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 Posted 5/25/2014 12:05:29 PM
 

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New member here from south Jersey.

After three shoulder surgeries (the most recent, in March, left rotator cuff), I decided it's time to step up to a semi-auto.  With a very limited budget, I've been searching the 'used' gun racks at local shops and on-line.  I found a beauty at a local shop yesterday, at a fair price.  It's a Browning Gold, 3 1/2" 12 ga. in MOBU camo, absolutely like new, no a scratch to be found anywhere.  I have read that there were some problems with this model for the first couple of years, until Browning got it right.  This one is later production, 2004.  I put down a deposit, just as the shop was closing up for the long weekend.  It'll be coming home on Tuesday.




Have a great Memorial Day, everyone, and please don't let it's true meaning be forgotten.




Jeff
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 Posted 5/25/2014 7:01:11 PM
 

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Browning Gold? You'll love it!! 

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Thanks, Flannel.  Maybe I should have put a little more thought into my username, eh?:D
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I have the same gun in three inch..  good gun. Probably same year or close. My go to turkey gun and waterfowl.
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What are the lightest field (or target) loads your 3 1/2" Gold will cycle reliably?

Thanks.

Jeff


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Pumpgun (5/25/2014)
Thanks, Flannel.  Maybe I should have put a little more thought into my username, eh?:D


Ha! Maybe you'll hafta change it to "Otto" :rolleyes:

I have a 3 1/2" Browning Silver which shares probably 98% of its anatomy with the Gold and it shoots 7/8 oz loads without a hiccup. It cycles the hefty 3 1/2s just as well; the Silver has been a very underappreciated gun IMO.  

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My Gold does not shoot 7/8 oz loads reliably unless I load them a little hotter. It shoots one oz loads fine.  It does not cycle well with Kent 3 " shells but shoots others fine dont know why so i just shoot others.   i have another 12 ga gold Hunter model blued that I just use for sporting clays shoot anywhere from 2500- 5000 rounds per year through it is still like new never a problem.   I think you will like it a little heavier than the Maxus but a very smooth shooting gun Joe
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I appreciate both of you taking the time to respond.
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Amish Amy (5/26/2014)
My Gold does not shoot 7/8 oz loads reliably unless I load them a little hotter. It shoots one oz loads fine.  It does not cycle well with Kent 3 " shells but shoots others fine dont know why so i just shoot others.   i have another 12 ga gold Hunter model blued that I just use for sporting clays shoot anywhere from 2500- 5000 rounds per year through it is still like new never a problem.   I think you will like it a little heavier than the Maxus but a very smooth shooting gun Joe


Hm, thats interesting....are you only shooting 7/8 oz reloads or does it do t with factory loads as well? The only ones i've tried were Federals

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Flannel I've never tried a factory 7/8 load.. so i cant give you an answer on that. I rarely ever shoot any factory shotgun cept steel .   i've never reloaded steel.  Joe
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