Silver Sporting & Silver Hunter Barrels interchangeable?

Discussion in 'Browning Silver Shotgun' started by Stonehorse, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Stonehorse

    Stonehorse Member

    I own a Silver Sporting 12 gauge and the barrel is chambered for 2.75" shells only. Will a Silver Hunter barrel with a 3" chamber fit the the Silver Sporting receiver? I can't see or find any reason why not but I want to make sure before ordering a barrel. Thanks in advance.
  2. Stonehorse

    Stonehorse Member

    I have answered my own question. I took my Silver Sporting into a gun shop the shop owner laid my barrel along side a Silver Hunter barrel. Except for chamber length
    (2 3/4" vs 3") the two barrels are dimensionally identical. He even interchanged the barrels on the two guns and they fitted perfectly.
  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Good to know...as not many would have that opportunity to compare barrels.
  4. Stonehorse

    Stonehorse Member

    Before I took the trip to the gun store, I had emailed Browning Customer Service and asked about a barrel swap. The customer service rep said it couldn't be done because the barrel is matched to receiver. This didn't make any sense to me because the Silver Sporter and the Silver Hunter use the same receiver and there are no differences in internal milling. Nor are these shotguns custom/hand fitted; not at this price point, lol! Note the Silver Hunter is also available in a 3.5" chamber but I'm talking about the 3" receiver.

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