Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

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Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

Postby AXL6984 » Tue May 04, 2021 8:01 am

I was fortunate to inherit a 12 ga. Browning A-5, and am having some thign srepaired on it.
It had a broken compensator on the end of the barrel, a crazy looking thing for which they cut several inches off the barrel.
Sent it to Briley, who cut it off, threaded for interchangeable chokes, and now I have a 20" barrel.
I thought I'd try this before buying a new barrel, especially once gunsmith told me it would not impact the performance of the gun.
Does anyone have any experience with a shortened barrel on a shotgun like this?
I would like to keep it as original as possible unless buying a new barrel is the only way it will perform for shooting birds.


**This is not a question about shooting steel through an old A5 barrel.
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Re: Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

Postby garlicsalt » Tue May 04, 2021 8:27 am

20'' barrel seams kind of squirrely to swing and hunt with but anything is possible. I guess.
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Re: Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

Postby 3200 man » Wed May 05, 2021 7:36 pm

Note , for every inch of barrel past 20" you gain about 7 fps in muzzle velocity !
Other than the report that short barrel will make , it should work fine in the field . You can always purchase extended chokes !
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Re: Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

Postby ohio mike » Wed May 05, 2021 8:15 pm

Talk to Briley about a 4 or 6 inch extended. I've been told they make them. Another barrel is big bucks.
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Re: Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

Postby Rick Hall » Thu May 06, 2021 3:46 am

3200 man wrote:Other than the report that short barrel will make...


My first thought when reading of a 20" barrel was "Ouch!" Not a gun I'd want to hunt next to.
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Re: Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Thu May 06, 2021 8:29 am

Rick Hall wrote:
3200 man wrote:Other than the report that short barrel will make...


My first thought when reading of a 20" barrel was "Ouch!" Not a gun I'd want to hunt next to.


I hunt twenty 26" on my A400 and would never go longer. But twenty? I'd want to provide hearing protection to my blind mates.
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Re: Had to shorten barrel on A5 - Now what?

Postby AXL6984 » Thu May 06, 2021 12:25 pm

ohio mike wrote:Talk to Briley about a 4 or 6 inch extended. I've been told they make them. Another barrel is big bucks.


Thank you. I will do that.
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