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I've read tons of mixed reviews from all over the country on this gun, and the only thing that I can conclude so far is some people have problems with it jamming up and some don't. If they have problems there is the debate of whether it has been poor care of the gun or the gun is just poor.

I just wanted to get some opinons from some folks here locally around AR on their experiences with this gun.

I'm looking at buying one in good shape used for around $500 and wanted some feedback.
 

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We have one..... mostly a full time turkey gun now (and we aren't very serious turkey hunters)... but I used it some duck hunting when we first got it and it was 100%. I do keep my autos rather clean.

The only negative I can state about the Browning Golds are the too long stocks and cheap kick pad...... get the stock trimmed down and a sims pad put on and they are almost as nice as a SBE.
 

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I have one and have fired THOUSANDS of rounds with it. Duck hunted heavily with it for a few years, and turkey hunt heavily with it still, I don't duck hunt anymore really or I'd still be using it. And I have shot TONS of skeet with it.

I absolutely LOVE mine. A few years ago, I started having a little jamming problem, just acted like it wasn't getting enough power to close the slide on the next shell, so not really jamming, just not cycling. Knew it had to be not getting enough gas in and out, so I read on-line and read the book, and in the book, it talked about cleaning the gas ports, and to do so, you had to poke a hole in the butt of the stock, and there is the port.

Well, me and Arkarcher did that and it's was crazy dirty, I kept that gun spotless but didn't even know about this part, anyway, cleaned it good, and went duck hunting the next day and every since then it's been like new, I keep that port clean every once and a while.

Moral of the story, I love the guns and think they are awesome.
 

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Bought one new several years ago when they were first available. Have shot tons of rounds from low brass to 3.5" magnums and it has never jammed. Shot almost 2 boxes of 3.5" yesterday duck hunting and it never let me down. I have never cleaned the gas port so I need to look into that myself!
 

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Awesome, thanks Veo. Have any links or YouTube vids that so the port and cleaning?
I don't, but I'll look for some.

And RussHogFan, you don't have to do it much at all, I forgot how many shots Browning recomments, I literally put probably 1,500-2,000 rounds through mine before I cleaned it. I use to buy the cheap 100 round bulk shells and me and a buddy or two would shoot them all in 1 afternoon at our camp. And like you, I have put about every type of ammo through it that they make.
 

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I've duck and dove hunted with mine, and have shots as high 10-12 boxes in a afternoon trying to run blackbirds out of rice fields. It's shot many many thousands of rounds and I haven't cleaned it or had it hang up yet. It seem to handle all types of ammo, from the smallest to the largest rounds the same....
 

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I've had mine for 11 years and couldn't even guess how many thousands of rounds I've put through it! Best shotgun I've ever had!
Agreed, I upgrade guns a LOT, and have the money to do so, but I got the Browning Gold when i was 17 and i'm 26 and upgrading hasn't even crossed my mind, may never cross it. Awesome gun.
 

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i bought a used one and the first time I got and shot it, it jammed a bunch, but I took it completely apart and cleaned it and it has had cases through it with no probs. To clean the gas piston I use this stuff called slip 2000 piston and choke cleaner (bought it at midway USA). You just drop it in and let it sit overnight and all kinds of crap will fall out of it. also that slip 2000 brand makes this stuff called EWL (extreme weapons lubricant) it is the best CLP product I have ever used. just FYI
 

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Russ... You can get a brand new Stoeger auto for that w/ the inertia driven bolt system that my Benelli SBEII has. I've had my gun for over 3 years and have not cleaned it one time. I have not oiled it. I use it; I put it up until I use it again. Never a misfire. No gas-operated system will ever be as systematically foolproof as the intertia drive.
 
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