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Browning Citori Field information

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by GCMkc, May 10, 2013.

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  1. GCMkc

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    Hey guys. I'm trying to figure out how much my Browning Citori is worth. It was my Father's and I have no desire to keep it anymore. I would rate it at 95% condition. I know next to nothing about Browning Citoris or shotguns for that matter.

    Are there various Grades for the Citori line?
    Specs:
    Browning Citori Field O/U
    12gauge 2.75" - 3"
    28" Barrels
    Made in Japan 1984 (Browning manual lists it at $775 at time of purchase Nov. 1984)
    Marked INVECTOR on left side of barrel assembly. (Don't know what this means)
    3 Chokes and choke removal tool
    Engraving
    Laminate stocks
    Browning leather carrying case

    Serial: 185xxPW153

    What's the going rate for one of these?

    Thanks guy.
     
  2. eastbank

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    i don,t think 1000.00 would be out of line. i have the same shotgun with 26 inch barrels and i would not sell it for less. eastbank.
     
  3. Hunterdad

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    $1000 sounds about right. "Invector" is the style choke tubes it takes.
     
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    Laminate stock? I, like Eastbank had a 26"years ago that I bought when JC Penney got out of selling guns. $1000, maybe, depending on condition.

    BTW - Invector is the choke tube system, not ot be confused with Invector-Plus

    Is the case real leather or the leather-ette vinyl?

    Pics might help, as well as looking on auction sites at closed auctions
     
  5. maxyedor

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    There are several different grades of Citoris, yours being the Field Grade is the lower end "working gun", not that that in any way means it's a low end gun, it just lacks the bling. Unfortunately for you, the field models do not gain value like the sporting models do, but they're still fine firearms.

    The "Invector" on the side of the barrels denotes the choke tube style, the newer guns are Invector+ or even newer Invector DS.

    The going rate depends on your local maret, willingness to ship, and some of the finer details, such as amount of engraving, and how it locks up. That laminate stock is interesting, have not seen them on older Citoris, they released a SHOT show special with them a few years back, and they look pretty cool, but if it's an aftermarket stock on your gun, that's going to hurt the value. They're quite rangy on price, anywhere from $600 on the low, to $1200ish on the high side if all is correct. Potential buyers will want to see a picture of the release lever looking straight down at it with the barrels locked to gauge usage on the gun, a new gun the lever will be significantly clocked to the right on a new gun, centered on a well used gun and to the left on a worn out gun, a worn out gun can be re-fit and run for another lifetime, but it's an expensive task, thus hurting the gun's value.

    I need another Citori like a hole in the head, but post some pictures and I'll probably be forced to make you an offer, or perhaps work out a trade for something taking up space in my safe.
     
  6. GCMkc

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    Correction, the stocks are not laminate. I don't know what I was thinking.

    I have no idea if the case is leather or leather-ette vinyl.

    The shotgun is very stiff when opening the action. It's barely seen any use. I've taken it to the trap range one time myself.

    I'll get some pictures up this after noon.
     
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    That gun needs some grease and oil on it - it looks VERY dry. Use grease on the hinge pin and the knuckles - that's those rounded areas on either side of the hinge pin, along with some oil on the ejector/extractors. I like to use grease on parts that rotate and oil on parts that slide - but that is me - that hinge does need grease. The gun has been shot as you can see by the marks on the breech face, but it looks in great condition . Since that case has the fleece lining, IIRC, it is a vinyl exterior - the case itself is worth about $175 +/-.

    HTH
     
  11. GCMkc

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    Can you recommend some grease? I'm kinda a lube newb.
     
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    Shooter's Choice red grease in the syringe, or RIG grease in a little jar - or anything similar. IIRC, even Hoppe's make a tube with a good grease - go easy and don't add too much, but you want those areas to have that lubrication when working the action
     
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