Joined: 04 Jun 2009
Location: N. Shore, mn
Now that you guys have had these for awhile & hunted with them........
What bbl lengths & stock configs would you do over or reconsider if you were buying one either again or the first time? Mine would be used mainly for Upland bird hunting Ruffs & Phez. I also prefer the English grip. I like the hands closest to the plane of the bbl & my carry wrist likes the straight grip. I will not even consider the current grip for a purchase.
I picked mine up Tuesday and just tried it this morning. It was good on the clays I was shooting. I have the 28" barrel, could have had the 26" sooner but waited on this one. Will be used mostly on early season ducks with bismuth and doves with lead.
A very lively and quick little gun.
_________________ So after further consideration, a day in the field is better than a day anywhere else! (but, you shoulda been here yesterday)
Joined: 19 Nov 2013
Location: NW Arkansas
I ordered a 26 inch barrel and am pleased with it. However, I've only shot wild quail so far. Had I bought it for pheas, I probably would have went with a 28 incher. Having shot quail all my life, I gravitate toward shorter barrels/guns in most cases, as some of the sharp turns behind cedar trees, etc., defy staying on or leading the little buggers. Give me a "lively" gun for this sport! Given the weight and balance of the new A5, it's lively enough for me on quail. Other than throwing hulls in the grass, I have no complaints.
The thick grip was strange to me for a while, but I can't say that it caused me any problems shooting. I got used to it in a hurry. Since I mostly carry my bird guns with my right hand below the receiver while not on birds, carry was not an issue with me (wearing the blue off the bottom of the receiver is, however, like my Citori after 20 years of carry!). However, if I were parting sprouts with my left hand and carrying with my right hand on the grip like most grouse hunters, I would also prefer either a straight grip or a "long" grip like on my Ithaca NID, rather than the stubby-short grip on the new A5. But I doubt an autoloader shotgun would move to the front of the pack as my favorite grouse gun either!
After a couple of bird hunts, I did have to add the short spacer to lengthen the stock and the "down" shim to get slightly more drop, which put the gun spot on for me. Comes to the shoulder dead on.
_________________ 16s: 1954 Win M12 IC
1952 Ithaca M37 Mod
1955 Browning Auto-5 Mod
1940 Ithaca NID M/F
1959 Beretta Silver Hawk
Ranger 103-II M/F
Browning A-5 Sweet 16
Browning Citori Invector
Browning BPS Upland Invector
Rem 870 Remchoke
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