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I purchased a 1964 standard weight 12 gauge Browning A5 on Wednesday and used it hunting for the next three days on snow geese.

I was quickly shown how to take the barrel off and then this afternoon did it myself to get acquainted with the mechanism and noticed that according to the instructions in the sticky on this site, the previous owner has it set for light loads even though we hunt with high velocity steel loads. I use Winchester and Kent Faststeel.

The gun shot, functioned and reloaded fine, but I am wondering if I should move that steel ring from the back end of the magazine spring and try it in the forward position as recommended by Browning.

On the Browning site they say two almost contradictory things; one is that the friction rings should be set properly so as not to put unnecessary strain on the mechanism, but also that if it doesn't cycle correctly at the magnum setting to set it for light loads.

Any advice from the experts?

Will this gun kick less set correctly?
 

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I agree with A5Mag12, always try the heavy setting first. If the gun cycles without any hicups, then leave it there. If cycling issues arise then change it to the light setting.

You mentioned using steel shot. I would NOT be using steel shot in a Belgium barrel (assuming you have an original Belgium barrel on your '64 gun). This is my advise as well as Brownings. Doing so can damage the barrel (creating a bulge toward the muzzle). If the gun has a later Japanese invector/invector plus or a Hastings barrel installed, than you will be fine providing you use a MOD or more open choke tube.

Congrats on purchasing a fine firearm....

Later....A5-HUNTER
 

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DONT SHOOT STEEL! You can use some of the high dollar tungsten or bismuth stuff, but you run the risk of ruining your purty Belgian barrel with steel loads, especially those heavy shots.
Enjoy
 
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