Questions on an inherited shotgun

Texas42

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I inherited my grandfather’s Browning Sweet 16. I have a couple questions.

Any idea on when it was made. I the websites haven’t been real clear with the serial number i have.
Any reason I shouldn’t shoot it? (Granted I haven’t found any 16 gauge ammo just yet so it is kinda moot at this point)
The stock looks like the plastic is breaking down. Just take it to a gun shop for them to fix it?

Thanks. My grandfather had some cool stuff, and I think this was the most unique of them.
 

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Sam Colt

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Pay close attention to the recoil spring and friction rings. Many cracks in the forearm and buttstock wrist come from un-managed recoil.
 

Moonpie

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Gunz are icky.
Nice looking gun.

Can't help with the born on date.

Yes, the gun can be fired. From your pictures it looks to ne in excellent condition.

The recoil pad should be replaced.
Yours is typical of being stored for many years upright on its buttstock.
Have a pro do it.
 

TreyG-20

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That is gorgeous. I also inherited my grandfather's shotgun. It was run hard and put up wet. I got it functional again and hunt with it occasionally. It will never be pretty again though.
 

V-Tach

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Nice looking gun.

Can't help with the born on date.

Yes, the gun can be fired. From your pictures it looks to ne in excellent condition.

The recoil pad should be replaced.
Yours is typical of being stored for many years upright on its buttstock.
Have a pro do it.

This^^^^^^^^^^

Your Grandfather had good taste.........
 

mroper

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If you are going to shoot it make sure you clean it well. the relube it. I inherited one from my Father and it would not auto- load because the recoil spring and slide was all gummed up. I cleaned it and re-lubed it worked good as new
 

Lonesome Dove

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Leave it as it was left or given to you.
I restored a couple guns from my dad and the ones I didn’t are my favorites.
Thats how they were when I was a kid so thats how I remember them. My dads guns.
 

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