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 Post subject: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:35 pm 
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When people say the rings are changed between a light and heavy load, say strictly with a 2 3/4 shell is the different between high brass and low brass, or between the lightest possible load and the heaviest duck load or does it just depend?

If I was just shooting a field and a pheasant load am I likely to have to adjust the rings?

Would a 3" 20ga ever shoot a light field load?

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Bill




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 Post subject: Re: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:14 am 
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b79holmes wrote:
Would a 3" 20ga ever shoot a light field load?

Thanks,
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None of mine will: it takes 1 oz. minimum.

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 Post subject: Re: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:15 am 
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Here’s Browning’s take on it. But it all depends on your shotgun. If it’s not cycling, it’s time to change the rings, put some oil on the mag tube, or both.

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 Post subject: Re: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:43 am 
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b79holmes wrote:
When people say the rings are changed between a light and heavy load, say strictly with a 2 3/4 shell is the different between high brass and low brass, or between the lightest possible load and the heaviest duck load or does it just depend?

If I was just shooting a field and a pheasant load am I likely to have to adjust the rings?



The default is to always use the "heavy setting." If your gun functions with the loads you're using . . . you're done.

The "heaviest duck load" broke my Dad's standardweight A-5 with the very first shot.

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 Post subject: Re: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:06 pm 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
b79holmes wrote:
When people say the rings are changed between a light and heavy load, say strictly with a 2 3/4 shell is the different between high brass and low brass, or between the lightest possible load and the heaviest duck load or does it just depend?

If I was just shooting a field and a pheasant load am I likely to have to adjust the rings?



The default is to always use the "heavy setting." If your gun functions with the loads you're using . . . you're done.

The "heaviest duck load" broke my Dad's standardweight A-5 with the very first shot.


Out of curiosity, what part did the Magnum load break in that A-5?


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 Post subject: Re: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:39 pm 
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It cracked the action spring tube.

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 Post subject: Re: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:10 pm 
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Wow! Thanks, Randy.

Good to know as until now I thought the great A-5 properly adjusted was indestructible if shells of the correct length were used.


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 Post subject: Re: A5 friction rings
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:52 pm 
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According to Art, the early (pre-1958) action spring tubes were screwed in and had a tendency to break off. Browning fixed the problem by leaving off the threads and silver soldering them in place.




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