A5s at gun show

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DWalt
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A5s at gun show

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Just got back from the local gun show, not much there for me. I saw only one high-mileage M8 in .30 Rem and the guy wanted $550. That's far out of my negotiation range. But there were at least eight Browning A5s I saw, some in very good condition, most under $300. Problem was seven of them were in 16 gauge. Not that I have anything against a 16, but it does create an ammunition supply problem. You can find 16 ga shells locally, but the price is pretty high, and there's not much load selection. I wish the 16 were a more popular gauge, but it won't do anything a 3" 20 ga. won't do as well, and few seem to want 16 ga shotguns. I have a friend with a Rem 1100 in 16 ga, and he feeds it mainly with shells he buys at yard sales and estate sales. It's been about 4 months since he found a large plastic bag with about 150 loose 16 ga shells of various makes and loads for $10.00 at an estate sale. Too bad you can't do that every weekend.
Reloading is a partial answer, but 16 ga wads aren't usually available locally, so they have to be bought over the internet.

d-2
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Re: A5s at gun show

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I'm crazy about them A-5's. I have several 12's, 2 16's and not one 20 gauge A-5. I would like to have one but cant pay that big price so I have to settle for an 870 in 20 gauge...d2

DWalt
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Re: A5s at gun show

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I had a 20 ga Rem M11 once, a nice shotgun. I don't remember seeing one since I sold mine back about 1993. Wish I hadn't, it was a lot lighter and handier than the 12 ga M11 I also had at the same time, and sold at about the same time as the 20 ga.

I'd probably go for a 16 ga A5, but I really don't want to get back into shotshell reloading. I stopped that back when the price of reloading became approximately the same as buying loaded shells due to the astronomical increase in the price of lead shot. Plus I don't shoot clay birds anywhere nearly as much as I formerly did.

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