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#5456746 - 12/03/14 04:48 PM Browning a5 for upland bird hunting
Texas Bowhunter Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/27/12
Posts: 284
Anyone have much experience with the new Browning a5? Looking for a lightweight semi-auto to pheasant and dove hunt with. Open to other suggestions as well.

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#5457193 - 12/03/14 08:29 PM Re: Browning a5 for upland bird hunting [Re: Texas Bowhunter]
swmays Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 6150
Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
I've shot dove, ducks and quail with one since the early 70's. 26 inch improved barrel for dove and quail, 30 full for ducks back when lead was still being used. still shoot it today on occasion but lost the 30" bang

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#5457367 - 12/03/14 09:59 PM Re: Browning a5 for upland bird hunting [Re: Texas Bowhunter]
Sniper John Offline
gumshoe

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16686
Loc: North Texas
I think he is asking about the A5, not the long recoiling Auto 5 from the 70s. Look similar on the outside, but very different guns on the inside. The new A5 uses a knockoff of the Benelli Kinematic Drive system and with the hump still has the long sight plane of the old Auto 5. I have seen no complaints posted on the forum about the new design.
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#5458388 - 12/04/14 06:33 PM Re: Browning a5 for upland bird hunting [Re: Texas Bowhunter]
swmays Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 6150
Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
Oh. That A5. Never noticed them being Auto-5 before prior to the A5... cheers

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#5459209 - 12/05/14 07:56 AM Re: Browning a5 for upland bird hunting [Re: Texas Bowhunter]
trapperben Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/11/14
Posts: 160
Loc: Lubbock and Texas
I recently bought one with 3.5 chamber and 28 inch barrel. It so far functions flawlessly with heavy 3 inch steel loads. It is light and points great. I read a lot of reviews before buying it and did not find complaints of its function. Recoil is not bad with the 3" heavy loads. I would think a 26" barrel would work well for what you want.

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#5459262 - 12/05/14 08:26 AM Re: Browning a5 for upland bird hunting [Re: Texas Bowhunter]
colt45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 7440
Loc: bastrop county
I have 20 & 12, very satisfied
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#5459312 - 12/05/14 08:53 AM Re: Browning a5 for upland bird hunting [Re: Texas Bowhunter]
MuddyWater Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 06/13/13
Posts: 308
Loc: East Texas
I have had one for two years and the only issue that I have ever had was the metal peice on the forearm that inserts into the reciver broke off. It was held on by epoxy. I sent it to browning and they fixed it free of charge but it did take a few months to get it back. Outside of that it is a great shooting gun and I prefer it over my Maxus.
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#5459887 - 12/05/14 01:59 PM Re: Browning a5 for upland bird hunting [Re: Texas Bowhunter]
Maxus Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/05/11
Posts: 91
Loc: Wise County
The Maxus is another great option as well in the 26" version. I have the 28" version in my Maxus, it's extremely light, shoots even better. I use mine mainly for Duck and Dove. So I don't see a problem with it for quail and pheasant. The Maxus will eat anything you put down it. Also, the ease of cleaning either gun is a snap. You can't go wrong with either gun in my opinion. My next one will be the new A5 to go along with my old hump back, my dad gave me from his grandfather. I hope this helps you out. Good luck on your search.

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