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Proshots
March 24, 2002, 11:55 AM
I'm looking at a used Browning Citori , grade2??. It has been
"backbored" and ported. I know about porting, but what is backboring, and why would you desire it?? This piticular gun is a 20ga. skeet gun, just what I'm looking for. Asking price is $1500. Does that sound about right?? The guy who owns it is a bigtime skeet shooter at my club, so I trust him. But, I still want an independant opinion. Any opinions from you guys would be helpfull. Thanks.

9mmMike
March 24, 2002, 01:54 PM
Check this thread for some good backboring info:
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=76867

Mike

Dave McC
March 24, 2002, 02:44 PM
Backboring has gotten quite popular the last few years with the target folks, and even the "Serious" types send their stuff to Vang or ST for this.

Basically, the bore diameter is increased, and this reduces recoil and shot deformation, thus aiding a nice tight and even pattern.

And, the big time skeet shooter at your club is SELLING this gun. My guess is there's been lots and lots of rounds through it. This may or may not be a prob. Citoris are fairly rugged.

In the world of secondhand shotguns, mods really do not add much to the value, Sometimes the reverse is true.This one may be a little high.

For comparison's sake,an older Citori is for sale near me.It's a trap grade,in very nice shape, with an adjustable stock. It's on face, locks tight, and has not been dinged up, good wood and finish. They're asking $899.

Proshots
March 24, 2002, 02:55 PM
Thanks guys. I see backboring as a "cool" but usually unnecessary thing to do, especially for us recreational shooters. I kinda thought the price was high too, but wasn't sure. I shoot my 1100 pretty good, even managing to shoot a straight now and then, so maybe I should put the $$$ into more ammo! Thanks for the replies.:)

Hawkaaa53
March 24, 2002, 05:15 PM
Your origional thread mentioned a "grade 2 ??" ; could you mean
grade IV ? Such a gun may not be overpriced at $1500 . Check the
"Blue Book of Gun Values" for a better idea of the gun's value .

For a number of years , Brownings have been overbored and
use "Invector Plus" choke tubes ; you can get manufacturing info
from the S/N .

Most shooters "have to have" a least one O/U - - - at some time.
even if just for a while .Hawkaaa53