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Browning 725 Game Shotgun

  • 26-12-2020 11:48pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 73 ✭✭ mcbain087


    Hi all, I am looking to buy a new over and under and was hoping some of you use a Browning B725 game shotgun and can give me some positive or negative feedback based on your experience.
    If you use other Browning models for game shooting I would appreciate any recommendations.
    Thanks in advance.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 655 ✭✭✭ ace86


    mcbain087 wrote: »
    Hi all, I am looking to buy a new over and under and was hoping some of you use a Browning B725 game shotgun and can give me some positive or negative feedback based on your experience.
    If you use other Browning models for game shooting I would appreciate any recommendations.
    Thanks in advance.
    Hi I have a browning cynergy myself I mostly use for rough shooting if that’s what your doing a good gun never have any hassle and I will have it 8 yrs this yr,balance mighten be the greatest as it’s a composite gun. I don’t use the original invector plus chokes which came with the gun as the fellow that had one before me damaged his one day out and cost €80 to replace.
    My friend has a 725 sporter gun very nice lovely wood depending on the grade you want. I had one in a trap gun sold as it wasn’t for me as it had a high rib and I’m a one eyed shooter.725 is a very good gun there’s plenty of reviews online and YouTube but if browning is what ur after this is the model I recommend for you but you could be talking 2k for a game gun and sporter would be dearer again to the best of my knowledge.


  • Registered Users Posts: 73 ✭✭ mcbain087


    Thanks Ace86, just the type of first hand info I need.
    I will be using it mainly for rough & game and the odd clay days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,168 ✭✭✭ Rosahane


    I have a Cynergy Black Ice (composite) as well. Use it mainly for clays and occasionally for pigeon and vermin shooting - I have a 95 year old English gun I use for game. My son in law has a 525 he uses exclusively for clays.

    I like the Brownings - as standard they fit me better than Berettas do. Having said you do need to get a gun that fits you. I have the Cynergy set up for myself using the appropriate shims and butt pad to fit me. Mine is a 28" barrel which suits my slightly below average height. My son in laws 525 has 32 inch barrels and a longer stock which works for his 6'2" height and long arms - I couldn't shoot it comfortably.

    I have previously had other Brownings: a 325 U/O and a Maxus semi which were faultless with thousands of shells through them.

    If, as you say, you are getting a new gun you have the opportunity to spec its configuration to fit you and it's finish to suit the type of shooting you do - no point getting a grade 5 wood if your hacking through ditches rough shooting. Go somewhere that has a good selection of Brownings and see what feels right and comes up to shoulder properly before you order. For example Hilltop has a good selection and Pat is very good at fitting a gun for customers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 73 ✭✭ mcbain087


    Thanks Rosahane, I already have a Maxus and love Brownings as they tend to mount better and with some minor adjustments tick all the boxes for me.
    I have tried out the 725 and like the way it mounts and shoots and like a lot of others I have used and owned quite a few makes including Beretta which I cannot fault but Browning just feels better for me.
    It will mainly be used for game and some Clay's and will be going for wood but wont be getting grade 5 or really high end wood as I like to enjoy my shooting without worrying about scratching it.
    Appreciate all the info and you have given me food for thought.
    Cheers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 393 ✭✭ useurowname


    I have a Browning b525, bought new in 2005. Very good, strong action. The timber seems strong, as I’ve only a few light(ish) scratches on it. I’ve put probably at least 7000 rounds through it. I use it for rough shooting, duck flighting, pigeon shooting and clays. Like anything you mind it, keep it cleaned out.
    They are a very sound, strong gun as far as I can see. I’ve shot mine hard for 15 years, and I’d expect it to go at least the same again.
    The only thing ever needed for mine was a pin(this is common on Brownings as they wear), I changed one about three years ago it cost €50.


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