The Ccs Express Rifle

The CCS 525 Express rifle that you have just bought is an excellent "Battue" gun.

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.

Identification marks

Serial number : under the top lever and on the left-hand side of the barrel hooks. Calibre : on the right-hand side of the barrels. Proof marks : on the barrels and at the bottom of the action frame.

Trigger mechanism

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.

Automatic ejectors

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.

Top lever

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).

Warning !

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.

Barrel adjustment

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

Sights and microscopic sight

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.

Bearing surfaces

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.

External metallic surfaces

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).

Component parts

I. Barrels

2 Front sight base

2A location pin for front sight base

2B Front sight base screw

2C front sight

3 Rib

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

3G Insert

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

23. Trigger

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

30. Block

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

48. Pin

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

76. Stock

77. Butt plate

78. Butt plate screw (2)

79. Stock assembly screw

80. Assembly screw washer

81. Assembly screw lock washer

82. Venting screw

83. Ring

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