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Browning 325 Sporting Clays

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by brownk80, Oct 13, 2009.

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  1. brownk80

    brownk80 Member

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    I have a Browning 325 Sporting Clays which I have owned since they came out, can't remember the year, age you know, but I have been told repeatedly that mine is the American version not the European version because my barrels are thicker.

    I thought they only made them for a couple of years before they began making the 425 and I was not aware that they made two different versions as I thought they were all made in Japan on the Citori frame. I cannot find anything that tells me that they made an American version and a European version and the people at Browning evidently don't know either since they have never answered any of my emails. Can anyone share some information about this?

    Thanks for the help.

    Brownk80
     
  2. sptnclays

    sptnclays Member

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    Browning "lower" end guns are made in japan. Custom guns and special order used to be made or assembled in belgium.
    I have a B325 which is a 325 made in japan and hand fitted in Belgium. Not what I wanted but it was a gift so I never said anything.
    The same plant in japan produced a browning for the european market with fixed chokes and a very similar gun called a miroku?sp.
    The barrels weren't "thinner" but had traditional bore of around .725 and with fixed chokes they felt more like a perazzi.
    In their wisdom when everyone started to back-bore their guns to .735-.745(which made them lighter and swing faster) browning went to over-bore. They made the barrels larger i.d. and o.d..
    Kinda missed the point.
     
  3. jm1079

    jm1079 Well-Known Member

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    Browning did come out with the 325 in the Euro version which DID NOT use the Invector Plus choke tube of the American version. As such the barrels were not as heavy as the invector plus barrels. One Euro version I shot had fixed chokes with 32 inch barrels and it was lighter than my American 325 with a 30 inch barrels.. Hope this helps. JM
     
  4. battuedave

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    There were 2 versons
    1 was a European with fixed chokes with lighter barrels.These were Imported by a firm in New York

    The other verson was the 325 sold in the Us with the barrel's thicker at the end for choke tubes.
    Hope this helps
     
  5. cf4952

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    Had a 325 that had Invector Plus chokes and the heavier barrels. Another that had regular invector choke tubes that was much lighter. I was told that was the "euro" verison. So I'd say check your choke tubes and decide.
    Good luck
     
  6. brownk80

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    Thanks everyone, the information has been very informative and helpful.

    Brownk80
     
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