In the field
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.