Browning Superposed Choke Markings


I tried it this weekend and I must agree that your method of measuring length of pull is the best. The gun I shoot most often is a Winchester 1400 automatic with a trigger to butt pull of 13 3/4. I tried an old Remington Model 11 and it actually felt too short. Imagine my surprise when its pull measured 14 inches. The gun I love the most is a Browning Superposed made in 1958. It has a very small wrist and a sweeping pistol grip. It too measures 14 inches but it seems to fit me most naturally. Understandably, it is never risked in bad weather, thorns, or rocky terrain, so I don’t shoot it as often as the Winchester, but it points better than any gun I have ever held. You convinced me. I tip my hat to the master.

Now, another question. The Browning has markings on the side of each barrel. The top barrel is marked ** and the bottom barrel is marked **-. Do you know where I can find out what choke those stand for? I am hoping the top barrel is modified and the bottom one is improved cylinder, but it is a mystery right now.

I really enjoy the notes and appreciate the time you are willing to take to answer what must be repetitive questions. If you go hunting this fall, please drop me a note and let me know how you do.

Best wishes,


Dear David,

Your have your wish! In “Browning speak” modified choke is ** and improved cylinder is **- . This would be very typical choking for one of their 26-1/2″ barreled O/Us. Usually the 28″ barreled B25 Superposed guns came in Mod/Full. Of course, on special order you could get anything you wanted. I’ve seen man European-market B25 game guns in 1/4 & 3/4 (IC/IMod) configuration.

As a matter of fact, for other lucky readers with Belgian Browning shotguns, here is the entire list of Browning choke markings. Remember, this is for the Belgian guns:

Full = *
Improved Modified = *-
Modified = **
Improved Cylinder = **-
Skeet = **$ (maybe Browning thought that skeet shooters had beau coup loot?)
Cylinder = ***

All of this comes from THE best book on the Browning: Ned Schwing’s “The Browning Superposed”, Krause, 1996. You can probably still get it from through our SR shotgun book portal. If you love the Superposed (as I do), you simply must have this book.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
The Technoid writing for Shotgun Report, LLC
(Often in error. Never in doubt.)

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