Browning is a good fit
The Browning Pro Sport 725 adjustable is certainly a well-optioned package straight out of the box. It has everything you would need to get it set up for 99 per cent of shooters and the fit and finish is to the usual high standard that you would expect fr
It is a nice-looking gun, with a plain black satin finished action, with Prosport in gold at the bottom back corner of the receiver. The finish on the 30”, vented flat rib barrels is a more matt finish and does not reflect or distract from target acquisition. I liked the tapered rib too.
The wood is nicely grained with fiddleback flashes and the stock is straight with a palm swell on each side. The comb is adjustable for height and cast and has a unique locking/adjusting system that is accessed with an allen key through the upper right side of the recoil pad.
As a lefty I found that there was enough height and cast on adjustment for me to set it up quickly so I could consistently break targets. I fiddled with the height between my first and second rounds as I had it set up too high for my liking. I like a 60/40 height split and could easily achieve this with the adjustable comb. I found the length out of the box to be fine for me (6 ft tall and heavy set). There is a thinner pad in the case and it could easily be changed with the tools provided.
The example I tested had 32” barrels and I like them and didn’t find them too long, heavy or unbalanced. The barrels swing nicely and having shot the same course at Melbourne Gun Club with a Kolar with 30” barrels Vs the Browning with 32” barrels I feel it was easier to track the targets and that I was more consistent on 35m+ targets with the longer barrels on the Browning.
There is a brass mid sight and a hi-viz front sight that comes with plain narrow, broad chequered or plain broad angled options. Out of the box the test shotgun was fitted with the large green sight, but there’s also white or red provided.
The unique feature of this Browning is the extended chokes with a gas block ring at the base. This ring is designed to form a tight seal to block gasses from the barrel migrating between the back of the choke and the barrel.
The gun comes with eight chokes: Cyl, 1/4; 1/2; 3/4; Full (x2).
While the back of the chokes were not pristine after shooting 100 targets they were much cleaner than regular chokes having shot the same number of targets. For people not in the habit of regularly removing and cleaning their chokes I would assume the cumulative effect would help prevent getting chokes stuck or being hard to remove due to a lack of cleaning. The chokes patterned well and gave good consistent target breaks as long as I shot them in the middle.
I was shooting 32 gm and 28 gm 1250 and 1300 fps factory shells and with the gun weighing around 4 kg I did not notice the recoil and did not experience any excessive barrel movement between shots.
The action was tight (as you would expect from a new gun) and it closed positively with the top latch just to the right of centre on the top tang when closed. The safety was positive and easy to engage and disengage as was the toggle for barrel selection. The trigger is adjustable backwards and forwards via an included allen key and it comes with three shoes: a wide trigger shoe (reminiscent of the Superposed Browning trigger from the 1970s), a standard width modern trigger and a right-handed wide shoe trigger that is canted to the right for right-handed shooters.
I have not seen one of these on a production gun before, so would be interested to see how people like it.
The only firearm I have shot with such adjustment on a trigger was a Steyr LP10 E air pistol and found it to be comfortable.
Trigger pull is consistent and the triggers are mechanical, which would allow for easy fitting and tuning for a tube set for those sub gauge or skeet shooters out there.
The one issue I had was a misfire while shooting station 4 on the skeet field.
The trigger was frozen and would not move. I could not trace the source of the misfire and I did not experience any other issues with the gun while shooting 500 shells through it.
I was wondering if it was that I did not open the action fully after the last shot — leading to the hammers not resetting (but there should have been trigger movement in this case) or if I had my finger on the trigger when opening the action.
Either way I tried to replicate the misfire, but could not, the issue did not surface again and otherwise the firearm performed flawlessly.