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2009-07-23 06:17:42
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This goes back to the beginning of the auto 5 production in 1903. John Cockerill was a British Industrialist whose company supplied high quality steel to Fabrique Nationale (FN) which was the maker of the A-5. The Cockerill name was first used on Browning barrels stamped "cockerill steel". The steel was a very strong quality that met the proofing requirements of guns that were shooting smokeless powder. Eventually the Cockerill name was dropped from the barrels and "special steel" was used instead. The FN guns that were not sold to Browning in the US, uses the barrel stamp of "acier special" which means special steel in the French language.


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Haven't seen that marking. Choke markings on Browning shotguns are coded by a series of asterisks and dashes. They also had a marking called 'ACIER SPECIAL' which simply means special steel, indicating the gun was suitable for smokeless powder.

Assuming you mean a barrel that is for lead pellets, if the barrel is not rifled, steel shot will not damage the smooth barrel. If it is rifled however, steel shot will in fact damage the rifling.

Browning Choke Markings "* " = full "*- " = improved modified "** " = modified "**-" = improved cylinder "**$" = skeet "***" = cylinder

It stands for 'Nickel Steel', the material the metal is made from.

This is the weight in Kilograms of the barrel by itself.

The steel is stronger, but that doesnt nescesarilly mean its better

Depends on what they are. Could be choke markings, proof mark, etc..

The serial number you list does not match Browning convention. Go to to see what I mean.

They used stars to show how the barrel is choked. 1 star is for full, 2 for modified, and so on down through the chokes.

They tell you what the barrel(s) is/are choked. One-full, Two=Modified, Three = Cylinder.

While the original length is not indicated on the barrel, the barrel weight is. Example: 1Kg012 which would mean 1012 grams. An accurate scale would help you identify. If the barrel weighs less than the stamped number then the barrel has been altered.

No. Many manufacturers have used Browning's patents. Your gun was made by Savage/Stevens.

The marking of the nickel steel barrel meant that the rifle could be fired with smokeless powder.This powder created more pressure than black powder.

The frame is the central part that the grips, trigger, barrel, and cylinder are all attached to. Is it made of brass or steel?

Unknown, but, doesn't mean a special order did not happen.

Genuine Armory Steel was a mark used by Crescent Firearms, 1893-1930, and also by Meriden Fire Arms, 1905-1915. The phrase doesn't really mean anything except that the barrels are not laminated steel.

ROYAL STEEL was the marking that indicated the barrels were of fluid steel rather than Damascus. LC Smith introduced Royal Steel as an option on the F Grade in 1917 and by 1919 only Royal Steel was available on all grades.

You will have to call Browning to find out.

No action made of leather. If you mean LEVER action, that would be the BLR. 100-500 USD

Good Question This is on the older Belgian barrels. "16" stands for the guage which is a 16ga. "65" stands for the length of the chamber. In this case: 65mm = 2 9/16"

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