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    BROYYNING RWe are proud that you have chosen a

    Browning. In its manufacture we have endeav-ored to incorporate the very finest in materialsand craftsmanship, and with just reasonablecare this gun should provide you with many years of pleasure and dependable service. If,by any chance, you have any observations tomake regarding its performance or appearance,

    we hope you will write us immediately.We would also like to know more about you

    as a Browning owner and would be grateful if you could take but a moment to complete andreturn the marketing survey card found onthe inside back cover.

    Thank you.

    BROWNING

    BROWNING New Gun Ow ner s Rec ord

    Keepthis record for future r e f e r e n c e

    B r o w n i n g M o d e l .

    Gauge..

    Purchase Price..

    Date of Purchase

    P l e a s e f i l l o u t a n d m a i l t h e M a r k e t i n g S u r v e y Card at theback of the booklet.

    BROWNING

    Route # 1, Morgan, Utah 84050

    Distributed in Canada by: 8rowning Arms Co. of Canada, ltd.5350 Ferrier Street, Montreal, Que. H4P 1L9

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    GAS OPERATED AUTOMATIC SHOTGUNNOMENCLATURE

    In conventional gun terminology, the posi-tion and movement of gun parts are describedas they occur with the gun horizontal, innormal firing position; i.e., the muzzle is for-ward or front; butt stock is rearward or rear;trigger is underneath; the rib is on top.

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    CAUTION

    A L W A Y S V I S U A L L Y C H E C KY O U R S H O T G U N

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    to be certainthat it does not inadvertently containany ammunition. Whenever you pickup a gun, immediately make sure thegun is on safe and the chamber and

    magazine a re un loaded.A L W A Y S K E E P Y O U R G U N SSAFETY IN THE ON SAFE POSI-T I O N- even if you are certain thegun is unloaded. Check and doublecheck, frequently while you are hunt-ing. Be sure contact with a twig, a

    tumble on slippery terrain, the mo-ment of excitement after a shot, or adozen other seemingly innocent inci-dents have not left you with a gun,off safe.Never point a gun you are certa inis on safe at anything you do notintend to shoot. Safe gun handlingdoes not st op with your gun s mechan-ica l sa fe ty . I t s ta r t s the re . Handleyour gun at all times with deep respect

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    and with alert consideration to allwithin its range.

    c. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OFYOUR GUN POINTED IN A SAFEDIRECTION

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    even t hough you arecertain the gun is unloaded and onsafe. Never point your gun at any-thing you do not intend to shoot.

    d. ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR SHOT-GUN WHEN NOT IN USE - As a

    safety precaution it is preferable todisassemble your gun for storage.Store your gun and ammunit ion sep-arately- beyond the rea ch of children.

    e. DO NOT PUT A 20 GAUGE SHELLIN A 12 GAUGE GUN- if you va lue

    your gun and yourself. We stronglyrecommend tha t a ll shells of differen tgauges be stored in completely sep-ara te and well-marked containers.NE VER store shells of mixed gau gesin a common container or IN YOUR

    P O C K E T S . E X A M I N E E V E R YSHELL YOU PUT IN YOUR GUN.The m ost cert a in way to bulge or rup-ture th e finest bar rel is t o drop a 20gauge shell in to a 12 gauge chamber .The 20 gauge shell, unfor tuna tely, will

    not fa ll completely th rough the bar rel;its rim is caught by the FRONT of a12 gauge chamber. Your gun will mis-fir e, and u n der con dition s of ca reless-ness ma de leth a l by hast e, a 12 gaugeshell can be loaded behind the 20.

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    ed a more ser ious hazard to your gunand yourself.

    f. BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUC-TIONS - for the sa fety of both your

    gun and yourself.Mud, snow and an infin ite var iety ofother object s m ay inadver ten t ly lodgein a barrel bore. It takes only onesmall obstruction to ruin (swell orruptu re) the finest of shotgun bar rels.

    g. DO NOT SNAP THE HAMMER ONAN EMPTY CHAMBER

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    TH ECHAMBER MAY NOT BE EMPTY!Treat every gun with t he respect du ea loaded gun - even t hough you arecert a in t he gun is un loaded.

    It is unn ecessar y to sna p th e hammerto prevent weakening of the mainspr ing. It will not weaken even thoughthe hammer is left cocked indefinitely.Neither will snapping the ha m mer onan empty chamber dama ge or break

    the fir ing pin .AMMUNITION: The gauge an d max-imum accepta ble load a re sta mped onthe right side of the barrel. Neveruse a load t hat exceeds these specifica-tions. Magnum shells may be used

    so long as the cartridge length doesnot exceed the length sta m ped on thebarrel. That is, a 12 gauge shotgunstamped 12 g a u g e s h e l l s - 2 3/4inches may use 2 3/4 inch 12 gaugeMagnum loads but not 3 inch 12

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    CAUTION: Do not take the meas-urement of an unfired shell to deter-mine th e length . An unfired 2 3/4"shell,for example, only measures about 2 1/2".

    Most shell boxes are stamped as tothe length of the shells t hey conta inand some shells a r e actua lly individu -ally marked as to th eir length .The Browning 2000 must be used on lywith th e gauge of amm un it ion sta mpedon the bar rel. The bar rel and act ionof th is shotgun have been m ade withlarge safety margins over t he pressur esdeveloped by establish ed commercialloads. Never theless, Browning can as-sume no responsibility for incidentswhich occur through the use of cart-

    ridges of non-standard dimension ort hose developing excessive pr essu res.

    GENERAL OPERATION

    This shotgun is gas-opera ted. A por t ion ofthe expanding powder gases is bled off

    th rough gas port s in th e barr el and u sed tooperate the mechanism. During rearwardt r avel, t he bolt ext ract s a nd eject s t he spentsh ell and cocks t he ha mmer. Dur ing forwar dt ravel, a new round is fed from the ma gazineto th e cha mber .

    This operation is semi-automatic; thetrigger must be released and pulled to fireeach successive shot . After the la st shell ha sbeen fired, the breech bolt locks open. Thisof course, facilita tes speedy reloading.

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    MOUNTING THE BARREL TO ACTION

    Your Browning 2000 i s packaged andshipped with the forearm attached to the re-ceiver and magazine tube. In order to install

    the barrel it is necessary to remove the fore-arm from the magazine tube and affix theforearm on the barrel before mounting thebarrel to the action. Follow the s t e n s below:

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    THOROUGHLY CLEAN ALL ANTI-R U S T C O M P O U N D F R O M T H E

    BARREL,THE BORE AND OTHERMETAL SURFACES. Remove wi thany good quality gun oil or gun clean-ing solven t .Unscrew the forearm cap and removethe forearm from the magazine tube.

    Affix the forearm to the barrel by lo-cating the entire forearm rearward ofthe barrel ring and gently sliding theforearm forward until the barrel ring issea ted against th e rubber forea rm bush-ing (Figure 1). Do not force the rear-

    war d end of th e forear m upwa rd a roundthe barrel as this could split the fore-arm.

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    Draw th e breech bolt rea rward so th a tit remains locked back. Be sure thesafety is on sa fe.Gra sp t he but t stock by the pistol gr ip

    and an chor th e bu tt end on your hip.With your other h and grasp the fore-ar m an d barr el an d after a fina l glan ceth rough th e bore t o be sur e th ere is nobar rel obst ru ct ion , ca refu lly work t heforea rm down t he ma gazin e tu be an d

    in t roduce the bar rel extension in to ther eceiver (F igu re 2).

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    6. As the bar rel and forear m are sea tedinto final position, be certain the U-shaped cut in the barrel extension(Figure 3) mates fully against the

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    bar rel gu ide in the upper in side of thereceiver (Point A, Figure 4). Also

    check tha t t he meta l forearm t abs inthe rea rwar d end of the for ear m (F ig-

    u re 5) slide in to th e opposing receiverrecesses (Point B, Figure 4).

    7. Screw the forear m cap on to th e ma ga-zine tube. HAND TIGHTEN ONLY.

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    Never apply a wrench or any kind ofsevere force.Removing the barrel is simply done byreversing the above procedure. If you

    prefer to store your gun with the ac-tion and barrel separated, it is suggest-ed that the forearm be attached to themagazine tube and receiver. This se-cures your forearm and prevents i tfrom possible damage.

    CLOSING THE BREECH

    Do not press the carrier latch and let thebreech bolt ride home under its own force, un-less the bolt is actually feeding a round intothe chamber. It is always advisable, wheneverthe bolt is being closed on an empty chamberor being closed after the barrel has been re-

    moved from the action, to hook your thumbor finger around the bolt operating handle andlet the bolt ease forward.

    CROSS-BOLT SAFETYThe cross bolt safety blocks the trigger

    from operating. In the off safe or fireposition a red warning band is visible, on the

    left side of the trigger guard_, alerting theshooter of the gun s r eady-to-fire st a tus.

    To accommodate left hand shooters, thissafety can be reversed by a gunsmith in amatter of minutes. When reversed, of course,the red warning band will then appear on the

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    right side of the trigger guard. Unlike manyother guns with cross bolt safeties, no extraparts are necessary for t