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I need to the DOM I possess a 300 H&H mag s#L11XX Browning

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I need to the DOM I possess a 300 H&H mag s#L11XX Browning bolt action
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Good evening,

My name is ***** ***** I am happy to help. Something is missing from your question above. Can you repeat it?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
i possess a Browning safari grade 300H&H mag need to know DOM Serial # L11XX 95%of new
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Understood...thank you for clarifying. Give me a couple of minutes to look this up and I will reply back.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
please just tell me what u found and your source if possible
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Will do, researching it now.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Could it be L71 instead of L11?

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

It would have to be an L71

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Can you verify that?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
no phone please write what u found if possible reveal your source, thanx
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Ok, I need you to look at your serial number again and verify what it says. I think you should be seeing an L71, not L11

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
what it DOM
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Are you able to look at the serial number again and double check it?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
L11XX L followed by 4 digits
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Is there any chance that it says L71 and you are not seeing it clearly?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
L stands alone followed by 4 digits My guess it is a very early safari
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

That is what I was thinking too, but many folks confuse the L71 with L11...let me keeping checking.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
L71 would be prefixed by 5to 6 digits
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Well, with Browning I have seen some really strange things surrounding serial numbers

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

I'm still researching, but I've got to believe that your serial number was one of the early 1959/1960 era guns. The L prefix definitely indicates a Safari, and the 1961 guns would have been marked 1Lxxxxx

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Do you agree that the 1959/60 time frame is where you were thinking?

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Are you still there?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
could u reveal your source because Ive been on line for hours with no no definitive answers
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
you r asking what I think not a good sign
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Well, its not one particular source. One of the things that we search through are internet forums where gun owners have posted some of their findings. We then try to piece info together. I'm still searching for a more definitive source.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
been there trying to match DOM with serial #s nothing hits 100%
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

I agree, and like I said its not surprising. I have seen some wacky things with early to late 1960's FN's and Brownings

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

I've seen serial numbers reused, or numbers that make absolutely no sense. Sometimes, we just have to give our best, ***** ***** on things we have seen.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

Here is a link where someone posted that they think Browning transposed a serial number on a different model - https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.guns/dTMwQy_9CFs

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
well closing out thanx for time text me when you find out for real
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

My pleasure. I'll keep looking into this.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 months ago.

I wanted to share this with you - From the Blue Book of Gun Values, they have a list of serial numbers:

The Blue Book lists Safari serial numbers for 1959-1961 as N/A (because there is not any solid info on them)

BOLT ACTION RIFLES

(Safari, Medallion, & Olympian Models)

Year

ser. # COde

1959 -

N/A

1962

No prefix (numeral-letter) before Ser. No.

(i.e., only digits)

1963

3-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.

1964

4-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.

1965

5-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.

1966

6-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.

1967

7-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.

1968

8-single letter prefix or suffix by Ser. No.

1969

Single letter (Y, Z, or L) followed by

last 2 digits of year of mfg. Prefix only.

1970

“Y70" prefix

1971

“L71" prefix

1972

“Z72" prefix

1973

“Y73" prefix

1974

“Z74" prefix

1975

“L75" prefi