I got a pre-war short chamber A-5 16 ga from a family member after a death in the family...it's a terrible mess. I found some ammo and got it cleaned up enough to fire. Killed the first pheasant I fired at with it. Now for some finer improvements.
The wrist of the stock was wrapped with hard white tape, and when I get it off, I see there's a crack extending straight back at the tang, also the stock along the side of the tang, seems to be warped and pulling away on both sides.
I can pull the stock and go to work fixing the crack etc, or start with a new stock. Some places I see that have Browning stocks advertise 20 ga and 16 ga as the same.
Are 20 and 16 ga A-5 stocks the same? Are pre-war and Post war 16 ga stocks the same?
What's with the current stock flaring along the tang? Is this a root cause of the crack?
Thanks for all your insights!