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 Post subject: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:16 pm 
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Came across this gun today in almost perfect condition. All the reviews I've found are 8-10 years ago. What is the current opinion on this model? Worth getting? They were asking $500 at a gun show, which seemed a little high.




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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:31 pm 
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Guns a piece of crap. Barely worth half that.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:21 pm 
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Most would tell you that it is a model of gun that is not worth owning. I know Randy W. had some very harsh words to say about it. You might want to check with him and see.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:38 pm 
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The A500's were initially recalled. The A500 short-recoil guns became the A500R, and the A500G (gas) was made for a year or two. I bought a new A500G. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:03 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
The A500's were initially recalled. The A500 short-recoil guns became the A500R, and the A500G (gas) was made for a year or two. I bought a new A500G. :oops:


And I bought a new 105 CTI so I guess we are even! {hs#


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:43 pm 
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ZoneHead wrote:
Came across this gun today in almost perfect condition. All the reviews I've found are 8-10 years ago. What is the current opinion on this model? Worth getting? They were asking $500 at a gun show, which seemed a little high.


it's a good gun. I inherited one and have shot it for casual clays and hunting without issues.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:40 am 
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Make sure the breechblock buffer isn't beat out of the receiver. This seems to be one of the most common problems with the A500's. I had one in a couple of months ago and had an awful time finding a replacement buffer.


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:30 pm 
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FnErter wrote:
Make sure the breechblock buffer isn't beat out of the receiver. This seems to be one of the most common problems with the A500's. I had one in a couple of months ago and had an awful time finding a replacement buffer.



Is there any way that you can give me some insight on how you replaced the breechblock buffer? I have a replacement buffer for my a500 but I can not find anything or anybody that has info on how to actually replace it. I know it has to be “presses into place” but it hasn’t been that simple. The inner part of the receiver that is welded in place makes it pretty tricky. Any info would help!


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 Post subject: Re: Browning A500R
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:53 pm 
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As a previous owner of a A500. Run as fast as you can away from that purchase.

I've never felt so guilty as when that stranger handed me the cash when I sold it.




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