The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old May 18, 2011, 02:48 PM   #1
gunbooth
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 18, 2011
Posts: 3
Browning Auto 5 Barrel..... Not marked where it was made?

Hey guys, not new to auto 5's at all but I have never seen one marked like this. One side is marked
BROWNING AUTO-5
* SPECIAL STEEL 20GA. SHELLS-2 3/4"-28" CHROME
BROWNING PATENTS
And the other side has no markings at all. So two questions, Does anyone know why it says chrome? And where was the barrel made?
I have had over 100 auto 5's and have never seen one like this. Any help would be appreciated!
gunbooth is offline  
Old May 18, 2011, 04:46 PM   #2
zippy13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 23, 2008
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,416
Greetings gunbooth, and welcome aboard.

Might it be newer replacement barrel, Japanese or late FN production? Hopefully one of the hard core Browning boys will have a definite answer. Is the barrel chrome lined? The "chrome" marking could be to alert anyone pondering doing some choke or chamber mods. How old is the receiver?
zippy13 is offline  
Old May 18, 2011, 04:50 PM   #3
lamarw
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 12, 2010
Location: Lake Martin, AL
Posts: 1,849
I believe the single "*" mark stands for full choke.

Also, I think a lot of the older barrels even for the old Winchester Model 12s were made of chrome even if blued.

Does the barrel serial number match the receiver serial number?

Double check me because I could be wrong.
lamarw is offline  
Old May 18, 2011, 08:48 PM   #4
SauerGrapes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 22, 2009
Location: S.E.PA.
Posts: 688
I think the newer Brownings have the hard chrome lined barrels, unlike the older Belgium guns.
Does yours have screw in chokes? Must be a Japan barrel.
__________________
NRA member, DCF&S member, PAFOA member, USPSA member, NSCA member

R.I.P.____Murphy
SauerGrapes is offline  
Old May 19, 2011, 08:18 AM   #5
gunbooth
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 18, 2011
Posts: 3
Bought it alone from an online auction so I cant match it up with a receiver. It is a fixed full choke. I will take some pictures of it later today. Does look absolutely identical to a Japan barrel I have accept completely missing the made in markings. Well, that and the CHROME line that I have never seen.
gunbooth is offline  
Old May 19, 2011, 10:52 AM   #6
gunbooth
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 18, 2011
Posts: 3




gunbooth is offline  
Old May 19, 2011, 12:05 PM   #7
oneounceload
Junior member
 
Join Date: April 18, 2008
Location: N. Central Florida
Posts: 8,518
Either the chamber is chrome lined or the entire barrel is. 70 is for 2-3/4" 15.8 is the bore diameter in mm at the muzzle, IIRC.

The normal Belgian proof mark is PV, not PT, so I am not sure where this made. It should have said something on the barrel somewhere
oneounceload is offline  
Old May 20, 2011, 01:58 AM   #8
zippy13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 23, 2008
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,416
Curiously, your Browning barrel has French proof-marks. Its marks are clearly those of the St. Etienne proof house. The F below the proof marks may stand for France, not full.

FYI: Varney-Carron the old French company that made barrels for Hastings, and has acquired the Hastings name, does replacement barrels for the Browning Auto-5

Last edited by zippy13; May 20, 2011 at 02:10 AM. Reason: add FYI
zippy13 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06802 seconds with 7 queries