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Browning 16 Gauge

I have a Browning Semi-automatic 16 gauge passed down from my great-grandfather. Just wondering what that gun would be good for.
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Everthing.I love a 16ga.and I know for a fact that my dad,s vintage Ithaca will do anything a 12 will do if not better.His on a bench with slugs and open sites of course is dead on center at 100 yds and has takin dozens of deer over the decades.My dad bought it shortly after WW2.The only down side is the shells aren,t as readily found as they used to be.Have fun with a great gift in a great ga.
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What model is it? Is it a Model A5 in 16 gage? You may have a treasure there and like the man said the 16 can do "everything". It's just a shade smaller than a 12 but, oh, so sweet. Sweet 16....

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I enjoy shooting my 870 in 16 ga.

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The first shotgun I had was an 870 16 ga Wingmaster. I sold it at a gun show in Hamburg several years ago and I regret it to this day.

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If its engraved "sweet sixteen" it probably won't be good for anything so you might as well sell it to me. Lol.

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Re: Browning 16 Gauge

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If its engraved "sweet sixteen" it probably won't be good for anything so you might as well sell it to me. Lol.
My dads sweet 16 was part of him.

Waaaay back [before I knew any better, I was maybe 14] we had a few bats nesting in a nook at camp.

We drove up one summer afternoon and grilled dinner.

He took the plug out and filled a 'nail apron' w/ a box of lo brass 7.5's & shot 3 of 5 bats as they flew out...

at twilight!

Shot most of the shells!

Took him from new in the mid 50's until he died.

Shot boxes of shells every year. I think he had to replace the firing pin around 2001.

We reloaded for years and he had only 2 hang up.

It still shoots flawlessly today! It belongs to my nephew.

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Re: Browning 16 Gauge

The 16 ga. earned the tag line; "Hits lit a twelve, carries like a twenty." If you have the Sweet Sixteen, that's a nice shotgun. Just be careful and ensure you don't have one of the really early ones chambered with 2 9/16" chambers.

On the left side of the barrel, just above the forearm wood, there will be stamped on the barrel the numbers "16-65" or "16-75". 65= 2 9/16" 75= 2 3/4"

If it's 65mm, you will have to use 2 1/2" shells, which are available from a number of sources.
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I've killed everything from doves to turkeys with mine. Many, many wood ducks before the days of steel shot. I just retired it after 34 years of flawless service.

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Re: Browning 16 Gauge

Love my 16 gauge, probably my favorite gun to hunt with. Enjoy it

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