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A5 browning

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by bigunn, Sep 7, 2012.

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  1. bigunn

    bigunn TS Member

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    We have a a5 browing that won't cycle the shells we have tried new, reloads and still no go any help as to why?
     
  2. dtate10

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    Maybe check your piston rings? May be worn out.
     
  3. wolfram

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    Do you know how the friction ring works and how to reverse it?

    Next possibility is the part of the barrel that slides into the reciever my be locked up with rust. ( that was the case with an old A-5 that I rehabed)
     
  4. Straight50

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    Do you have the gun set up for light trap loads?
     
  5. Duck

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    Find out if its a 3" mag. if so they require the rings to be set for light loads as mentioned above, even then sometimes light loads won't cycle in a Magnum. If its a Light 12 - 2 3/4" and the rings are in installed correctly, I'd add a few drops of oil to outside of the magazine tube where the rings slide under recoil. I've had the A5 not work because of lack of oil more then any other reason. * Note not oiled in cold hunting weather*
     
  6. hmb

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    It won't function until you spell its name right. HMB
     
  7. bigunn

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    It is a three in. mag. and we took it out this weekend.It had been in storage fr 14 or more years and has probly never had more than a box of shell shot though to begin with. How do you ajust the rings?
     
  8. XP100

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    There may still be a piece of paper glued inside the forearm showing the proper placement of the friction ring
     
  9. Bill Bauer

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    Go to the Browning web site and download the manual for an A5 Mag. It shows you how to change and set the friction rings. Even then it may or may not cycle trap loads. Good luck with the gun. I've got one in 12 and one in 20 and have taken lots of birds with them. I don't tote the all steel 12 any more due to age and health. Damn fine guns.
    Bill
     
  10. Ross

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    Glad to see this thread because one of my friends also has this same problem, we took it apart and cleaned-re-oiled-etc. but his only has one ring on the spring and I-we can't see any difference ie top or bottom on the ring it is 2&3\4" only. It was working just fine. Obviously we are not A5 savvy and he got it used so no instruction--parts manual or schematic diagram. Hoping to see some things to check. Ross Puls
     
  11. Fowlgunner

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    When I was in college and shot at the intercollegiate's, I used my Mag A-5 with all the rings in.

    Didn't lose any hulls that way.

    Tenn Tech didn't have enough shooters to field a squad so I was squadded with the Army C team.

    They all thought, "WTH is this hillbilly shooting". LOL

    Will
     
  12. cafowler

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    The browning website is your friend, spend some time there.
    http://www.browning.com/customerservice/qna/detail.asp?ID=105

    There's a one page sheet that shows the 3-4 friction ring configurations, if you can find that, print it and keep it with the gun.
     
  13. skipsor

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    The 3 inch A5 will not reliably eject anything lighter than 1 1/4 oz or greater. this gun was designed to hunt geese with 1 7/8 oz loads back when lead was still legal.

    There are some people that have had reliable ejection with this gun but it's the exception, not the rule.

    It is a great hunting shotgun but not a very good target gun.

    The good part is that you won't have to pick up your empties and in a one shot game like trap not ejecting the empty round is probably a plus.
     
  14. mark54

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    I broke my first 50 straight & many more with an A-5 3" mag with a 32" full choke barrel. In 1963 I bought a new Browning Broadway, & I still have both of them.

    Mark54 in Lititz
     
  15. Firewater

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    Also if the chamber is rusted it will not cycle. Mike
     
  16. WJN

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    Here is a link to a pretty good video about the friction ring adjustments for a Rem 11 which is similar.

    Jim
     
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