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 Post subject: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:53 am 
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I don't know much about this shotgun other than it was my Grandpa's "squirrel gun" in the 60s. Hasn't been fired in 20+ years (maybe 30+). My Dad had it re-blued MANY years ago and through years of neglect just sitting in a gun case the finish wore off a lot. I've cleaned it up, disassembled, re-oiled, and it seems in really great (tight) condition for it's age. I don't see any reason it wouldn't fire just fine and cycle shells.

Other than 16 gauge ammo being rather expensive...is there any reason why I couldn't hunt with it?

I love dove/quail hunting, but I've had to sell my personal collection of guns due to a divorce. This is the only gun I have left, and I would NEVER sell it. Not because it's some rare/valuable gun...but it's just the family connection I won't let go of for any price. I never knew my Grandpa and this is the only thing I have of his.

I assume it's a full choke barrel...but I'm not sure. Doesn't say on the barrel. When I did dove hunt I used a Browning Silver Hunter (God I loved that gun...really miss it) with a modified choke, so if this 16 gauge is "full" I have to admit...I'm worried I wouldn't hit a dang thing...haha!!

Your thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:29 am 
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A Browning from the 60's is still new. Shoot it and enjoy iy.


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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:32 am 
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A guy was shooting a very similar gun at the Clays range the other day. It didn't cycle reliably. But that's only because he hadn't cleaned or oiled it in his memory, and it was bone dry and dirty!

Your gun should be great! :)

Sorry about the divorce and having to sell off your guns. I'm sure things will get sorted out and on the way up, soon. Best wishes for your future.

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:30 pm 
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more info and instructions are available on Browning's website..........Like the man said that's a nearly a brand new gun.....Art

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:45 pm 
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Yeah you got a shooter. I was in a similar situation to you . My brother inherited my Dads A 5 Light Twelve from the late fifties and I got his 63 Superposed. My brother is probably dove hunting over in Hondo outside of San Antonio with it as I write this. I shoot 5 stand and some skeet with my superposed.Of course you probably know the only thing you shouldn't do is shoot steel shot through that barrel. Of course you could do what a lot have done with those guns including my Dad and that is put a Poly choke on it. It seems like those are the only guns that seem to look right with a Poly Choke on them .


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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:25 pm 
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Take that old girl out and enjoy it. You can find shells at most any Walmart for just a little more than 12 or 20 ga.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:40 pm 
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I'd steer clear of steel shot, but with lead and the softer non-tox options, you should be fine as long as the gun is in decent shape. If you aren't sure about that, take it to a qualified gunsmith and spend a couple of bucks on a good once-over.

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:54 pm 
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A 60's A5 is barely broken in. I don't even think I've got one that new.


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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:46 am 
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Cool - thanks for the replies. Jaspo...most of my dove hunting in the last few years has been near Hondo. I had a lease out there for years, but now a friend has a ranch in Knippa so we've hunted out there a lot.

I'm gonna get it checked out and go burn some feathers!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:13 pm 
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I assume you have an auto 5. Great old gun. I have one myself in 16 ga. The only problem is 16 ga ammunition isn't as plentiful and common as 12 ga and 20 ga, but you should be able to find it without a great deal of effort.. Secondly, make sure that the friction ring arrangement on the magazine tube is set up correctly for the type of ammunition that you are going to use. Then go have fun with it.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:31 pm 
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KSims1868,

If you have any reservations about that A-5 16 Gauge shotgun, send it to me. I will go through it and use it for a year or so, just to make sure it is in tip top shape. :oops:

Seriously, they are well built shotguns, shoot it and have fun!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Agreed with everyone, mine is a 1954 model, and still the best shooting gun I have. The best place I have found for ammo is Bass Pro, $6.97 a box for light loads, I reload all others.


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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:53 am 
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A lot of people will tell you that intertia operated shotguns are old outdated technology and the only way to go is with modern gas operated shotguns. Don't listen to them. Your A-5 is just fine and it will keep shooting long after those new gas operted guns have gunked up from residue. Go out and have fun with it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:48 am 
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Browning A5 shotgun is the best semi-auto shotgun in history. I don't know what's about the modern A5 versions, whiche were on market till 1998, but no doubt, the conception of A5 modell is the best ever created.
...and as Casonet said, like him, I don't buy a new (nowadays gas operated semi-auto).


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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:13 am 
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I am 66 and I still hunt my Grandfather's 1927 12ga A5 at least once a year, just for the memories. It was disassembled once by my gunsmith and fully cleaned inside. I think that was about 1979. Shoot the gun and give it to your grand kids for their children.

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I never had an A5 but I remember admiring them back in the late 60s and early 70's. Couldn't afford one at that time.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:53 pm 
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casonet wrote:
A lot of people will tell you that intertia operated shotguns are old outdated technology and the only way to go is with modern gas operated shotguns. Don't listen to them. Your A-5 is just fine and it will keep shooting long after those new gas operted guns have gunked up from residue. Go out and have fun with it.

Long recoil and "inertia operated" shotguns are too diffrent things.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:39 pm 
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If its in good or better condition and since its Browning it should be safe.

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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:27 am 
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I shot a light 12,browning for 23-years,they are hard to kill.


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 Post subject: Re: 1960s Browning 16 gauge - still "hunt" worthy?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:28 pm 
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Great "vintage" shotgun in a classic gauge. Enjoy it. Check the posts in the Browning forum regarding the settings for the friction rings.


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