1943 browning

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  1. BigSam77

    BigSam77 New Member

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    I have a 1943 browning patent remmington. It is a 12 gauge automatic. typically noticed by its "hump back". It is in excellant shooting condition. I use it for skeet almost monthly. Physically, there is some very minor pitting on the barrel. Is it worth it to re-blue the barrel? Other than that, I would call it above average.
    Any opinions are apreciated. thanks
  2. BigSam77

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    just wanted to put it to the top hoping someone can give me a rough estimate.
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    Hi Big Sam.......welcome to TFF. :)

    Sounds like what you have is a Remington Model 11, which is a license-built version of the famous Browning A-5. Remington made approximately 300,000 of these from 1911 to 1948.

    The higher grade Model 11s (Special, Tournament, Expert, and Premier) have some collector value.....but if yours is a "plain jane" shooter in average or slightly above average condition (70-80% condition) the value would range from $150 to $275 (depending on whether it has a plain, solid, or vented rib).

    If you just want to keep it as a "shooter"......sure, go ahead and reblue it.

    A "comfortable" old gun is like a comfortable pair of old sneakers......they may not look great, but they sure do fit well. :)
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    If you would like your shotgun to look better, go ahead and have it professionally reblued. It is customary for people who do a lot of trap or skeet shooting to reblue their guns periodically, and since the guns are not collectible, the value is not affected.
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    OK thanks for the info. I guess I was just making sure I didn't have some "mickey mantle card found in the attic" sort of deal. My grandfather just gave it to me last year since he is getting too old to shoot. I use it as my seconday shotgun just for fun. i put about 100-125 shells through per month. Rebluing will help keep it in good condition for me. I appreciate the help.
    Sam
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    Curious-Is it a True "American Brng" ie: has the magazine cutoff selector, Browning Logo, "B" prefix in ser#, etc.......or is it a Remington Model 11 ?
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    Welcome Bodine
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