Does anyone have the Browning A5
My brother gave me a new A-5, 3.5 inch, 30 inch marshland camouflage browning 3 years ago just before he passed away from cancer.
I’ve been duck hunting for 47 years with everything from a double to many autos. Here’s my assessment on the new A-5.
love the feel of the gun, quick to mount, shoots excellent. Perfect plane to swing and find birds. Regular 3” low recoil. Gun functions well with no ejection problems. I love the feel of this gun with about 500+ rounds.
the bad.... I’ve sent the gun back to browning 2 times in 3 years. Gun will not fire first shell, no dent on primer, bolt completely closed. never fails after that. Browning found problem on second return. Now I always bring An extra auto loader in the boat just in case my new a-5 fails. I just bought a new browning gold 10 gauge auto, marshland camo, can’t wait to shoot it. I know it’s slower than the 12- 3 1/2’s, but I shot one for 10 years and loved it. I also shot a new Franchi 12, 3 1/2 infinity for a backup last 2 years, love this gun, same configuration as the a5.
Watch for the rebates, I’ve seen them go from anywhere from $1150-1500.
I know it's preference, but I'd get a 26" barrel & a 3" chamber. If you ever need max performance just use the high $$, high density ammo.
You can also get an aftermarket choke & add an inch to the barrel. I like Trulock chokes, others are fine too.
I looked at an A5 but the Maxxus fits me better. I'm still using my original Gold Hunter without a bead...it broke off years ago. If I had the extra coin I would probably pick up a Maxxus myself.