My cousin just got his Maxus and we went and shot it yesterday. I got up close and personal with it. We shot over 500 rounds with it, from light 7/8 OZ target loads to 3-1/2", 2-1/4 OZ turkey loads. It functioned flawlessly without any hiccups. The trigger is really nice, breaks like glass. The saftey button pushes smoothly, not stiff at all. The recoil of the gun is managable. With light loads it is feltless but you will feel it with anything beyond 3". The balance of the gun is pretty even all over, the overall weight of the gun is real light. The forearm has been slimmed down and shooter with small hand will appreciate this. The speedload and mag-cutoff is still featured on the Maxus, which I think is a great benefit and useful link. It came with shims to adjust, but I don't know if it will adjust cast, I didn't pay close attention to that. Shims is a big plus for any shotgun, not matter how great of a quality and great features it has, if it don't fit it's useless. I wish browning would install a smaller bead on, that big white bead really gets in the way. This is a 26" barrel and it points superbly. All my shotguns have no beads at all actually. He bought the matte black version and the synthetic stock is typical browning but the Dura-touch makes it have a really nice feel and grip to it. It shoots faster than you can pull the trigger and the muzzle jump is minimal. The recoil pad is nice, but I don't know how tough it will be with more use. The trigger guard is opened up more and gloved fingers will benefit from this. The coatings on the metal seems to be the same coatings used on the gold, which I find is pretty tough. How did it shoot? It patterns great. With factory chokes,it loves the Federal Premium red box best with Remington Nitro close behind. It patterned Wingmaster HD real tight, as always with the case with this shell. The lead game and turkey loads patterned flawlessly. It evened pattern some buckshot nicely, we yet have to try out some rifled slugs. Overall, it is a really nice gun and a nice price tag of 1299.99. And it looks better in person than on the catalog. Would I buy one? Yes, if I have the money and I need another shotgun. But my SBE2 is still going on strong and never failed me, so I'll stick to I know what works and let the Maxus get out there for a few years and see if there are any "other flaws" that will show. If not, then I might consider one as an all around. Browning has done a real good job on the Maxus.