A-bolt® III - Browning

A-bolt® III - Browning
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A-bolt III
В®
Bolt-action Rifle
Owner’s manual
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Important operating instructions for:
B r o w n i n g В® A - B o l t В® III
B o lt- A c t i o n R i f l e
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T H A N K Y O U FOR c h o o s i n g a
B r o w n i n g A - B o l t III r i f l e
We are pleased that you have chosen a Browning A-Bolt III rifle. The
Browning A-Bolt III is the newest version of one of the finest boltaction rifles ever built. Accurate and lightweight, the Browning A-Bolt
III is the next generation of A-Bolt rifles, and has been designed to
maximize shooting performance.
With a reasonable amount of care, your A-Bolt III rifle should give you
many years of dependable, enjoyable service.
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C o n t e n t s P a g e
State Warning............................................................................................2
WARNING: You are Responsible for Firearm Safety..............................2
General Description and Operation........................................................9
Nomenclature..........................................................................................10
Serial Number.........................................................................................10
Operation of the “Safety”.......................................................................10
Cocking Indicator...................................................................................11
Bolt Lock Override Button.....................................................................12
Initial Cleaning........................................................................................12
Inserting and Removing the Bolt...........................................................13
Ammunition............................................................................................15
Magazine Capacity..................................................................................15
Loading....................................................................................................15
Firing.......................................................................................................19
Unloading................................................................................................20
Mounting a Scope...................................................................................21
Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions................................................22
Maintenance of Oil Finish Stocks..........................................................26
Service or Repair.....................................................................................27
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S t a t e Wa r n i n g
According to state law, California requires that firearm manufacturers,
distributors and retailers include conspicuous, specific warnings with
firearms sold in that state.
W A RNING : Y o u A r e R e s p o n s i b l e F o r
F i r e a r m Sa f e t y
Failure to heed any of the following warnings could result in
serious injury or death.
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities.
How seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference
between life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm.
At all times handle this firearm, and all other firearms, with intense
respect for their power and potential danger.
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Please read and understand all of the cautions, warnings, notices,
proper handling procedures and instructions outlined in this owner’s
manual before using your new firearm.
1ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR firearm POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION even though you are certain it is unloaded.
Never point any firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
Be extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within
the range of your ammunition.
2Never rely totally on your Firearm’s mechanical “safety”
device. Like any mechanical device, a “Safety” can sometimes
fail; it can be jarred or inadvertently manipulated into an
unsafe condition.
The word “safety” describes a firearm’s trigger block mechanism,
sear block mechanism, hammer block mechanism or firing pin
block mechanism. Mechanical “safeties” are designed to place your
firearm in a safer status, and no guarantee can be made that the
firearm will not fire even if the “safety” is in the on safe position.
Mechanical “safeties” merely aid safe gun handling and are no
excuse for pointing your firearm’s muzzle in an unsafe direction.
See “Operation of the Safety” on pages 10 and 11 for instructions
on the operation of this firearm’s “safety.”
Remember, safe gun handling does not stop with your firearm’s
mechanical “safety” devices, it starts there. Always treat this firearm
with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm.
Some firearms do not have a mechanical safety. Many target
firearms, lever-action firearms and pistols do not have manual
“safety” mechanisms. Therefore it is critical to read and understand
the owner’s manual for every firearm which explains the safe
operation of the firearm.
While it is a good idea to “test” your firearm’s mechanical “safety”
periodically for proper function, never test the “safety” while your
firearm is loaded or pointed in an unsafe direction.
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3Whenever you handle any firearm, or hand it to someone,
always open the action immediately and visually check the
firearm’s chamber to Make certain that the firearm is
completely unloaded.
Make certain the firearm does not inadvertently contain any
ammunition. Remember, merely removing the magazine does
not mean the chamber is unloaded. Always keep the chamber
empty and the “safety” in the on safe position unless shooting
is imminent.
4Always WEAR Ear AND Eye PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING.
Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing
damage. Wear hearing protection (shooting ear plugs or muffs)
to guard against such damage.
Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles.
Allow proper distance (eye relief) between a scope and your
eye when firing a scoped pistol, rifle or shotgun. Do not use
unorthodox shooting methods that could cause the rearward
travel of the slide or bolt of a firearm to contact your eyes, face
or hands. Always keep a safe distance between the muzzle of
your firearm and any persons nearby, as muzzle blast, debris
and ejecting cartridges could inflict serious injury.
Always wear eye protection when disassembling and cleaning
any firearm to prevent the possibility of springs, spring-tensioned
parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes.
5 Keep all firearms unloaded during transport, even
when stored in a holster, gun case, scabbard or
other container.
6DROPPING or jarring A LOADED FIREARM CAN CAUSE
ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE.
This can occur even with the “safety” in the on safe position.
Be extremely careful while hunting or during any shooting
activity to avoid dropping any firearm.
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7 hunting from elevated surfaces such as treestands
is dangerous.
Doing so may increase the risk of mishandling a firearm. The
following rules should always be observed by you and those you
hunt with: Always make certain that the stand being used is safe
and stable. Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded
when it is being taken up and down from the stand. Always
make certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand,
or dropped while it is being taken up or down from the stand.
Remember, a loaded firearm may discharge when dropped, even
with the “safety” in the on safe position.
8Store your firearm and ammunition separately, well beyond
the reach of children.
Take prudent safeguards to ensure your firearm does not become
available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands. Store
all firearms in secure, locked cases or a gun safe. Keep your firearm
unloaded when not in use.
9BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS.
Mud, snow and an infinite variety of other objects may inadvertently
lodge in a barrel bore. It only takes a small obstruction to cause
dangerously increased pressures that can damage your firearm
and cause serious injury to yourself and others.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN
YOUR FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED, THERE IS not a
LIVE cartridge IN THE CHAMBER AND THE “SAFETY” IS IN THE
ON SAFE POSITION.
After assuring yourself that the firearm is completely unloaded,
open the breech or action and look through the barrel to be sure
it is clear of obstructions. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how
small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as
described on pages 23-26 of this owner’s manual.
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10Be alert to the signs of ammunition malfunction. If you
detect an off sound or light recoil when a cartridge is
fired, do not load another cartridge into the chamber.
If your rifle fails to fire, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
for a minimum of 30 seconds. Rotate the ejection area of the
firearm away from you, carefully open the action and remove the
cartridge from the chamber. If the primer is indented, the defective
cartridge should be disposed of in a way that cannot cause harm. If
the primer is not indented, your firearm should be examined by a
qualified gunsmith and the cause of the malfunction corrected
before further use. Glance down the barrel to make sure that no
obstructions remain in the barrel. Completely clear the barrel
before loading and firing again. Failure to follow these instructions
can cause extensive damage to your firearm and possible serious
injury to yourself and others.
11 never insert a cartridge of the incorrect caliber into
any firearm.
The caliber of your firearm is marked on the barrel. Store all
cartridges of different calibers in completely separate and wellmarked containers. Never store cartridges of mixed calibers in
a common container or in your pockets. See page 15 for more
information on the correct ammunition for your firearm.
12 examine every cartridge you put in your firearm.
We cannot assume any responsibility for the use of unsafe or
improper firearm and ammunition combinations or damage or
injury caused by damaged ammunition. It is your responsibility
to read and heed all warnings in this owner’s manual and on
ammunition boxes. See page 15 for more information on the
correct ammunition for your firearm.
13USE ONLY SAAMI APPROVED AMMUNITION.
The barrel and action of this firearm have been made with
substantial safety margins beyond the pressures developed by
established American commercial loads. Nevertheless, we can
assume no liability for incidents which occur through the use of
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cartridges of nonstandard dimensions or which develop pressures
in excess of commercially available ammunition which has been
loaded in accordance with standards established by the Sporting
Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI).
14 Make sure of adequate ventilation in the area that you
discharge a firearm. Lead exposure can occur from
discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning
firearms or handling ammunition.
Lead is a substance that has been known to cause birth defects,
reproductive harm and other serious injury. Wash hands
thoroughly after exposure to ammunition or after cleaning
a firearm.
15 do not snap the firing pin on an empty chamber, the
chamber may not be empty!
Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded firearm,
even though you are certain the firearm is unloaded.
16 KEEP YOUR fingers AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE LOADING
and unlOADINg UNTIL shooting is imminent.
17BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP, particularly during
low light periods.
Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot at water or
hard objects.
18ALWAYS UNLOAD your firearm’s CHAMBER BEFORE CROSSING
A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING
OTHER OBSTACLES.
Never place your firearm on or against a fence, tree, car or other
similar object.
19BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING
AROUND YOU AND OTHERS.
Don’t be timid when it comes to firearm safety. If you observe
other shooters violating any of these safety precautions, politely
suggest safer handling practices.
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20BE CERTAIN your firearm is UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING.
Because so many firearm accidents occur when a firearm is being
cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your
firearm is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly.
Keep ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the
mechanical function of any firearm with live ammunition.
21TEACH AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF
YOUR FAMILY, ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NON-SHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage
enrollment in hunting and shooting safety courses.
22NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS
BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING.
Your vision, motor skills and judgment could be dangerously
impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others.
23Read AND HEED ALL WARNINGS in this owner’s manual,
on ammunition boxes and with all accessories that you
install on your firearm.
It is your responsibility to secure the most up-to-date information
on the safe handling procedures of your Browning firearm.
We assume no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe
or improper firearm accessories or ammunition combinations
are used.
24 Practice periodic MAINTENANCE, AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING.
Your firearm is a mechanical device which will not last forever,
and as such, is subject to wear and requires periodic inspection,
adjustment and service. Browning firearms should be serviced by
a Browning Recommended Service Center or by our Service
Facility in Arnold, Missouri. We cannot assume any responsibility
for injuries suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing,
alterations or modifications of Browning firearms.
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25WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS THAT
HAVE BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.
Removal of metal from the barrel, or modifications of the firing
mechanism and/or operating parts, may lead to a refusal of service
on such firearms. We will charge you for parts and labor to return
the firearm to original specifications.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER, SAFETY
OR other PARTS OF THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER
FIREARM. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY
OR DEATH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
Be careful!
GENER A L d e s c r i p t i o n a n d O P ER A TION
The Browning A-Bolt III is a bolt-action rifle that operates by lifting
the bolt handle, drawing the bolt rearward and then sliding the bolt
forward and rotating the bolt downward until it stops. This process
takes a cartridge from the magazine and loads it into the chamber
for firing.
The A-Bolt III’s short, 60° bolt lift lets you cycle the action rapidly for
quick follow-up shots. Because the bolt does not swing up as high as
other bolt-action rifles when open, there is ample scope clearance.
The A-Bolt III has a strong three-lug bolt. Weight is reduced while
maintaining the strength necessary to handle magnum calibers.
Other significant features include a detachable box magazine and a
thumb-operated, top-tang “safety” with bolt override feature. The
distinctive smooth plane top of the receiver provides a firm platform
for scope mount placement.
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Figure 1
Cocking
Indicator
Bolt Unlock
Button
Bolt
Receiver
Barrel
“Safety”
Buttstock
Magazine
Trigger
Recoil Pad
Magazine
Release
Fore-end
Muzzle
Bolt Handle
N o m e n c l at u r e
In conventional firearm terminology the position and movement of
firearm parts are described as they occur with the firearm horizontal
and in the normal firing position: i.e., the muzzle is forward or in
front; the buttstock is rearward or to the rear; the trigger is downward
or underneath; the scope is upward or on top. For general parts
nomenclature, refer to Figure 1.
S e r i a l Nu m b e r
The serial number of your firearm can be found on the right side of
the receiver, in front of the bolt handle.
Op e r a t i o n o f t h e “ Sa f e t y ”
Always keep the “safety” in the on safe position unless
shooting is imminent. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe
direction. Failure to follow these warnings could result in
serious injury or death.
The “safety” is located on the top tang at the rear of the receiver.
When the “safety” is drawn to the rear, the firearm is in the on safe
position (Figure 2, page 11). This indirectly blocks the trigger and
locks the bolt in the closed position. In this position an “S” will appear
on the tang in front of the “safety.”
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Figure 2
Figure 3
“Safety” shown in the on safe position.
“Safety” shown in the off safe position.
When the “safety” is pushed forward, the “S” will be covered and a red
dot will appear indicating that the rifle is in the “off safe” position and
ready to fire (Figure 3).
Do not depend on the red color alone to indicate your
firearm’s safety status. Time, exposure to the elements, and the
abrasive action of cleaning agents can erase it. Failure to
follow this warning could result in serious injury or death.
C o c k i n g i n d i c at o r
Below the bolt shroud and ahead of
the “safety” is a serrated cocking
indicator. The indicator is painted
red. When the rifle is cocked it may
be readily felt with the thumb as
well as easily seen with a quick
glance downward (Figure 4). When
the rifle is fired, the cocking
indicator retracts into the bolt
shroud and cannot be seen or felt.
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Figure 4
The location of the cocking indicator, shown in
the cocked position.
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Figure 5
Do not depend on the red color
alone to indicate your firearm’s
safety status. Time, exposure to
the elements, and the abrasive
action of cleaning agents can
erase it. Failure to follow this
warning could result in serious
injury or death.
B o lt l o c k
o v e r r i d e bu t t o n
Press the bolt lock override button and lift the
bolt handle.
The bolt lock override button on the A-Bolt III rifle is located just
behind the bolt handle (Figure 5). The bolt lock override button works
in conjunction with the top-tang “safety” and allows the bolt to be
operated to unload a cartridge from the chamber with the “safety” in
the on safe position. To unload the chamber with the “safety” in the on
safe position, simply press the bolt lock override button down and
rotate the bolt upward, then draw it completely rearward.
Initial Cleaning
NOTICE! PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE
CLEANING YOUR FIREARM.
C l e a n i n g P a r t s w i t h Sp e c i a l F i n i s h e s
Be especially careful when cleaning guns with camouflage, Dura-TouchВ®
Armor Coating and other special finishes. Always prevent these
surfaces from coming in contact with cleaning solvents, barrel
scrubbers and other strong chemicals. It is preferable to clean these
surfaces with a light gun oil containing no solvents, or with a damp
cloth and mild dish soap (be sure to keep water out of the action).
When cleaning your firearm’s bore and action, protect the external
finishes from any contact with chemicals used. Also, avoid any contact
between external finishes and other strong chemicals like those found
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in DEET-containing insect repellents, sunscreens, etc. Damage to
camouflage, Dura-Touch and other finishes caused by chemicals is
irreversible and not repairable.
Cleaning
Various exposed metal parts of your new firearm have been coated at
the factory with a rust preventative compound. A fine, light gun oil is
ideal for removing this compound and for giving your new firearm its
first lubrication. Before shooting your firearm, clean the anti-rust
compound from the inside of the barrel, receiver and the action/
chamber areas. Clean the barrel using a cleaning rod and patch as
explained under “Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions” on pages
23-26. If your A-Bolt III rifle is to be stored, it is acceptable to leave
the rust preventative compound on the rifle and keep it in its
original packaging.
I n s e rt i n g a n d r e m o v i n g t h e b o lt
ALWAYS KEEP the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. BEFORE
inserting or removing the bolt, VISUALLY INSPECT THE CHAMBER
TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED.
Place the “safety” in the on safe position. Failure to follow
this warning could result in
Figure 6
serious injury or death.
INSERTING T H E B OLT
Before inserting the bolt into your
rifle, make sure the firing pin is
cocked. When the firing pin is
cocked, the cocking indicator is
visible at the rear of the bolt. If the
cocking indicator is not in the
cocked position this means that the
firing pin is not cocked. To cock
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Firing Pin
Sear
Bolt Handle
Notch
Turn the rear of the bolt clockwise until
the firing pin sear engages the notch in
the bolt handle.
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the firing pin simply turn the rear section of the bolt clockwise (when
viewed from the indicator end) until the firing pin sear engages the
notch in the bolt handle (Figure 6, page 13). On a new rifle where
surfaces are not yet burnished from use, it may be difficult to rotate the
bolt sleeve by hand. If so, carefully grasp the firing pin sear in a padded
vise and lift the bolt handle. The A-Bolt III rifle comes packed in a
foam-padded box with the bolt removed from the rifle. To install the
bolt into the receiver perform the following procedure:
1 Align the front of the bolt in the rear opening of the receiver.
2 Push the bolt completely forward and rotate the handle down to
lock it. It is not necessary to depress the bolt stop to insert the bolt,
but you may do so to ease the installation (Figure 7).
3 Immediately place the “safety” in the on safe position. The rifle
is now completely assembled and may be operated normally.
REMOVING T H E B OLT
1 Place the “safety” in the on safe position.
2 Press the bolt lock override button and rotate the bolt handle upward.
3 The bolt stop is the horizontal bar on the left side of the receiver
(Figure 7).
Press inward on the front of
the bolt stop and carefully draw
the bolt to the rear and out of
the receiver.
Figure 7
NOTICE! When removing the bolt
from the receiver, take care to
prevent the cocking indicator
from striking and damaging the
comb of the stock.
Press the front of the bolt stop to insert or
remove the bolt.
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Ammunition
Do not use ammunition other than what is inscribed on the
right side of the barrel. Examine every cartridge you put in
your firearm.
Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning
firearms or handling ammunition may result in exposure to
lead and other substances known to cause birth defects,
reproductive harm and other serious physical injury. Have
adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly
after handling ammunition.
The barrel and action of this rifle have been made with substantial
safety margins over the pressures developed by established American
loads. However, we assume no responsibility for incidents which
occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimension or
those developing pressures in excess of SAAMI (Sporting Arms and
Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute) established standards.
Ma g a z i n e Capa c i t y
The Browning A-Bolt III utilizes a detachable magazine. The magazine
capacity of standard calibers is four rounds. On magnum calibers and
WSM rifles the capacity is three rounds. Remember, “total” rifle
capacity includes an additional round which can be loaded in the
chamber in addition to a full magazine.
Loading
When loading your rifle Always keep the muzzle pointed
in a safe direction, Always place the “safety” IN THE ON SAFE
position and keep your fingers away from the trigger.
Failure to follow these warnings could result in serious
injury or death.
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Figure 8
Figure 9
Press the magazine release rearward. The
magazine will fall into your hand.
Press the cartridge straight down until it snaps
into place under the feed lips.
Do not carry your rifle with a cartridge in the chamber to
avoid accidental discharge. When firing is no longer imminent,
make sure the “safety” is in the on safe position and unload
the chamber. Failure to follow these warnings could result
in serious injury or death.
There are two methods used to load a cartridge into the chamber
of the A-Bolt III rifle: Loading from the magazine and loading through
the ejection port.
LO A DING T H E M A G A ZINE
1 Eject the magazine from the rifle by pulling the magazine release,
located on the forward edge of the magazine, rearward with your
index finger. The magazine will drop into your hand (Figure 8).
2 Place a cartridge on top of the follower and press down on the
cartridge until it snaps into position under the magazine feed lips
(Figure 9). Load subsequent cartridges into the magazine in the
same manner.
NOTICE! The base of each cartridge must be flush with the rear
of the magazine. If the nose of a cartridge protrudes beyond
the front of the magazine, it could cause feeding problems or
interfere when inserting the magazine into the rifle.
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LO A DING T H E c ha m b e r f r o m t h e M A G A ZINE
1 Close the bolt and place the “safety” in the on safe position.
2 Load the magazine as explained previously.
3 Insert the loaded magazine into the rifle by inserting it into the
magazine well until it is retained in place by the magazine catch.
4 Load the chamber by pressing the bolt lock override button and
simultaneously lifting the bolt handle completely up. Release the
bolt lock override button and draw the bolt completely rearward,
then push the bolt forward and rotate the bolt handle down.
5 Immediately verify that the “safety” is in the on safe position.
THE Rifle IS now READY TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE “safety”
TO THE OFF SAFE POSITION and pulling the trigger.
LO A DING t h e r i f l e t o f u l l c apa c i t y
1 Close the bolt and place the “safety” in the on safe position.
2 Load the magazine as explained previously.
3 Insert the loaded magazine into the rifle by inserting it into the
magazine well until it is retained in place by the magazine catch.
4 Load the chamber by pressing the bolt lock override button and
simultaneously lifting the bolt handle completely up. Release the
bolt lock override button and draw the bolt completely rearward,
then push the bolt forward and rotate the bolt handle down.
5 Immediately verify that the “safety” is in the on safe position.
THE Rifle IS now READY TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE “safety” TO
THE OFF SAFE POSITION and pulling the trigger.
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6 Eject the magazine from the rifle by pulling the magazine release
button rearward with your index finger. The magazine will drop
into your hand.
7 Load a single cartridge into the magazine as explained previously.
8 Insert the fully-loaded magazine into the rifle.
Single shot loading from the magazine
If you wish to use your A-Bolt III as a single-shot rifle, it is recommended
that you use the following single-shot loading procedure.
1 Remove the magazine from the rifle as explained on page 16.
2 Pull the bolt completely rearward and inspect the chamber to make
sure it is empty.
3 Close the bolt and place the “safety” in the on safe position.
4 Load a single cartridge into the magazine.
5 Insert the magazine into the rifle.
6 When ready to shoot, cycle the bolt fully to load the single cartridge
from the magazine into the chamber.
7 Immediately verify that the “safety” is in the on safe position.
THE Rifle IS now READY TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE “safety”
TO THE OFF SAFE POSITION and pulling the trigger.
S i n g l e s h o t l o a d i n g d i r e c t ly t o t h e c ha m b e r
You may also load your rifle by placing a cartridge directly into
the chamber. To load the rifle in this manner, use the following
loading procedure.
1 Insert an unloaded magazine into the rifle.
2 Pull the bolt rearward and inspect the chamber to make sure
it is empty.
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3 Insert a single cartridge into the ejection port and place it on top of
the magazine.
4 When ready to shoot, push the bolt completely forward and rotate
the bolt handle down to load the single cartridge into the chamber.
5 Immediately verify that the “safety” is in the on safe position.
THE Rifle IS now READY TO FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE “safety”
TO THE OFF SAFE POSITION and pulling the trigger.
Firing
Never chamber a cartridge or move the “safety” from the on
safe position unless shooting is imminent. Always keep the
muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Failure to follow these
warnings could result in serious injury or death.
1 Load a cartridge into the chamber (as explained previously) by
loading a cartridge from the magazine or directly to the chamber.
2 Immediately verify that the “safety” is in the on safe position.
3 With a cartridge in the chamber, you need only move the “safety”
to the off safe position to make the rifle ready for firing.
4 When ready to fire, move the “safety” into the off safe position,
take aim and squeeze the trigger.
5 After a cartridge is fired, cycle the bolt rearward to eject the empty
case. If you wish to continue shooting, push the bolt fully forward.
This picks up a loaded cartridge from the magazine and chambers
it. You may continue to load and fire the rifle in this manner until
the magazine is empty.
6 If you are done shooting, leave the bolt to the rear, with the breech
in the open position so that you may visually inspect the chamber,
bore and magazine to be sure they contain no cartridges.
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After firing, or when shooting is no longer imminent,
immediately PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION.
Failure to follow these warnings could result in serious
injury or death.
EVEN WITH THE bolt OPEN AFTER SHOOTING, DO NOT ASSUME the
rifle IS UNLOADED. ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, barrel, feed
mechanism AND MAGAZINE TO BE certain THE rifle is completely
unloaded. Failure to follow these warnings could result in
serious injury or death.
Unloading
When unloading your rifle Always place the “safety” in the
on safe position. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
and your fingers away from the trigger. Failure to follow
these warnings could result in serious injury or death.
ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, barrel and magazine CAREFULLY
AFTER UNLOADING TO BE SURE ALL LIVE cartridges ARE CLEARED
FROM THE firearm.
Unloading the rifle
1 Open the bolt and eject any cartridge in the chamber. Leave the
bolt in the rearward position with the action open.
2 Look into the chamber to verify that it is unloaded.
3 Press the magazine latch in front of the trigger guard and allow the
magazine to drop into your hand.
4 With the chamber empty and the magazine removed, close the bolt
and ensure the “safety” is in the on safe position.
5 Strip all the cartridges from the magazine as explained below.
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6 Place the empty magazine into the rifle until it is retained by the
magazine catch.
Unloading the magazine
1 Remove the magazine as explained previously.
2 Strip all the cartridges from the magazine by pushing forward
on the rim of the top cartridge and slide each cartridge out of
the magazine, one at a time.
3 Unload any extra magazines.
Mounting a Scope
Before mounting a scope, sight or other accessories to your
rifle, place the “safety” in the on safe position. Open the
action and make certain YOUR rifle IS completely UNLOADED.
Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Failure to follow
these warnings could result in serious injury or death.
The top of the A-Bolt III receiver is drilled and tapped for scope bases.
From the factory, the scope base holes are fitted with filler screws.
Notice! Always use the correct bases for this rifle and the
appropriate length screws.
1 Place your rifle in a gun vise or on a table or other safe/secure
location with the top of the receiver upward. Protect the finish
with rags or other padding.
2 Remove the bolt as instructed on page 14.
3 You should have compatible one- or two-piece style bases and four
screws of the correct thread size and length.
4 Remove all four filler screws from the top of the receiver using
a very small, thin-bladed gunsmithing-type screwdriver.
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5 Clean all oil, grease or dirt from the receiver top, screw holes and
from the scope base parts.
6 Pre-position the bases on the receiver top to determine the best
orientation of the bases.
7 Insert the screws through the bases and screw them into the
receiver top using the correct tool.
You must use screws of the appropriate length to ensure proper
thread engagement. Once the bases are installed, check inside the
receiver to verify that the base mounting screws are not too long
and interfering with the operation of the bolt.
Many gunsmiths find it helpful to use a drop of serviceable thread
locking compound to assure the screws stay tight. Make sure the
thread locking compound does not get into the action.
Be careful to assure that the threads of each screw engage
properly in the receiver threads to prevent stripping the threads
in the receiver.
8 Tighten the screws snugly, but do not overtighten.
9 Mount your scope rings and scope as outlined in the instructions
supplied with your scope rings and/or scope. Always make sure you
have the proper eye relief.
Cleaning and maintenance suggestions
NOTICE! PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE
CLEANING YOUR FIREARM.
C l e a n i n g P a r t s w i t h Sp e c i a l F i n i s h e s
Be especially careful when cleaning guns with camouflage, Dura-TouchВ®
Armor Coating and other special finishes. Always prevent these
surfaces from coming in contact with cleaning solvents, barrel
scrubbers and other strong chemicals. It is preferable to clean these
surfaces with a light gun oil containing no solvents, or with a damp
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cloth and mild dish soap (be sure to keep water out of the action).
When cleaning your firearm’s bore and action, protect the external
finishes from any contact with chemicals used. Also, avoid any contact
between external finishes and other strong chemicals like those found
in DEET-containing insect repellents, sunscreens, etc. Damage to
camouflage, Dura-Touch and other finishes caused by chemicals is
irreversible and not repairable.
BEFORE PERFORMING CLEANING PROCEDURES, place the “safety” in
the on safe position. Open the action and make certain YOUR
rifle IS completely UNLOADED. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe
direction. Failure to follow these warnings could result in
serious injury or death.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN DISASSEMBLING AND CLEANING YOUR
rifle TO PREVENT THE POSSIBILITY OF SPRINGS, SPRING-TENSIONED
PARTS, SOLVENTS OR OTHER AGENTS FROM CONTACTING YOUR EYES,
resulting in injury.
Keep all ammunition away from the cleaning area. Never test
the mechanical function of your rifle with live ammunition.
Failure to follow these warnings could result in serious
injury or death.
Cleaning procedures
Your A-Bolt III rifle will function better and more reliably over a
longer period of time if it is properly maintained and kept clean. Clean
your firearm after every day of shooting, and more often if it becomes
excessively dirty. A minimum cleaning includes wiping down the
firearm and oiling key parts. Regular maintenance will also include
cleaning the barrel.
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If you encounter a function problem be sure to give your firearm a
thorough cleaning to see if it solves the problem before seeking the
services of a Browning Recommended Service Center or our Service
Facility in Arnold, Missouri, or a qualified gunsmith.
1 Remove the magazine and bolt as explained previously.
2 Inspect the chamber and bore for powder fouling. A normal
amount of powder residue can be expected and is not serious. It
can usually be removed with a patch saturated with nitro solvent.
Use a cleaning rod with a tip and patch large enough for a snug fit
in the bore. Insert the rod and patch into the barrel at the breech
end and run it back and forth several times. Care should be
exercised to ensure that the cleaning rod does not strike the
crown of the muzzle, as damage to this area can affect the accuracy
of your rifle. If, or when, fouling should become heavy, it can
be removed with a bronze bore brush. Dip or spray the brush
with nitro solvent and scrub the chamber and bore until the
fouling is removed. To prevent brass bristles from breaking off,
the brush should be pushed completely through the barrel before
being withdrawn.
Browning offers a complete line of products to make cleaning your
firearm fast and easy. Be sure to follow all instructions when using
any product to clean your firearm.
To maintain the utmost accuracy of your rifle it is recommended
you clean the bore with a copper solvent. Modern bullet jackets are
made mainly of copper. Residues from copper bullet jackets stick to
the barrel and require more frequent cleaning. Magnum calibers
will require more frequent inspection and cleaning. Swab the bore
of your rifle with a good copper solvent using the manufacturer’s
recommended procedure.
3 After all fouling has been removed, the chamber and bore should be
wiped dry. When the bore is dry, pass a slightly oiled patch through
it for preservation. A fine, light gun oil is recommended.
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4 Inspect the barrel and chamber to be certain no patches have
inadvertently been left in them. Remove any that remain.
5 Use a small brush or rag to remove dirt or other foreign matter
from inside the receiver and other parts of the action. Lightly
lubricate all moving parts with a high-quality, light gun oil. Use
oil sparingly, a very light film is sufficient. A fine, light gun oil is
ideally suited for this purpose.
NOTICE! Do not pour large quantities of oil into the receiver
or other parts. It can drain down to the wood and soften it,
causing permanent damage and loosening of the stock.
6 Wipe all exposed metal surfaces with a lightly oiled cloth making
certain that all finger marks are removed. Finger marks provide a
place where moisture can accumulate. The metal of the gun should
receive a light film of oil any time the rifle has been exposed to
weather or handling.
7 Wood surfaces can also be wiped with a quality, lightweight gun
oil or they can be polished with any quality furniture wax (but
not both).
Cleaning the magazine
Frequently inspect magazines to determine the need for cleaning as
lubricant and dirt will gradually collect in the mechanism. Normally,
the magazine should be cleaned after firing 500 to 1,000 cartridges.
NOTICE! Do not disassemble the magazine.
1 Clean the magazine by spraying it with a metal and polymer-safe
gun cleaning solvent. Spray the magazine with this solvent, both
inside and out, to loosen debris.
2 Place your finger over the loading port and shake it vigorously
(with the loading port away from you) to remove solvent and
residue from the magazine.
3 Use compressed air to dry the magazine or allow it to air dry.
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Notice! NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR firearm APART FURTHER
THAN EXPLAINED IN THIS owner’s MANUAL. Your firearm is a
specialized, finely fitted mechanism. You may permanently
damage it by attempting to disassemble the inner mechanism
assemblies. If further disassembly for service or cleaning is
required, take your firearm to a qualified gunsmith, or
contact our Arnold, Missouri Service Facility as explained
under “SERVICE and Repair” on page 27.
Ma i n t e n a n c e o f o i l f i n i s h s t o c k s
Keeping the oil-finished wood surfaces on your firearm looking their
best requires only a small amount of maintenance. When the surfaces
become spotted or dull, the affected area(s) can be treated using
rubbing alcohol on a soft, lint free cloth and allowed to dry. A small
amount of a linseed oil-based finish, such as WatcoВ® Danish Oil Finish,
Deft® Danish Oil Finish, or Formby’s® Tung Oil Finish should then be
applied to the surface of the wood with a soft, lint free cloth according
to the manufacturers’ instructions. To treat the checkering, a small
amount of oil-based finish can be applied and then distributed evenly
using a toothbrush or other soft bristled brush.
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S e r v i c e o r r e pa i r
If your firearm should require service or repairs, we suggest you first
contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service Center. To
locate a service center visit browning.com, contact our customer
service department or your Browning firearms dealer for the address
of the Service Center nearest you. Otherwise, you may send your
firearm directly to our service department in Arnold, Missouri.
Parts listings, Firearm Service Center lists, service procedures, service/
repair form and general product information are also found on the
internet at: browning.com. For technical questions about your firearm
or service, contact:
United States customers contact:
Browning Firearm Status and
Technical Service
3005 Arnold Tenbrook Rd
Arnold, MO 63010-9406
Phone: (800) 322-4626
Canadian customers contact:
Browning Canada Sports Ltd/LtГ©e
5583 Chemin St-François
St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1W6
Phone: (514) 333-7261
When returning your firearm for servicing, you must do the following:
1 Be sure it is completely unloaded.
2 Remove the scope or other optics.
3 Package it securely in a cardboard container.
4 When sending your firearm, enclose the service/repair form
available at browning.com or a letter that clearly describes the
trouble experienced, the ammunition used and the repairs desired.
Also include your name and a daytime phone number where you
can be reached.
5 If convenient, send a copy of the service/repair form or letter
to us separately.
6 Never return ammunition with your firearm. It is against postal
and most commerce regulations.
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Notes
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BROWNING US: Morgan, Utah 84050-9326
BROWNING CANADA: Browning Canada Sports Ltd/LtГ©e, St-Laurent, Quebec, H4S 1W6
BROWNING INTL: Parc Industriel des Hauts-Sarts, B-4040 Herstal, Belgium
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