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Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by Keegan, Apr 1, 2021.
#2 and smaller is safe for those old barrels ( full choke)....never had an issue with my old Mag 12
Go to the Brownell's site and order you a set of the Correct screw tips for the A5 screws and break it all the way down and give it a good cleaning....and a touch of Gun Oil in a few locations. Tip set is about $15.00. I've got all 5 models and break them down every few years and clean them....
^^^^^^ THIS! Yeah, don’t bugger up the classic’s screws. There are YouTube vids showing complete break downs of the Auto-5.
I have several Old A5s....have shot cases #4 steel through a few if them that are choked Mod witb zero bulges or problems.
Your gun was made between June and December of 1954.
Steel #2 and smaller gets shot through any older Auto 5 of mine with any choke more open than full...and I’ve not seen issues with #3-#4 steel through full chokes.....but you have to make your own call. All the factory, smooth bore slug barrels were cylinder choke, AFAIK. Hollow ground screwdrivers are a must, IF you need to disassemble them, but it’s generally not necessary for normal maintenance and cleaning.
We use to shoot steel out of model 12 heavy ducks all the time with no problems. One of our friends used to have a model 1200 full choke 30" he shot steel out of. Number four shot at ducks and F's at geese.
FWIW shooting to may steel shot loads with pellets larger than 2's will swage the constriction more open in due time , maybe even Ringing the barrel
just behind the tapered section on some guns ! Surely Barrel wall thickness dictates when it will happen ? Also , you'll never get the pattern density
with a .030 or tighter choke shooting steel larger than #2's as you would with a more open choke !
Never noticed any ringing, and kilt a lotta fowl. Not saying modified wouldn't have been a better choice. I believe that about pattern density. An old guy who ran the gun club i used to shoot at said the best goose gun was a cylinder or IC choked gun and magnum BB's. Said he got a great pattern and killed many geese at 60 to 70 yards with that combo. And by golly when an old guy tells me something I tend to believe it.