The Browning BPS Upland Special in 12 ga 3.5

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  1. Plinkster

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    ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1455576104.659534.jpg Thanks and happy patterning.


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  2. bama1965

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    Very nice looking gun, can't go wrong with a browning
     

  3. Plinkster

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    Yeah tell me about it this is the one of those guns that stay in the family for a long time. My great grandfather had a marlin model 55 with a 28" barrel, it's got very little bluing but it tells a story and that's what I would hope to hand down to the hopefully many generations to come of my family.


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  4. Virginian

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    In spite of the shorter barrel the BPS Upland is still not really a lightweight, which will be good if you touch off a 3-1/2" shell. The BPS is a very well designed and build shotgun. I had three and not one ever missed a beat. But, I could never grow to love bottom loading. I'd prefer a Wingmaster Special Field if I wanted a quality short pump. Your choice.
     
  5. hiwall

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    I have a Remington 870 Wingmaster Special Field in 20 ga, I really like it. Stock looks just like the Browning pictured above.
     
  6. Hairtrigger

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    I have the same in 3"
    The Remington uses unique barrels as it holds one less shell
    Not sure why a 3.5" for upland
     
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  8. 303tom

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    I did`nt know the Browning BPS Upland Special came in 3 & a 1/2 inch chamber !............
     
  9. Virginian

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    Neither did I. Catalog says 3" but I haven't kept up with them over the years so there is a possibility they did. Receiver looks standard length though.
     
  10. Plinkster

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    Well I could be wrong it's 3" magnum I thought that might mean 3.5.


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  11. Virginian

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    No, if it's 3-1/2" it will say it clearly, because the SAAMI pressure limits are higher for 3-1/2" loads.
     
  12. Plinkster

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    Ok well learn something new every day


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  13. Hairtrigger

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    2 3/4 shells rarely pattern well in a 3.5" chamber



     
  14. Virginian

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    There is an old wives tale. The chamber has little to do with patterning with today's shotshells.
     
  15. Hairtrigger

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    I have to disagree with you there
    Where I used to work we threw away plenty of cardboard the size of a wood pallet. They gave them to who ever wanted, I used them for shotgun patterning.
    It is true. A 2 3/4" shell patterns best out of a 2 3/4" chamber




     
  16. Virginian

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    Well we will just have to agree to disagree. I used to work in a paper mill and I got all the free butt rolls of 48" and 60" paper I could carry, and I shot over 3,000 patterns, and I saw no significant statistical pattern differences due to chamber length versus shell length. I did plot center thickening, but did not try to compute evenness beyond that. I did a lot of work on custom choke constrictions, lengthened forcing cones, and overboring. Most all of my work was with shot larger than #5 and heavy loads.
     
  17. harkersislandnc

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    I would think that the choke you use has more to do with pattern than chamber size. When I turkey hunted a lot I found that a 1 1/2 oz load of Winchester # 4 patterned better than any of the 3" or 3.5" loads in my NOVA with a Benelli Factory Turkey tube. Different results with a Jelly Head choke I bought. Same thing when I patterned out of my old M1-Super 90 (2 3/4" and 3").
     
  18. RKB

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    Virginian -
    Congrats on a milestone - 1,000 posts!
    BTW, agreed - chamber length has little if any effect on patterns. I shoot 2-1/2 inch roll-crimped ammo in my 3" chambered Merkel quite often, and I cannot see a detectable difference, it still slaughters them infidel communist Taliban loving clay pigeons and prints extremely well in the 30" paper circle.
     
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  19. Hairtrigger

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    Paper mill.... I grew up on a hog farm and I can't stand the stink of a paper mill!
     
  20. Virginian

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    Well, for a lot of years it smelled like money to a lot of people. Now cheap foreign competition has killed most of the U.S. business. I told my buddy back in the '70s when they built that pulp mill in Japan on a barge and then towed it up the Amazon river "this is not good" I was right.