Browning Maxus

Description

The Browning Maxus is a semi-automatic hunting shotgun chambered in 12 gauge. The Maxus is a very popular model and won the NRA’s “American Hunter” Golden Bullseye Award 2010 for Shotgun of the Year because of its reliable action and cycling. It uses Browning’s Power Drive Gas System where the shotgun has larger exhaust ports to expel gases faster from heavy loads, which reduces recoil. It also gives the gas-driven piston a longer drive, which provides betters chambering on lighter loads.

The Maxus is made from a lightweight aluminum alloy that puts each sub-model around 7 pounds. It has a lengthened forcing cone and has three adjustable chokes, so shooters can adjust a desirable shot pattern for short or long distances. And, it uses an Inflex Technology recoil pad that reduces recoil and adds comfort.

Browning recommends the Maxus for hunting, leisure and sport shooting.

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Specifications

30"
Capacity:4
Sights:.25" -wide vent rib
Features:Power Drive Gas System; Vector Pro forcing cone; Invector Plus choke tubes; and Inflex Technology recoil pad
Gauge:12 gauge
Stock:Walnut/gloss
Material/Finish:Aluminum alloy/gloss blued
Type:Semi-auto
Chokes:Full
Improved cylinder
Modified
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Weight:7 pounds
Barrel Length:30"
Length of Pull:14.25"
Overall Length:51.25"
Drop at Comb:1.75"
Drop at Heel:2"
Bore:3"
3.5"
28"
Capacity:4
Sights:.25" -wide vent rib
Features:Power Drive Gas System; Vector Pro forcing cone; Invector Plus choke tubes; and Inflex Technology recoil pad
Gauge:12 gauge
Stock:Walnut/gloss
Material/Finish:Aluminum alloy/gloss blued
Type:Semi-auto
Chokes:Full
Improved cylinder
Modified
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.9375 pounds
Barrel Length:28"
Length of Pull:14.25"
Overall Length:49.25"
Drop at Comb:1.75"
Drop at Heel:2"
Bore:3"
3.5"
26"
Capacity:4
Sights:.25" -wide vent rib
Features:Power Drive Gas System; Vector Pro forcing cone; Invector Plus choke tubes; and Inflex Technology recoil pad
Gauge:12 gauge
Stock:Walnut/gloss
Material/Finish:Aluminum alloy/gloss blued
Type:Semi-auto
Chokes:Full
Improved cylinder
Modified
Website:http://www.browning.…
Weight:6.875 pounds
Barrel Length:26"
Length of Pull:14.25"
Overall Length:47.25"
Drop at Comb:1.75"
Drop at Heel:2"
Bore:3"
3.5"
MSRP$1399.00

Editor Review

John Browning revolutionized the shotgun world 105 years ago with the invention of the first semi-automatic shotgun, the Browning Auto 5, and the company that still bears his name is still revolutionizing the industry a century later.  Call the 2000’s the “decade of the Autoloader” because more advances have come down the pike in this decade than any other, and the Browning Maxus leads the way handily.
 
Speed and reliability are the buzzwords for today’s autoloaders and the engineers at Browning have done an excellent job of both. This gun looks fast, starting with a sleeker, thinner profile than any other gas autoloader. Looking at the fore-end, you will immediately notice the absence of a screw-on end cap. Replacing what is truly an antiquated method of holding guns together is an over-under style fore-end lever. The simplicity of this system is to be admired as it allows the fast removal of the fore-end: no more over-tightening and having to use a pair of pliers and a rag to take your fore-end off or under-tightening and dealing with a rattling gun.

Reaching into the box, the Maxus practically leaped out into my hands.  This gun is light. Really light. Yet it still points and follows through like a dream. This is a distinct advantage for a gun that, for many, will be used as their all-purpose shotgun.  Rest assured you will have no problem toting this gun in the blind, the boat, or along miles of field.

The Maxus action, called the “Power-drive gas system,” is essentially a re-vamping of the action shared by the Browning Gold and Winchester SuperX-2. There are a lot of “technical” differences and reasons for the improved performance (larger gas ports, longer stroke travel, etc.), but the two things almost every shooter will appreciate are these: it is simple and it works. There are three pieces to the action. That’s it.

How is it on the shoulder?  Browning added an advanced soft-rubber recoil pad with what they refer to as “inflex technology” to the rear of the Maxus. This pad, combined with the new action translates to one of the softest-recoiling guns on the market, easily handling the hardest-kicking 3.5” shells down to light, 1-ounce skeet loads. I had no trouble in the range or the field even when purposely mixing loads.

The gun’s available in several models specified for waterfowl, field, and sporting use.  Any one of these is sure to please anyone who purchases it.