Pretty close to facts. However, I assume since it is an actual "Magnum" it is a Japan version? If so, lower your standards and prices? All Brownings and or Winchesters need to be visual inspected by a competent gunsmith to give a reliable price value???There are several different varations of the Browning Auto 5 and with out know which it is there is no way to come close on the price, but the $ 600 to $ 1,200 range would be a good guess. As for functioning in cold weather my old Auto 5 mag. that I used to carry fox hunting 35 years ago never missed fired due to the cold that I can rember, but that was 35 years ago.
Nope. probably the friction ring was in backwards. One way is for 2-3/4 and one way is for 3" and heavy loads. It is part #35 on this list.Since you are selling it, it's a moot point, but I know I have seen probably fifty 3" guns malfunction for every 2-3/4" one with an issue over the years. And I would have to agree alot of the problems were in nasty cold weather.
I have to ask----how many times do you shoot the gun when fox hunting?There are several different varations of the Browning Auto 5 and with out know which it is there is no way to come close on the price, but the $ 600 to $ 1,200 range would be a good guess. As for functioning in cold weather my old Auto 5 mag. that I used to carry fox hunting 35 years ago never missed fired due to the cold that I can rember, but that was 35 years ago.
I have several of these and if you try to shoot a 2 3/4 shell in a magnum it will hang up 5 out of ten times or even a lowbrass 3 inch shell will hang them up. I hunted in Minnestota on a -18 degree day back in 2002 and mine shot 30 plus shells with no hang ups. They are verry reliable if the owner knows how to maintain and care for them. Its my opinion that you can give a guy who dosnt take the time to read and understand the weapon that he is using, the weapon will sooner than later fail and some times with very bad results. But the weapons are worth what anyone wants to pay! I have had offers up to 2000 for a new one in the box, it was of the last production run, that was a year ago, today I bet I would be lucky to get half of that.I had a 20 gauge Auto 5 that never malfunctioned. I just did not like long recoil actions.
I don't know if the friction ring was backwards, I don't know if they were dirty, I don't know if they were rusty, I have no idea because they were not mine. But don't tell me I didn't see a lot of 3" Auto 5s malfunction, because I did. I remember it especially well, because most of the owners back then couldn't stop themselves from telling me I should have gotten an Auto 5, instead of an 1100. Upon reflection, I think most of them were actually shooting 2-3/4" shells, but I am not sure 40 years later. To say that I got intense personal satisfaction out of the situation - right after telling me, at length, that I got the wrong gun, theirs malfunctioned - would be putting it mildly.
I own a number of A5's including the Magnums. Never had a problem with one functioning other than a safety sear busting on a pre war model. Magnums always work when the rings are properly set and it is lubed properly.I guess I've been "corrected" elsewhere. However, I have yet to have anyone explain to me about how the rings mispositioned would cause a failure to cycle with 3" lead shells. If the rings were backward, it would just cycle harder with 3" shells and possibly crack the bolt, but not FAIL to cycle. My father owned 2 magnum brownings, a belgium and a japanese---so they were made in both places. They both hung up on 3" shells. The guns were clean, and oiled properly. I will stick to my statement. He did say that it would shoot 2 3/4 shells fine, but hang up on 3" at the most inopportune times. These guns were both purchased BRAND NEW, BTW. Now I won't argue with anyone on how their's works, and am happy for them if theirs shoots great, which several guys who use them regularly say they do. I don't disbelieve their experience with them. This is just my father's observation about HIS magnum brownings which I know to be correct because as a little boy I distinctly remember his bellyaching about it after the danged thing hung up. This is the SAME thing that happened to at least 2 other men in my area that shot browning magnums. The 2 3/4 guns are virtually flawless as far as I know, but I am untrusting of a browning magnum shooting 3" shells. Heck, they and my father may have gotten the 5 duds in 5,000,000 for all I know, but they were unreliable on 3" shells and that's all there is to it.
BTW, I'm looking for a 2 3/4 browning auto 5 with invectors if anybody has one for sale.