SOLD FOR: $2540
Make: Miroku in Japan for Browning
Model: 71 Rifle, Limited Edition High Grade
Serial Number: 01772PR6R7
Year of Manufacture: 1987 (PR date code)
Caliber: .348 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action, 3/4 Length Tube-Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN” and “BROWNING MODEL 71 CALIBER .348 WIN”. The right of the barrel is marked “BROWNING MODEL 71 CALIBER .348 WIN”. The top of the barrel at the rear, the top of the chamber ring, the left of the bolt and both locking lugs are each marked “NP”. The bottom-front of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The sides of the receiver contain High Grade floral and decorative border engraving and show gold inlaid game scenes.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded beaded blade dovetailed to a ramped base which is screwed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square-notch semi-buckhorn leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The left side of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for a side-mounted optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with capped forend, pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and checkered blued steel buttplate. There are tiny compressions and faint draglines throughout the buttstock. The forearm shows a faint mark or two. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate is clean with sharp checkering. The stocks rate in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Stainless w/ Gold Inlays
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion but there is some scattered fouling on the lands. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9/10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The bolt, hammer and lever have very light operational wear. Otherwise, there are a few sparse hardly noticeable marks throughout. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a Browning Model 71 lever action rifle with a 24” barrel chambered in .348 Winchester. The original Model 71 was an improvement on the Model 1886, the designation Winchester gave when they simplified the options offered and consolidated the caliber offerings to just .348 Winchester. The .348 was a new cartridge developed to be a one-shot-does-all, replacing all of the chamberings of the 1886 from .33 to .405. The rifle is a faithful reproduction of the Winchester Model 71, chambered in the original cartridge and made in 1987 as part of a limited edition run with only 3,000 made in High Grade. This rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition with about 98% of its metal finish remaining, and there are only a few light marks in the wood. The .348 Winchester was most popular with hunters in Canada and Alaska, as it could be used to take down elk and moose as well as dealing with any brown bears which wanted to contest the hunter’s claim to their kill. This rifle would still make a great hunting gun today but in its high condition, it would make best as an addition to a Browning or lever-action collection. Please see our photos and good luck!