Browning A5 Magnum 12 gauge

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by ndtiger, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. ndtiger

    ndtiger New Member

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    so my Mom pulls this gun out of a closet and says she wants me to sell it for her. what is it worth? it is in great shape and it appears that they are pricey.
     
  2. 58evinrude

    58evinrude New Member

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    magnum browning

    anywhere from 600 to 1200 bucks, according to condition and who wants it. You should check gunbroker.com to see what others are paying/selling them for.

    One note: That gun wasn't designed for 3" shells originally and no matter what, when the weather gets bad and freezing cold, and the ducks are hitting the decoys, it will NOT shoot 3 times when you most want it to. You can clean it, wish over it, whatever, but it will hang up when it's cold out.

    You can't beat a 2 3/4 browning, though!:)
    JMO,
    JBJ
     

  3. bgold

    bgold New Member

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    Late reply...but 58 is very wrong. Every Mag12 I've owned or shot operated superbly when set up correctly. He's been corrected on this issue elsewhere as well.


    nd...if you've not sold it yet, please let me know.
     
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. Catfish

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    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.
     
  6. rugermike

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    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???:confused:
    I do have a couple of questions though? If your mother pulled it out of a closet and asked you what it was worth? Why didn't you know about it?:confused:
     
  7. Minionsram

    Minionsram New Member

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    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.
    Browning | AUTO 5 | e-GunParts.com
     
  8. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    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.
     
  9. 58evinrude

    58evinrude New Member

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    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.:)
    JBJ
     
  10. 58evinrude

    58evinrude New Member

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    I have to ask----how many times do you shoot the gun when fox hunting?
    Not trying to be a smart-aleck, just curious..... I'm not saying the gun hung up every shot, just not 100% reliable like the 2 3/4 version when you're using 3" shells. Did you use 3" shells fox hunting?
    JBJ
     
  11. cinchup73

    cinchup73 New Member

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    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.
     
  12. duckbuster

    duckbuster New Member

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    my father has used the A-5 in Minnesota for the last 20 years and i have hunted with him just about everytime he goes out, NEVER have had a problem even when ice was on his barrel, I have one also and never had a shell hang up, It must be set up for the 3 inch shell and properly cleaned, common sense careof any gun,
    By the way I have one for sale if anyone wants, excellent condition, emailme bront17@yahoo.com for more info, I can only use one at a time and dont need two of them
     
  13. TxG

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    As others have said, the A5 can be extremely reliable when set up correctly for the load you are using. Conversely, they will give you some problems if they are not.

    I have never had a problem with an A5 that was tuned correctly.

    Keep Our Browning A-5 Shotguns Running!
     
  14. YJGUY

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    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.
     
  15. davemccarthy707

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    I live on the East coast of Canada. I have been on MANY winter duck hunts on the North Atlantic where you had to P*SS on the bolt to get the ice buildup off to load a shell and the Auto-5 still functioned perfectly. I did see a Remington 1100 bolt explode like this (stamped parts going everywhere!). Anyways any serious Turr hunter around here has an A-5 or A-5 magnum. The only time they won't cycle is when they are not set up correctly. My A-5 Magnum will not cycle 2 3/4 shells on the 3 inch setting. However when set properly it runs like a swiss watch as does my father inlaw's and 2 of my buddies.