Browning Safari L461 Varmint Contour?

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  1. bumtownbutch2

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    Anyone know or have reference to the diameters and radii for the varmint barrels used on the old Browning Safari Sako; I think I'd like to do one for a project/rebuild on a L461. I have a beautiful piece of English Walnut to us, but cannot exceed 0.700" muzzle diameter without the forearm getting too thin. Thanks for the help.

     

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    I need to measure an L579 Safari HB for another SCC member, so I'll be glad to measure my L461 Safari HB at the same time.

    I hope to get to it before the day is over, but please understand that I'm retired, so my time is very limited due to the constant and unanticipated demands of that occupation.
     
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    Okay, here's what the L461 Safari HB in .222 Magnum measures:

    Diameter of barrel at receiver ring: 1.095"
    Diameter at fore end tip: .789"
    Diameter at muzzle: .665"

    The Safari has a longer fore arm than some stocks. It measures 10 7/8" from the front of the receiver ring, so that second diameter is that far down the barrel. The barrel appears to have a more/less straight taper from just in front of the second step down to the muzzle.
     
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    Stonecreek, could you please advise lengths in front of the receiver ring for the two stepdowns?
     
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    Hi I found this on the Lilja website hope it helps. DPH
    riflebarrels.com/wp-content/uploads/brown2st.pdf
     
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    I think that contour fits the L579 as the breech end measures 1.175". My L461 has a breech diameter of 1.036".
     
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    These are carpentry measurements taken with a tape measure and not machinist's measurements, but pretty close, I think: Front of ring to beginning of first step: 1 7/16 inches; to beginning of second step, 4 7/8 inches.

    I think the stepped barrels have a somewhat elegant look. Pencil barrel Brownings don't always yield the best of accuracy, but the HB's I've used have been as accurate as the contemporaneous Sakos.
     
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    Thanks, Stonecreek.
     

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