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 Post subject: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:49 pm 
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I have found a franchi 48 al magnum for $375 shipped. Now I don't really need another gun but this sounds like a good deal and the gun appears in good shape. what are the opinions on the 48 al mag? what range of loads was it designed to shoot? were there and issues with feeding with them?


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 Post subject: Re: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:06 pm 
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I think it uses 2 different springs/ring for light/heavy loads.


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 Post subject: Re: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:14 pm 
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some info here viewtopic.php?f=78&t=205228


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 Post subject: Re: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:30 pm 
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There is another spring to use for 2 3/4" shells. The magnum's receiver is steel instead of alloy so it weighs more than the regular 48. I am assuming that the 3" shells are gonna kick more than the 1 1/2 oz loads I shot regular 48, so I would be prepared to put a good recoil pad on it if it does not already have one.

The recoil action is very reliable (Thank you John Browning!) as long as there is enough recoil from the shell to make the action operate. The only times I have had a fte I was using reloaded Fiocchi shell (it didn't like them at any weight or speed) and when I was seeing how light of load I could get by with on my 2 3/4" 48 Hunter.

That price seems very reasonable if the gun is in good shape.

Just my $0.02 worth.


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 Post subject: Re: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:03 am 
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I've had one for many (30??) years. It is my favorite waterfowl gun. Mine came with 2 recoil springs - the magnum spring and a standard spring. With the magnum spring installed it shoots 2-3/4" mags (1-1/2 oz) with the rings in the "light" configuration and 3" mags (1-3/4 to 1-7/8 oz) with the rings in the "heavy" configuration. I can install the standard spring and shoot 2-3/4" target and field loads.

As mentioned, the 12ga Mag version is considerably heavier than the standard version.

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 Post subject: Re: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:17 pm 
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Tal/IL wrote:
With the magnum spring installed it shoots 2-3/4" mags (1-1/2 oz) with the rings in the "light" configuration


Has anyone tried shooting 1 1/2 oz loads in a regular 48 AL using a 48 magnum spring?

This is the payload I use for pheasants and they still pack a pretty good punch even with a good recoil pad. Just curious as to if anyone has tried this as a way to reduce the recoil of those loads.


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 Post subject: Re: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:26 pm 
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my 48 20 gauge has 1,000 round down the pipe not one problem. I suspect the 12 gauge mag is just as good! I would get one if it wasn't made of steal it defeats the purpose for me which would be lightweight coyote whacker and backup upland gun.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:21 am 
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I have been using a model 48 in 20 gauge and 12 gauge for over 50 years. I replaced only one part, an extractor. It was worn to a nub after tens of thousands of round through it. Cost:$12 for a used bolt assembly from which I removed the extractor. Now I have all the remainder of the parts in the bolt in case I need them, or any of the members on SGW needs them.

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 Post subject: Re: franchi 48 al 12 gauge magnum
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:51 pm 
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how much does one of these weigh?


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