What is My Browning Bolt-Action Rifle Worth?
Designed by Browning Arms Company in the United States and manufactured by Miroku in Japan, Browning bolt-action rifles are among the most popular bolt-action hunting rifles ever produced. Renowned for their accuracy and reliability, the Browning X-Bolt in particular could also serve as a low end bench gun for competition shooting. While not popular in media or used by military or law enforcement units, Browning bolt-action rifles have nevertheless established themselves as a quality collector rifle.
Browning A-Bolts and X-Bolts have a diverse set of variants and calibers that will suit any hunters need. From a used market perspective, there are a number of nuances that can affect the value of a Browning bolt-action rifle. One nuance is the caliber that the rifle fires. Generally speaking, larger calibers such as .375 H&H or .338 Winchester Magnum will net a greater value than standard calibers such as .223 Remington or .308 Winchester. Different variants will also have different values. For example, the Hells Canyon or Medallion variant X-Bolt will sell for significantly more that the standard Composite Stalker.
A major factor on determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or polymer lower, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.
Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is the firearm’s originality. Please note that as a collectors piece, the value of Browning bolt-action rifles are greater if they retain the original finish. Another nuance is whether all the parts of the firearm have the same serial numbers.
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