Re: Browning Gold slow function
There is no recoil spring in a Browning Gold. There is an action spring in a tube in the buttstock that powers the bolt forward, pushing against a linkage at the rear of the bolt. Is this the spring you replaced with a 'more powerful' one, and if so where did you get that spring? Spring length is critical for this application.
Remove the buttstock. Drift out the action spring retainer pin (be careful, spring tension) and remove the action spring retainer, action spring, and action spring plunger to the rear. These are probably gunked up. Use a properly sized bore brush and solvent to clean the action spring tube.
The action spring for the 3.5" is different from the 3". If this is a 3.5" gun, make sure you have the correct spring (if the gun was bought new, probably not an issue).
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