In addition to its specific qualities as a "Battue" rifle, where balance, instinctive mounting and fast accurate alignment are especially valuable, it allows you to be immediately ready for action. No other rifle better deserves the description: EXPRESS. The barrels are made with tubes provided by FN. which are manufactured from the same steel as that used for large military productions in FN. such as the LAR rifle and HP pistol. After having been tested at 3,770 bars for the 8x57JRS cal. and 3,900 bars for the 9.3x74R cal. the accuracy and convergence of the rifle meet severe requirements and are also guaranteed by the Proof House in Liege.
Your Express CCS 525 rifle has all the characteristics that distinguish Browning guns: meticulous finishing, great user safety, reliability and strength for life-long service. This highly specialised rifle is primarily intended for the experienced hunter. To give its best, it needs to be used under the conditions for which it was designed.
The trigger mechanism on your Express rifle is of the inertia type: it is the recoil energy from the firing of the first shot that makes the second immediately available. The mechanism is controlled by a single trigger. The safety catch on the top of the action frame tang enables you to set the rifle to safe.
The rifle is on safe when the catch has been moved to the rear (= towards the stock, when the letter "S" appears on the action frame tang (fig. 1). The safety acts by disconnecting the sear control rods connected to the trigger. Always keep the rifle on safe except when about to fire.
The hammer ejectors of your Express rifle are completely automatic: the spent case or cases will be ejected from the gun when it is opened, whilst an unfired cartridge will simply be extracted to facilitate its removal.
The top lever acts on the locking bolt that is adjusted to the barrel hooks. A locking reserve is built into the bolt, so that perfect barrel locking can be achieved over a long period of time. Do not be surprised if the top lever is not aligned with the barrel. For this reason, it is not necessary to confirm the locking of the gun with your thumb; allow the top lever to return of its own accord. Moreover, the top lever is provided with a degassing screw that permits gasses to escape in the event of perforation of the percussion cap. The angle made by the top lever with respect to the barrels axis is normal and indicates that there is some locking reserve still available.
Assembly a. It is absolutely essential to remove the anticorrosion product applied in the factory from all the rifle's metal surfaces. Give particular care to the cleaning of the barrel bores and the inside of the action frame.
Legia Spray will assist this operation.
b. Before assembling the rifle, check that the chambers are empty.
After having thoroughly cleaned the external metallic parts, apply one or two drops of oil on the front lateral sides of the hook, the lateral sides of the lumps and also apply three drops on the fore end iron (fig. 3). Any excess of oil will not only be unnecessary but also be unsuitable.
c. To fit the barrels into the action frame, hold the pistol grip in the right hand with the butt under your right arm. Open the top lever with the right thumb. Using your left hand, grasp the barrels and fit the barrel hook home onto the action frame hinge pin (fig. 4).
d. Holding the hook hard against the hinge pin so as to maintain proper alignment, rotate the barrels to close the rifle (fig. 5) and release the top lever.
e. Pull back the fore-end so that the fore-end iron comes into contact with the action frame, ensuring that the tongue is properly engaged in the groove provided (fig. 6).
During assembly, handle the rifle gently without forcing at any time. If the barrels are not properly engaged into the action frame or if alignment is incorrect, forcing will only damage the bearing surfaces and upset the alignment.
To adjust the cannonry, Browning has developed a completely revolutionary and extremely simple system. A spacing wedge positioned on the upper barrel ensures the barrels' vertical convergence accuracy, whilst the lateral convergence is assured by the barrel's very design that incorporates just one « Berceau » strip. Your rifle was adjusted by Winchester ammunition. To guarantee optimal performance, we recommend using Winchester ammunition.
If however, after a change of ammunition or the fitting of a telescopic sight, the impacts are not as you would like, it would be necessary to modify the barrels' convergence settings. To do this, proceed as follows: Fix the barrel in a clamp whose jaws are protected with felt by tightening the lower barrel only in its last 20 cm on the muzzle side. Dismantle the front sight's base; ensure that you reposition the localisation pin in its stop bore. Insert a brass rod whose diameter is close to that of the bore 100 mm into the upper barrel's muzzle. Next, exert an upward traction on this rod so as to distance the upper barrel from the lower barrel. When distancing the barrels, ensure that you remain in a vertical plane. Whilst maintaining the traction, remove the adjustment ring by sliding it forwards. Select a ring with a larger diameter if you want to reduce the impact convergence or a ring with a smaller diameter to increase the convergence. Position the selected ring by following the dismantling instructions in reverse order. Once you have obtained a satisfactory shot, coat the front sight's base screw thread with Loctite 243. If a lateral movement of the rear sight panel was necessary, the rear sight panel's blocking screw' thread will also be coated with Loctite 243. Any dismantling of this device by anyone other than a gunsmith renders the weapon's guarantee null and void.
This adjustment should only be carried out by profesional gunsmiths
The CCS 525 incorporates beat ribs with an adjustable rear sight layer and a fluorescent fiber optic fore-sight which guarantees optimal aim in any hunting conditions. To facilitate beat sight assembly, the CCS 525 incorporates a foot and a notch into the beat strip, which will be used as the basis for installing your sight with a minimum of work by your artisan gunsmith..
Loading and firing
Before firing the first cartridge of the day, the bore must be perfectly dry. Pass a piece of flannel through the barrels before you set off.
To load the rifle, set it to safe and insert a cartridge into each chamber.
In the - very rare - event of a first shot misfiring it is only necessary to pull the safety catch back and then push it forwards again to be able to fire the second round. Before loading your rifle and going hunting, you must check that your barrel is free of any obstructions (mud, snow, ...), which could cause your barrel to explode when fired
Stripping a. After you have made sure that no cartridge remains in the chambers, close the rifle. Holding the stock firmly under your right arm unlock the fore-end catch with the left hand, simultaneously carefully separating the fore-end from the barrels (fig. 2).
b. Open the rifle and carefully disengage the barrels from the action frame. Carefully reinstall the fore-end on the barrels. This will avoid damaging the fore-end.
c. The top lever can if necessary be released by lowering the cocking lever located in the recess of the action frame.
Do not strip your rifle any further!
Limit your stripping operations to the removal of the barrels and possibly of the fore-end. This is quite enough for normal maintenance. Any further stripping is best performed by a qualified gunsmith.
Prior to handling the gun, make sure that it is not loaded! Use and handle your Express rifle carefully in order to have many years of trouble free shooting. Take care of the rifle by handling the rifle gently and carefully. Do not treat it harshly. After each hunting session, clean and oil it.
For that purpose, we recommend the use of only a good and fine gun oil. Some triple action oils like Legia Spray will clean, lubricate and protect the gun.
The inside of the barrels must be cleaned and oiled after every session of shooting.
For that purpose, separate the barrels from the action frame. Spray some Legia Spray in the barrel bores and allow the product to act for some minutes.
From the chambers, push a cleaning rod equipped with an oil-soaked flannelette patch through the barrels. Be careful where you rest the muzzles. Any blow or damage to that essential part of your gun could result in poor accuracy. Repeat until the patch comes out clean and free from powder residue.
If necessary, pass a phosphor bronze cleaning brush also soaked with oil through the bore. When the barrel is completely clean, dry it thoroughly and oil it with Leggia Spray by using a clean flannelette. This will protect the barrel until the next time you use the rifle.
The bearing surfaces of the barrels and action frame have been made with: they play an essential role in the rifle's longevity.
The bearing surfaces are subject to friction and pressure when opening and closing the gun and must always be perfectly clean and coated with a light film of oil.
The following parts must also bear a light film of oil:- the barrel breech faces, the barrel hooks and their recoil faces, ejectors, the cocking lever push-rod. In the action frame the sides, the bolt, the slots intended for the hooks, the hinge pin and the rotating faces of the action frame which contact the fore-end iron. Do not apply too much oil on the action frame so as to avoid making the wood spongy.
The bluing cannot be considered as a protection against corrosion. It must be protected from moisture and often from acid sweat of the hands. For that purpose, clean the external metallic surfaces of the gun with a lightly oiled cloth and wipe off any traces of fingerprints. It is also recommended to oil the rifle lightly each time it is submitted to bad handling or severe atmospheric conditions.
Do not try to reach the firing and ejection mechanism. Every year at the end of the hunting season, or when your rifle has fallen into water, take your Express rifle to a competent gunsmith for a complete inspection.
A little Legia Spray, a non quick-drying linseed oil or good furniture wax applied from time to time will feed the wood and allow it to keep its handsome appearance.
Apply product moderately with a non-fluffy cloth. Storage
Get into the habit of storing your rifle and its ammunition in different places and out of reach of children.A Browning safe would be the perfect home for your gun.
Your rifle should be kept in a dry and moderately airy place, away from any strong source of heat so that the wood will loose any absorbed moisture without distortion or cracking. So far as the ammunition is concerned, ideal storage conditions consist of a temperature of 21 °C and an atmosphere not too dry (60 % humidity).
2 Front sight base
2A location pin for front sight base
2B Front sight base screw
2C front sight
3A Rib front screw
3B Location pin for rib
3C Rib middle screw
3D Rib rear screw
3E Rear sight
3F Hexagon socket set screws for rear sight
3H Hexagon socket set screws for insert
4. Right ejector slide
5. Left ejector slide
6. Ejector slide screw (2)
7. Action frame
8. Cocking lever
9. Cocking lever pin
10. Right hammer
12. Left hammer
13. Hammer spring (2)
14. Hammer spring guide (2)
15. Right sear
16. Sear pin
18. Left sear
19. Right firing pin
20. Firing pin retaining pin
21. Left firing pin
22. Right firing pin return spring
24. Trigger pin
25. Sear operating rod pin
26. Sear operating rod
27. Sear operating rod base
28. Operating rod spring
29. Operating rod pin
31. Block rollpin (2)
32. Block guide
33. Block guide retention pin
34. Safety stud
35. Safety stud block
36. Safety stud spring
37. Safety stud detent pin
38. Safety stud spring screw
39. Top lever
40. Top lever base plate
41. Top lever stud screw
42. Top lever spring
43. Top lever spring stop
44. Stop screw
45. Barrel lock
46. Trigger guard
47. Block stop rollpin
49. Forend iron
50. Cocking lever control catch
51. Catch stop pin
52. Catch spring
53. Cocking lever pin locking screw
54. Forend retaining screw
55. Forend retaining screw nut
56. Forend iron lock support
57. Front screw of forend iron lock support
58. Rear screw of forend iron lock support
59. Forend iron lock spring
60. Forend iron lock spring screw
61. Forend iron lock
62. Forend iron lock pin
63. Right ejection hammer
64. Left ejection hammer
65. Ejection hammer pin
66. Ejection hammer spring (2)
67. Ejection hammer spring guide (2)
68. Ejection spring's stud
69. Ejection spring stud screw
70. Ejection sear (2)
71. Ejection sear pin (2)
72. Ejection sear spring (2)
73. Right cocking rod
74. Left cocking rod
75. Forend wood
77. Butt plate
78. Butt plate screw (2)
79. Stock assembly screw
80. Assembly screw washer
81. Assembly screw lock washer
82. Venting screw
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