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338magnut
Junior Member

USA
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Posted - 02/11/2018 :  08:16:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a Browning model 78 serial # 7161W47 and was wondering if anyone can help me with the date it was made. I have looked at the sticky on DOM but still can't figure it out. Any help is appreciated.

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charliemeyer007
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USA
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Posted - 02/11/2018 :  09:16:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I agree it doesn't fit the code

http://www.browning.com/support/date-your-firearm/b78-high-power-rifle.html

So I would use a hand lens and re-check the number. Mis-stamps occur so ask them

http://www.browning.com/support/contact.html
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rufe-snow
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Posted - 02/11/2018 :  2:00:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For some reason the date codes, were transposed on a number of Browning's.

Because of this I believe that the "W" is the model identifier.
# 7161 is the actual serial number. And 74, is the actual DOM.

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338magnut
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USA
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Posted - 02/12/2018 :  8:48:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think rufe-snow has it pegged as I seen one I think on the GunBroker and the serial number ended with W37 and the seller said it was made in 1973. Info from all is appreciated.

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