How can I tell what kind of choke my Browning A5 12g is. I seem to remember there being a trick with coins or something.
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August 22, 2009, 05:23 PM
Do you mean what type of choke or what constriction? The a5 uses (browning invector + ) choke tubes. That is not the same as the browning invector just to let you know.
I don't know of a trick but you may be able to use a coin. butter knife, etc to remove the choke tube in it but if its in there tight you may scratch some things up. You should just buy a choke wrench they are pretty cheap.
As for what choke is in it. When you get it out of the barrel it should say on the outside what it is.
August 22, 2009, 05:41 PM
The Browning A5 uses three types of chokes:
3: Invector +
If it is fixed there will be choke constriction markings on one side of the barrel, * for full, ** for Modified, **- for Improved Cylinder, **$ for Skeet, *** for Cylinder.
The other two will be marked on the tube itself.
August 22, 2009, 05:41 PM
Belgium made Browning A-5 shotguns didn't have screw-in chokes. You purchased the shotgun in the barrel length and choke you wanted. You bought additional barrels if other chokes were required. I remember that if a dime wouldn't fit into the muzzle, it was full choke, however I don't remember what gage this worked on.
August 22, 2009, 05:47 PM
If it is fixed there will be choke constriction markings on one side of the barrel, * for full, ** for Modified, **- for Improved Cylinder, **$ for Skeet, *** for Cylinder
August 22, 2009, 06:16 PM
He figured it out already......
August 22, 2009, 06:44 PM
A little tip on Belgium made A5's.
Because of the changes to shells, advanced plastic wads, they tend to pattern tighter than a tubed A5. I shoot SC with a 1954 Cylinder barreled A5 and it flat smokes clays
August 22, 2009, 07:52 PM
The coin trick is to use a dime to check for full but my A5 is marked as a modified ( ** ) it tests as full with a dime. The end of the barrel mikes out at .695 (on an 870 that would be a full choke if the bore is a standard .729. The A5 also patterns as a full so as was stated above the old A 5s are choked tighter than today's guns. Good luck : Bill
August 23, 2009, 12:53 AM
as was stated above the old A 5s are choked tighter than today's guns. Good luck : Bill
That explains alot. I shot a round of sporting clays with my 1960 mod. It was either a clean miss or black smoke.
August 23, 2009, 07:27 AM
Bear with me I am trying to post this link from me cell.
Here is a chart showing Browning factory specs, using a TESA bore mic I can validate several of their specs as dead on. The mic can measure within .0005" accurately.