Loading the rifle

CAUTION: Keep your fingers clear of the ejection port at all times when the lx>lt is locked open. The bolt will close with considerable force, if you should depress the bolt release lever or pull the operating handle backward.

The Browning semi-automatic high power rifle utilizes a unique detachable box magazine. The capacity of the magazine is four rounds (three rounds for Magnum calibers). Another cartridge

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may be carried in die chamber, providing a total rifle capacity of five rounds (four rounds for Magnum calibers.)

To ready the rifle for loading, first insure that the safety is in the ON SAFE position.

Next, hold the rifle in a natural position with the barrel safely pointing at the ground. Holding the rifle at the forearm, pull rearward on the magazine latch with the index finger of the opposite situation, quietness in chambering a cartridge is sometimes of prime importance. To accomplish this, cycle the action slowly and quietly by pulling the operating to its full rear position and releasing it while keeping the operating handle controlled. You may want to first practice this with an empty chamber.

It is both convenient and fast to load the magazine while it is attached to the floorplate in the open position. However, some may prefer to load hand, allowing the hinged floorplate-magazine unit to swing downward. The magazine is now ready to be loaded. (See Figure 3)

If it is desired to load a round into the chamber prior to loading the magazine, the following steps should be taken. First, be sure the cross bolt safety is in the ON SAFE position. Hold the gun on its side with the barrel pointing safely downward with either hand at the rear of the forearm, as described earlier. With the rifle held in this position the ejection port in the receiver should be facing up. Next, with the magazine floorplate open and the bolt locked open, insert one round into the ejection port, allowing it to drop completely into the chamber. Then, close the bolt by depressing the bolt release lever. The bolt should be allowed to slam closed from its open position. If the bolt is not allowed to close in this manner, there is the possibility that it will not close completely, in which event the rifle will not fire.

Many sportsmen prefer to hunt with an empty chamber until in the presence of game. In this the magazine after detaching it from the floorplate. Both methods will be described.

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