Quantcast

Just inherited a Browning .410 pigeon grade over-and-under for skeet

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by jski, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. jski

    jski Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2016
    Messages:
    499
    Location:
    Florida
    This puppy has a beaver tail forearm and is made in Belgium, therefore I've concluded it was made between 1968 and 1978. It's in exquisite condition and will be even more exquisite when it comes back from Browning's Missouri shop where it's getting all new springs, firing pins, etc., "extreme maintenance".

    I've shot skeet before but with 12ga and 20ga Citoris. What's the advice with a .410 for skeet?

    And here's another biggy: I'm considering having the stock sized for my wife. She's been skeet shooting before but didn't like the kick from a 20ga. Since this is a .410 and heavy for a .410 at that, the recoil should be mild at most. But I'm afraid the .410 will do more to frustrate her than help her. Suggestions?
     
  2. kudu
    • Contributing Member

    kudu Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2003
    Messages:
    3,297
    Location:
    north central indiana
    Could very well happen, but they are fun to shoot if expensive. One way to find out is to shoot it.

    .410 is considered an experts gun for skeet, and can be exasperating to break targets with. When I shot Registered skeet back 25 years ago the .410 was the only gauge I was unable to shoot a straight 100 with, had dozens of 99's, 98's and 97's, and many times that was enough to win an event then. You had to be in the sweet spot every time to run them, no extra pellets to maybe break that bird with a stray.

    Congratulations and we expect to see some pics when you have time.
     
  3. rabid wombat

    rabid wombat Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2014
    Messages:
    153
    Location:
    TX
    For your wife....fit, fit, fit.

    Pay a little extra for a real fitting, vs just cutting. In Houston, the man is Larry Feland. He is a great shotgun guy. http://www.felandgunsmith.com/
     
    Gordon likes this.
  4. Sappyg2.0

    Sappyg2.0 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2018
    Messages:
    57
    Leave the gun as is and enjoy. 410s are great for skeet but they are, as you might say, 'an acquired taste'.

    If the Mrs. Cant enjoy a light 20 gage semi then this isn't the gun for her. Sounds like she doesn't shoot much anyway and yes, the 410 would likely become a frustration.
     
  5. George P

    George P Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Messages:
    757
    The info on the receiver and barrels will indicate the date. Make sure it isn't a salt wood gun. A 410 IS an expert's gun. You might look into getting 28 gauge tubes for your wife's 20
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
  6. entropy

    entropy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2004
    Messages:
    5,699
    Location:
    G_d's Country, WI
    Check your ego at the door....
     
    Sappyg2.0 and George P like this.
  7. Gordon

    Gordon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    8,746
    Location:
    central Kali.
    I think Browning will take care of possible "saltwood" problems if they are overhauling it. Yeah .410 does not blast a skeet out of the air like 3/4 or more .oz of shot does. I have found the Belgian Browning Skeet 1 and Skeet 2 chokes in .410s almost magical if polished.
     
  8. George P

    George P Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Messages:
    757
    IF it is salt wood, and IF they take care of it, expect to get a nice bill for that work.
     
    Gordon likes this.
  9. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1,645
    Location:
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    Okay, I hafta ask,,,

    What inna heck is "salt wood"?

    Aarond

    .
     
  10. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,665
    At one time Browning used some walnut that had been packed in salt to accelerate drying. The wood retained salt and rusts the dickens out of the gun. There are pictures of a salt wood T22 around here somewhere. Ugly.
     
    Gordon likes this.
  11. Gordon

    Gordon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    8,746
    Location:
    central Kali.
    When you take foreend off and see rusting or pitting where wood touches bottom s of barrels it probably has Salt wood if in the right year range. Of course to be sure stock needs to be pulled and receiver and Tang needs to be .Hecked. To replace spring s they will be doing that
     
  12. jski

    jski Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2016
    Messages:
    499
    Location:
    Florida
    Here she be:
    upload_2018-6-14_13-55-18.jpeg
     
    alsaqr likes this.
  13. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1,645
    Location:
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    "At one time Browning used some walnut that had been packed in salt to accelerate drying."

    Thank you,,,

    Aarond

    .
     
  14. kudu
    • Contributing Member

    kudu Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2003
    Messages:
    3,297
    Location:
    north central indiana
    Looks pretty, what does it weigh in at, just shy of 7 pounds maybe?
     
  15. Sappyg2.0

    Sappyg2.0 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2018
    Messages:
    57
    Oh my. That's a real cherry right there.
     
  16. George P

    George P Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Messages:
    757
    Most likely at LEAST 7 pounds as Browning only made two frame sizes and that is a skeet gun, so weight would be there to make it feel like the other gauges.
     
  17. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2010
    Messages:
    7,909
    Location:
    East TN
    When I was shooting competitive skeet, I'd bring out the .410 periodically between tournaments to adjust my attitude on the ability to hit the targets.

    All my target rounds were loaded to about the same velocity so leads were the same between the 4 gauges. The .410 required more care to be on the money with the swing and lead to get the hit.

    The .410 also pointed out mistakes and at times made it harder to correct mistakes.

    In any case, it is fun to shoot .410 in skeet. Besides my tubed competition gun, I have a Mossberg 500 and a Browning Cynergy O/U in .410, all fun to be humiliated with on the skeet field.:)
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2018
    entropy likes this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice