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Old 01-20-2017, 11:55 AM
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EGW Rail Doesn't Fit

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Hello wise forum members, a newbie here. Well, new to this forum anyway.

I could use your help. I recently bought an EGW 20 MOA rail for a long action Browning A-Bolt. The rail mounted easily and appears to fit well, EXCEPT the rail is offset about 0.05" too far back to match up with the ejection port and the front and back of the receiver. It is functional but just looks bad. I called EGW and they said there drawing shows the rear screw hole centered at 0.500" from the back of the receiver. I measured the rail and it is correct. However, the screw hole on the gun measures 0.45". So, I called Browning and asked if the locations had changed over time since this rifle is from the late 1990's. They said the hole locations had not changed and they could not remember seeing any mistdriiled holes on their rifles. However, they would not tell me what the correct measurement is but I could send the rifle in to them to be checked. Both EGW and Browning said that if their was a problem, they would have heard about it. So, my question is who is correct?

Oh, one more piece of information to complicate the issue. At the same time, I also bought the short action A-Bolt version rail and mounted it on a second A-Bolt I own. This rifle is also from the late 1990's. When I mounted it, lo and behold, it has the same exact problem as the long action. So, what is going on? Have any of you had a similar experience?

Thank you in advance for any help you might provide.
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Old 01-20-2017, 07:56 PM
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Both are correct for their drawings. Somebody just forgot to compare them it sounds like. I would measure the action and tell EGW that's the hole spacing you need for an A-Bolt. Let them supply it.
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Old 01-20-2017, 08:03 PM
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If it works - then it works. Anything overhanging the ejection port, file it off if you don't like how it looks.

Doesn't seem worth sending the rifle back to Browning or sending the part back to the manufacturer, but that is my opinion. Up to you.
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:31 AM
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EGW has been an easy company to work with. Contact them and and supply them with pictures showing the discrepancy.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:43 AM
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Just took a quick glance at the rail you mentioned, the description says a bolt only, not ab3. You may want to verify you have the right rail for the right gun.

A-Bolt, A-Bolt II or AB3. What's the Difference?
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Old 02-01-2017, 04:34 PM
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Both are A-Bolt II

Thanks for the response. I looked up the serial numbers att he Browning website. One was manufactured in 1995 and I he other in 1998. Both are A-Bolt II Rifles. I wanted to make I had verified the rifle model before I talked to EGW.
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You know when you call tech support and they ask you if your whatever is plugged in,,, sorry, don't take offense, but this next question is like that.
Is the rail on backwards? If I'm not mistaken, the part overhanging the mount should be toward the barrel.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:09 PM
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Question Checked that too.

No offense taken. They are mounted with the overhang to the front of the receiver, sloping down from back to front. I actually did try reversing them but they are still off the same amount. I need to figure out how to upload pictures to this forum...
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