shooting a Norinco clone. Really an excellent design. A great plinker, accurate and light trigger.

February 26, 2017, 18:53
Thanks for the input. I grew up shooting a grade 1. My brother has it now, time to get my own.

February 27, 2017, 14:57
Just great rifles.
I got a whole bunch and none is the same. Many little variations.
Even have one with a 500m sight on it ; )

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a254/joeplf/FN%20long%20rifles/DSCF4680_zps0lj7bg05.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/user/joeplf/media/FN%20long%20rifles/DSCF4680_zps0lj7bg05.jpg.html)

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February 27, 2017, 18:10
Really Paco, your collection is amazing! I would love to have couple like you have. They are very nice, sir.

February 27, 2017, 19:03
At a loss for words Paco!

February 28, 2017, 05:54
For those who like history,

In picture2 you see the prewar (=small frontgrip) in the middle,it has a long range flip up sight, 500m:bow:

In the 3th picture you see the original engraving pattern. Some engraver could work at home. I got a call from a widow. Her husband died several years ago and was an FN engravor. He had some 30 original patterns, for all the pistols, shotgun (B25) and mausers.

Anthony Vanderlinden (author of great FN books) was seriously worried that these patters would end with some foreries that would copy them.
So, he made me an offer i couldn't resist:wink:

In Belgium it is hard to find Browning take downs. Only FN or Miroku.
The Brownings are exported to the USA

I wrote some articles about the FN single shot, takedowns and trombone pumpaction .22Lrs.
Amazing designs!

The only problem i have is display place in my room. I have to wait till my son moves out so i can confiscate his room...
All these beauties are now stored in the lockers under my displayboxes.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a254/joeplf/kamer/IMG_20160729_134412_zps9ro77poy.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/user/joeplf/media/kamer/IMG_20160729_134412_zps9ro77poy.jpg.html)
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February 28, 2017, 17:14
Interesting bit of history. Thanks for sharing. Any thoughts on the Japanese made version? I would prefer a Belgium made rifle though.

March 01, 2017, 04:05
Interesting bit of history. Thanks for sharing. Any thoughts on the Japanese made version? I would prefer a Belgium made rifle though.

Miruko's are on par with FNs, some say slightly better than the late FN production but I can't see it. Maybe slightly finer final finish.

March 01, 2017, 19:22
Thanks for the info.^^^^^

March 04, 2017, 21:23
I have one of the earliest versions (the slim type handguard model) that I believe is called the Model 1914. It's just like the one John Browning is holding in his famous picture while sitting in the chair.


March 16, 2017, 18:47
My daily CDNN spam has several versions of these on sale, including a maple stock chambered for 22 short.