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 Post subject: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:24 pm 
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Can anyone tell me the history of this gun?
I think it was made in the mid 90's for only a few years.
It has a hipost rib, invector plus chokes, Adjustable cheek piece, factory porting and backboring.

I would like to know how long the forcing cone is on this model and the years of production, where I can find the history of citori models etc.


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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:53 pm 
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you can the production date by looking up the serial number on Brownings web site. this was a none catalog gun made for Gander Mountain. Tom


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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:47 pm 
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I have owned a low rib Lightning Sporting Clays gun since 1995. I know a guy that owned two of them in the early nineties.

They were still in Browning catalog the last time I checked.

Many were sold at stores other than Gander Mountain.

Don't know about the forcing cone.

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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:00 pm 
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Arend003 how do you come by that information?
On brownings web site I can only see when the types of guns were begining production. They say nothing of wether it was a non catalog item or that it was made for gander mountain. If you have the page please give me the link.

I know that most of these were made with non adjustable combs.


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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:43 am 
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When I bought mine used a year ago I found it listed on Brownings web site under non catalog guns .. as a Gander Mountain gun I did get it from Cabelas were it had been traded.
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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:04 pm 
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As a fan of these shotguns, I can tell you these were a regular catalog item until a few years ago, when Browning discontinued them as a catalog item, and Gander Mountain started caring them as a special run for them. The guns I looked at from Gander appear to be the same as before.
They were offered with 28 or 30" barrels, as well as a high post or low rib.

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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:49 pm 
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All right but was their ever a Browning Lightning Sporting Clays Edition, Hi Post rib version with an adjustable comb? How long is the standard browning forcing cone? What year did the factory backboring become an option on citori's? I still can't find where they state non catalog items on the browning web site.


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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:44 pm 
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From the 1996 Browning catalog:
Citori Lightning Sporting Clays, available with high post tapered rib, or low hunting style rib, in 28 or 30" barrel length, also available with optional adjustable comb. They were available in Gr 1, or Golden Clays grades.
As far as length of forcing cones, can't help with length in inchs, but they were short.
Also, the 96 catalog lists the barrels as "backbored.
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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:56 pm 
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Is their anyone that can send me a link or scan me a copy of that page?

How much were they going for back then?

Thanks for the info.


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http://www.browning.com/customerservice ... .asp?id=32

http://www.ozarkguns.com/Browning/citor ... _clays.htm

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http://www.durysguns.com/inventory/prof ... gun-inv-96

CITORI LIGHTNING SPORTING (GRADE I) Get Current Values
- 12 ga. only, features 3 in. chambers, rounded pistol grip, Lightning style forearm, choice of high or low post VR, standard or adj. (new 1995) comb stock, "Lightning Sporting Clays Edition" inscribed and gold-filled on receiver, triple trigger system, 28 in. ported or 30 in. ported or unported (disc.) barrels, approx. 8 1/2 lbs. Mfg. 1989-2004.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:36 pm 
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When Browning went to the INVECTOR PLUS choke tubes the barrels were considered backbored. This being a .742" barrel ID. The standard Invector barrel had a .727" ID.


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 Post subject: re: Browning citori lightning sporting clays edition
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:04 pm 
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I had one made in 04 so they were not just limited to the mid 90s. I'm pretty sure 04 was the last year of production.

They are basically just a regular lightning but with the option of 30" barrels, the high or low post rib, and the triple trigger of the target guns. They also had a nice looking black receiver with gold scroll "Lightning Sporting Clays Edition" engraved on the side.

The forcing cones are the exact same length as any other Invector Plus Browning, except for the new 625 which is the first one to come with extended cones (not that cone length matters, you won't be able to tell a bit of difference).

These guns are great except for the prince of wales grip which i don't like. You should be able to find one in very good shape for something like 1200 or less. I bought a brand new one in 04 with the low rib and 30" barrel for $1100, put about 10K through it and traded it in for $1100.

Like all Citoris it is very high quality especially for the price.


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