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Posted: July 28 2011 at 9:02am | IP Logged Quote wilhelm

Hello all

A friend has been going through his deceased fathers stuff, and has found his Browning semi-auto .22lr. This particular weapon was made by FN in Belgium, and I've dated it to 1957, going by its serial number.

The rifle was left in his shed, and so is in poor condition in some places. I've got the barrel off, and after much oil, have removed the trigger guard and associated working parts. From what I can see, this is a beautifully designed little rifle.

I hope you will indulge me a couple of questions. I see the take down barrel mates with the receiver via threads. If I put the barrel hard up against the receiver, it does not quarter turn fully to lock it. The next thread up leaves the barrel too loose and floppy. Is that knurled barrel adjusting ring on the barrel forward of these threads the solution here?

And the most pressing bit. The magazine tube should come out of the stock at the rear. It doesn't. I suspect it is siezed by a little rusting. I've saturated all orifices pertaining(!) to this, and want to know when I attempt properly to unsieze it, which way to turn the magazine that quarter turn before withdrawing it. Left or right? When locked, is that magazine finger grip horizontal or vertical. The manual doesn't really explain this.

 

Any feedback whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted: July 28 2011 at 3:38pm | IP Logged Quote wilhelm

OK, still seized, so I don't want to force it with a pliers. I'll apply more oil and try in 24 hours perhaps. I'll post some pics up if anyone is interested. 

Anybody know anything about the mag question above?

 

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Posted: July 28 2011 at 6:58pm | IP Logged Quote tr6guns

When unlocking turn Left, and that is why it is called a barrel adjusting nut, to adjust head space. You will have to rely on others for where the position of the mag finger grip is when loaded or locked..

If this is the model you are talking about, Here is a Manual that explains everything in case you have a different one..

22semiautomanual.pdf

 

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Posted: July 29 2011 at 2:51am | IP Logged Quote wilhelm

Thanks tr6guns.

That is indeed the model. I'll attempt to fiddle with the barrel adjusting nut shortly.

I'll also try and get that magazine unseized at the same time. I hope the oil will make things easier. I'm going to assume that it's a quarter turn to the left, if the barrel is pointing away from me.

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Posted: July 29 2011 at 7:59am | IP Logged Quote tr6guns

After looking at the manual that i sent you, go to page 8 as it says that you could turn the lock 1/4 turn in either direction to lock or unlock. And from the Photo it looks like the lock is straight up and down so unlocking should be 1/4 turn in either direction..
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Posted: July 29 2011 at 8:15am | IP Logged Quote Sagittarii

Browning .22 semi possibly what you have been looking for

Browning_22_Semiauto_Manual.pdf
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Posted: July 29 2011 at 10:59am | IP Logged Quote wilhelm

Thanks for the assistance guys.

I have successfully freed the magazine tube. I have also got the trigger to work properly, as it was stuck fast. All in all, I have managed to get everything working on what was a seized gun. I've also managed to unseize the barrel adjustment ring. Baby steps for sure, but I suppose we all have to start somewhere.

The next step is to comprehensively strip the rifle down to the smallest components, then clean each one comprehensively.

The final step will be rust removal, of which sadly there is a lot of. Nothing that can't be solved however. Certainly, the rifle will need to be reblued once all is said and done.

I also need to fiddle with the barrel adjustment ring, as the barrel currently is either too loose, or doesn't quite close due to tightness. That I'll do last, as that will be very important due to headspace issues?

I'll try post some pics as the rifle currently is.

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Hey I have the same rifle from my grandpa, pre-55, but I cannot for the life of me get the barrel off.  It seems like the slider just won't slide - up or down.  There is a little bit of wiggle in it, but that's it.  There is no visible rust on it at all, it just won't go, even with a nail punch (which was a last resort!). 

I definitely don't want to do any damage to it.   Does anyone know if there is a spring/post under the barrel lock, and how to get it moving again?

Many thanks!
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Posted: April 18 2012 at 9:33am | IP Logged Quote ryche

Yes there are two springs and detents under the little sliding lock switch.
Be careful if you remove the switch as they will launch!!!!
You can use a AR-15 detent to remake one of them.
been there done this.
Good luck with it
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A really effective & gentle rust remover that wont eat the base metal I have used is.

One part MOLASSES dissolved in hot water to TWO or THREE parts WATER. Leave in it for a few days to a week stirring daily.
Depending on amount of corrosion, sounds idiotic one of the best rust removers I have come across.
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