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Old February 19, 2013, 02:48 AM   #2
Scorch
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I am not aware that BBRs were going to become collectible, but who knows? The BBR was the first out-of-the-chute attempt to replace the FN Mauser 98-based Browning Safari and Browning High Power rifle series. Browning long arms production was moved to Japan due to lower manufacturing costs and the recent "salt wood" debacle nearly bankrupting Browning. The BBR was not a bad rifle, but was sneered at by Browning purists who felt that the Japanese could not match the quality of the FN-made long arms. This was before Japan kicked our collective behinds in the 1980s technology boom, and Japanese products were still considered to be inferior. Anyway, nice rifle, hope you got into it right. Parts are scarce, and BBRs were never really known as tack drivers.
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