Browning® Maxus™ Hunter Semi-Auto Shotgun
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Combining the proven Maxus design with a strong, lightweight aluminum alloy receiver, the Maxus Hunter semi-auto shotgun is unlike any other semi-auto you can buy. Easier to swing and carry thanks to the lighter weight, this autoloader features a trim forearm and a close radius pistol grip for a better grip that provides more comfort and control when the shooting starts. Powered by Browning's Power Drive Gas System, the Maxus Hunter gives you reduced recoil and the ability to cycle a wide range of loads. The soft Inflex Technology recoil pad directs recoil downward and away from your face with every shot for more accurate second shots. The blued barrel features a low profile ventilated rib, ivory front bead sight, and Vector Pro™ lengthened forcing cones to minimize shot deformation and maximize pattern uniformity, consistency and density. The Maxus Hunter also comes with full, modified and improved cylinder Invector Plus chokes, 3" chamber, and gloss finish walnut stock.
Rated 4 out of 5 by 1
Rated 4 out of 5 by John369 Maxus first day
I have been a Browning man my whole life. First shotgun was dads Belgium Auto-5. Own BPS 10 and 20 gauges. Also own Remington 870 and 1100 12 gauge. I use the 870 for scouting areas I haven't been before as I don't want to beat up my A-5 unnecessarily and 1100 Trap-T for skeet.
Wanted a new semi-auto to cover all my hobbies: dove, quail, pheasant, duck, turkey and occasional, light skeet. My oldest son is now starting to use my BPS 20.
I reviewed Benelli's, Beretta's, Remington and Browning. Came down for me to the Benelli M2, Montefeltro and Maxus for my final three. Don't need the 3 1/2, I would use my 10 ga in those situations. Ultimately chose Maxus. Hefted all three (bass pro shops) and consider all three exceptionally well built firearms. Ultimately chose browning based on how it felt and apparent weight. I would be remiss if i also didn't feel a little jaded based on my history of Browning firearms. Wish I could have shot all three but wasn't an option.
Just finished my first day (8/30)at the skeet range and patterning for dove season next week.
I have zero regrets. She feels twice as light as my Auto-5 Magnum, and feels like it jumps into my hands and shoulder perfectly. Recoil? Non-existent in my opinion. Was able to stay in plane and follow through so much cleaner and steady. Not that the A-5 or even the Rem 1100 was that bad, but this gun flows so much easier.
I'm no expert at skeet, usually get to the range about 10-12 times a year. Consistently hit 16 birds on average (like I said no expert). I shot eight rounds today. 2 on my A-5, 2 on my 1100 and then four on the Maxus after patterning. A-5 was as expected 15,16. 1100 was slightly better at 16,17. Maxus opened my eyes. Shot 13, 18, 19, 19.
On the first round I was fighting the gun and after shooting the 1100 I was moving it excessively fast ( muscle memory and negative transfer). My buddy kept saying I was ahead of the target which I almost never do (usually i am behind or stopping all together at the shot).
Please don't run out and think the Maxus will make you shoot better. It is way to early to say that after 10-20 years on the other shotguns. I am sure the Benelli or similar newer, lighter auto loaders would result in similar results. Tried to give all some background to understand where my comments come from.
My conclusions are as follows:
1) Excellent shotgun overall.
2) Extremely nimble firearm. Fast, light and accurate.
3) Zero malfunctions on the line.
4) Fairly-priced for the features in its class.
1) How it will perform in the field.
2) Long term sustainment issues (I log all my shooting events. Since Dad passed down the A-5 I have shot 4,322 shells through it....with only two feed malfunctions).
Bottom-line: if your looking for a well built firearm to cover most situations and last a lifetime (maybe two)you cannot go wrong with the Maxus. Good luck.
August 31, 2013
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