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Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby clymerfowler » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:58 am

What is your opinions on this gun. found one used for 550 with 26 inch barrel.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby mudpack » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:06 pm

I have a 3" Gold that I have been shooting since 2000, and it's my favorite duck gun; very reliable when kept clean and lubed.
I've heard many stories about the 3.5" Gold that are not as favorable.
It seems that several manufacturers have taken a reliable 3" gun and turned it into a not-so-reliable 3.5" gun....the Gold and the 11-87 are among those.
Personally, while I'd buy another 2 3/4" or 3" Gold in a heartbeat (and did several months ago), I would not take the chance on a 3.5" Gold.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby lattehead » Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:57 pm

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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:26 pm

I'd send lattehead that info. The 3 1/2" Golds have been among the most problematic guns through my commercial blinds. Wouldn't think about taking a chance on one.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:55 pm

Apparently they didn't know how to take care their gold , mine is going on 11 years and , as those other guys say ,

it goes BOOM BOOM BOOM every time !
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby msuhunter » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:47 pm

I have one I bought used in 2003 beautiful wood 28" barrel. While I don't shoot it as much as I would like it has performed just fine. Keeping any automatic clean is essential and with most less lube the better.posting.php?mode=reply&f=13&t=428169#
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby mudpack » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:10 pm

3200 man wrote:Apparently they didn't know how to take care their gold , mine is going on 11 years and , as those other guys say , it goes BOOM BOOM BOOM every time !

Every time?
....I take it you have problems hitting your target on the first two shots?

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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby cannon » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:01 pm

Rick Hall wrote:I'd send lattehead that info. The 3 1/2" Golds have been among the most problematic guns through my commercial blinds. Wouldn't think about taking a chance on one.


I'd have to draw the same conclusion about benellis (and I have 3 of em, by the way). I haven't seen many problems with golds, even fewer if you discount for operator error. Matter of fact, I'd say that the only gun I've seen less issues with is probably the 390 series beretta. The ones I've seen the absolute most issues with are vinci's.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:42 pm

Well Mud , I've done that too , but not very often ! I won't crow about my shooting on here but , I know that my Gold
won't go boom Click ,click . Plus , it's pretty at 11 years old , with a larger bore that likes steel shot loads and it looks
like a Waterfowl gun ! :yes:

Tell me about your first shot repeater ? Without the Click !
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby mudpack » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:45 pm

3200 man wrote:I know that my Gold won't go boom Click ,click .

I don't know of any gun that will go boom, click, click..... :biggrin:

I hate to keep dissing ya', 3200 man, but you're just so easy....... :no:

What's a first shot repeater ? :huh:
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:06 pm

Left with no choice I have to say , if you can shoot straight , it doesn't matter what gun you shoot . :thumbsup:
If you shoot a gun that doesn't fit you , you're just a average shooter .
if you shoot a gun that goes Click , you have a dirty mouth .
if you crow about your shooting , we or I don't want to hear it.......save it for your friends that don't shoot .
if you think your experience hunting is more than mine , you're probably right , I only have 54 years doing it ...and
I can drum-up stories with the best of them , along with some BS to boot ! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

Answer , I really don't condemn any gun that works , just the same repeated dirty words some ..click... people say ! :lol3: :lol3:
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:17 am

OH yea , I do have a Gold 3 1/2" camo that's 11 years old and it's been a lot of places both hot and freezing , with no
issues , the gun shoots every time , and a Gold Sporting 30" with enough shells through it to fill a 8 x 16 box trailer If
you do the maintenance at home on the gun religiously , it will run like a clock !

I do , like Browning Golds !
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby On the X » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:01 am

mudpack wrote:
3200 man wrote:Apparently they didn't know how to take care their gold , mine is going on 11 years and , as those other guys say , it goes BOOM BOOM BOOM every time !

Every time?
....I take it you have problems hitting your target on the first two shots?

:biggrin:

A sure sign of an idiot is someone who adds nothing to the conversation but can't shut their mouth, in this case mudpack can't keep his fingers in his pockets.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby cannon » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:37 am

On the X wrote:
mudpack wrote:
3200 man wrote:Apparently they didn't know how to take care their gold , mine is going on 11 years and , as those other guys say , it goes BOOM BOOM BOOM every time !

Every time?
....I take it you have problems hitting your target on the first two shots?

:biggrin:

A sure sign of an idiot is someone who adds nothing to the conversation but can't shut their mouth, in this case mudpack can't keep his fingers in his pockets.

I am that idiot. Always have been. :yes:
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:14 am

Easy Now , most of you fellas are better than ME on this computer saying what you think ! Being a Air-Head along with
having 1 inch round fingers doesn't help me ether ! But , what I read on this Forum is fun , even though most of it is meaningless
until I get good advise . :hi:

Thanks Mud , I'm sure you understand :bow:
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby devildog28 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:59 pm

I'd buy it. I'm biased though....... I have a 3 inch one.

Has never failed and I've shoved mud covered shells in it.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby mudpack » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:09 am

On the X wrote:A sure sign of an idiot is someone who adds nothing to the conversation but can't shut their mouth,..


Guilty as charged.
Sometimes I just can't help myself. :biggrin:
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby Yuchi1 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:37 am

I purchased (1998) one of the first 3 1/2" BGH's to hit the Tulsa area.

Opening morning of the season, it jammed (3X) while using 3 1/2" Winchester Dryloc ammo.

Turns out this was a systematic issue and Browning's fix (per a service bulletin to their authorized repair centers) was a cotton ball placed in the back of the receiver to act as a buffer.

I also learned there had been issues with stress fractures in receivers.

As has been stated earlier, simply extending the chamber of a 3" shotgun can apparently be problematic, at times.

I understand subsequent "generations" of 3 1/2" BGH's have been remedied of this problem(s) however, it doesn't bode well with me when a manufacturer apparently does a significant amount of it's R&D on their customers dime, purchasing a new product offering.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:42 am

With this 3 1/2" Gold I have shot less than 2 boxes of 3 1/2" ammo in 11 + years and that is why it's still running , in my mind !
I did want the longer chamber for added chamber strength ( 14,000 over 12,500 psi ) but as time goes by , I really don't need it
as my loads of choice are under 11,000 psi ! The only benefit I see is , maybe I don't need longer forcing cones ? right ?

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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby Yuchi1 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:53 am

3200 man wrote:With this 3 1/2" Gold I have shot less than 2 boxes of 3 1/2" ammo in 11 + years and that is why it's still running , in my mind !
I did want the longer chamber for added chamber strength ( 14,000 over 12,500 psi ) but as time goes by , I really don't need it
as my loads of choice are under 11,000 psi ! The only benefit I see is , maybe I don't need longer forcing cones ? right ?

:huh: Mudpack ? don't ask On the X :lol3:


Not picking on you sir, but if the longevity of your shotgun is attributed to not shooting the ammo for which it is factory chambered, appears to convey a lack of confidence in the integrity in the weapon itself which would (logically) render the reason for purchasing it in the first place (14K PSI proof test) as moot.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:20 am

Yes I think you're right ! Like most all 3 1/2" auto guns made but that wasn't why I wouldn't shoot those long shells
any more , it was they kick the crap out of me and tried to make me a poorer shot than I am ..... :yes:

If I wanted to be beat-up while hunting , I would go to the refuge and be a Smart-Ass like some 3 1/2 " shooters :lol:
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby Yuchi1 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:32 am

3200 man wrote:Yes I think you're right ! Like most all 3 1/2" auto guns made but that wasn't why I wouldn't shoot those long shells
any more , it was they kick the crap out of me and tried to make me a poorer shot than I am ..... :yes:

If I wanted to be beat-up while hunting , I would go to the refuge and be a Smart-Ass like some 3 1/2 " shooters :lol:



IMO, that is why (felt recoil) so many shotgun manufacturers have gone to extreme lengths (Kick-Off, ComforTec systems, etc.) to try and alleviate the physical pounding rendered when a 10 gauge load is cramed into a 12 gauge shotgun. I had purchased the 3 1/2" BGH after having sold my initial (1995) SBE shotgun as the rationale was a gas operated S/A would present less felt recoil than the inertia operated SBE. Browning had apparently rushed out something (as several others also did, in response to the surging SBE sales) to try and compete w/o doing all the necessary due diligence.

That's likely why the 10 gauges (BPS10, BGH10 & SP10) I'm aware of aren't (as a rule) overly focused on felt recoil issues as the weight and bore of a 10 gauge and 3 1/2" shotshells are much more compatible than it's lesser cousin, the 12 sub-gauge shotgun.
The 3 1/2" 12 gauge is much like the fish-n-ski boat product...a bunch of compromises and at the end of the day, no one is really happy.
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby 3200 man » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:32 pm

We both must be tuned into the same station , that's why I bought a BPS 10 ga , if you have a need for a long distance
gun , it's best to step-up to the plate and shoot one . Like everyone else , I was in hope's of a Waterfowl gun to do it all , too !
With reloading steel shot for both the 12 and 10 ga's , they both have their place in the blind and with no problem with recoil
sure allows a guy to shoot less shells to get a limit ! :thumbsup:

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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby clampdaddy » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:28 pm

3200 man wrote: ......having 1 inch round fingers doesn't help me ether !


Hey Larry, now I know why you like that Maxus so much. That big trigger guard is not as tight on those snausage fingers. By the way, back when you played pro ball, did you actually wear a mit? :lol3:
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Re: Browning Gold 3 1/2

Postby Rick Hall » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:05 am

cannon wrote:
Rick Hall wrote:I'd send lattehead that info. The 3 1/2" Golds have been among the most problematic guns through my commercial blinds. Wouldn't think about taking a chance on one.


I'd have to draw the same conclusion about benellis (and I have 3 of em, by the way). I haven't seen many problems with golds, even fewer if you discount for operator error. Matter of fact, I'd say that the only gun I've seen less issues with is probably the 390 series beretta. The ones I've seen the absolute most issues with are vinci's.


Ironically, a 390 is the only gun I've seen someone quite literally chunk in the pond. But if there were no Benelli, that's what I'd probably shoot.
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