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    Default Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen

    I didn't want to resurrect an old thread on this so thought I'd start a new one.

    I was just wondering how those of you that bought one of the new A5 Sweet Sixteens like your guns now that you have had a chance to carry them in the field??

    I was on a list to get one from my local dealer but when the gun finally arrived in January I was in Arizona for the winter and passed on the gun. Still haven't put one to the shoulder yet. However, as I've been hunting with my 1960 Sweet this season I find myself asking "Why would I want to replace this bird killing machine?" Yes my gun is heavier than the new ones but it fits me great and I miss very little with it. Still something cool about having that solid chuck of steel in your hands. Think I'll continue to pass on the new ones because my 1960 Sweet Sixteen is so SWEEEEEET!

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    What a classic. I wish they would make the new ones with the rounded pistol grip. The new grips are so tight it seems awkward and somewhat uncomfortable to me anyway.

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    George, I have the new A5 in 12 Ga. shot it today and it functions OK.

    One problem: there is a lever under and in front of the trigger guard that can cycle a shell, if needed. Have found no use for this when hunting upland. In fact, I bumped the lever twice and a shell pulled from the magazine and ended outside/underneath the chamber...not good! Had to cycle the shells and start over again. Others have had this problem when hunting upland...

    The gun is easier to load than my old A5.

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    I agree 100% about it being a killing machine. Iíve carried other guns over the years but Iíve always gone back to my sweet sixteen. Now in my older years I see no reason to shoot anything else at pheasants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    "Why would I want to replace this bird killing machine?" Think I'll continue to pass on the new ones because my 1960 Sweet Sixteen is so SWEEEEEET!
    The answer is, "You would NOT want to replace that machine because it would be impossible. And the one you have is SOOOOO sweet!"
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    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Too bad we are all so spread out or we could organize a "Sweet Sixteen Hunt".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    Too bad we are all so spread out or we could organize a "Sweet Sixteen Hunt".
    How discriminatory would THAT be?!?! I like it.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Love my new Sweet 16. Everything I hoped it would be. Nice and light to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altillathedak View Post
    Love my new Sweet 16. Everything I hoped it would be. Nice and light to carry.
    Same here. I bought one at the Cabela's in Mitchell on my trip there two weeks ago. I had called about a week before and put one on layaway over the phone, because I wanted the 26" barrel and wanted to be sure they had one when I got there. The guy brought out the one that had been put back for me, and the wood was just fine, but I had seen photos online of some real pretty ones. So I asked him to bring out another, and the wood on that one was just gorgeous, lots of flame. I said "I'll take that one" in less than 2 seconds
    I hunted with it for 6 days, and couldn't be happier. Just a pleasure to carry all day, and the recoil isn't as bad as I expected. Though the Federal PF 1 & 1/8 ounce at 1425 fps do produce quite a jolt, so I'll mostly stick with Golden Pheasants.

    Quite a difference going from a 12ga 1100 the first day, to a 5 lb 12 oz gun the next. (don't get me wrong, still love my Remingtons)

    Gonna use it on a duck hunt over the holidays, with Kent bismuth shells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadscholar View Post
    Same here. I bought one at the Cabela's in Mitchell on my trip there two weeks ago. I had called about a week before and put one on layaway over the phone, because I wanted the 26" barrel and wanted to be sure they had one when I got there. The guy brought out the one that had been put back for me, and the wood was just fine, but I had seen photos online of some real pretty ones. So I asked him to bring out another, and the wood on that one was just gorgeous, lots of flame. I said "I'll take that one" in less than 2 seconds
    I hunted with it for 6 days, and couldn't be happier. Just a pleasure to carry all day, and the recoil isn't as bad as I expected. Though the Federal PF 1 & 1/8 ounce at 1425 fps do produce quite a jolt, so I'll mostly stick with Golden Pheasants.

    Quite a difference going from a 12ga 1100 the first day, to a 5 lb 12 oz gun the next. (don't get me wrong, still love my Remingtons)

    Gonna use it on a duck hunt over the holidays, with Kent bismuth shells.
    The weight difference is huge if you walk a lot. Been carrying my old Citori this past week...

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