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

Field and Game - - GUN REVIEW -

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.

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