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Finding to age of a Browing Broadway Trap gun

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jhmorrisn, Aug 31, 2012.

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  1. jhmorrisn

    jhmorrisn TS Member

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    What is the combination of finding the manufacturing date of a Browning Broadway Trap Gun.

    Just picked one up anr really like it

    Jim
     
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    There you are: more than you ever wanted to know about the Liege proofhouse.

    Bob
     
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    You do know Google is your friend...

    Try this...
     
  4. jhmorrisn

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    Ok guys, I looked over the the various o/u shot guns and I don't believe they listened any Broadway models

    The serial number is79886 S7
     
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    it's a 1967

    per the browning page..

    http://www.browning.com/customerservice/dategun/detail.asp?id=42


    1963-68 From 1962 serial numbers were followed by the date of manufacture.

    2S=12 gauge for the year 1962.

    2V=20 gauge for the year 1962.

    2F=28 gauge for the year 1962.

    2J=.410 bore for the year 1962.

    Example: 6556S2 = A 1962 Superposed 12 ga. shotgun with serial number 6556.

    S=12 gauge

    V=20 gauge

    F=28 gauge

    J=.41


    The examples are the true give away... they have the sequences backwards I believe.. it's S7=12 gauge manufactured in '67...
     
  6. Crunch

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    Careful......1967 is a salt year.
     
  7. jhmorrisn

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    Let me see. My "like new" second hand Browning O/U shot gun was made in 1967.
    It's now 2012,
    That make it 45 years old.


    Sounds good to me.
     
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    I don't believe the grade 1 broadways ever experienced salt wood , but, pull the buttstock screws and check for rust on the screw. Also around the receiver and forend eschuteons.
     
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    I own an S5 (65) BroadWay... even had Briley throw their thinwall system into it... great gun even nearly 50 years later... BMP - I agree with you... believe it was the lack of higher grade wood which led Browning to use the salt cure system...

    Jay
     
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    I've seen several GR1 with salt. Likely his is not tho. And I have seen the rusty screws replaced with stainless. Too, as most buttstock wood retains a smidge of moisture, a rusty screw is not true evidence of salt. If in doubt, send the stock out to be tested and get a letter of authenticity. If proven it is not salt, the value of your gun goes up quite a bit.
     
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    I disagree. If its a saltwood stock after 40 years, all the cosmetics in the world won't hide it...
     
  12. jhmorrisn

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    I haven't tried to remove the stock. Maybe seeing some pictures will answer some questions





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    Let me try this again


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  14. BigM-Perazzi

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    Looks pristine....
     
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    I have an S7. I had replaced the stock due to a sever crack after it fell out of a gun rack. I think I used a Fajan blank. 40 yrs later had Browning do some work on the gun. Since I was the original owner with the plastic card it was still under warrenty. They replaced the stock saying that it was a salt gun. I don't know how they tested it to verify the salt condition. I think that you need to pull the stock and look at the metal for the rust. I don't think it is visible from the outside. I still have the original cracked stock, but don't have any idea how to test it to verify if it is, indeed, a salt stock.
     
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    They can chemically test it if your worried...
    Arts can do it...
     
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