GOLD FUSION SHOTGUN

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GOLD FUSION
SHOTGUN
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W E A R E P L E A S E D T H AT Y O U H AV E
CHOSEN A BROWNING GOLD FUSION
AUTOLOADING SHOTGUN.
The new Gold Fusion shotgun incorporates the very finest
in materials, craftsmanship and technology. Its unique,
self-regulating gas system allows you to shoot all loads
interchangeably (depending on chambering). With
reasonable care, your Gold Fusion is designed to provide
you with many years of pleasure and dependable service.
Please feel free to write us immediately if you have any
observations regarding its performance and operation.
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YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
FIREARMS SAFETY
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How
seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between
life and death. Failure to follow any of these instructions can cause
extensive damage to your gun and/or possible serious injury or death
to yourself or others.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR CARELESS OR ABUSIVE HANDLING OF ANY
FIREARM. AT ALL TIMES, HANDLE ANY FIREARM WITH INTENSE RESPECT
FOR ITS POWER AND POTENTIAL DANGER.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING
PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE
USING YOUR NEW FIREARM.
1 ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR SHOTGUN POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION. Do this even though you are certain it is unloaded.
Never point any firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Be
extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within the
range of your ammunition.
2 NEVER RELY TOTALLY ON YOUR SHOTGUN’S MECHANICAL “SAFETY” DEVICE.
Always assume that your gun can be fired at any time, even with all
safety mechanisms engaged. The work “safety” describes a gun’s
mechanical devices that are designed to place your gun in a SAFER
status. No guarantee can be made that the gun will not fire even if the
“safety” is in the “on safe” position. See “Operation of the Safety” later
in this manual for instructions on operation of this gun’s “safety.”
LIKE ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE, A “SAFETY” CAN SOMETIMES FAIL; IT
CAN BE JARRED OR INADVERTENTLY MANIPULATED INTO AN UNSAFE
CONDITION. Mechanical “safeties” merely aid safe gun handling and
are no excuse for pointing your shotgun’s muzzle in an unsafe
direction. While it is a good idea to “test” your gun’s mechanical
“safeties” periodically for proper function, NEVER TEST THEM WHILE
YOUR FIREARM IS LOADED OR POINTED IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION.
Safe gun handling does not stop with your gun’s mechanical “safety”
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devices, — it starts there. Always treat this shotgun with the respect
due a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm.
NEVER TEST THE MECHANISM OF ANY FIREARM WHILE IT IS LOADED
OR POINTED IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION.
3 WHENEVER YOU HANDLE ANY FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE,
MAKE SURE IT IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. Always open the action
immediately, and visually check the chamber. Make certain that the
chamber does not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always
keep the chamber empty and the safety in the “on safe” position
unless shooting is imminent.
4 DO NOT TRANSPORT ANY LOADED FIREARM. Keep all firearms
unloaded during transport, whether stored in a holster, gun case,
scabbard or other container.
5 HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREESTANDS IS DANGEROUS.
Doing so may increase the risk of handling a firearm. The following
rules should always be observed by you and those you hunt with:
Always make certain that the stand being used is safe and stable.
Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded when it is being
taken up and down from the stand. Always make certain that your
firearm is not dropped from the stand, or dropped while it is being
taken up or down from the stand. Remember, a loaded firearm may
discharge when dropped, even with the safety in the “on safe” position.
6 BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS. Do this for the safety of both
your gun and yourself. Mud, snow and an infinite variety of other
objects may inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It takes only one
small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that can
ruin (swell or rupture) the finest barrels.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN YOUR
FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. Make sure no live rounds are in
the chamber(s). Place the safety in the “on safe” position.
After assuring yourself that the firearm is completely unloaded, again,
open the breech or action, and look through the barrel(s) to be sure
it is clear of any obstruction. If an obstruction is seen, no matter
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how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch
as described later in this manual. Before the first firing, clean the
bore with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust
compounds in the action/chamber areas.
7 ALWAYS COMPLETELY UNLOAD ALL FIREARMS WHEN NOT IN USE. As a safety
precaution, it is preferable to disassemble your gun for storage. Your
responsibilities do not end when your firearm is unattended. Store
your firearm and ammunition separately and well beyond the reach
of children. Take all safeguards to ensure that any firearm does not
become available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands.
8 USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION. The barrel and action of all Browning
firearms have been made with substantial safety margins over the
pressures developed by established American commercial loads.
Nevertheless, Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur
through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimensions which
develop pressures in excess of commercially available ammunition
which has been loaded in accordance with standards established by the
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI).
9 BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION. IF YOU
DETECT AN OFF SOUND OR LIGHT RECOIL WHEN A SHELL IS FIRED, DO
NOT LOAD ANOTHER SHELL INTO THE CHAMBER. Open the action and
remove the shell from the chamber(s) as well as the action areas and
magazine (when applicable). With the action open, glance down the
barrel to make sure that a wad or other obstruction does not remain
in the barrel. Completely clear the barrel before loading and firing
again. Failure to follow these instructions can cause extensive damage
to your gun and possible serious injury to yourself and others.
10 MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU
DISCHARGE A FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE
TO AMMUNITION OR AFTER CLEANING A FIREARM. Lead exposure can
be obtained from discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas,
cleaning firearms or handling ammunition. Lead is a substance that
has been known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other
serious injury.
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11 NEVER INSERT A SHELL OF THE INCORRECT GAUGE IN ANY SHOTGUN.
The gauge of your shotgun is marked on the side of the barrel. Store
all shells of different gauges in completely separate and well-marked
containers. Never store shells of mixed gauges in a common container
or in your pockets.
EXAMINE EVERY SHELL YOU PUT IN YOUR GUN. NEVER PUT A 20
GAUGE SHELL IN A 12 GAUGE GUN. The most common way to bulge
or rupture a shotgun barrel is to drop a 20 gauge shell into a 12 gauge
chamber. The 20 gauge shell, unfortunately, will not fall completely
through the barrel; its rim is caught by the front of a 12 gauge
chamber. Your gun will misfire (with the chamber appearing to be
empty). It is then possible to load a 12 gauge shell behind the 20
gauge shell. If the gun is then fired, the result will be a so-called
“12-20 burst” which can cause extensive damage to your gun and
possible serious injury to you and others.
12 USE SHELLS OF THE CORRECT LENGTH. Do not use 3-1/2" shotgun
shells in any shotgun or barrel with a 2-3/4" or 3" chamber. Do not
use 3" shells in a shotgun chambered for 2-3/4" shells. Doing so can
result in a buildup of dangerously high pressures that may damage
your gun and possibly cause serious injury to yourself or others.
The size of the chamber is inscribed, along with gauge and choke
designations on the side of the barrel.
13 DO NOT SNAP THE FIRING PIN ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER —THE CHAMBER MAY
NOT BE EMPTY! Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even
though you are certain the gun is unloaded.
14 KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE LOADING AND
UNLOADING UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.
15 BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP. Particularly during low
light periods. Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot at
water or hard objects.
16 ALWAYS UNLOAD THE CHAMBER AND MAGAZINE OF ANY FIREARM
BEFORE CROSSING A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR
NEGOTIATING OTHER OBSTACLES. Never lean or place any loaded
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firearm on or against a fence, tree, car or other similar object.
17 WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING. Unprotected,
repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear ear
protectors (shooting ear plugs or muffs) to guard against such
damage. Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying
particles. Always keep a safe distance between the muzzle of your
firearm and any persons nearby, as muzzle blast, debris and ejecting
shells could inflict serious injury. Also, wear eye protection when
disassembling and cleaning any firearm to prevent the possibility
of springs, spring-tensioned parts, solvents or other agents from
contacting your eyes.
18 DROPPING OR JARRING A LOADED GUN CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENTAL
DISCHARGE. This can occur even with the “safety” in the “on safe”
position. Be extremely careful while hunting or during any shooting
activity, to avoid dropping any firearm.
19 IF ANY FIREARM FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION. Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Carefully open the action and remove the shell or cartridge. If the
primer is indented, the cartridge should be disposed of in a way
that cannot cause harm. If the primer is not indented, your firearm
should be examined by a qualified gunsmith and the cause of the
malfunction should be corrected before further use.
20 BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING
AROUND YOU AND OTHERS. Don’t be timid when it comes to gun
safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of these safety
precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices.
21 BE CERTAIN ALL FIREARMS ARE UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING.
Because so many gun accidents occur when a firearm is being
cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your
gun is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. Keep
ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the
mechanical function of any firearm with live ammunition.
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22 TEACH AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR
FAMILY — ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NONSHOOTERS.
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Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage
enrollment in hunting/shooting safety courses.
23 NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS
BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING. Your vision and judgment could be
dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and
to others.
24 PERFORM PERIODIC MAINTENANCE — AVOID UNAUTHORIZED
SERVICING.
Your new firearm is a mechanical device which will not last forever, and
as such, is subject to wear and requires periodic inspection, adjustment
and service. Browning firearms should be serviced by a Browning
Recommended Service Center or by Browning’s service facility in
Arnold, Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for
injuries suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing, alterations or
modifications of Browning firearms.
25 BROWNING RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS
THAT HAVE BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.
Removal of metal from barrel(s), or modifications of the firing
mechanism and/or operating parts may lead to Browning’s refusal of
service on such firearms. Browning will charge the owner for parts
and labor to return the firearm to original Browning specifications.
26 READ AND HEED ALL WARNINGS in this instruction book, on
ammunition boxes and with all accessories that you install on your
firearm. It is your responsibility to secure the most up-to-date
information on the safe handling procedures of your Browning gun.
Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe
or improper gun accessories or ammunition combinations are used.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ALTER THE TRIGGER, SAFETY
OR OTHER PARTS OF THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THIS OR ANY OTHER
FIREARM. FAILURE TO OBEY THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY
OR DEATH TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
BE CAREFUL!
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FIGURE 1
Butt
Stock
Safety
Operating Handle
Rib
Barrel
Muzzle
Receiver
Trigger
Forearm
Magazine Cap
Carrier Release Button
N O M E N C L AT U R E
In conventional gun terminology, the position and movement of
shotgun parts are described as they occur with the shotgun horizontal
and in normal firing position; i.e. the muzzle is forward or front; the
butt stock is rearward or rear; the trigger is downward or underneath;
the sight is upward or on top. For general parts nomenclature,
refer to Figure 1. The Browning Gold Fusion shotgun is shown
disassembled to the extent necessary in order to follow instructions
contained in this book (Figure 1-A on the next page).
G E N E R A L O P E R AT I O N
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The Browning Gold Fusion shotgun is a gas operated, autoloading
shotgun. It is capable of shooting five shots (with the magazine plug
removed using 2 3/4" loads) in rapid succession with each pull of the
trigger. Upon firing, high pressure gas from behind the shot charge
passes through two ports in the barrel, through the gas bracket and
into the gas cylinder. High pressure gases force the gas piston
rearward, applying pressure to the piston rod. As the piston rod moves
rearward, it pushes the bolt assembly rearward, operating the action.
As the bolt assembly moves rearward, it recocks the hammer and
ejects the fired shell. After full rearward travel, the bolt assembly
returns forward, picking up a new shell from the magazine and
chambering it automatically. After the last shell has been fired, the bolt
assembly locks to the rear, instead of returning forward. This
facilitates speedy reloading. The short-stroke of the gas piston along
with the snug, gas sealing fit of the piston rod limits the amount of
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FIGURE 1A
Gas Bracket
Bolt
Barrel Extension
Bolt Handle
Bolt Slide Link
Bolt Slide
Sleeve Spring
Trigger Group
Magazine Tube
Sleeve
Gas Piston
Trigger Pins
Magazine Cap
Forearm
Magazine
Follower
Magazine Spring
Magazine
Spring
Retainer
combustion gases blown out of the gas cylinder and into the receiver,
keeping the inside of the receiver clean.
FUSION ACCESSORIES
Your Browning Gold Fusion Autoloader shotgun should come with
these accessories:
• Carrying case
• Five Invector-Plus choke tubes, to include Full, Improved Mod.,
Modified (installed in barrel), Improved Cylinder and Skeet.
• One Hi-Viz™ Sight Kit which includes a base, six fluorescent light
pipes and two opaque white sights.
• Three spacers to adjust drop-at-comb. The neutral spacer is installed.
• One container of Lube Shot oil is provided for the working
mechanism. CAUTION: Never use oil intended for wood on the
working mechanism; never use oil intended for metal parts and
mechanical mechanism on the wood.
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The Gold Fusion shotgun is delivered with the magazine adapter
in the magazine which limits the gun to three shots, in accordance
with federal migratory bird laws. If you do not want your gun to be
limited, merely take out the three shot adapter as explained on page 17
under “Three Shot Adapter.”
INITIAL CLEANING
Various exposed metal parts of your new gun have been coated at the
factory with a rust preventative compound. Before assembling your
shotgun, clean the anti-rust compound from the inside of the barrel,
receiver and the action-chamber areas. Browning Oil is ideal for
removing this compound and for giving your new gun its first
lubrication. However, any quality gun oil may be used. Clean the
barrel using a cleaning rod and patch as explained under “Cleaning
and Maintenance Suggestions” on page 29.
SERIAL NUMBER
The serial number of your Gold Fusion shotgun is found on the lower
left side of the receiver—just above the trigger guard.
AMMUNITION
The Gold Fusion Autoloading 12 and 20 gauge shotguns shoot all
factory lead and steel 12 or 20 gauge 2 3/4" and 3" loads.
Browning can assume no responsibility for incidents which occur
through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimension or those
developing pressures in excess of SAAMI (Sporting Arms and
Ammunition Manufacturer’s Institute) established standards.
O P E R AT I O N O F T H E S A F E T Y
The cross bolt safety prevents the trigger from being pulled when in
the “on safe” position. The safety is located at the rear of the trigger
guard (Figure 2). In the “off safe” position, a red warning band is
visible on the safety button on the left side of the trigger guard.
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To place the gun
“ON SAFE,” press
the safety button
to the right.
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FIGURE 2-A
To move the
safety to the FIRE
position, press the
safety to the left
(Figure 2-A).
The safety is reversible and can be reversed from right- to left-handed
by a competent gunsmith. When installed, the left-handed safety will
have the safety button’s red warning band on the RIGHT side of the
trigger guard.
NOTE: DO NOT DEPEND ON THE RED COLOR ALONE TO INDICATE YOUR
GUN’S SAFETY STATUS, AS TIME, EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS, AND THE
ABRASIVE ACTION OF CLEANING AGENTS CAN ERASE IT.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE BARREL TO
THE RECEIVER
The Gold Fusion shotgun is delivered in the box, with the barrel
removed and the forearm still attached to the magazine tube. It is
important to follow the exact sequence for assembly in steps 1 and
2, in order to properly assemble your Fusion shotgun.
Always place the safety in the “on safe” position before assembly
procedures and check your gun carefully to be certain that the
chamber, feed mechanism and magazine contain no shells.
1 Take the receiver in hand. First, lock the bolt rearward by pulling
the operating handle fully to the rear. Remove the forearm from the
magazine tube by unscrewing the magazine cap and sliding the
forearm forward, off the magazine tube.
Do not squeeze hard on the open rear end of the forearm. Too much
pressure could cause the wood to split.
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FIGURE 3
FIGURE 3-A
Slide the sleeve onto the magazine tube with
the piston rod end first.
Slide the gas piston into the gas bracket.
2 Components of the gas system—the sleeve, sleeve spring and gas
piston will remain in place and do not need to be removed, except for
cleaning. If the components of the gas system have been removed,
reinstall them as explained below. Otherwise, proceed to step 5.
3 Slide the sleeve onto the magazine tube with the piston rod end first.
Check the piston rod to make sure it is aligned with the slot on the right
side (ejection port side) of the receiver. Make sure the sleeve spring is
properly positioned in the sleeve (Figure 3).
4 Slide the gas piston into the gas
bracket (Figure 3-A).
5 With the gun in the vertical
position, line the gas bracket
and gas piston over the magazine
tube (Figure 3-B). Slide the
gas bracket and gas piston over
the magazine tube. The barrel
extension should slip solidly
down into the receiver. Make
sure the piston rod moves freely
in its slot in the receiver.
FIGURE 3-B
Line the gas bracket and gas piston over the
magazine tube.
6 Replace the forearm by sliding it onto the magazine tube and over
the gas bracket so it seats securely. Install the magazine cap. Make
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sure the magazine cap is fully tightened down. Open and close
the action several times and retighten the magazine cap. This will
ensure a proper seal.
D I S A S S E M B LY O F T H E B A R R E L F R O M T H E
RECEIVER
BEFORE STARTING DISASSEMBLY PROCEDURES, VISUALLY INSPECT
THE CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE TO BE ABSOLUTELY
CERTAIN THE SHOTGUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED. POINT THE BARREL
IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
1 Unscrew the magazine cap and remove it.
2 Remove the forearm by sliding it forward off the magazine tube.
3 For cleaning, remove the barrel, piston and piston sleeve by sliding
them forward off the magazine tube. See “Cleaning and Maintenance
Suggestions” on page 25 and 26 for cleaning procedures.
If you are disassembling for storage, return the piston and piston
sleeve onto the magazine tube as shown previously in Figure 3-B.
Reinstall the forearm over the magazine tube and screw on the
magazine cap. You will then have two compact units: the barrel,
and the action with stock and forearm.
CAUTION: AFTER THE BARREL HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM YOUR GUN,
LEAVE THE BOLT IN THE OPEN POSITION. DO NOT PRESS THE CARRIER
RELEASE BUTTON.
If the bolt is released forward with the barrel removed, the cartridge
stop will hit the front of the receiver and cause damage.
D I S A S S E M B LY O F T H E T R I G G E R G R O U P A N D
B O LT A S S E M B LY
The trigger group or bolt can be removed if the action becomes
excessively dirty or wet. If this occurs, disassemble the action for a
complete cleaning as explained below. Your Gold Fusion shotgun is
designed to allow full disassembly of the trigger group and bolt
assembly in the field, without any tools. Detailed cleaning procedures
are outlined under “Cleaning and Maintenance” on page 29. Full
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FIGURE 4
FIGURE 4-A
Use a drive punch to push Inward on the
trigger guard pins.
Push the trigger guard pins through the other
side of the receiver.
disassembly involves removal of
the bolt assembly and the trigger
group. Any disassembly beyond
this should only be performed by
a competent gunsmith.
FIGURE 4-B
ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION
WHEN PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE OR DISASSEMBLY.
REMOVING THE
TRIGGER GROUP
Grasp the trigger guard and pull it up and out of
the receiver.
1 First, make certain the gun is
totally unloaded and the “safety”
is “on safe.” CHECK THE MAGAZINE, FEED MECHANISM
AND CHAMBER TO BE SURE THEY DO NOT CONTAIN
ANY SHELLS.
2 While holding the bolt handle, release the bolt to its forward position
by depressing the carrier release button. Again use caution when
releasing the bolt assembly to its forward position. If you allow the
bolt assembly to slam closed with the barrel removed, you can
damage the receiver.
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3 Use a drive punch or similar object to push inward on the trigger
guard pins, using caution not to scratch the receiver (Figure 4).
Trigger guard pins may be removed from either side of the receiver.
Push the trigger guard pins clear through the other side of the
receiver. It may be necessary to pull on the trigger pins to remove
them from the receiver (Figure 4-A).
4 Grasp the trigger guard and pull it up and out of the receiver(Figure
4-B).
5 Perform any cleaning of the parts and receiver cavity as necessary.
DO NOT DISASSEMBLE THE TRIGGER GROUP BEYOND THIS POINT.
R E A S S E M B LY
1 Make sure the bolt is in the forward position.
2 Insert the trigger group back into the receiver. The holes in the trigger
group should line up with the holes on each side of the receiver.
3 Reinsert the trigger guard pins and gently tap them into place with
a plastic or wooden mallet, again using caution not to scratch the
receiver.
R E M O V I N G T H E B O LT A S S E M B LY
To remove the bolt assembly it is preferred to first remove the trigger
group, as explained previously.
1 With the gun inverted (trigger
guard up position), push down
on the cartridge stop while
pulling outward on the bolt
handle (Figure 5). Remove the
bolt handle from the bolt.
2 While keeping the cartridge stop
depressed, slide the bolt and bolt
slide forward and out of the
receiver (Figure 5-A).
FIGURE 5
Push down on the cartridge stop while pulling
outward on the bolt handle.
3 The bolt and bolt slide can be
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FIGURE 5-A
FIGURE 5-B
Slide the bolt and bolt slide
forward and out of the receiver.
The bolt and bolt slide can be
separated for cleaning.
separated for cleaning (Figure 5-B). Perform any cleaning of the bolt
and receiver cavity as necessary.
DO NOT DISASSEMBLE THE BOLT ASSEMBLY BEYOND THIS POINT.
R E I N S TA L L I N G T H E B O LT A S S E M B LY
1 Reassemble the bolt and bolt slide.
2 Place the bolt assembly back in the receiver, bolt slide link end
first (Figure 5-C). Line the rails on the bolt slide with the slots
in the bottom of the receiver.
3 Guide the bolt slide link into its socket in the recoil spring follower
(Figure 5-D).
4 To replace the operating handle push down on the cartridge stop and
insert the bolt handle in its respective slot in the bolt. IMPORTANT:
It may be necessary to pull out on the bolt handle slightly until the
cartridge stop clicks back in place (Figure 5-E). Failure to follow these
instructions will result in the inability to load the magazine.
5 Open and close the action several times to make sure the bolt slide
link and recoil spring follower are properly engaged.
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FIGURE 5-C
FIGURE 5-D
FIGURE 5-E
Place the bolt assembly
back in the receiver, bolt
slide link first.
Guide the bolt slide link into
its socket in the recoil spring
follower.
Make sure the bolt handle clicks
back into place.
THREE SHOT ADAPTER/MAGAZINE CAPACITY
The Gold Fusion shotgun is delivered with the magazine three shot
adapter (plug) installed in the magazine, limiting magazine capacity to
two shells in compliance with federal migratory bird regulations. If you
do not wish to be limited to three shots — when it is not required by law
— you can remove (or reinstall) the three shot adapter (plug) as follows:
ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE SAFETY GLASSES DURING THIS OPERATION.
1 First, make certain the gun is totally unloaded and the “safety” is
“on safe.” CHECK THE MAGAZINE, FEED MECHANISM AND
CHAMBER TO BE SURE THEY DO NOT CONTAIN ANY SHELLS.
2 Unscrew the magazine cap and remove it.
3 The magazine three-shot adapter lays underneath the magazine
spring retainer located in the forward end of the magazine tube. To
remove the magazine spring retainer, depress the magazine spring
retainer tab, located in the window on the magazine tube while
keeping your hand on the magazine spring retainer (Figure 6). Slowly
remove the magazine spring retainer as it is under pressure of the
magazine spring (Figure 6-A). Remove the magazine 3-shot adapter
(Figure 6-B).
4 Depress the magazine spring back into the magazine tube and
replace the magazine spring retainer. Make sure the magazine
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FIGURE 6
FIGURE 6-A
Depress the magazine spring retainer tab, and
ease out the retainer.
Remove the magazine spring and plug.
spring retainer tab is locked in
place in its slot in the magazine
window.
FIGURE 6-B
5 Reinstall the magazine cap. If, at
some future time, you wish
to limit your gun to three shots
again, unscrew the magazine
cap and remove the magazine
spring retainer. Lightly press
the three-shot adapter to force
Remove the magazine 3-shot adapter.
the magazine spring rearward
until the base of the three-shot adapter is level with the end of the
magazine tube. Replace the magazine spring retainer and magazine
cap.
I N S T R U C T I O N S F O R I N S TA L L AT I O N O F
S PA C E R S T O A D J U S T D R O P AT C O M B
Three spacers have been included with your Gold Fusion autoloading
shotgun which fit between the buttstock and receiver, to allow
adjustment at comb and heel. Each is labeled/stamped for what
each does. These spacers and respective stamps are defined as follows:
(Figure 7).
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STAMP:
1
Raises comb approximately 1/16", and heel approximately 1/8".
2
Neutral. This spacer is already installed on your Gold Fusion
shotgun.
3
Lowers the comb approximately 1/16", and heel
approximately 1/8".
T O I N S TA L L A S PA C E R :
Use a cross-tip or “Phillips” screwdriver to remove the recoil pad
at the end of the buttstock. Work the screwdriver tip into the two
access holes in the pad, top and bottom. Make certain the tip of
the screwdriver engages the head of the screw, then undo counterclockwise. Remove both screws, taking care not to scratch or mar
the buttstock (figure 7-A).
Using a 3/4" socket, loosen the stock bolt inside the buttstock
completely, and remove the bolt, stockbolt washer and plate.
(Figure 7-B). Note for reassembly, that the washer and plate
are beveled, and mate with each other.
Completely remove the buttstock from the receiver. Remove the
existing, neutral spacer and install the one you have selected in the
proper manner as explained here:
FIGURE 7
FIGURE 7-A
Spacers.
Remove both screws from the recoil pad.
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FIGURE 7-B
FIGURE 7-C
Loosen stock bolt inside the buttstock.
Install the proper spacer before re-attaching
the buttstock.
Make certain you have the proper
spacer installed properly before
re-attaching the buttstock and
recoil pad (Figure 7-C.)
FIGURE 7-D
Fit the buttstock back to the
receiver, install the plate, washer
(making sure the bevels mate —
Figure 7-D), and the stockbolt.
Snug the stockbolt down with the
3/4" socket wrench, but do not
overtighten. Attach the buttpad
with care, so as not to scratch or
mar the finish of the stock.
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The bevels must mate.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR HI-VIZ™ SIGHTS
Your Hi-Viz™ sights are the ultimate in barrel management for all
kinds of shooting. The Gold Fusion shotgun comes with one base, six
fluorescent light pipes and two opaque white sights. A fluorescent pipe
is installed (Figure 8.)
I N S TA L L I N G T H E H I - V I Z ™ L I G H T P I P E S
1 MAKE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN IS UNLOADED. PLACE THE "SAFETY" IN
THE "ON SAFE" POSITION, LOCK THE BREECH OPEN, AND KEEP THE
MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. NEVER ATTEMPT TO CHANGE
YOUR SIGHTS ON A LOADED FIREARM!
2 Slide key between first and second ring under the light pipe. Remove
light pipe by pulling toward receiver.
3 Install new light pipe by simply sliding it forward through the three
rings. (Key not required). Press firmly to engage spring.
HI-VIZ™ CARE
If your shotgun is subjected to rain or snow, remove light pipe by
following safety precautions in step 1 above. Remove moisture, and
lightly lubricate the base with
a fine, light oil. The base could FIGURE 8
rust if this procedure is not
engagement notch
light pipe
followed. Do not use abrasives
on base or fluorescent light
pipe sights. Remove light pipe
sight from its base when
cleaning your Gold Fusion
ring
shotgun. Some lubricants and
ring
solvents may harm the light
spring
ring
pipe sight. Clean the light pipe
sight with soft tissue.
Light pipes are easy to exchange.
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LOADING PROCEDURES
AT ALL TIMES DURING THE LOADING PROCEDURE, BE SURE YOUR MUZZLE
IS POINTING IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THE SAFETY IS IN THE “ON SAFE”
POSITION.
There are two methods for getting a loaded shell into the chamber of
your Gold Fusion shotgun.
LOADING THE CHAMBER THROUGH THE
EJECTION PORT
1 After making sure the safety is “on safe,” pull the operating handle to
the rear until the bolt locks in the open position.
VISUALLY INSPECT THE CHAMBER, CARRIER AND MAGAZINE TO MAKE
SURE THEY ARE CLEAR OF ANY OBSTRUCTIONS.
2 While pointing the muzzle in a safe direction, insert a cartridge of
the proper gauge through the ejection port into the open breech
(Figure 9). Press the carrier release button. This will deliver the shell
to the chamber. The chamber is now loaded.
3 With the chamber loaded, load the magazine to full capacity. To load
the magazine, insert a shell, of proper gauge, through the loading
port at the bottom of the receiver, up into the magazine, using your
thumb to position it fully forward in the magazine tube (Figure 9-A).
Make sure the rim of the shell engages the cartridge stop and is held
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FIGURE 9
FIGURE 9-A
Insert a cartridge through the ejection port into
the breech.
Position the cartridge fully forward in the
magazine.
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fully inside the magazine tube. It will make an audible click when
fully inserted.
L O A D I N G T H E C H A M B E R M A N U A L LY F R O M
THE MAGAZINE — SPEED LOADING
1 Make sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction and the safety is
in the “on safe’’ position.
2 With the bolt open, insert a shell into the magazine. The shell will be
automatically cycled from the magazine to the chamber.
KEEP YOUR FINGERS CLEAR OF THE EJECTION PORT.
3 Load the magazine to full capacity as explained previously.
CAUTION: WHENEVER A SHELL HAS BEEN CYCLED INTO THE CHAMBER
— AUTOMATICALLY OR MANUALLY — THE SHOTGUN IS READY TO
FIRE BY SIMPLY MOVING THE SAFETY TO THE “OFF SAFE” POSITION.
UNLOADING
CAUTION: WHENEVER UNLOADING, ALWAYS BE CERTAIN THAT THE MUZZLE
IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE SAFETY IS IN THE “ON
SAFE” POSITION.
1 Unload your Gold Fusion shotgun by grasping the operating handle
and cycling the action until all rounds are ejected.
ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, ACTION, CARRIER AND MAGAZINE
VERY CAREFULLY AFTER UNLOADING TO BE SURE ALL LIVE ROUNDS
ARE CLEARED FROM THE GUN.
BREECH REMAINS OPEN AFTER THE LAST SHOT
The breech of the Gold Fusion shotgun remains open, with the
bolt locked to the rear, after the last shot has been fired. This allows
convenient and fast reloading.
1
2
3
4
Place the safety in the “on safe” position.
Drop an appropriate shell into the open breech or into the magazine.
Close the action by depressing the carrier release button.
Load the magazine.
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EVEN WITH THE BREECH LOCKED OPEN AFTER SHOOTING, DO NOT ASSUME
YOUR SHOTGUN IS UNLOADED. ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, CARRIER
AND MAGAZINE TUBE TO BE SURE THEY CONTAIN NO CARTRIDGES .
FIRING YOUR GOLD FUSION SHOTGUN
With the chamber loaded, all that is necessary to fire the gun is to
push in on the safety so that the red warning band is visible on the
left side of the trigger guard and pull the trigger. (See operation of the
safety, page 10).
The gas system ejects the fired shell and picks up a new shell from
the magazine and chambers it automatically. This is repeated each
time you pull the trigger until the last shell has been fired.
AFTER SHOOTING, IMMEDIATELY PLACE THE SAFETY IN THE
“ON SAFE” POSITION.
THE MAGAZINE CUTOFF
The magazine cut-off is located at the front end of the left side of
the receiver. This cut-off has the purpose of locking the shells in the
magazine so that they will not feed into the chamber. This permits
you to quickly change the load in the chamber of the gun without
going to the trouble of unloading the whole magazine. In this way,
a duck load can quickly be thrown out and a goose load inserted if
the need arises.
INVECTOR INTERCHANGEABLE CHOKE SYSTEM
20 GAUGE INVECTOR-PLUS
The barrel of the 20 gauge Gold Fusion has been back-bored and is
threaded to accept the Browning Invector-Plus Interchangeable
Choke System only. The Invector-Plus system is not interchangeable
with the Standard Invector chokes. The degree of choke is indicated
twice on each choke tube: Inscribed on the side of the tube, and
indicated with a “notch” code on the top rim of the tube. Browning
20 gauge Invector-Plus choke tubes are made with tempered steel and
are fully compatible with all FACTORY AMMUNITION (loaded in
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compliance with SAAMI specifications) including magnum lead
and steel shot loads and rifled slug loads. Browning’s universal tube
wrench is used to remove and install these tubes.
12 GAUGE INVECTOR-PLUS
The 12 gauge Gold Fusion shotgun has a back-bored barrel and is
threaded to accept Invector-Plus choke tubes only. They are not
interchangeable with 12 gauge Standard Invector choke tubes. Do
not use Invector-Plus tubes in barrels threaded for Standard Invector
tubes. Do not use Standard Invector tubes in barrels threaded for
Invector-Plus tubes. Failure to follow these warnings may damage your
gun and cause injury to yourself and others. A special “Plus” choke tube
wrench is provided to remove and tighten Invector-Plus choke tubes.
DO NOT FIRE THE GOLD FUSION SHOTGUN WITHOUT HAVING AN
INVECTOR-PLUS CHOKE TUBE INSTALLED. Permanent damage may
result to the threads.
DO NOT USE BROWNING INVECTOR OR INVECTOR-PLUS CHOKE TUBES
IN ANY SHOTGUN BARREL NOT SUPPLIED BY BROWNING. ALSO, DO NOT
USE ANY OTHER BRAND OF CHOKING DEVICE IN ANY SHOTGUN BARREL
SUPPLIED BY BROWNING. USE ONLY CHOKE TUBES MARKED INVECTOR
OR INVECTOR-PLUS
CAUTION: WHENEVER HANDLING ANY SHOTGUN FOR THE PURPOSE OF
REMOVING OR INSTALLING A CHOKING DEVICE, MAKE ABSOLUTELY
CERTAIN THE GUN IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED, AND THE BOLT OR BREECH
IS OPEN! NEVER ATTEMPT TO REMOVE OR INSTALL A SHOTGUN CHOKING
DEVICE ON A LOADED FIREARM!
T U B E R E M O VA L
1 Place the “safety” in the “on safe” position. Completely unload your
Gold fusion by opening the action and locking it rearward. INSPECT
THE CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE TO
MAKE SURE THEY DO NOT CONTAIN ANY SHELLS.
2 Use the Invector wrench to loosen the tube, turning it counterclockwise. Finger twist the tube the rest of the way out of the barrel.
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T U B E I N S TA L L AT I O N
1 Place the “safety” in the “on safe” positon. Completey unload your
Gold Fusion shotgun by oppening the action and locking it rearward.
INSPECT THE CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE TO MAKE
SURE THEY DO NOT CONTAIN ANY SHELLS.
2 Before installing a tube, check the internal choke tube threads in the
muzzle, as well as the threads on the Invector choke tube to be sure they
are clean. Lightly oil the threads with an oil such as Browning Gun Oil.
3 Using your fingers, screw the appropriate tube into the muzzle end
of the barrel, tapered end first, notched end outward. When it
becomes finger-tight, use the Invector choke tube wrench to firmly
seat the tube.
THE INVECTOR CHOKE TUBE SHOULD BE PERIODICALLY CHECKED TO
ASSURE THAT IT IS TIGHT AND FIRMLY SEATED. BEFORE CHECKING,
FOLLOW THE SAFETY GUIDELINES OUTLINED ABOVE.
Replacement and additional tubes and wrenches are available from
your Browning dealer, or by writing:
Browning Consumer Department
One Browning Place
Morgan, Utah 84050-9326
(801) 876-2711.
Canadian customers please call or write:
Browning Canada Sports Ltd./Ltee
5617 Chemin St-Francois
St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1W6.
(514) 333-7261.
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FIGURE 10-B
A
B
Cylinder
Full
Imp. Modified
Modified
Imp. Cylinder
Skeet
A — Invector Plus choke tube
B — Standard Invector
choke tube
INVECTOR CHOKE TUBE CODE
To identify individual Invector-Plus tubes, refer to the abbreviated
indications on the side of the tube, or use the identification mark(s)
located on the top rim of each tube (Figure 10).
INVECTOR TUBE SELECTION
To help you choose the correct choke tube for each hunting situation,
all Browning Invector-Plus choke tubes are inscribed on the side with
the patterns they produce with both lead and steel shot. Each
Invector-Plus tube also has notches on the top rim of the tube. These
notches are a code to allow you to determine the choke designation
while the tube is installed. Rim notches refer specifically to lead shot.
You will need to use the chart below to cross-reference from lead to
steel, and determine the appropriate tubes for your ammunition and
hunting/shooting situation.
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Available 20 Gauge Invector-Plus tubes for back bored barrels:
RIM NOTCHES
PAT T E R N W I T H
LEAD SHOT
PAT T E R N W I T H
STEEL SHOT
I
Full
Full
III
Modified
Imp. Modified
IIII
Imp. Cylinder
Modified
1
IIIII
Skeet
Modified
1
No notches
Cylinder
Imp. Cylinder
1
When more than one choke designation is listed for a given steel shot
pattern, use the more open choke listed for high velocity, larger shot
size steel loads.
Available 12 Gauge Invector-Plus tubes for back bored barrels:
RIM NOTCHES
C H O K E D E S I G N AT I O N
WITH LEAD
C H O K E D E S I G N AT I O N
WITH STEEL
X on side of tube
X-Full Special
I
Full
II
Improved Modified
*
**
III
Modified
IIII
Improved Cylinder
Modified
IIIII
Skeet
Improved Cylinder
No notches
Cylinder
Cylinder
Full
Improved Modified
*Extra Full Special with knurled rim. Do not use with steel shot.
**Do not use with steel shot. Using an over-tight choke constriction
with steel shot will result in an ineffective, “blown” pattern.
Note: When more than one choke designation is listed for a given steel
shot pattern, use the more open choke listed for high velocity, larger
shot size steel loads.
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GOLD FUSION AUTOLOADER
MAGAZINE CAPACITY
SHELL SIZE
WITH 3-SHOT
ADAPTER
WITHOUT 3-SHOT
ADAPTER
*2 3/4"
2
4
*3"
2
3
*The Gold Fusion shotgun handles mixed loads of 2 3/4" and 3" shells.
USE OF EXTRA BARRELS
All Gold Fusion 20 gauge barrels are interchangeable within gauge.
No special fitting is required.
Three types of Gold Fusion 12 gauge barrels exist: those chambered
only for 2 3/4" loads (such as the Sporting Clays model), those
chambered for 2 3/4" and 3" loads (Hunter models) and those
chambered for all loads up to 3 1/2" (3 1/2" Hunter models).
All 3 1 /2" barrels are designed for use only on 3 1/2" receivers. All
other 12 gauge barrels are interchangeable.
CAUTION: Do not interchange barrels between 2 3/4", 3" and 3 1/2"
receivers. Only use a 3 1/2" barrel on a 3 1/2" shotgun. Using a 3 1/2"
barrel on a 2 3/4" or 3" Gold Fusion receiver could result in injury to
yourself or others.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE SUGGESTIONS
You should clean your Gold Fusion shotgun whenever it becomes
excessively dirty. The barrel should be cleaned and the action wiped
clean and oiled after every day of shooting. The gas system should
require only occasional cleaning. If a malfunction occurs, perform a
thorough cleaning to see if it solves the problem, before seeking the
services of a Browning Recommended Service Center, the Browning
Service Facility in Arnold, Missouri, or a competent gunsmith.
Normal maintenance can be accomplished with the barrel still
attached to the receiver (oiling and wiping down). More careful
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cleaning requires removal of only the barrel from the receiver (cleaning the
barrel), and the removal of several gas system components. A complete
cleaning requires removal of the bolt and trigger group.
PERIODIC OILING
FIGURE 11
Ordinary good judgment will
indicate that the metal parts of
a gun should receive a light film
of oil after the gun has been
exposed to weather or handling.
Occasionally, a small drop of light
gun oil may be placed inside the
receiver on the rails on which the
bolt slides (See Figure 11), and on
the surface of the magazine tube.
This will help to relieve friction
and ensure smooth operation.
Place a drop of light gun oil inside the receiver
on the rails.
If the gun has been exposed to a lot of dust, dirt, mud or water, the
principal working parts including the gas system, should be wiped
clean and lubricated with a light film of oil. Two containers of oil
have been provided with your Gold Fusion. Use the oil designated for
the mechanical mechanism on the working parts and metal finishes.
Use the oil indicated for the wood or stock to lightly wipe down the
wood stock and forearm. Do not interchange these two oils.
DO NOT POUR LARGE QUANTITIES OF OIL INTO THE ACTION. EXCESS OIL
WILL RUN BACK INTO THE WOOD OF THE STOCK AND CAUSE SOFTENING
OF THE WOOD, WITH CONSEQUENTIAL LOOSENING OF THE STOCK.
CLEANING THE BARREL
1 BE CERTAIN YOUR SHOTGUN’S MAGAZINE, FEED MECHANISM AND
CHAMBER ARE UNLOADED. PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE “ON SAFE”
POSITION AND LOCK THE BOLT TO THE REAR. ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE
SAFETY GLASSES DURING ALL DISASSEMBLY AND CLEANING PROCEDURES.
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2 Remove the barrel so that it can be cleaned from the breech end
(See “Disassembly” on page 13).
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3 Using a shotgun cleaning rod with tip and patch large enough for
a snug fit in the bore, insert the rod and patch in the breech end of
the barrel and run back and forth through the bore several times.
Remove and wipe the Invector tube, threads and barrel threads with
a brass or nylon brush and lightly oil.
4 Inspect the bore from both ends for leading by looking through the
bore toward light. Leading will appear as dull longitudinal streaks
and is usually more predominant near the muzzle and just forward
of the chamber.
5 A normal amount of leading can be expected with today’s highvelocity loads and improved wads but this is not serious. If or when
leading should become heavy, it can be removed with a brass bore
brush. Make sure a choke tube is installed. Spray the bore or the bore
brush with a good powder solvent, and scrub the bore until leading is
removed. To prevent brass bristles from breaking off, the brush should
be pushed completely through the bore before being withdrawn.
6 After leading has been removed, the bore should be wiped dry
with a clean patch, and then a lightly oiled patch run through it for
preservation.
7 Reassemble barrel and wipe all exposed metal surfaces with an
oiled cloth making sure to wipe gun clean of all finger marks where
moisture will accumulate.
8 The barrel and action should be inspected to assure that all cleaning
patches have been removed and not inadvertently left in the barrel or
action.
9 The wood surfaces can also be lightly wiped with the oil provided or
they can be polished with any quality furniture wax (but not both). Do
not use the oil provided for mechanical mechanisms for the wood.
CLEANING THE ACTION AND TRIGGER GROUP
1 When the action becomes excessively dirty, remove the trigger group
and bolt assembly from the receiver as explained under “Full
Disassembly” on page 12. Clean with the oil provided for the
mechanical mechanism or a gun solvent as necessary, using an old
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toothbrush to loosen any caked-on grime. Wipe the receiver cavity
clean. Lightly oil the cavity and wipe it dry. No further disassembly
is required for cleaning.
2 Reassemble the trigger group, bolt assembly, gas system and the
barrel to the receiver as explained previously. Then wipe all exposed
metal surfaces with an oiled cloth, making sure to wipe clean all
finger marks where moisture will accumulate.
3 The barrel and action should be inspected to assure that all cleaning
patches have been removed and not inadvertently left in the barrel
or action.
CLEANING THE GAS SYSTEM
1 Remove the gas piston and piston sleeve from the magazine tube.
Spray the magazine tube with a good quality powder solvent and
wipe clean.
2 Spray the piston and piston sleeve with powder solvent and brush it
thoroughly to remove any deposits (an old toothbrush is ideal). Spray
the inside and wipe off any buildup. It will be easier to remove the
piston sleeve spring to clean the interior of the piston sleeve. NEVER
use a steel brush on any of the gas components.
3 Complete the cleaning of the gas system by applying a very light film
of oil (provided) to all parts for protection and lubrication.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR GUN’S ACTION APART BEYOND WHAT IS EXPLAINED
IN THIS MANUAL. This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism; an
attempt to remove the inner mechanism may mar it for life. It is
unnecessary, and may do damage to the inner mechanism, to
disassemble it for routine cleaning and oiling. Of course, misfortunes
(such as dropping your gun in water) require appropriate attention,
and in such circumstances we recommend you immediately take your
gun to a competent gunsmith.
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SERVICE OR REPAIR
If your firearm should require service or repairs, we suggest you
first contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service
Center. Contact your Browning sporting goods dealer or call our
Service Department for the address of the Service Center nearest
you. Otherwise, you may send your firearm directly to our own
Service Department. For technical questions about your firearm or
service, contact:
Browning Service Department
One Browning Place
Arnold, Missouri 63010-9406
Phone 1-800-322-4626
Canadian Customers call or write:
Browning Canada Sports Ltd./Ltee,
5617 Chemin St-François
St-Laurent, Quebec H4S 1W6
Phone: (514) 333-7261
When returning your firearm for servicing, you must do the
following:
1. Be sure it is completely unloaded.
2. Package it securely in a cardboard container.
3. Enclose a letter with your firearm that clearly describes the
trouble experienced and the repairs desired.
4. If convenient, send a copy of the letter to us separately.
5. Never return ammunition with your firearm. It is against postal
and most commerce regulations.
If you have any questions about this manual or about any other
Browning products, call or write our Consumer Information
Department:
Browning Consumer Information
One Browning Place
Morgan Utah 84050
Phone: (801) 876-2711
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