Today is March 16, 2014. I bought a 12 gauge Browning Maxus Stalker with the black finish and 3 1/2" chamber from the Cabela's near Hamburg Pennsylvania on February 16, 2014. I have cycled approximately 550 rounds of Winchester Super Target 2 3/4" 1200 FPS velocity, 1 1/8 oz, 7 1/2 shot and approximately 200 rounds of the Federal Field and Target loads of the same 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz, 7 1/2 shot. I have also shot a hand full of BBB buckshot in 3 1/2" magnum loads. All cycled perfectly and while the recoil on the 3 1/2" shells is rather heavy, the 2 3/4" target loads recoil is minimal. I bought the shotgun to shot sporting clays and I am extremely satisfied with both the gun and the boost in my sporting clays scores. I had been shooting a borrowed Stoeger Pump chambered in 3 1/2" and could barely shoulder the weapon towards the end of my 100 round game, it beat me up pretty bad! I don't have that issue at all with the Browning. The only bad experience I had with purchasing this gun was the day that I purchased it. It was a Sunday and I suppose because everyone was out spending their tax refunds or something at the Cabela's in Hamburg, they were moderately busy. Cabela's gun counter insist that you pull a number and wait until your number is called before they will wait on you or let you handle any weapon. When I pulled my number, #04, they were waiting on customer #22! Which meant that I had to go through 82 other poor saps waiting at the same counter! I had arrived at 1:30 in the afternoon and it was 3:30 when my number finally came up! And this was just to be able to hold the gun in my paws! After all that waiting in line, I felt obligated to buy the gun so I wouldn't have to run this gauntlet ever again! Another hour and a half of filling out Federal Firearms Purchase Background Checks and waiting in the check out line and I was headed home with my new Browning Maxus! And to add insult to injury, two days later, I stopped in at another small local gun shop looking for shells and found the exact same Browning Maxus Stalker in the black finish for $208 cheaper than I had paid at Cabela's!