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Old 08-30-2011, 03:09 PM
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Browning Auto 5 Friction Ring Setting


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I have a Browning Auto 5 Light 12. The manual says the friction rings have different settings for high and low power shells. My question is, what setting do I use for skeet shells and what setting for Dove shells?

Any recommendations for quality reasonably priced dove loads?
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I'd need to know the difference between skeet and dove shells before I could answer prmarine.

Skeet can't be harvested as game and doves aren't hard to kill (if you can hit them). I'd say that the gas rings should be set near the same.

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:15 PM
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Both loads are close in power. I would use the low powered ring for both and have fun shooting
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Yup, set it for low power.

Don't forget to switch back when you return to the high power loads. This is important.
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For light loads the beveled washer go's against the reciever under the recoil spring. With the bevel facing the reciever.
For heavy loads the washer is on top of the recoil spring with the bevel against the friction ring.

There are no gas rings, the Browning A5 is recoil operated.
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My A-5 Light Twelve is used for doves and I typically shoot normal "game loads" in it of 7 1/2 or 8 size shot (at least 1 full ounce). I have never had a problem, leaving the friction ring in the "heavy" mode/position in mine.
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Take a look here for a link to a diagram showing the different load setups.

http://www.browning.com/customerserv...ail.asp?ID=105

Before you do anything, make sure the gun is clean. Any settings will not work properly with a gummed up action. However, this action should not be 'over-oiled' either; wipe away excess lube.

The 'forcing ring' is the steel ring (about 1/8" wide) that has a recessed bevel on one end, flat end on the other. This is the piece that gets moved forward or back of the main coil spring depending on load strength. The 'friction ring' is the brass piece (about 7/8" long) that has a piece of blued spring steel around it. Both are split, and the splits should be lined up, IIRC. Good luck.
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Here's the A5 manual.

media.browning.com/pdf/om/auto5_light_om_s.pdf


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Two things: Lube the mag tube and dry off with a clean rag. A dry tube has too much friction and gun won't eject, too much lube and the friction mechanism doesn't work causing battering of internal parts. The main thing with the A-5 is to set the rings for heavy loads, if it ejects, leave it alone, you don't often need the light setting except for very light loads. Here endeth the lesson. Goatwhiskers the Elder
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Two things: Lube the mag tube and dry off with a clean rag. A dry tube has too much friction and gun won't eject, too much lube and the friction mechanism doesn't work causing battering of internal parts. The main thing with the A-5 is to set the rings for heavy loads, if it ejects, leave it alone, you don't often need the light setting except for very light loads. Here endeth the lesson. Goatwhiskers the Elder
Limited experience with A-5s. I agree with Goatwhiskers about this though. Is a very classic firearm design that should be respected for what it is.

I'd also not experiment much with modern loads if I owned one. They are tough and reliable. Not invincible. Old hi-brass loads advertised 4 dram equivalant in a 2 3/4 inch shell. New ones advertise at 3 1/4 dram equivalant. I guess I'd stay about there if it shoots and functions with non-hi-tech loads loaded with lead shot. A good repeatable hand-load woud be prefered for me. All that for the "heavy friction-ring adjustment".

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Mine is a magnum 20, but I only change the rings when going from 3" to 2-3/4" shells. A light 12 will be all 2-3/4" shells. If it were me, I probably would never change it.
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