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  1. olepal

    olepal Elite Refuge Member

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    I just landed a 32" barrel for my Auto-5 3" mag. I have always held to the instructions from Browning to not shoot steel shot in my Light 12. This is a Belgium made barrel but is marked "Special Steel".
    What are your thoughts on shooting steel shot though it?


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  2. N3ckBe@rdSkyBust3r

    N3ckBe@rdSkyBust3r Senior Refuge Member

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    The term "Special Steel" has nothing to do with the barrels ability to accept steel shot. It's nothing more than a manufacturing term.
     
  3. Windrider

    Windrider Elite Refuge Member

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    Browning recommendation is to not do it.

    Conventional wisdom is you can shoot #2 or smaller through a modified or more open choke with minimal risk of damage.
     
  4. pudelpointer

    pudelpointer New Member

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    Put a Japan barrel on it they are steel shot safe and use envector plus chokes
     
  5. olepal

    olepal Elite Refuge Member

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    Okay folks, thanks. I have owned Auto-5's since 1971 so I am good. Just had never owned one that said "Special Steel".

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    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    You may have seen the words Acier Special which translated Acier is French for steel so they just changed that to English.
     
  7. lax

    lax Elite Refuge Member

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    Standard invector barrels are safe also.

    Shot steel through a 1958 Auto-5 with mod choke for years with no barrel bulge issues.
     
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    quack0905 Elite Refuge Member

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    I bought a 26" invector choked barrel for my A-5 in 1998. Have exclusively used the factory I/C choke on ducks/geese - it is a death ray; however, my 24" barreled SBE is much lighter, now the A-5 feels like I'm packing a 2hp outboard around, so I don't use it much any more. Still have the 32" F/C barrel for it.
     
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    Sunklands Senior Refuge Member

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    Any idea how much one of those 3" invector choked barrels would be nowadays? I have a '68 model.
     
  10. olepal

    olepal Elite Refuge Member

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    If you can find one on GunBroker.com or at Midwest Supply, they can run as much as $450.
     

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