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Old August 19, 2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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Browning Gold chamber pressure issues

Alright guys I need some expert advice if anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated. I recently traded my shotgun in for a used Browning Gold. I got out shooting today and I shot some trap loads through it. The only 2 trap loads I fired the brass separated entirely from the hull. The gun ejected the brass and the hull made it about a third to halfway up the barrel before it got stuck. I then shot a couple 3 inch steel loads to see if they would have better luck. They cycled fine and I fired 4 shots before I grabbed a hull to look it over. The entire bottom of the brass had domed out quite a ways. I have never seen anything like that but I knew right away it was an extreme pressure issue. We tried one of the loads in my buddies gun because they were a year old and I just wanted to make sure it wasn't anything to do with the shells. They shot fine out of his with no pressure issues. Has anyone had this issue with a shotgun or know what could be the cause of the problem? Or could anyone tell me what I might do to get this fixed? Goose season is 2 weeks away and I'd like to get it fixed before then if I can but I can borrow my dad's gun until October when pheasant season starts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old August 20, 2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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Call Browning and tell them to get you in contact with an authorized Browning gunsmith. My Gold Hunter never had that issue, but another it was fixed free of charge, yes I wasn't the original owner either.
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Old August 20, 2012, 05:22 AM   #3
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It is not a pressure issue, but it could be a lockup issue. I agree about the gunsmith.
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Old August 20, 2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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It is not a pressure issue, but it could be a lockup issue. I agree about the gunsmith.
This sounds more likely to me as well.
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Old August 20, 2012, 05:40 PM   #5
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you guys were right not a pressure issue. The head stamp is seating approx 1/64-1/32 of an inch too far back. I brought it into a gun shop in town and they were able to pinpoint that and we also switched the barrels around on one of their guns and were able to figure out that with the other barrel from the operating gun was put on mine the bolt and head stamp seated correctly. When my barrel was put on the other gun, the other gun had the same issue as mine. So we got it pinpointed as an issue with the barrel. They do not have a gunsmith however and the nearest one is approximately 45 minutes away. Is this something that will likely be able to be fixed or am I gonna need a whole new barrel?
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Old August 20, 2012, 06:54 PM   #6
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I would think you or your gunshop might try calling Browning - sounds like a defective barrel which could cause injury and lawsuit - they might get you a new one for free - doesn't hurt to call and ask
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Old August 20, 2012, 06:55 PM   #7
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45 min away ..isn't that big a deal / call him or her ...and talk to them first ..and tell them what you have...and see if they feel like they can do the work/and what it might cost you.

If not ....I'd suggest you contact Browning and get an opinion on what they recommend. Browning has a pretty good service center ..but they are not quick ...based on my buddies issues on some guns ...60 days or longer is common even on warranty work / and I doubt this would be covered under warranty - but then, that's up to them as well, after they inspect it - if you choose to ship it to them.

None of us have seen the actual issue in person ...so I don't think there is any way we can tell you for sure if it can be easily fixed or not.
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Old August 20, 2012, 07:05 PM   #8
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Thank you very much for the help guys I do appreciate it. I have a feeling I'll be running over to the gunsmith when I get my next day off.
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Old August 20, 2012, 08:55 PM   #9
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and good luck / we all hope its something really easy and inexpensive to fix...
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Old August 22, 2012, 09:50 AM   #10
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There are models of shotguns that mey have more than one variation of barrel. Being that its used, are you sure you have the right barrel for this gun. I would call Browning out in Arnolod Missouri and have a talk with them. Good folks out there.
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