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Old March 24, 2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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Value of Granddad's Browning 16 guage?

Anyone know the approximate value of a Belgium made Browning 16 guage shotgun, automatic, st'd weight, no engaving, with pad, good condition and shoots well, serial number 254XX? Thanks!
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Old March 24, 2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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In my opinion / value is about the same as the 12ga in your link above ...around $ 300.

These days a 16ga is less desireable than a 12ga ...because today, we have more shell options for a 12ga ...( in 1 oz of shot, etc )..so balistically, you can make a 12ga behave just like a 16ga ( or a 20ga , etc )....

Up until the 1970's - everyone had a "duck gun", and a "pheasant gun" ..and a "grouse gun" ...etc ..../ because it was before we had screw in chokes / and before we had so many options with commercial shells.
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Old March 24, 2011, 06:48 PM   #3
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Belgium made "Sweet Sixteens" have become highly collectible.....I've seen some go for $900-to-$3000. Condition is everything. The 16's are bringing more than 12's primarily because there were fewer made.
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Old March 24, 2011, 08:25 PM   #4
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You can check out CLOSED auctions on Gunbroker to see what similar guns have sold for.

Whatever the monetary value, it shouldn't compare to the family sentimental value
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Old March 24, 2011, 09:42 PM   #5
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No more than $100 --- but I would be happy to take it off your hands for $200. ....

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Old March 25, 2011, 03:06 PM   #6
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Wow values of $ 900 - $ 3,000 is way out of the ball-park based on what I see around here ...and what I see on GunBroker...

Its not a scientific test ....but as near as I can tell, there are about 167 Browning Auto 5's on GunBroker for sale right now ... and about 15 of the 167guns for sale are 16ga versions. There is not a single bid on any of the 15 guns ( in 16ga ) that I could see on GunBroker ...and I didn't fuss with the search options too much / but I didn't see any sold recently either.

I didn't run a spreadsheet or anything on the pricing ....but it seems to me that a lot of them were up for sale for under $ 600 ....and a few were
$ 1,200 or more too ...but just like my buddy in the used gun business locally ....he says he has a bunch of them he can't sell ( mostly 12ga ) ...and he sure doesn't want anymore of them in his inventory / unless they come in as a trade / where he can move something else.

I hope you keep these guns and enjoy them ....don't sell them ...
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Old March 28, 2011, 10:19 AM   #7
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These days a 16ga is less desirable than a 12ga ...
I have found exactly the opposite to be true. 16 20 or 28 always bring more money


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Belgium made "Sweet Sixteen’s" have become highly collectible.....I've seen some go for $900-to-$3000.

Being a 16 ga auto-5 doesn't automatically make it a sweet sixteen

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Old March 28, 2011, 10:35 AM   #8
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Are there collectors who're after non-Sweet 16-ga Auto-5s?
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Old March 28, 2011, 11:53 AM   #9
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Thanks

Again I appreciate all the responses and wish I could keep them but divorce attorneys aren't cheap. LOL. This gives me an idea as to what I should sell these at. Thanks.
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Old March 28, 2011, 11:57 AM   #10
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Like I said in the 12ga thread ....values vary a lot by region on these old Auto 5's . With the slings attached ( and the holes the rings made ) it devalues these guns for true "collectors".

I suggest you find a good local retailer - and put them on consignment / see if you can get some buyers to make you an offer. I'm not sure we helped you much on the 16ga - since we have such a variety of opinions ....but I think that's part of the issue on the Auto 5's ....some people love them / some people hate them ...and you have to find the buyer that has to have one of them / or both of them ...

Good Luck.
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