New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

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New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby matt_3479 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:48 pm

Im going to be picking up a new shotgun in the next few weeks for my main waterfowl and turkey gun. I have been using my little brothers pump action winchester model 1200 and he wants it back. All i have is an old single shot that doesn't pattern very well. Fun little gun but not the greatest for hunting. So far i am leaning towards the Browning maxus Duck Blind Camo cause i love browning and found a steal of a deal. I went to the local shop to hold and shoulder all semi's i have found and the Maxus was the best. I dont know weather the 26" or 28" would be better. From what i read the 28" is better for waterfowl but the 26" is better for turkey. What would you personally suggest? This gun will be used for everything, Spring and fall turkey every year, and waterfowl all day every day of the season. I got a chance to hold both 26" and 28" and i think the 28" feels better to swing but im not too sure. I will also be taking this gun out for deer when the shotgun season opens up so i will be picking up a rifled choke to go with it.

I also will be getting the 3" instead of the 3.5" cause its 200 dollars cheaper at least which will go towards chokes and ammo. I have always hunted with 2 3/4" shotguns and it has always worked. just the past year or so i have been switching between 2 3/4" and 3" shells and i like both. I dont feel the need for 3.5" shells personally if its an extra 200 dollars and a little more for ammo. So 3" it is.

As far as shotgun goes, what do you think of the choice. Compared to say the SX3, where does it stand? i read there similar except that the maxus has better chokes. Why is that?
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Re: New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby Maineduckhunter » Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:13 pm

Your choice for a shotgun is good. Nothing wrong with a Browning Maxus. I've been waterfowl hunting for 34 years, and my personal choice would be to go with a 28" barrel. 3" chamber is fine, I use 2 3/4" most of the time anyhow, and kill ducks without a problem.
Remember to pattern it before you take it duck & Turkey hunting, try a few different shell brands and loads.
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Re: New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby bigmel » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:03 pm

I always wear my hunting jacket in to the store and shoulder the guns, it changed witch gun I bought one time. they fill differant in a t shirt than a heavy jacket
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Re: New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby lbhatty » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:47 am

The heavy loads usually use a slower burning powder that sometimes will not burn completely with the 26 inch barrel. I would go with the 28. you can avoid residue blow back.
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Re: New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby matt_3479 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:22 pm

I picked up the Browning maxus! Man is it ever sweet!!
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Re: New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby Rhogg » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:29 pm

go with the 28 inch barrel, and 3 inch chamber. Good idea to get a good choke
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Re: New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby duckman27 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:03 pm

You can never go wrong with a Browning!
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Re: New shotgun for waterfowl, little help :)!

Postby REM1100 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:50 pm

The 28" barrel will line up better and have a good balance 3" mag is good enough. However for me personally any gun over 8 lbs is too heavy for me.
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