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Old October 18, 2015, 12:07 PM   #1
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Browning Medallion Help Please!!

Hi all, First time posting here. I'm looking for help in getting some history for an old Browning Belgian Medallion rifle. The rifle belonged to my father. I was always under the impression he bought it when he was about 25-30. The LGS can't come up with anything on the serial number and it doesn't seem to match anything I can find on line. My dad covered the exposed metal parts with Hoppes gun grease in the early 80s to store it. I cleaned it all off and applied gun oil for now. My major concern is salt wood. There was some rust around the rear sling lug. I removed the lug, cleaned it up, and reinstalled it. I removed the action and barrel from the stock and it was VERY clean. Only three small spots of rust/pitting near the bolt opening. I cleaned and oiled those for now. The serial number is stamped in to the barrel bed of the stock. Here are a few pictures of the barrel markings:

So, does anyone have any info about this?


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Old October 18, 2015, 12:48 PM   #2
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1969 according to Blue Book list of Browning SNs.
As always, YMMV.
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Old October 19, 2015, 02:57 AM   #3
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If this is really important to you, spend the $40 and request a letter from Browning.
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Old October 19, 2015, 06:02 PM   #4
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Salt wood was used in the '60s, and 70s, at least.If corrosion hasn't appeared yet you may not have it ,it wasn't in every rifle .Clean and lub the metal . Clean and coat the wood with a good varnish.You could do some significant scraping and bed the stock with epoxy.
And Watson , bring your revolver !
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Old October 20, 2015, 01:39 PM   #5
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Thanks!! I ended up calling Browning today. It's a 1970 Medallion Safari. Grade 3 or 4. There is a chance of it being saltwood, so I'll be picking up some silver nitrate to test the stock later on. The people at Browning and Midwest Gun Works were very helpful in identifying the rifle. Thank you to you guys for your help too!! I'm going to order the historical letter from Browning also.
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