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Old June 13, 2018, 08:08   #1
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Value of Rhodesian Browning A5?

What is the value of a Rhodie A5?

"several thousand dollars" according to this ad?

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/774828211
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Old June 13, 2018, 08:12   #2
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I think they go at around $2K
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Old June 13, 2018, 08:30   #3
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$2k+ is about right. Still kicking myself for letting the last pair from Navy Arms slip by several years ago for $1400 iirc. They were on GB and just couldn't swing it at the time.

Seller is a standup guy and a member here.
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Old June 13, 2018, 09:22   #4
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$2k+ is about right. Still kicking myself for letting the last pair from Navy Arms slip by several years ago for $1400 iirc. They were on GB and just couldn't swing it at the time.

Seller is a standup guy and a member here.
Member SAFN49 sold an original one on Gonebroker a year or so ago. IIRC it went for about $2,500.

+1 on Jollyroger14. Standup guy and his item description is spot-on accurate.
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Old June 13, 2018, 10:38   #5
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Now that is cool .. Might have to go for that ..Even thoguh I dont have a auto 5 to mount it on lol ..From what I remember the auto were big in the jungle wars in that part of the world the Brits and other used them ..Good for moving jungle out of the way so to speak

Now just to find the shorts shorts to go with this
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Old June 14, 2018, 05:47   #6
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I have my great grandfathers 1930s ,not sure which year, A5 he bought to go on safari and never went.Been passed down on 18th birthdays 3 times, “special steel barrel” is sawed off at 18 1/4” due to a faulty choke causing a blister at 20” years ago, Maybe I will find a kit similar to this for mine.

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Old June 14, 2018, 11:33   #7
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Now that is cool .. Might have to go for that ..Even thoguh I dont have a auto 5 to mount it on lol ..From what I remember the auto were big in the jungle wars in that part of the world the Brits and other used them ..Good for moving jungle out of the way so to speak

Now just to find the shorts shorts to go with this
Yep. The Brits used them in Malaya and, later, Borneo.
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Old June 14, 2018, 12:29   #8
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Have one of the kits linked in ad, last I understood there were only two available for sale in U.S. unless someone who has purchased in past offers one up. Was also told were not planning to bring anymore kits over the pond anytime soon if at all. They were available in marketplace here at one time. Have purchased three Browning A5's (already owned three so now have six) trying to find proper host for kit but all were nicer than advertisements stated and waiting to find an FN without engraving to use as host. Do own a 16 gauge FN without engraving now so guess am a sideways collector of old FN shotguns at this point.

If find a really ugly A5 that functions and is inexpensive my plan was to lead fill the engraving then refinish after block sanding. That way get the correct look as police models/Rhodesian's did not have engraving. When past three hosts came in so nice even though there are millions of them and not rare could not bring myself to ruining a nice original Browning shotgun. Eventually the right host will find me.
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Old June 14, 2018, 14:53   #9
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Slather on enough baby poo and the engraving goes away,......but the finish is protected underneath.
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Old June 14, 2018, 15:01   #10
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When past three hosts came in so nice even though there are millions of them and not rare could not bring myself to ruining a nice original Browning shotgun.
I know the feeling. Found a cheap one on an auction site and guess what? Yep, real nice, except for the rear stock was broken. Instead of making it a donor, I bought a nice used matching stock set.
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Old June 14, 2018, 15:36   #11
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My A5 was handed down from my dad. He got it around '52. It's my only real FN. Wish I could shoot it more. It's in great shape. I'm surprised that they're not really very valuable.
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Old June 14, 2018, 18:22   #12
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I know the feeling. Found a cheap one on an auction site and guess what? Yep, real nice, except for the rear stock was broken. Instead of making it a donor, I bought a nice used matching stock set.
Totally understand, while not valuable having so much trouble finding an FN donor may not be able to chop it for a clone of a Rhodesian shotgun when I do. Will probably stick it in the pile and keep looking for another then chop worse of the two for the clone or eventually find an A5 bad enough to justify filling the engraving. Funny am worried about collector value of $500 scatter guns that are common as dirt but some day a decent Belgian A5 with no repairs to wood or major rust might not be just another $500 shotgun. Very interested to see how kit sells knowing it's one of the last if not the last not in hands of a hoarder.
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Totally understand, while not valuable having so much trouble finding an FN donor may not be able to chop it for a clone of a Rhodesian shotgun when I do.
Can fake it with a SAVAGE 720.
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Old June 16, 2018, 12:11   #14
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Can fake it with a SAVAGE 720.
... or Remington Model 11. I have a WWII aerial trainer, interesting and fun gun.
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Old June 16, 2018, 12:27   #15
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My A5 was handed down from my dad. He got it around '52. It's my only real FN. Wish I could shoot it more. It's in great shape. I'm surprised that they're not really very valuable.
I hope they continue to stay undervalued. They are great shotguns that are very durable and require minimal maintenance. Every one I've picked up had either the friction rings set up wrong, missing or too much oil on the magazine causing it to "kick too much" for the previous owners. The only thing I've found with them are the chokes are very tight. I've seen them run with tons of debris in the action. Most have never been disassembled because of the thin screw heads. The Miroku Brownings are really great guns as well.
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Old June 16, 2018, 12:34   #16
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thing I've found with them are the chokes are very tight.
Yup! I have one built in 1935 IIRC that I use for spot shoots.

It puts a LOT of pellets onto the paper
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Old June 16, 2018, 20:38   #17
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I buy them with the intent to slather them with paint and turn the into Rhodie Riots with the regular 5-shot forearm. I think the original 9-shot guns are neat, but only if they're 'original 9-shot' guns. A clone is fine, but worth no more to me than a painted 5-shooter so why spend the time, money and effort to convert?

I've found several cheap guns in fantastic shape, but cheap because someone stuck a variable choke on the muzzle. Don't make no difference to me if I'm going to hack back to 18-21" anyway, but like Huey,.......they're just too nice to hack up. Any time I find one decrepit enough to chew up they want more for it than I paid for the 'nice' ones I already have.
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i need someone to make conversion kits, I have rhodie paint and a lack of shotguns in my safe. I sadly spent my month of june in the field and missing out on the auctions
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