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BROWNING AMMUNITION Center-Fire Rifle BY BRIAN C. SHEETZ, Senior Executive Editor T here's a curious story about Browning's signature symbol, the Buckmark, that isn't widely known. When then art director Don Bailey designed it in 1977, he didn't realize, until others pointed it out, that his thick outline of an antlered whitetail buck contained, in its negative space, the image of a doe. The resulting image, depicting both sexes of America's most popular big-game species, quickly became a cult-classic icon for deer hunters of any stripe, but particularly for those who revered the Browning brand. And it has been inextricably linked with the company ever since. So imagine the extra significance the Buckmark now takes on as the headstamp for a new line of centerfire rifle offerings available in two different bullet types designed for hunting all North American biggame animals. That first, and arguably most important, bullet is the company's non-bonded BXR with its Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip, designed especially for thin-skinned varieties such as whitetail, blacktail, mule deer and antelope. It is currently loaded in: .243 Win. (97 gr.) and .270 Win. (134 gr.) along with .30-30 Win., .308 Win., .30-'06 Sprg., .300 Win. 70 Mag. and .300 WSM (155 gr.). For thicker-skinned animals, Browning is offering the BXC with its Controlled Expansion Deep Penetrating Terminal Tip. It is loaded in: .270 Win. (145 gr.), 7 mm Rem. Mag. (155 gr.) and .308 Win. (168 gr.) along with .30-'06 Sprg., .300 Win. Mag. and .300 WSM (185 gr.). Both are visually distinctive offerings in their starkly contrasting black and gold packaging, which, of course, prominently features a Buckmark. Inside, the silver-colored bullets-nickel-plated on the BXR and tipped with solid aluminum on the BXC-and nickel-plated cases with contrasting brass primers are as eyeappealing as they are weather-resistant. When checked on a concentricity gauge, samples from several boxes of BXRs confirmed that their beauty was more than skin deep, with bullet runouts measuring a mere 0.001" on average. In testing, velocities ran, on average, about 200 f.p.s. less from the 22" barrel of a Browning AB3, than those advertised, which are derived from the 24" factory test barrel used to develop the loads. Last November, I had an opportunity to try out Browning ammunition in the field on a whitetail deer hunt with Western Ranch Outfitters in OCTOBER 2016 AMERICAN RIFLEMAN Nisland, S.D., using the BXR load. It features a somewhat light-for-caliber bullet consisting of a lead core with a thin, nickel-plated brass jacket topped with an aerodynamic tip made of a proprietary matrix of 85 percent copper and 15 percent polymer. Designed to fragment upon impact, the tip leaves a large hollow point at the front of the main projectile, allowing it to expand and transfer its energy to the target. That is precisely what happened when I took a buck late on the first day with some of the earliest Browning-branded rounds to come off the production line. Shooting from a ground blind, I grunted to stop the animal in its tracks as it was passing in front of me about 130 yds. distant. When I pressed the trigger on the .270 Win.-chambered Browning AB3 Composite Stalker, the 134-gr. BXR bullet was sent to a point just behind the animal's right shoulder, causing the buck to lunge into the air, run straight ahead 20 yds., lunge again and run back to where it had been shot before falling dead. A nearly imperceptible entry hole in a fold of the hide and an approximately 1½" exit hole behind the left shoulder were all the evidence of the kill I could find in the field. Back at the skinning shed, further examination revealed tremendous damage to the nearly 200-lb. animal's vital organs, with the top of the heart and a major portion of both lungs essentially pulverized. The next evening, in a different ground blind and with the end of legal shooting time rapidly approaching, I settled my sights on a 150-lb. doe at about 70 yds. This time, I sent the bullet through the shoulder, which again caused the animal to rear before it bolted off out of sight toward a nearby creek bottom. Carefully noting its escape route, I was soon tracing its path to the edge of the creek's bank where, peering over the edge, I found that it had come to rest just inches from the water's edge. Total distance traveled from the site of the shot was approximately 20 yds., and the immediately visible results were remarkably

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