Browning Auto-5 or Remington Model 1100


July 8, 2008, 09:25 AM
Okay, so I've learned that I the CD I have is actually a Browning Auto 5 copy, so I'd like to start a new poll. Which should I keep, the Remington Model 1100 or the Browning Auto 5 (copy).


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July 8, 2008, 09:52 AM
The A-5 was long recoil operated; the 1100 gas piston op.

I would guess they're sufficiently different each could be good fun.

Hard to guess how one might respond to "which should I keep?" as it's not at all clear why, if one has both, one must be gotten rid of. Also, what would the remaining one be expected to do?

My wild guess is "both" unless one or the other has managed to annoy you. It's been my experience that when I get rid of something that hasn't offered me grief I eventually come to regret it.

July 8, 2008, 09:55 AM
I like to think of my Sweet 16 as "inertia operated". Take that, Benelli. And I shoot it better than anything else I own.

July 8, 2008, 10:45 AM
Both are gifts from a deceased Uncle (in law). I have to give one to my brother in law, who will shoot it once a year, and generally doesn't take care of his stuff. I will shoot it once a month, and would like to pass it down to my boys.

Dave McCracken
July 8, 2008, 11:12 AM
Keep the 1100.

July 8, 2008, 11:54 AM

Don Gwinn
July 8, 2008, 12:25 PM
The Auto-5 is a neat gun, but is a Charles Daly the equal of a Remington?

I've never held a Charles Daly shotgun, I'm just asking. I'd vote 1100.

Red Tornado
July 8, 2008, 02:44 PM
I agree to keep the 1100. The Auto 5 is a really cool gun, but the CD version doesn't justify ditching the 1100. What I would probably do is keep the 1100 and get a Remington Model 11 later on. It's the same design as the Auto 5 and then you've got a "collection" going. :)

July 8, 2008, 02:53 PM
I had a choice between an Auto 5 and an 1100 in 1963. I had already owned an Auto 5 at that time. I got an 1100 and never regretted it for a moment. The feel between the two guns is about as drastic as one can get with two autoloaders. If you like one, you probably will not like the other. Both work.

July 8, 2008, 03:20 PM
take them both to the range, shoot one then the other... you will figure it out real fast...

you will pick the 1100.

Blue Line
July 8, 2008, 11:13 PM
do a little homework first. Call each Manufacture and check the dates of manufacture. Which one is older? Is the A-5 a Belguim Browning?If it is then hands down the A-5. If its a Japan made A-5 its still a Browning but I'd lean toward the 1100. Is there any family history with either gun? Did Uncle get a double on quail on time with one or the other? Those stories have a lot to add to any legacy firearm you plan to hand down to your sons.

Lots of things to think about but both will be a good addition whichever you choose. Good Luck.

July 8, 2008, 11:32 PM
If the field were even instead of knockoff vs original, I would say take the Auto 5. Since it isn't, you should pick the 1100.

July 8, 2008, 11:49 PM
If you are going to use the gun, I would keep the 1100. Both are proven designs. Both are great guns. But, any gunsmith can work on an 1100 and parts are readily available. You can easily get other barrels, choke tubes, and just about any thing else for an 1100.

July 8, 2008, 11:52 PM
A CD copy of a Auto 5 cannot be compared to a original Browning! :banghead:
So keep the 1100!:cool:

July 8, 2008, 11:54 PM
You'd also do well to compare the respective quality and manufacturing techinques involved......That A/5 (even a clone) will outlast any stamped design. Virtually every part of old JB's design is machined from forgings....virtually every part of the Remington is stamped or cast. Pull one down and compare it to the other side by side and it is quickly apparent which one will be in there for the long, that's not to say that the 1100s a piece of sure is not, but in truth, from the standpoint of both reliability and longevity the A/5 wins hands down.....lots of newer shooters simply don't adjust well to the recoiling bbl in the Browning and prefer the admittedly smoother action of the Remington, thats OK too, but don't sell that old gun short......Mine is a "newer" one....made in 1954, and in all the years I've owned it it has NEVER failed to feed and to fire......light or heavy loads seem to make no difference. It is also utter lightening to reload, if thats a consideration, if it has a split carrier...........way quicker than an 1100 and I've actually compared mine to a hunting buddys in that department.....

Both are good gun designs, just depends on what pleases you........guess I'm an anachronism tho, I absolutely cannot stand Glocks either!

August 20, 2008, 11:49 PM
I shot both today, and I must say, I prefer the Charles Daly, and so did my shooting buddy. The action was a little "clunkier" and not as fast as the 1100, but The CD was lighter and felt better...


August 21, 2008, 03:31 PM
An 1100 is Remingtons best autoloader IMHO. If the A% was a sweet sixteen or a 20 ga Belgian or a higher grade 12ga I'd keep it over the A-5. The CD copy is not in the same league! Keep the 1100!

August 21, 2008, 09:10 PM
Just so you know the Charles Daly, Daiwa,and KFC copies of a Browning A5 are all made by the KFC factory in Japan. The same factory that made the Japan- Browning A5.

August 21, 2008, 09:38 PM
I'd have to vote for the 1100. Reliable, less recoil, and much lighter to carry in the field if it is as heavy as the ones I have used. I don't know about the weight of the CD copy.

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