In the field

Shooting Gazette - - Gun test the review -

You will spend a lot of time think­ing about the size of the fore-end on this gun, as the bal­ance of the B725 is bi­ased to­wards the front hand. As noted in pre­vi­ous re­views, the B725 makes its weight felt very much for­ward of the hinge pin thanks in part to Brown­ing’s In­vec­tor DS mul­ti­chokes fit­ted as stan­dard.

This was ex­ag­ger­ated even fur­ther on our test gun, where the long 32” bar­rels push the point of bal­ance well past the hinge-pin.

This for­ward bias does make for a pretty con­sis­tent mount­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as one can­not help but lead with the front hand. The gun moves very well, if a lit­tle de­lib­er­ately, and shoots pleas­ingly flat, as is com­mon with Brown­ing guns.

Hav­ing a me­chan­i­cal ac­tion rather than one re­liant upon in­er­tia for cock­ing the sec­ond bar­rel means you should have no prob­lem shoot­ing a va­ri­ety of loads, and also makes for re­ally sat­is­fy­ing trig­ger pulls. No mat­ter what load you put through the gun it will han­dle re­coil well.

Both my­self and in­struc­tor Bruce Marks shot with con­sid­er­able suc­cess on a range of tar­gets at Grange Farm Shoot­ing School and came away im­pressed. The most strik­ing as­pect of shoot­ing our test gun was the ex­cel­lent vis­ual pic­ture avail­able when shoot­ing. While con­cen­trat­ing on the tar­get you were still aware of what the bar­rels were do­ing thanks to their ex­tra length en­sur­ing they ap­peared clearly in my pe­riph­eral vi­sion. In­ter­est­ingly, I al­ways knew how I had missed a tar­get when shoot­ing this Brown­ing and this is no doubt thanks to the clear sight pic­ture pro­vided.

Any fears I had about the bal­ance of the gun proved un­founded, though it did re­quire a more thought­ful style of shoot­ing than per­haps comes nat­u­rally to me. The weight and length does mean our test gun is a lit­tle more spe­cialised than a stan­dard model and as such I would be hes­i­tant to take it out on a day’s walked-up or rough shoot­ing where it would prob­a­bly prove a lit­tle too un­wieldy. You’d also start to feel its heft after a few hours.

As a high-bird gun, ei­ther in the field or at the clay ground, this Brown­ing will surely ex­cel and is easy to rec­om­mend.

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