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What is the age and value of a 20 gauge Browning round knob serial 8z1401?

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2008-11-12 13:50:31
2008-11-12 13:50:31

This gun was made in 1958 which was the first year for the 20ga made in an auto5 Value is too difficult to be accurate without seeing the gun. Condition which includes the amount of original finish and original configuration will determine value. Auto 5's with recoil pads (other than Mag 12's) poly-chokes and compensators will reduce value. Recommend taking it to a gun shop for appraisal.

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