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Old 03-08-2020, 06:23 AM
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MY OLD T1 T-BOLT RIFLE



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morning guys/gals, here's my story:
yesterday morning i had some money to burn, so i wanted to buy a 22lr rifle.
i ended up buying two 22lr rifles.

the first rifle is a winchester model 290 22lr. shoots 22lr,longs and shorts.
rifle is in great shape. brought used..

the second 22lr rifle was a browning/belgian t-bolt 22lr rifle.
t1 stock, yes salt stock..
the rifle is in great shape, except for a little rust on the barrel near the top of
the stock. the rifle came with one 5 round mag and a 4x redfield scope.
serial# xxx45x70 anyone knows of the built date?
i have heard of storys about browning changing out the salt stocks
for even worst stocks. is this so???
well anyho, i love my t-bolt rifle. more than my winchester 290 rifle..
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Old 03-08-2020, 07:25 AM
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There are nice, aftermarket walnut stocks, available for the Belgium T-Bolt rifle.

I too would like a T-Bolt much more than a Winchester 290.

Congratulations on your new acquisitions.
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Old 03-08-2020, 09:22 AM
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Good score on the T-Bolt Dan, they're an unusual classic.

This might help on the serial number https://www.browning.com/support/dat...-22-rifle.html

And a little info on salt wood stocks. Basically original T-bolt owners had a year to claim warranty from date of purchase and that window closed decades ago. https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...ad.php?t=83877

Keep a coating of Renaissance wax on the metal work to prevent further corrosion and enjoy it.

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Old 03-08-2020, 09:32 AM
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1970 model.
As a former Browning collector, BCA member, and T-bolt owner, I never heard a story of salt stocks being exchanged for worst ones.

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Old 03-08-2020, 10:04 AM
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Congratulations on your two new to you rimfire rifles! The Browning T-bolt is in a much higher class than the Winchester 290. However, I was around when this model of Winchester was introduced so they always cause some nostalgia for me. I agree with keeping Renaissance wax on the Browning steel and just be diligent about watching for signs of any new rust. I get more excited about jewels like these rifles than I do brand new ones!
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Old 03-08-2020, 12:31 PM
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T-BOLT

That is a really nice browning rifle. Mine is a 68 model T2 and it has a salt wood stock also. It shows rust where bottom of action contacts action and on sides of barrel where forearm contacts barrel you really have to look hard to see it. They are super little shooters.
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Old 03-08-2020, 05:45 PM
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I would change the stock for some nice clean walnut and enjoy the rifle.

I would never leave one is a saltwood stock. Changes in humidity could continue the corrosion.
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old t-bolt

thanks everyone for your kind words about my two 22lr rifles.
i took the t-bolt rifle apart yesterday morning, cleaned the rust off of the barrel and oil it good, cleaned off the trigger guild and painted it.
i put tru-oil on the inside of the stock. hope this works.
put t-bolt rifle back together, it looks great..
will have to go to the range soon to see where the scope hits on the target..
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I would change the stock for some nice clean walnut and enjoy the rifle.

I would never leave one is a saltwood stock. Changes in humidity could continue the corrosion.
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Good score on the T-Bolt Dan, they're an unusual classic.

This might help on the serial number https://www.browning.com/support/dat...-22-rifle.html

And a little info on salt wood stocks. Basically original T-bolt owners had a year to claim warranty from date of purchase and that window closed decades ago. https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...ad.php?t=83877

Keep a coating of Renaissance wax on the metal work to prevent further corrosion and enjoy it.

Frank
I have one and they are great little rifles, there is a company called Gunville near Lexington NC that will sell you a very nice Black Walnut inlet stock for your T Bolt, you'll need to finally finish it but no more Salt Wood.

http://www.gunville.com/shopping.html

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I've waxed my metal and left it in the stock as the wood is pretty, but my butt plate will not come off, it's a decision we have to make.






If my memory is working correctly I paid $250-275 for the rifle knowing the saltwood damage was there, its worth that and more to me as a shooter.
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i put tru-oil on the inside of the stock. hope this works.
I have a saltwood T-Bolt. It had visible surface rust on the underside of the barrel under the stock when I bought it.
I cleaned up the rust and put tru-oil on the stock, as you have. Within months the surface rust was back.
So I sanded out the barrel channel and sprayed in a polyurethane finish so thick the barrel would not seat, then sanded the poly until the barrel was free floated.
Rust hasn't returned, it's been over 10 years.
YMMV.
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thanks for all info about the t-bolt..
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Old 03-09-2020, 02:24 PM
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It makes a difference where you live. I'm in western Canada, fairly dry climate year round. I bought one about 10 years ago, knowing it was salt wood, but the wood was pretty, a T2. I figured that if it had survived after almost 50 years it would probably last as long as I need it, and, the price was right. I think, in my case, the dry climate is the saving grace, high humidity would probably make a difference.
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Gerald posted about gunville. That is the place I was thinking about, I just couldn’t remember the name.
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