I know this post is a couple of years old and maybe nobody cares anymore - but if I can add my two cents - maybe it will help out someone else somewhere down the road.
About 10 years ago, I was going to school and I wasn't learning anything and I had a big decision to make. Should I waste my money on graduation - that was nothing more then a piece of paper - with no real education behind it - or buy a new - ding and dent - Browning Gold Hunter 3 1/2 inch magnum shotgun with all the choke tubes for $650 from GRICE gun shop and go Turkey hunting.
Well - I bought the shotgun and I have some good and bad things to report. The shotgun is probably the nicest shotgun I have ever owned and for a while it was the best shooting shotgun that I owned. The only bad thing that I will say is that the action is forged aluminum and if you shoot reloads and if your shotgun damages the rim of the reloads - puts a little ding in it, the shell will remove material from the ejection port. One day while out hunting pheasants with family members - my gun jammed. I was like what the heck? I tore it apart in the middle of a corn field and a piece of aluminum fell out of the action when I got the pressure to release and the shell out. I didn't hold onto the piece of aluminum and the gun shop refused to send back the shotgun - for warranty work.
I could send it back on my own dime, and if it jams up again, it is going back. But my opinion is that the aluminum is no lighter then the steel action of the Remington and that the Remington is probably a gun that will last a lot longer then the Browning will. I probably shoot 4 boxes of shells a year - which is not a lot, so even if there was 30 boxes of shells through the Browning - my feelings are that it should last a lot longer then that.
I had a Remington 1100 before the Browning and shot about 100 boxes of shells through it and only had one malfunction - a little clip that held some rods to the side of the action came out one day and the gun shop here put it back on for free and that was it. I never even had a problem with the rubber O ring. The only complaint I had was that it did not have a Remchoke in the barrel and that it only shot 2 3/4 shells. That was the only reason why I got rid of it. It was cheaper to buy the Browning then to buy a Remington at that time and the Browning is more forgiving when it comes to Magnum load vs low brass - then most other models in my opinion.
I have a Browning Gold and like it a lot for stationary shooting of ducks out of a blind or geese under cover. It is to heavy for Upland hunting or to carry it looking for rabbits thats for sure. It is what it is and a gun shooting a 3.5 inch shell with not to much recoil compared to others shotguns shooting a 3.5 inch shell.
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