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 Post subject: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:12 am 
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I have an older 48 AL that has no indication of what choke the barrel is. Any one know of a way to tell without getting out the calipers?

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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:29 pm 
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Absolute best way to tell would be to fire a couple of rounds at a patterning board.


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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:23 am 
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The Franchi is an European made shotgun.Most European shotguns are marked with stars on the barrel as to the choke rather than being marked with the the words.

On the barrel of the shotgun there should be a series of stars.One star /full,two stars improved modified,three stars/modified,four stars/improved cylinder,SK/skeet and c pluss four stars cylinder.

These stars are usually located on the side of the barrel under the forearm.


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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:01 am 
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Thanks,

I'll take another look.

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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:29 am 
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I have a Franchi Aristocrat O/U from 1964 that has X's instead of stars so that is another possibility.The number of X's determines the choke the same as detailed above for the stars.


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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:56 am 
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Have seen X's used as well.Also have seen asterisks used.


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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:59 am 
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Looks like I have a 1965 that may have a modified choke. I have XXI and that should mean 1965. The "stars" are on the receiver, and the barrel's bluing is different from the receiver so it may be a different barrel than original.

I was surprised that it was a 1965. It is in great condition. It did not look that old to me.

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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:19 am 
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Odd that the choke markings would be on the receiver.Strange as to not having markings on the barrel.If the barrel were put on another receiver there would be no way to tell the choke of that barrel.


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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:29 am 
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Found them. I took the barrel off and they were on the bottom. definitely 4 stars(imp cyl).

Should the barrel serial number match the the one on the receiver for these guns? Mine are different, but have the same year marking (XXI).

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 Post subject: re: Franchi 48 AL choke
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:39 am 
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The serial numbers for the barrels and recievers on my 28 gauge 48 AL's are different.




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