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Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby Jwrong83 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:33 am

Ok. So let me start by saying this

Last October I bought a brand new Browning A5 MOI 28". Absolutely loved everything about it... At first... I couldn't miss with it. The fit was perfect. No other gun compared. After a few months it started to jam with high power loads. Tried everything still wouldn't work. Took it back in for a refund and bought a Benelli Super Vinci.

Now, the Benelli is a fine gun. But It doesn't fit me NEARLY as well as the A5. So I'm back in the market for yet another A5.

My question is this.... Did I just get a lemon? Would I be making a bad decision getting another one? I also see that the 3.5" version is available. Has anyone shot it yet? I rarely ever shoot 3.5" so if I did get the 3.5" version it would be more of a "I have it if I ever need it" (unless the 3.5" does not have the same fit as the 3", which case I would not be interested)

Any thoughts are very appreciated! Wanting to make a decision soon while the local gunshop has plenty in stock.

Thanks!
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby DoubleDutchChuck » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:47 pm

If this was happening with factory loads, then I don't have an answer. I did have a few 3" rounds fail to load completely in my A-5 last winter. Part of the problem was ice build-up in the receiver. The main reason tho was that the high brass was not resized to factory specks. I adjusted the collet on my reloader and haven't had a problem since then.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby HuntsCTRiver » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:55 pm

I had the exact same problem with my maxus. I sent it back to the factory for repairs and asked one of the techs what I could do to avoid this problem in the future. He said "don't use any teflon based lubes". I had been using RemOil, a teflon based lubricant.
I know the new A5 uses a completely different system and you may not have been using a teflon lube but that's what I have to offer.
Give the new A5 another try and see what you find, you probably got a lemon.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby txhunter90 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:14 pm

I hope this does not happen to ny new A5

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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby Jwrong83 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:20 pm

Couldn't stand it. Pulled the trigger on the 3 1/2 model. So far so good after a couple boxes of 3 1/4 ... 1 1/8 federals. Seems to kick more than the 3" model I had did. Any idea why?
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby duaney2 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:11 pm

Jwrong83 wrote:Couldn't stand it. Pulled the trigger on the 3 1/2 model. So far so good after a couple boxes of 3 1/4 ... 1 1/8 federals. Seems to kick more than the 3" model I had did. Any idea why?


The length of pull might be shorter?
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby buckmeister » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:59 pm

I was "fondling" an A5 today at the store. Tempted to trade my Benelli SBII for a 3.5 inch Max 4 model. I am only concerned about going from the raised rib on the SBII to the hump back. I just think you got a lemmon on the first gun, I bet this new gun works out fine for you.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby txhunter90 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:08 am

buckmeister wrote:I was "fondling" an A5 today at the store. Tempted to trade my Benelli SBII for a 3.5 inch Max 4 model. I am only concerned about going from the raised rib on the SBII to the hump back. I just think you got a lemmon on the first gun, I bet this new gun works out fine for you.

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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby Cobra7 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:25 am

I can tell you this. I have watched 3 different episodes of Ducks Unlimited this year where the new A5's jammed. And Browning is a sponsor of the show!!!!
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby RShockley » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:31 pm

I have loved my new A5 so far. I have not had any issues with it yet but I only have about 250 rounds through it on the sporting clays course. I can't wait for the season to start next weekend and see how well it holds up throughout.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby Hat Flats » Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:15 pm

I would wait another year at least, let them get all the bugs out just like any new model. I have seen them jam on a number of shows and videos as well.

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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby txhunter90 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:12 pm

I wouldnt worry about the gliches I believe they have them worked out I have shot everything from 1 oz to 1 1/4 shells no problem
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby drstrangelove » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:41 am

Other than having to play with the shims to get it to fit me right, it's been flawless. I get excellent patterns at wild pheasant range with the Carlson IM, a constriction not covered well in the factory choke set. It's very light for a 3.5 auto. One problem I'm running into is finding the right wad to use for reloading nontoxic shot... The barrels are over bored and the SAM-1 wads I have been using let too much blow-by through. I'm going to try MM wads this season on ducks. Any suggestions on wad choice would be appreciated.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby txhunter90 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:27 am

Well im sending mine in now for warranty work
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby RShockley » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:09 am

txhunter90 wrote:Well im sending mine in now for warranty work

What are you sending it in for?
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby txhunter90 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:45 am

Everytime I have went hunting, 1 is in the chamber I pull up to shoot and it just clicks. I have tried different shells in the gun and it happens when the birds are decoying in.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby RShockley » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:54 pm

txhunter90 wrote:Everytime I have went hunting, 1 is in the chamber I pull up to shoot and it just clicks. I have tried different shells in the gun and it happens when the birds are decoying in.

That's no good man. Sounds like the same issue some if the Benelli guys were having. It was solved by a stiffer action spring I think. Keeps the bolt closed. If it is even slightly pulled back it will not strike the primer. Hopefully they can get it fixed for you quickly.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby txhunter90 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:41 pm

Ya right at the beginning of our duck season. Have been hunting 4 days a week and does it often. Frustrating spending +1200 on a gun to mess up. I wish they would just give me a maxus and get rid of this gun. It also will not throw out the first shell after being shot alot of the time.
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby cootlover » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:12 pm

What did you lose your boat oar :biggrin:
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Re: Need New Browning A5 opinion

Postby DroppnDrakes » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:18 am

Mine fails to throw out the first shell every handful of times with 3" shells. I just did a thorough cleaning of the firing pin and we will see what happens. Haven't had enough rounds yet since the clean
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