New Browning BPS for Xmas.

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Overkill0084, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    My wife has done it again. Under the tree I found a new toy, a Browning BPS Hunter 12 gauge.
    Here's the thing, I know very little about shotguns.
    What I do know:
    Browning has a habit of making pretty good to excellent shotguns.
    Just putting it together and messing with it, it feels substantial and well executed.
    It's a very good looking piece. Nice bluing and good looking wood with very nice checkering.
    I have yet to take any of my own pictures, but here's one from the maker for the time being:
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    Anyway, I'm looking for some info from people who know their shotguns.
    Overall usefulness and quality?
    Issues? Things that require care or caution?
    Is this type/model appropriate for Trap, Skeet or other shotgun games?
    While I know that it's by no means a "tactical" shotgun, can I get a short barrel that would be more appropriate to the HD task?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. NotMormon

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    Don't you dare do anything to that shotgun! You have a good wifey. I had the synthetic stalker and put it through hell duck hunting. It never skipped a beat. I sold it to my friend and I live in everlasting shame for doing so.

    Go get a box of clays, head out by Willard bay and have some fun with it.
     

  3. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    I have the same one and I love it! It is an awesome shotgun. Congratulations!

    I have had no issues with mine. I shoot clays, birds you name it with it. I know many people who use it for trap & skeet. Stay away from Winchester Super X ammo.
     
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  4. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Excellent arm. And wife. It'll do everything you want. Well, maybe not the tactical stuff, but...
     
  5. Overkill0084

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    I wasn't planning anything irreversible, I just thought I might be able to purchase an additional barrel more appropriate for interior work.
    I'll probably head over to the HAFB shotgun range and give it a run there when I have the time.
     
  6. NotMormon

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    Other than the upland special barrel (24"), I don't think there's a shorter browning manufactured barrel. That's sort of why I made that comment. I could be wrong but I believe you would need to take it to a smith to modify her. Never seen a mag extention for them also.

    I've heard of people breaking the action bars. You would have to really abuse that rifle to make that happen. They are very solid and it should last a very long time. I love the bottom eject too.
     
  7. gmaster456

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    Nice gun. You'll be able to use that for anything that comes up. Waterfowl, Upland, Trap, Skeet, Deer, HD, you name it! It'll last a lifetime and what better name than Browning to pass down to your kids?
     
  8. Virginian

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    I prefer the ergonomics of a Wingmaster, but I had three BPSs and they never had a hiccup. My buddy, who does NOT baby his equipment, has been shooting ducks and geese from Virginia to Manitoba for 20 years with a BPS with no issues too. I believe it is about as well designed and built a pump shotgun as money can buy.