Old A-5???

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Old A-5???

Postby Swamprabbit » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:44 am

Ok fellas, I love browning A-5 shotguns. The original ones!!! I see you guys posting pictures of them. Do you guys really still use them in the field. I didn't think you could shoot steel through them without damaging them. Im scared to use mine. Are you guys putting new barrels on them? Shooting "classic doubles"? Bismuth?...... Or are these just safe queens???
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby ByersFarm » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:51 am

All of mine are safe queens. Relics of generations before me, glimpses into the pass one black and white photo at a time.
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby A5Mag12 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:34 am

I have a mix of A-5's that I shoot every year. A 1958 Light-20, a Jap Mag-20, A 1955 Sweet-16, a Jap Sweet-16 a 1957 Light-12 and a Jap Mag-12. I have others but those are in a rotation with the Belgian Sweet and Light-20 seeing the most use. Also my Son shoot's My Fathers 1961 Mag-12 and my Son-in-law shoots a 1964 Mag-12 I gave him. I have Invector or Inv. Plus barrels for all but prefer the plain fixed choke barrels for hunting.

I guess you could say I have some safe queens but that's only because I just can't shoot them all.
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby Glimmerjim » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:08 am

Swamprabbit wrote:Ok fellas, I love browning A-5 shotguns. The original ones!!! I see you guys posting pictures of them. Do you guys really still use them in the field. I didn't think you could shoot steel through them without damaging them. Im scared to use mine. Are you guys putting new barrels on them? Shooting "classic doubles"? Bismuth?...... Or are these just safe queens???

You DEFINITELY don't want to use them, Swamprabbit. Just an accident waiting to happen! Even having them in the safe is an invitation to disaster. Think of it...2:00 am, your grabbing gear to head out for the morning. You accidentally grab the A-5 and don't notice it at LST. Lord only knows the gruesome results! I'm a busy guy, but if you want to ship them to me I'll handle the safe destruction of them. Don't thank me! It's just what a hunting brother does for his brothers! :thumbsup:

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Re: Old A-5???

Postby EdS » Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:51 am

The original A-5s made in Japan are safe to shoot with steel shot. Browning says do not use steel in Belgian made A-5s. PM me if you are looking for a very nice Japanese made A-5 12 gauge Magnum with three choke tubes. Thanks, Ed
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby mudpack » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:29 am

EdS wrote:The original A-5s made in Japan are safe to shoot with steel shot.

:huh: The original A-5's were made in Japan?
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby A5Mag12 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:40 am

mudpack wrote:
EdS wrote:The original A-5s made in Japan are safe to shoot with steel shot.

:huh: The original A-5's were made in Japan?
Since there are now 2 Browning A-5's it turns out that in fact there is original Japan made A-5's as well as original Belgian and American A-5's.
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby The Duck Hammer » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:37 am

I take my Auto 5 dove hunting but that is about it. It will probably never see a duck hunt.
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby Swamprabbit » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:10 pm

Hey thanks a lot for the info fellas. That cleared the subject up for me. Glimmerjim I am particularly thankful for your great concern for my safety and wellness, you are a great friend. :beer:
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby Glimmerjim » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:47 am

Swamprabbit wrote:Hey thanks a lot for the info fellas. That cleared the subject up for me. Glimmerjim I am particularly thankful for your great concern for my safety and wellness, you are a great friend. :beer:

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Re: Old A-5???

Postby Cobra7 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:17 am

I use my Auto-5 for ducks and kill 100's every year with it. These guns are meant to be used. My Auto-5 has killed Doves in 100 degree weather and Ducks in -16 weather without a hiccup. I have killed hundreds of snow geese using 2 3/4" #BB's. I've killed many a deer with 00 buckshot dog driving and still hunting. Your never going to get rich with these guns so take them out and enjoy them. You can't wear them out.
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Re: Old A-5???

Postby Bridlewood Farms » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:45 am

I have 2 Belgium made A5s I use every year for deer, doves, and ducks. The only place I will not take my A5s is duck hunting around saltwater.. They will begin to rust in no time at all.
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