Owner`s manual | A-Bolt® Shotgun

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A-Bolt
Shotgun
®
bolt-action shotgun
owner’s manual
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Important operating instructions for:
B r o w n i n g A - B o lt ® S h o t g u n s
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owner’s manual or other Browning products, contact:
Browning Customer Service
One Browning Place
Morgan, UT 84050-9326
Phone: (800) 333-3288
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your new firearm.
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TH A N K Y OU F OR c h o OsING a
B r o w n i n g A - B o lt S h o t g u n .
The Browning A-Bolt Shotgun is designed to look, shoot and feel like
a rifle to give you the advantage when hunting deer with slug
ammunition. The fully rifled barrel provides exceptional accuracy.
These firearms are designed with proven features for excellent
performance and accuracy.
With a reasonable amount of care, your A-Bolt Shotgun is designed
to give you many years of dependable, enjoyable service.
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C o n t e n t s
Page
You are Responsible for Firearms Safety.................................................2
General Description and Operation........................................................9
Nomenclature............................................................................................9
Serial Number...........................................................................................9
Initial Cleaning........................................................................................10
Operation of the “Safety”.......................................................................11
Cocking Indicator...................................................................................12
Inserting and Removing the Bolt...........................................................12
Ammunition............................................................................................14
Magazine Capacity..................................................................................15
Loading . .................................................................................................15
Firing.......................................................................................................19
Unloading................................................................................................20
Sight Adjustment....................................................................................21
Mounting a Scope...................................................................................22
Trigger Adjustment.................................................................................23
Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions................................................25
Cleaning the Magazine...........................................................................28
Service or Repair.....................................................................................29
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Y o u A r e R e sp o n s i b l e F o r F i r e a r m s S af e t y
Failure to follow any of the following warnings could result
in serious injury or death.
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.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm.
At all times handle this firearm and all other firearms with intense
respect for their power and potential danger.
Please read and understand all of the cautions, warnings, notices,
proper handling procedures and instructions outlined in this owner’s
manual before using your new firearm.
1ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR firearm POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION 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.
2Never rely totally on your Firearm’s mechanical “safety”
device. Like any mechanical device, a “Safety” can sometimes
fail; it can be jarred or inadvertently manipulated into an
unsafe condition.
The word “safety” describes a firearm’s trigger block mechanism,
sear block mechanism, hammer block mechanism or firing pin
block mechanism. Mechanical “safeties” are designed to place your
firearm in a safer status, and no guarantee can be made that the
firearm will not fire even if the “safety” is in the on safe position.
Mechanical “safeties” merely aid safe gun handling and are no
excuse for pointing your firearm’s muzzle in an unsafe direction.
See “Operation of the Safety” on page 11 for instructions on the
operation of this firearm’s “safety.”
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Remember, safe gun handling does not stop with your firearm’s
mechanical “safety” devices, it starts there. Always treat this firearm
with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-fire firearm.
Some firearms do not have a mechanical “safety.” Many target
firearms, lever-action firearms and pistols do not have manual
“safety” mechanisms. Therefore it is critical to read and
understand the owner’s manual for every firearm which explains
the safe operation of the firearm.
While it is a good idea to “test” your firearm’s mechanical “safety”
periodically for proper function, never test the “safety” while your
firearm is loaded or pointed in an unsafe direction.
3Whenever you handle any firearm, or hand it to someone,
always open the action immediately and visually check the
firearm’s chamber to Make certain that the firearm is
completely unloaded.
Make certain the firearm does not inadvertently contain any
ammunition. Remember, merely removing the magazine does
not mean the chamber is unloaded. Always keep the chamber
empty and the “safety” in the on safe position unless shooting
is imminent.
4Always WEAR Ear AND Eye PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING.
Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing
damage. Wear hearing protection (shooting ear plugs or muffs)
to guard against such damage.
Wear shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles.
Allow proper distance (eye relief) between a scope and your eye
when firing a scoped rifle, shotgun or pistol. Do not use
unorthodox shooting methods that could cause the rearward travel
of the slide or bolt of a firearm to contact your eyes, face or hands.
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.
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Always 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.
5 Keep all firearms unloaded during transport, even
when stored in a holster, gun case, scabbard or
other container.
6DROPPING or jarring A LOADED FIREARM CAN CAUSE
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.
7 hunting from elevated surfaces such as treestands
is dangerous.
Doing so may increase the risk of mishandling 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.
8Store your firearm and ammunition separately, well beyond
the reach of children.
Take prudent safeguards to ensure your firearm does not become
available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands. Store all
firearms in secure, locked cases or a gun safe. Keep your firearm
unloaded when not in use.
9BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS.
Mud, snow and an infinite variety of other objects may
inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It only takes a small
obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that
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can damage your firearm and cause serious injury to yourself
and others.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN
YOUR FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED, THERE IS Not a
LIVE shell IN THE CHAMBER AND THE “Safety” IS IN THE
ON SAFE POSITION.
After assuring yourself that the firearm is completely unloaded,
open the breech or action and look through the barrel to be sure it
is clear of obstructions. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how
small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as
described on page 27 of this owner’s manual.
10Be 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.
If your shotgun fails to fire, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe
direction for a minimum of 30 seconds. Rotate the ejection area of
the firearm away from you, carefully open the action and remove
the shell from the chamber. If the primer is indented, the defective
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 corrected
before further use. Glance down the barrel to make sure that no
obstructions remain in the barrel. Completely clear the barrel
before loading and firing again. Failure to follow these instructions
can cause extensive damage to your firearm and possible serious
injury to yourself and others.
11 never insert a shell of the incorrect gauge into
any firearm.
The gauge of your firearm is marked on 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. See page 14 for more information on
the correct ammunition for your firearm.
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12 examine every shell you put in your firearm.
We assume no responsibility for the use of unsafe or improper
firearm and ammunition combinations or damage or injury
caused by damaged ammunition. It is your responsibility
to read and heed all warnings in this owner’s manual and on
ammunition boxes. See page 14 for more information on the
correct ammunition for your firearm.
13USE ONLY SAAMI APPROVED AMMUNITION.
The barrel and action of this firearm have been made with
substantial safety margins beyond the pressures developed by
established American commercial loads. Nevertheless, we can
assume no liability for incidents which occur through the use of
shells of nonstandard dimensions or 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).
14 Make sure of adequate ventilation in the area that you
discharge a firearm. Lead exposure can occur 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. Wash hands
thoroughly after exposure to ammunition or after cleaning
a firearm.
15 do not snap the firing pin on an empty chamber; the
chamber may not be empty!
Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded firearm, even
though you are certain the firearm is unloaded.
16 KEEP YOUR Fingers AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE LOADING
and unloading UNTIL shooting is imminent.
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17BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP, particularly
during low light periods.
Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot at water or
hard objects.
18ALWAYS UNLOAD your firearm’s CHAMBER BEFORE CROSSING
A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING
OTHER OBSTACLES.
Never place your firearm on or against a fence, tree, car or other
similar object.
19BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN
HANDLING AROUND YOU AND OTHERS.
Don’t be timid when it comes to firearm safety. If you observe
other shooters violating any of these safety precautions, politely
suggest safer handling practices.
20BE CERTAIN your firearm is UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING.
Because so many firearm accidents occur when a firearm is being
cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your
firearm 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.
21TEACH AND SUPERVISE FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF
YOUR FAMILY, ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN AND NON-SHOOTERS.
Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage
enrollment in hunting and shooting safety courses.
22NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE
OF DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING.
Your vision, motor skills and judgment could be dangerously
impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you and to others.
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23 read AND HEED ALL WARNINGS in this owner’s manual, 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 firearm. We
assume no liability for incidents which occur when unsafe or
improper firearm accessories or ammunition combinations
are used.
24 Practice periodic MAINTENANCE, AVOID UNAUTHORIZED SERVICING.
Your 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 our Service
Facility in Arnold, Missouri. We assume no responsibility for
injuries suffered or caused by unauthorized servicing, alterations
or modifications of Browning firearms.
25WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE ON FIREARMS THAT
HAVE BEEN ALTERED, ADDED TO OR SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED.
Removal of metal from the barrel, or modifications of the firing
mechanism and/or operating parts, may lead to a refusal of service
on such firearms. We will charge you for parts and labor to return
the firearm to original specifications.
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
Cocking
Indicator
Bolt Handle
Bolt
Receiver Rear Sight
Barrel
Front Sight
“Safety”
Fore-end
Recoil Pad Buttstock
Magazine
Release
Trigger
Muzzle
Hinged
Magazine
G e n e r a l d e s c r i p t i o n a n d Op e r a t i o n
The Browning A-Bolt Shotgun is a bolt-action shotgun that operates
by lifting the bolt handle, drawing the bolt rearward and then sliding
the bolt forward and rotating the bolt downward until it stops. This
process takes a shell from the magazine and loads it into the chamber
for firing. The A-Bolt Shotgun’s short, 60° bolt lift lets you cycle the
action rapidly for quick follow-up shots. Because of the short lift of
the bolt, there is ample scope clearance. Other significant features
include a convenient detachable box magazine and thumb-operated
top-tang “safety.”
N o m e n c l at u r e
In conventional firearm terminology the position and movement of
firearm parts are described as they occur with the firearm horizontal
and in the normal firing position: i.e., the muzzle is forward or in
front; the buttstock is rearward or to the rear; the trigger is downward
or underneath; the sight is upward or on top. For general parts
nomenclature, refer to Figure 1.
Serial Number
The serial number of your firearm can be found on the right side
of the receiver, in front of the bolt handle. Record this number
in the space provided at the front of this owner's manual for
future reference.
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Initial Cleaning
NOTICE! PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE
CLEANING YOUR FIREARM.
C l e a n i n g Pa rt s w i t h S p e c i a l F i n i s h e s
Be especially careful when cleaning firearms with camouflage,
Dura-Touch® Armor Coating and other special finishes. Always
prevent these surfaces from coming in contact with cleaning solvents,
barrel scrubbers and other strong chemicals. It is preferable to clean
these surfaces with a lightweight gun oil containing no solvents, or
with a damp cloth and mild dish soap (be sure to keep water out of
the action). When cleaning your firearm’s bore and action, protect the
external finishes from any contact with chemicals used. Also, avoid
any contact between external finishes and other strong chemicals like
those found in DEET-containing insect repellents, sunscreens, etc.
Damage to camouflage, Dura-Touch and other finishes caused by
chemicals is irreversible and not repairable.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN CLEANING YOUR firearm TO PREVENT
THE POSSIBILITY OF SOLVENTS OR OTHER AGENTS FROM CONTACTING
YOUR EYES, resulting in injury.
CLE A NING
Various exposed metal parts of your new firearm have been coated
at the factory with a rust preventative compound. Before firing your
shotgun, clean the anti-rust compound from the inside of the barrel,
receiver and the action/chamber areas. A high-quality lightweight gun
oil is ideal for removing this compound, and for giving your new
firearm its first lubrication. Clean the barrel using a cleaning rod and
patch as explained under “Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions” on
page 26.
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Notice! use additional care
when cleaning the A-Bolt
shotgun. The ejector spring
(Figure 2) protrudes slightly
from the side of the receiver
and can be bent or damaged
when a cleaning rod and
patch or brush are drawn
past the chamber and through
the receiver.
o p e r at i o n o f
t h e “ S af e t y ”
Figure 2
Use care not to bend or damage the
ejector spring.
Always keep the “safety” in the on safe position unless
shooting is imminent. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a
safe direction. Failure to follow these warnings could result
in serious injury or death.
The “safety” is located on the top tang at the rear of the receiver. When
the “safety” is drawn to the rear, the firearm is in the on safe position
(Figure 3). This blocks the trigger and locks the bolt in the closed
position. In this position an “S” appears in front of the “safety.”
Figure 3
Figure 4
The “safety” shown in the on safe position.
The “safety” shown in the off safe position.
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When the “safety” is pushed forward, the “S” will be covered and a red
dot will appear indicating that the shotgun is in the “off safe” position
and ready to fire (Figure 4, page 11).
Do not depend on the red color alone to indicate your
firearm’s safety status. time, exposure to the elements, and the
abrasive action of cleaning agents can erase it. Failure to
follow this warning could result in serious injury or death.
C o c k i n g i n d i c at o r
Figure 5
Below the bolt shroud and ahead
of the “safety” is a serrated cocking
indicator. The indicator is painted
red. When the shotgun is cocked it
may be readily felt with the thumb
as well as easily seen with a quick
glance downward (Figure 5). When
the shotgun is fired, the cocking
indicator retracts into the bolt
shroud and cannot be seen or felt.
The location of the cocking indicator.
Do not depend on the red color alone to indicate your
firearm’s safety status. time, exposure to the elements, and the
abrasive action of cleaning agents can erase it. Failure to
follow this warning could result in serious injury or death.
i n s e rt i n g a n d r e m o v i n g t h e b o lt
ALWAYS KEEP the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. BEFORE
inserting or removing the bolt, VISUALLY INSPECT THE CHAMBER
TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THE FIREARM IS COMPLETELY UNLOADED.
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place the “safety” in the
on safe position. Failure
to follow this warning
could result in serious
injury or death.
Figure 6
IN S ERTING THE B OLT
The A-Bolt Shotgun comes packed
in a foam-padded box with the
bolt removed from the shotgun. To
install the bolt into the receiver
perform the following procedure:
Press the bolt stop and pull the bolt rearward.
1 Place the “safety” in the off safe position.
2 Align the forward end of the bolt in the rear opening of the receiver.
3 Push the bolt completely forward and rotate the handle down to
lock it. It is not necessary to depress the bolt stop to insert the bolt,
but you may do so to ease the installation (Figure 6).
4 Immediately place the “safety” in the on safe position. The firearm
is now completely assembled and may be operated normally.
REMOVING THE B OLT
1 Place the “safety” in the off safe position.
2 Rotate the bolt handle upward.
3 The bolt stop is the horizontal bar on the left side of the receiver
(Figure 6). Press inward on the front end of the bolt stop and
carefully draw the bolt to the rear and out of the receiver.
NOTICE! When removing the bolt from the receiver, take care to
prevent the cocking indicator from striking and damaging the
comb of the stock.
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Ammunition
use only shells of the correct gauge and length. The gauge
and length of the chamber is inscribed on the side of the
barrel. Do not use ammunition other than what is inscribed
on the side of the barrel. Examine every shell you put in your
shotgun. failure to follow this warning could result in
serious injury or death and cause damage to your shotgun.
Use shells of the correct length. Do not use 3" or 3½" shells
in a barrel with a 2¾" or 2½" chamber, or 3½" shells in a
barrel with a 3" chamber. Doing so can result in a buildup of
dangerously high pressures. failure to follow this warning
could result in serious injury or death and cause damage to
your shotgun.
do not put a 16 or 20 gauge shell in a 12 gauge shotgun. do
not put a 28 gauge shell in a 20 gauge shotgun. do not put a
.410 bore shell in a 28 gauge shotgun. never put metallic
shells of any kind in a shotgun. specifically, never put
centerfire rifle or pistol shells in a shotgun chambered for
.410 bore. failure to follow this warning could result in
serious injury or death and cause damage to your shotgun.
The most certain way to bulge or rupture a shotgun barrel is to load
a smaller gauge shell into a larger gauge chamber. The smaller gauge
shell will not fall completely through the barrel; its rim is caught by
the front of a larger gauge chamber or at the larger gauge’s choke.
Your shotgun will misfire (with the chamber appearing to be empty).
It is then possible to load the correct gauge shell behind the smaller
gauge shell. If the shotgun is then fired, the result will be a so-called
“12-16, 12-20, 20-28 or 28-.410 burst” which can cause extensive
damage to your shotgun and possible serious injury to you and others.
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We can assume no responsibility for incidents which occur through
the use of shells of nonstandard dimension or those developing
pressures in excess of SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition
Manufacturers’ Institute) established standards.
A-Bolt Shotguns feature a 3" chamber and will shoot all factory 2¾"
and 3" slug loads.
Ma g a z i n e Capa c i t y
The A-Bolt Shotgun utilizes a detachable box magazine attached to a
hinged floorplate. The capacity of the magazine is two shells. Another
shell may be carried in the chamber, providing a total capacity of three
shells. Remember, total capacity includes an additional shell which can
be loaded in the chamber in addition to a full magazine.
Loading
When loading your shotgun Always keep the muzzle pointed
in a safe direction, Always place the “sAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE
position and keep your fingers away from the trigger.
Failure to follow these warnings could result in serious
injury or death.
Do not carry your shotgun with a shell in the chamber to
avoid accidental discharge. when firing is no longer imminent,
make sure the “safety” is in the on safe position and unload
the chamber. Failure to follow these warnings could result
in serious injury or death.
LO A DING THE M A G A ZINE d e ta c h e d f r o m t h e f l o o r p l at e
1 Close the bolt and place the “safety” in the on safe position.
2 Press the magazine release in front of the trigger guard and allow
the hinged floorplate-magazine unit to swing downward (Figure 7,
page 16).
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Figure 7
Figure 8
Press the magazine release.
Grasp the sides of the magazine and pull it
from the floorplate.
3 Detach the magazine by grasping the sides of the magazine and
pulling it off the hinged floorplate (Figure 8).
4 Once the magazine has been detached, it may be loaded by laying a
shell on top of the follower, aligning the shell’s rim with the rim
slots and pressing the shell down and rearward until it is retained
in the magazine. Load a subsequent shell into the magazine in the
same manner.
NOTICE! The base of each shell must be flush with the rear of
the magazine. If the front of a shell protrudes beyond the
front of the magazine, it could cause feeding problems or
interfere when inserting the magazine into the shotgun.
5 Reattach the magazine by inserting the small lip on the rear
of the magazine into the matching groove in the back end of
the floorplate (Figure 9, page 17). Snap the front of the magazine
firmly into place.
6 After loading the magazine, swing the floorplate and loaded
magazine upwards until it is retained by the magazine catch.
Extra magazines may be carried loaded for rapid replacement of
an empty magazine using this same procedure.
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Figure 9
Figure 10
Place the rear of the magazine into the
floorplate, then rotate the top into position.
Place the rim of a shell in the rim slots and
slide the shell to the rear of the magazine.
LO A DING THE M A G A ZINE w h e n at ta c h e d t o t h e f l o o r p l at e
1 Close the bolt and place the “safety” in the on safe position.
2 Press the magazine release in front of the trigger guard and allow
the hinged floorplate-magazine unit to swing downward (Figure 7,
page 16).
3 Place a shell on top of the follower, align the shell’s rim with the
rim slots and press the shell down and rearward until it is retained
in the magazine (Figure 10). Load a subsequent shell into the
magazine in the same manner.
NOTICE! The base of each shell must be flush with the rear of
the magazine. If the front of a shell protrudes beyond the
front of the magazine, it could cause feeding problems or
interfere when inserting the magazine into the shotgun.
4 After loading the magazine, swing the floorplate and loaded
magazine upwards until it is retained by the magazine catch.
conventional magazine loading procedure
The A-Bolt Shotgun may also be loaded like most other bolt action
firearms. With the bolt drawn open, shells are inserted into the
magazine through the ejection port.
1 Place the “safety” in the off safe position.
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2 Open the bolt.
3 Place a shell on top of the follower, align the shell’s rim with the
rim slots and press the shell down and rearward with your thumb
until it is retained in the magazine. Load a subsequent shell into
the magazine in the same manner.
NOTICE! The base of each cartridge must be flush with the rear
of the magazine. If the nose of a cartridge protrudes beyond
the front of the magazine, it could cause feeding problems or
interfere when inserting the magazine into the firearm.
4 If you do not wish to load the chamber, depress the top shell with
your finger and close the bolt. The bolt will slide over the top of
the shell.
5 Immediately place the “safety” in the on safe position.
Loading the chamber from the magazine
1 Place the “safety” in the off safe position.
2 Open the bolt and inspect the chamber to ensure it is unloaded.
3 Close the bolt and place the “safety” in the on safe position.
4 Insert a loaded magazine into the magazine well.
5 Place the “safety” in the off safe position.
6 Cycle the bolt by pulling it fully to the rear and returning it
forward. This operation picks-up a shell from the magazine and
loads it into the chamber.
THE shotgun IS now READY TO FIRE BY pulling the trigger. If
shooting is not imminent, immediately move the “safety” to the
on safe position.
7 You may now load the firearm to full capacity by loading an
additional shell into the magazine as explained previously.
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S i n g l e s h o t l o a d i n g d i r e c t ly t o t h e c h a m b e r
You may also load your shotgun by placing a shell directly into
the chamber. To load the shotgun in this manner, use the following
loading procedure.
1 Insert an unloaded magazine into the firearm.
2 Pull the bolt rearward and inspect the chamber to make sure
it is empty.
3 Insert a single shell through the ejection port and into
the chamber.
4 Push the bolt completely forward and rotate the bolt handle down.
THE shotgun IS now READY TO FIRE BY pulling the trigger. If
shooting is not imminent, immediately move the “safety” to the
on safe position.
firing
never chamber a shell or move the “safety” from the oN safe
position unless shooting is imminent. Always keep the muzzle
pointed in a safe direction. Failure to follow these warnings
could result in serious injury or death.
1 Load a shell into the chamber (as explained previously) by loading
a shell from the magazine or directly to the chamber.
THE shotgun IS now READY TO FIRE BY pulling the trigger. If
shooting is not imminent, immediately move the “safety” to the
on safe position.
2 With a shell in the chamber, you need only move the “safety” to
the off safe position to make the firearm ready for firing. When
ready to fire, move the “safety” into the off safe position, take aim
and squeeze the trigger.
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3 After a shell is fired, cycle the bolt rearward to eject the empty hull.
If you wish to continue shooting, push the bolt fully forward. This
picks up a loaded shell from the magazine and chambers it. You
may continue to load and fire the firearm in this manner until the
magazine is empty.
4 If you are done shooting, leave the bolt to the rear, with the breech
in the open position so that you may visually inspect the chamber,
bore and magazine to be sure they contain no shells.
After firing, or when shooting is no longer imminent,
immediately PLACE THE “SAFETY” IN THE ON SAFE POSITION.
Failure to follow these warnings could result in serious
injury or death.
EVEN WITH THE bolt OPEN AFTER SHOOTING, DO NOT ASSUME the
firearm IS UNLOADED. ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, barrel, feed
mechanism AND MAGAZINE TO BE certain THE firearm is completely
unloaded. Failure to follow these warnings could result in
serious injury or death.
Unloading
when unloading your firearm Always place the “safety” in the
on safe position. keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
and your fingers away from the trigger. Failure to follow
these warnings could result in serious injury or death.
ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, barrel and mAGaZINE CAREFULLY
AFTER UNLOADING TO BE SURE ALL LIVE shells ARE CLEARED
FROM THE firearm.
Unloading the firearm
1 Open the bolt and eject any shell in the chamber. Leave the bolt in
the rearward position with the action open.
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2 Look into the chamber to verify that it is unloaded.
3 Press the magazine release button rearward and remove
the magazine.
4 With the chamber empty and the magazine removed, close
the bolt and place the “safety” in the on safe position.
5 Replace the empty magazine into the magazine well of the firearm.
U n l o a d i n g t h e Ma g a z i n e
1 Unload the magazine by pushing forward on the rim of the top
shell and sliding each shell out, one at a time.
2 Unload any extra magazines.
Sight Adjustment
Before performing sight adjustment procedures, MAKE SURE
YOUR firearm IS completely UNLOADED. Remove the magazine,
check the action and chamber for shells. Keep the muzzle
pointed in a safe direction. Failure to follow these warnings
could result in serious injury or death.
A-Bolt Shotguns include a fiber-optic front sight and a rear sight that
is adjustable for both windage and elevation (Figure 11). Sight
adjustment is a matter of trial and error. Make small adjustments and
then check the point of impact.
Windage Adjustment
Windage adjustment is controlled by two screws, one on each side of
the sight notch.
To move the point of slug impact to the left, loosen the screw on the
right side of the sight by turning it counterclockwise and tighten the
screw on the left side of the sight by turning it clockwise.
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To move the point of slug impact
to the right, loosen the screw on
the left side of the sight by turning
it counterclockwise and tighten the
screw on the right side of the sight
by turning it clockwise.
E l e vat i o n A d j u s t m e n t
Figure 11
Right Windage Screw
Rear Elevation Screw
Front Elevation Screw
Left Windage Screw
Elevation adjustment is controlled
by two screws on top of the
forward part of the sight. To raise
Sight adjustment screws for the rear sight.
the point of slug impact, loosen
the front screw by turning it counterclockwise and tighten the rear
screw by turning it clockwise. To lower the point of slug impact,
loosen the rear screw by turning it counterclockwise and tighten the
front screw by turning it clockwise.
Mounting a Scope
Before mounting a scope, sight or other accessories to your
firearm, place the “safety” in the on safe position. Open the
action and make certain YOUR firearm IS completely UNLOADED.
Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Failure to follow
these warnings could result in serious injury or death.
The A-Bolt Shotgun receiver is drilled and tapped for scope bases.
From the factory, the scope base holes are fitted with filler screws.
Notice! Always use the correct bases for this shotgun and the
appropriate length screws.
1 Place your shotgun in a gun vise or on a table or other safe/secure
location with the top of the receiver upward. Protect the finish
with rags or other padding.
2 You should have compatible one- or two-piece style bases and four
screws of the correct length.
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3 Clean all oil, grease or dirt from the receiver top and from the
scope base parts.
4 Remove all four filler screws from the top of the receiver using
a very small, thin-bladed gunsmithing-type screwdriver.
5 Pre-position the bases on the receiver top to determine the best
orientation of the bases.
6 Insert the screws through the bases and screw them into the
receiver top using the correct tool.
You must use screws of the appropriate length to ensure proper
thread engagement. Once the bases are installed, check inside the
receiver to verify that the base mounting screws are not too long
and interfering with the operation of the bolt.
Many gunsmiths find it helpful to use a drop of serviceable thread
locking compound to assure the screws stay tight. Make sure the
thread locking compound does not get into the action.
Be careful to insure that the threads of each screw engage properly
in the receiver to prevent stripping the threads in the receiver.
7 Tighten the screws snugly, but do not overtighten.
8 Mount your scope rings and scope as outlined in the instructions
supplied with your scope rings and/or scope. Always make sure
you have the proper eye relief.
trigger adjustment
Before adjusting the trigger, Always place the “safety” in the
on safe position. keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
and your fingers away from the trigger. Failure to follow
these warnings could result in serious injury or death.
ALWAYS INSPECT THE CHAMBER, barrel and mAGaZINE CAREFULLY
AFTER UNLOADING TO BE SURE ALL LIVE shells ARE CLEARED FROM
THE firearm.
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Figure 12
Figure 13
Carefully loosen the screws that secure the
trigger guard.
Carefully lift the trigger guard from the stock.
The A-Bolt Shotgun’s trigger is pre-set at the factory. The trigger pull
weight can be adjusted within a range of approximately 3 to 6.5
pounds. Though additional trigger adjustments should be
unnecessary, the trigger pull weight can be tuned to your
specifications by performing the following procedure:
1 Press the magazine release in front of the trigger guard and allow
the hinged floorplate-magazine unit to swing downward.
2 Remove the magazine from the firearm.
3 Open the bolt and verify the firearm is unloaded.
4 Remove the two screws that retain the trigger guard with
a standard screwdriver (Figure 12).
5 Lift the trigger guard out of the stock (Figure 13).
6 The trigger pull adjustment screw is located just behind the
trigger (Figure 14). Use a small standard screwdriver to perform
the adjustment.
• To increase the weight of the trigger pull, turn the adjustment
screw in a counterclockwise direction.
• To decrease the weight of the trigger pull, turn the adjustment
screw in a clockwise direction.
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IMPORTANT: If trigger pull is
increased too much, the trigger
cannot be pulled. Turn the
screw clockwise until the
trigger can be pulled.
7 Trigger pull can be measured,
with the firearm unloaded and
the bolt closed, using a very
accurate spring scale or a
commercially available set of
trigger pull measuring weights.
Most gunsmiths can also
measure trigger pull for you.
Figure 14
Turn the screw to adjust the trigger pull.
8 When finished making the adjustment, replace the trigger guard
back in the stock and reinstall the trigger guard screws snugly.
Cleaning and maintenance suggestions
NOTICE! PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE
CLEANING YOUR FIREARM.
C l e a n i n g Pa rt s w i t h S p e c i a l F i n i s h e s
Be especially careful when cleaning guns with camouflage, Dura-Touch®
Armor Coating and other special finishes. Always prevent these
surfaces from coming in contact with cleaning solvents, barrel
scrubbers and other strong chemicals. It is preferable to clean these
surfaces with a light gun oil containing no solvents, or with a damp
cloth and mild dish soap (be sure to keep water out of the action).
When cleaning your firearm’s bore and action, protect the external
finishes from any contact with chemicals used. Also, avoid any contact
between external finishes and other strong chemicals like those found
in DEET-containing insect repellents, sunscreens, etc. Damage to
camouflage, Dura-Touch and other finishes caused by chemicals is
irreversible and not repairable.
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BEFORE PERFORMING CLEANING PROCEDURES, place the “safety” in
the on safe position. open the action and make certain YOUR
shotgun IS completely UNLOADED. Keep the muzzle pointed in a
safe direction. Failure to follow these warnings could result
in serious injury or death.
WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN DISASSEMBLING AND CLEANING YOUR
firearm TO PREVENT THE POSSIBILITY OF SPRINGS, SPRING-TENSIONED
PARTS, SOLVENTS OR OTHER AGENTS FROM CONTACTING YOUR EYES,
resulting in injury.
Keep all ammunition away from the cleaning area. Never test
the mechanical function of your shotgun with live
ammunition. Failure to follow these warnings could result in
serious injury or death.
cleaning procedures
Your A-Bolt Shotgun will function better and more reliably over a
longer period of time if it is properly maintained and kept clean.
Clean your firearm after every day of shooting, and more often if it
becomes excessively dirty. A minimum cleaning includes wiping down
the firearm and oiling key parts. Regular maintenance will also include
cleaning the barrel.
If you encounter a function problem be sure to give your firearm a
thorough cleaning to see if it solves the problem before seeking the
services of a Browning Recommended Service Center or our Service
Facility in Arnold, Missouri, or a qualified gunsmith.
1 Remove the bolt as explained previously.
2 Inspect the chamber and bore for powder fouling. A normal
amount of powder residue can be expected and is not serious. It
can usually be removed with a patch saturated with nitro solvent.
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Use a cleaning rod with a tip and patch large enough for a snug fit
in the bore. Insert the rod and patch into the barrel at the breech
end and run it back and forth several times. Care should be
exercised to ensure that the cleaning rod does not strike the
crown of the muzzle, as damage to this area can affect the accuracy
of your firearm. If, or when, fouling should become heavy, it can
be removed with a bronze bore brush. Dip or spray the brush
with nitro solvent and scrub the chamber and bore until the
fouling is removed. To prevent bristles from breaking off, the
brush should be pushed completely through the barrel before
being withdrawn.
Notice! use additional care when cleaning the A-Bolt shotgun.
The ejector spring (Figure 2, page 11) protrudes slightly from
the side of the receiver and can be bent or damaged when a
cleaning rod and patch or brush are drawn past the chamber
and through the receiver.
3 After all fouling has been removed, the chamber and bore should
be wiped dry. When the bore is dry, pass a slightly oiled patch
through it for preservation. A fine, light gun oil is recommended.
4 Inspect the barrel and chamber to be certain no patches have
inadvertently been left in them. Remove any that remain.
5 Use a small brush or rag to remove dirt or other foreign matter
from inside the receiver and other parts of the action. Lightly
lubricate all moving parts with a high-quality, light gun oil. Use oil
sparingly, a very light film is sufficient. A fine, light gun oil is
ideally suited for this purpose.
NOTICE! Do not pour large quantities of oil into the receiver
or other parts. It can drain down to the wood and soften it,
causing permanent damage and loosening of the stock.
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6 Wipe all exposed metal surfaces with a lightly oiled cloth making
certain that all finger marks are removed. Finger marks provide a
place where moisture can accumulate. The metal of the firearm
should receive a light film of oil any time it has been exposed to
weather or handling.
7 Wood surfaces can also be wiped with a quality, lightweight gun oil
or they can be polished with any quality furniture wax (but not both).
cleaning the magazine
Frequently inspect magazines to determine the need for cleaning as
lubricant and dirt will gradually collect in the mechanism. Normally,
the magazine should be cleaned after firing 500 to 1,000 shells.
1 Remove the magazine from the firearm as explained previously.
2 Slide the magazine bottom plate out to the rear (Figure 15).
3 The magazine spring and follower can be removed for inspection.
4 Wipe off dirt and residue. Lightly oil and wipe clean again.
5 To assemble, insert the spring and follower, then slide the bottom
plate into position.
Notice! NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR firearm APART FURTHER THAN
EXPLAINED IN THIS owner’s MANUAL. Your firearm is a specialized,
finely fitted mechanism. You
Figure 15
may permanently damage it by
attempting to disassemble the
inner mechanism assemblies. If
further disassembly for service
or cleaning is required, take
your firearm to a qualified
gunsmith, or contact our
Arnold, Missouri Service
Facility as explained under
“SERVICE and Repair” on
Disassemble the magazine by sliding the
magazine plate to the rear.
page 29.
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S e r v i c e o r r e pa i r
If your firearm should require service or repairs, we suggest you first
contact a local recommended Browning Firearms Service Center.
To locate a service center visit browning.com, contact our Customer
Service Department or your Browning firearms dealer for the address
of the Service Center nearest you. Otherwise, you may send your
firearm directly to our Service Department in Arnold, Missouri.
Parts listings, Firearm Service Center lists, service procedures, service/
repair form and general product information are also found on the
internet at: browning.com. For technical questions about your firearm
or service, contact:
United States customers contact:
Browning Firearm Status and
Technical Service
One Browning Place
Arnold, MO 63010-9406
Phone: (800) 322-4626
Canadian customers contact:
Browning Canada Sports Ltd/Ltée
5583 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 Remove the scope or other optics.
3 Package it securely in a cardboard container.
4 Enclose the service/repair form available at browning.com or a
letter that clearly describes the trouble experienced, the
ammunition used and the repairs desired. Also include your name
and a daytime phone number where you can be reached.
5 If convenient, send a copy of the service/repair form or letter
to us separately.
6 Never return ammunition with your firearm. It is against postal
and most commerce regulations.
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