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Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Buying a Browning A Bolt BOSS OR NO BOSS?????

I am looking at buying a stainless stalker in 30-06.....the question is should I get one with BOSS or without? I have read alot of reviews online about them being loud, but really making shot groups small. Can some of you guys that have them with BOSS help me out here? I don't want to explode my ear drums! I have also heard all the rumors about how they will make your ears ring for weeks if you shoot them out of a box stand, shoot it more than once, shoot it in thick woods, etc, etc, etc......... the online reviews say stay away. What do you local La hunteres think?
November 25, 2012 at 7:22pm
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Posted November 25, 2012 at 8:01pm
Get It!!!

Get the BOSS, you won't be disappointed. I own two A-Bolts with them (30-06 and 300 Win Mag) and love them. Yes they are loud with the ported body. I had bought the solid BOSS bodies but I believe all of the guns with the BOSS come with the Solid Sleeve and the Ported Sleeve. The ported BOSS is very loud, but for shooting during the summer and sighting in it takes away alot of recoil, plus youll be wearing earmuffs or plugs anyway. The solid sleeve gives you the same groupings but without the loud report and with standard recoil. I switch mine out before the season opens and have no changes in zero.

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Posted November 25, 2012 at 8:05pm

What if you don't switch them? Is it really 'That Bad'? To be honest I think the ported version looks COOL! lol

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Posted November 25, 2012 at 8:55pm

I have the browning A-Bolt Eclipse in 300wsm with the boss and i love it but to answer your question yes it is really that bad i keep a set of ear muffs with me in my hunting bag at all times and when im sitting in stand i put them somewhere that i can get to them quick if time allows me too if not i just shoot without em but you will know about it if you shoot it out of a box stand your ear will ring for 2-3 days.

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Posted November 25, 2012 at 9:52pm

Adding a boss to a rifle will cut felt recoil in half which will help you shoot better because you will have less to think about other than your shot placement. It also throws the sound directly back towards you as if the end of the barrel were right on side of your head so hearing protection is a must. I personally use a lead sled bench rest for tuning in my rifle (300 win mag) which takes away recoil. And i use a sand bag for practicing but i only shoot about 3 shots on days that i practice. When I shoot at a deer recoil is not an issue because I never. Best advice is try without a boss and see you like it.

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Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:11am

I have a browning abolt/w boss in a 300wsm calibar and love it. I've had a lot of guns over the years and still do but when I hunt I use my browning. the boss system has some advantages that I like. I can shoot 1/2 inch groups at 150 yards (so does my rem 700) I like the lessened recoil. I like the feel of the gun because it is a very solid rifle. Drawback with the boss is It is very noisy because the gases go out the side of the barrel and not ahead of the round. I can live with this. The thing that I don't like about it is it makes the rifle about 5 to 6 inches longer. I'm not used to the longer gun and bang it on the shoot house doors get it caught on everything in the woods.

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Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:18am

My dad has a Winchester 270. It came with the ported BOSS. It was so incredibly loud he had it taken off. It did not affect the way the gun shot at all.
It only affected the report and the reason for me to ever have one.

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Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:16am

@WINGBONE, yes it does look cool with the ported BOSS!!! I have been carring it for about 12 years and love it. I swap out the Ported bady for hunting season because it is loud, but I dont find the recoil that bad, usually my adrenaline is pumping so much that I dont even notice the recoil. On my 300 Win Mag I did install a Sims Recoil Pad and that also made a tremondous difference. Basically the advantages of it outweigh the downfalls in my opinion. I am a Browning fanatic and love their rifles, so if I ever get more of them they will have the BOSS for sure!

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Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:18am
Like it!!

I have one on my Browning stainless stalker .308 and all the self proclaimed experts at my camp (you know the type) say they wouldn't have one. I've killed quite a few animals with it and never paid much attention to the shot going off being too loud. But I do wear ear protection at the range because it's just a good rule of thumb. I've only shot it twice this year, neck shot a 112 lb doe at 75 yards and quartered a 130 lb boar at 135 yards, never looked for either of them. I'm not a marksman and I know the gun is capable of much better shots than I am, but I like it. My .02

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Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:14pm

Didnt really read thru the comments, but i did read your post.

i can vouch for that gun being loud. I shot it across my body out of a box stand, and my ears literally rang for days.

Advice: what i usually do is bring my iphone and ear buds in the stand. I snug them (headphones) up to my ears to where they will stay in, but not to where it limits my hearing. Right before i shoot, i hit play and crank the volume all the way up. Never gave me a problem since.

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Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:41pm

A-bolt 300 WSM with the BOSS= an ear ringing TACK DRIVER! No recoil. Sight in w the ported BOSS. Change out to the solid BOSS or keep ear muffs handy.

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Posted November 27, 2012 at 11:17am

i have the ported boss on a 270 BAR. the gun pretty much has no kick or muzzle jump what so ever. it is a tack driver too. the boss can usually be dialed in to group whatever round you want to shoot vs having to shoot whatever round your gun likes.

the only downfall is the noise. i don't think i would get the ported one again. now i hunt with ear plugs when i use that gun.

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Posted November 27, 2012 at 2:57pm

I also have 30-06 and a 300 win mag with the ported boss. You will only make the mistake of shooting it without earplugs 1 time.It will ring your ears for sure

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Posted November 27, 2012 at 5:43pm
Stay Away

Don't get the boss!Unless you want to hunt with earplugs!

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Posted November 27, 2012 at 5:53pm
My Personal Opinion

I had the A-bolt and while it was a great gun I love my X-bolt even more.I have it chambered in .270win and it just flat out shoots great right out the box and eats up deer.I love the trigger on it, feels like hardly any creep and it breaks so nicely.The last 3 years I have taken over 10 deer with it 2 being my biggest bucks ever,I have a love affair with this gun lol

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Posted November 28, 2012 at 10:42am
upgrade the trigger

Agree with cast and blast 1983 100%. More important than the BOSS, in my opinion, is to upgrade the trigger. I added a Timney trigger spring and dropped the factory trigger pull from 6 lbs down to around 3.

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Posted November 29, 2012 at 11:01am

Thanks for the advice guys! I decided to go with a 30-06 A Bolt Stainless Stalker wiyhout the BOSS. I found a new one (was bought 4 years ago but never fired)on Gun Broker for $785 shipped........

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Posted January 16, 2013 at 9:22am

I hsve an Abolt 7mag with the ported boss. Has about as much recoil as my son's Abolt 7mm08 and don't even notice how loud it is when hunting (possibly because the adrenaline blocks it out).

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