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need help, dropped brand new rifle :-(

hey guys, I went to sight in my brand new browning x-bolt .30-06 with a swarovski z6i 2-12x50...

I shot a target at about 100 yards and I decided to carry the rifle with me to go get the target and take it down... I have a browning leather sling with leather ties that was on the rifle (I know, I'm an idiot, I should have foreseen the leather ties wouldn't support the weight of the rifle and scope), so I walked to the target and on the way back, the leather snapped...

the rifle hit the ground, which was a mixture of sand and grass... the rifle bounced up about a foot (it hit directly on the side of the end of the barrel) and when it bounced up, I caught it...so only that part of the end of the rifle hit...

now the rifle barrel is fluted, as I know, that is a new concept with the x-bolt, but it appears that the right side of the barrel is further away than the left... and i can't remember if it was like this before or after...

i shot a few more rounds and i could get on paper, but I dunno if i was so upset/mad that i was missing the bullseye myself, or if it was because I dropped the rifle... if you all need pics, I'll post them, I'm very very upset... I saved 8 months for the scope and the rifle was an x-mas present frown

thanks,

Jack

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need help, dropped brand new rifle :-(

I've dropped firearms too. Though its distressing, chances are pretty good that you did not hurt the rifle, especially falling on sand and grass. If it had fallen on solid rock, I would most certainly inspect it closely.

The one thing I would look at is the scope and make sure its still aligned and straight. Bore sight it and check that out.

Now get yourself a new sling! Yes

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I agree with cowgal. I wouldn't be too concerned with the rifle itself. The jarring may have knocked your scopes zero out a bit. Sight it back in and see how it is shooting and +1 on the new sling idea. Thumbs up

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need help, dropped brand new rifle :-(

Dust it off and get back in the saddle. Its fine. I've seen em get the snot beat out of at sniper schools and be fine. Re-zero, check zero and go hunting. It's not unusual of the barrel not to sit evenly near the forend of the stock (so long as its not touching the sides.)

Shoot em up.

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need help, dropped brand new rifle :-(

thanks guys and gal,

I got a dollar bill and put it under the barrel between the barrel and the wood, and it's fine I think...

just sucks to drop about $4k and it was because of a silly weak sling...

jack

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Being a Certified Rifle.....uhh I mean Firearm Disposal Expert, I would have to say that the Rifle and Scope are trashed.
I usually charge for Firearm disposal however since you are a member of BGH and I can feel your anguish, just send it to me and I'll properly dispose of it for you at no charge. Thumbs up

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jtapia wants a free rifle at a new hunters expense

JTapia wrote:
Being a Certified Rifle.....uhh I mean Firearm Disposal Expert, I would have to say that the Rifle and Scope are trashed. I usually charge for Firearm disposal however since you are a member of BGH and I can feel your anguish, just send it to me and I'll properly dispose of it for you at no charge. Thumbs up

you just want a gun for free! guns are designed to take a beating! maybe he needs a new scope (doubt it) but the riffle is fine! otherwise why would anyone pay over a thousand for theyre rifle if it won't take a beating? 

im sure you're rifle will be fine! Big smile Thumbs up

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Hush hush

Hush hush you'll blow my scheme !! 

 

Welcome to BGH sh9683. Good to have you here.

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need help, dropped brand new rifle :-(
JTapia wrote:
Being a Certified Rifle.....uhh I mean Firearm Disposal Expert, I would have to say that the Rifle and Scope are trashed.
I usually charge for Firearm disposal however since you are a member of BGH and I can feel your anguish, just send it to me and I'll properly dispose of it for you at no charge. Thumbs up

Always there to help in a time of need. Thumbs up

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Simply dropping a rifle from shoulder height onto sand and grass ground idn't going to bend or distort the barrel any. Wouldn't worry about it. I've dropped firearms too from as high as my shoulders or upper body are, and all I was ever glad for is that they didn't go off. It is upsetting when this happens to a new gun, but it will see rough use inthe field. All hard hunting guns do.

Firearms are pretty durable. You don't want to drop them alot, but they will withstand that type of stuff from time to time. Keep in mind how much recoil and shock those things are exposed to when you fire them. A .30-06 generates more recoil whe fired than the impact your rifle recieved when hitting dirt.

Guns, like any other piece of hunting gear will get banged up, rubbed, scratches, small dings, from time to time, though we always try to avoid this, it is inevitable. There is something to be said for an old well used rifle or shotgun that's been used and carried into the field for years. Those guns do show real charecter to them.

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need help, dropped brand new rifle :-(

Just my two cents worth, I have seen them fall from horses, tree stands and the like and never had one shoot bad or get damaged. On another note if I had a 4k rig and I did just drop it and it was damaged I would be pissed my self but not at the drop, at the gear. It should take that all day long if not what good it is. In the field they are going to get beat around and beat up need to be able to take a beathing.

Good luck and just shoot it.

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