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Old 02-18-2008, 07:14 AM
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I Own Two Browning B78's And Have Been Very Impressed With There Accuracy. One Is Chambered In 7mm Rem Mag And The Other In 6mm Rem. Both Maintain On A Regular Basis 1 Moa 3 Shots. I Have Worked Up Some Pet Loads For Both But It Appears They Both Like What I Throw At Them.

Anyone Else Have Experience With These Wonderful Firearms??
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:53 PM
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Sparky357, my 1978 High Wall is a .243 with the 26 inch heavy round barrel - absolutely love it. I’ve tinkered with a range of different powder volumes and seating depths for the following projectiles : Hornady 65, 75 & 87 V-Max, Hornady 95 Gr SST and Sierra Gameking 100 Gr SBT.

All loads were tested at the local 50m indoor rifle range using my improvised 24 kg ‘T’ shaped wooden rifle bench rest (with both a padded scissor jack assembly and rifle butt support) – except for the SST’s irregular pattern, I can group 3 shots into about 5/8 of an inch with the others. I’m not a keen long distance shooter (possibly 200m max on rabbits, hares, feral cats, foxes, pigs and goats) so the rifle’s plenty accurate for the intended game and distance.

Note, I’m relatively new to shooting a centrefire and would honestly pass myself off as being an ‘average’ shot – so in more experienced hands I’m sure my rifle would no doubt be noticeably more accurate. My only complaint with the rifle was its initial creepy heavy trigger – now professionally adjusted to a beautifully crisp 2 pound pull.

I share your passion – go the B78 !
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:12 AM
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Got to love em!!!!
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:51 PM
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I don't have a B-78, but I do have 3 of the follow-on 1885's. One of them, my Winchester 1885 Hunter in .270 WSM, is the most accurate rifle I think I've ever shot. With 90 gr Sierra varminter bullets and 68 gr. of IMR 4350, it will group right around 1/2 inch at 100 yards pretty consistently.
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:39 AM
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Got any pictures of your 1885's???
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:04 AM
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Here are some pictures of my 1885's. The first one is a Browning 1885 in .454, with some very stunning walnut. This rifle now wears a Williams receiver sight and a Lyman 20 globe front sight. This photo was taken by the seller I bought it from. Oil on the barrel makes it look mottled in the photo, but the bluing is actually in excellent shape.

The second photo is my Winchester 1885 BPCR rifle in .45-90. This photo shows the stock Marbles rear sight and a Lyman 17 front globe sight I first installed. It is now equipped with a Browning Vernier tang sight and a Lyman 20 front globe sight. I will probably be removing the tang sight shortly and installing a Williams receiver sight for general shooting and hunting, reserving the Vernier tang sight for long distance target shooting. I have also added a leather slip-on recoil pad to help absorb the rather significant recoil of heavier loads. :-)

The third photo is off Gunbroker.com of a Winchester 1885 High Wall Hunter. Mine is just like this one, but in .270 WSM and equipped with a Leupold VX-2 compact 2-7x33 scope.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:10 AM
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REDPEP, Very nice rifles.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:42 PM
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Here are some better photos of the actual rifles as they are currently equipped.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:58 PM
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Look just as sweet as the first set of pictures.

I will be hunting this coming deer season with the B78 in 6mm rem. I just can't wait for the season to get here.

Thanks Redpep for those additional pictures.
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Old 03-29-2008, 04:59 AM
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Thanks for the comments and pictures. PLEASE CLOSE
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I Own Two Browning B78's And Have Been Very Impressed With There Accuracy. One Is Chambered In 7mm Rem Mag And The Other In 6mm Rem. Both Maintain On A Regular Basis 1 Moa 3 Shots. I Have Worked Up Some Pet Loads For Both But It Appears They Both Like What I Throw At Them.

Anyone Else Have Experience With These Wonderful Firearms??
I have recently been given a B78 in 6mm Rem with a Burris 6x40 fullfield II. The rifle is beautiful as most of them are. Came with the rifle were dies, brass, powder, primers and a lot of loaded ammo and all the targets to show me what it likes and doesn't. Anxious to go to the range to say the least. I centered the reticle in the scope body and then bore sighted the scope at a distant object knowing full well that that would put the bullets on paper at 50 yards. Not so. To save you the frustration I lived, I will cut to the chase. At 50 yards she will group 3/4" for five shot group, but if you open the breech and put the bull in the center of the barrel the scope is literally looking 10" off to the left and 10" high, but the impact is dead on target. Now shoot at 100 yards and the bullet impact is no longer dead center, it's off. The setting is only good for one range. The scope is in good condition, not bent at all. I have two witnesses to this bazarre event. They both saw that the bore of the rifle was dead on target at 50 yards and the scope was looking off the target completely but the bullets were landing where I put the cross hairs. Go figure. Have you or anyone you know had this happen to them. Any help would be most appreciated.
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something about the old winchester low or highwalls and the b78's & 1885's that just speaks elegance.
I have a 223 highwall 1885, had a 22-250 that is now a 32-40 schuetzen rifle. Next month if I can find one at the gun show, one will become a .338 win.
That 223 will shoot, 10 shots under an inch @ 100 all day long. It's accounted for a few gophers and yotes,too.
The 22-250 would shoot 3/4" 10 shot groups with a 55gr lyman (gaschecked wheelweights) @ 100, but I wanted to build a 32-40 breechseater. It is just too much fun to shoot.
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I have recently been given a B78 in 6mm Rem with a Burris 6x40 fullfield II. The rifle is beautiful as most of them are. Came with the rifle were dies, brass, powder, primers and a lot of loaded ammo and all the targets to show me what it likes and doesn't. Anxious to go to the range to say the least. I centered the reticle in the scope body and then bore sighted the scope at a distant object knowing full well that that would put the bullets on paper at 50 yards. Not so. To save you the frustration I lived, I will cut to the chase. At 50 yards she will group 3/4" for five shot group, but if you open the breech and put the bull in the center of the barrel the scope is literally looking 10" off to the left and 10" high, but the impact is dead on target. Now shoot at 100 yards and the bullet impact is no longer dead center, it's off. The setting is only good for one range. The scope is in good condition, not bent at all. I have two witnesses to this bazarre event. They both saw that the bore of the rifle was dead on target at 50 yards and the scope was looking off the target completely but the bullets were landing where I put the cross hairs. Go figure. Have you or anyone you know had this happen to them. Any help would be most appreciated.
I shot B-78 Brownings in .25-06 for antelope in Colorado and Wyoming. I also have a Winchester Higwall in .223 which is accurate and recently came up with a B78 in 6mm Remington. The local shop where I bought the 6mm with a Redfield 6-18X scope (older model) which appears to be in very good shape. They cannot speak as yet to the newer models. I have also had them in .22-250 and one .300 WMR that was rechambered from a .30-'06 since that caliber had rifling to stabilize heavier bullets.

Since you bore sighted youir 6mm Rem B78 rifle on the target and that seems correct to me, I would be suspect of the scope itself. They did tell me of their experience with problems with the newer Burris production scopes that they have had to send back for service. Since I cannot personally verify that statement I would suggest that you try out a different scope and see if the problem persists.

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Sounds like the scope is mounted on the side of your rifle, instead of being centered on the top of the reciever.
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I have just aquired a B78 in 30-06 with a custom linseed oil stock. I have had real trouble getting the gun to group at all at 200 yards with a boat tail design. Am loading some flat base loads(partitions). Any suggestions? Rifle has just under a two pound trigger so that isn't the issue.
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Welcome. Some rifles just don't seem to like boattails. Have you gotten to the range with the Partitions yet?
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B-78 Accuracy

A good place to start begin with accuracy on the B-78 is to get a component smith to check the the crown of the barrel. Also check the fit of the forearm. A LOT of them are poorly fitted and can have a real drastic effect on accuracy. Though they are attached wit 2 screws you can usually pull the tip down a little bit and it should come down without sticking or dragging.
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I have just aquired a B78 in 30-06 with a custom linseed oil stock. I have had real trouble getting the gun to group at all at 200 yards with a boat tail design. Am loading some flat base loads(partitions). Any suggestions? Rifle has just under a two pound trigger so that isn't the issue.
i have a b78 30-06 not a new version. preparing for an elk hunt several years ago i went from 150 gr to 165 gr factory loads. accuracy went from one hole at 100 yards to 3 to 5 inch 5 shot groups and barrel got really hot. spent a lot on different brands of ammo. i finally figured out the brownings come with 1 in 12 instead of 1 in 10 twist . hope this helps you
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