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Old September 1, 2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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Browning Silver, help!

Hi guys, I have been wanting a semi-auto shotgun for a while now, and I think I have it narrowed down to a Browning Silver Hunter, or Sporter. What can you tell me about these guns both good and bad. MSRP is around $1,100 on both, can I expect to pay this or do they go for lower or higher? Primary use for now will be shooting trap, and pheasant hunting, then moving up to turkey, then eventually buying a rifled barrel for deer. I really welcome all your comments and past experiences with this gun. Thank you in advance.

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Old September 1, 2009, 02:13 PM   #2
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A basic 3" chambered, wood stocked gun shouldn't be more than $850 or $900. The 3.5" camo guns run over a grand.

My only experience is with its cousin, the Winchester SX-2 camo 3.5" and I think they're great guns.

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Old September 1, 2009, 02:54 PM   #3
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Check the specs on-line / and I don't have any personal experience with Browning's semi-autos - although I'm a big Browning fan ( their O/U's ) - but the sporting versions are usually 2 3/4" chambers - where the hunting models are 3" or 3 1/2" chambers.

I think the street price on most of their semi-autos is around $ 900 - but you'll have to check the shops in your area.
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Old September 2, 2009, 06:47 AM   #4
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My gunshop has a Silver Hunter in 20 gauge that I almost bought. Tag price is $949. They are light and quick to the shoulder. The squared off back of receiver seems to line my eye up with the rib quicker than a rounded receiver. THe one thing I did notice was the forearm is a little large compared to some other shotguns if that matters to you(all the Golds and Win SX2/SX3's feel like that to me). It still swings and balances well IMO. The fit and finish is excellent as you'd expect from Browning.

My bottom line....they're good lightweight guns with excellent fit and finish. They are not a gun I'd buy for a duck blind or high volume use because they're so pretty. They'd be great for sporting clays or upland game IMO.
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Old September 2, 2009, 07:30 AM   #5
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I have a 12 guage Silver Lightning with a 26" barrel and find it to be one of my favorite guns. Functions perfectly and is quick to the shoulder, its perty too. I use it for busting clays and use a winchester sx3 for the duck blind, which functionally is about the same. I prefer the browning gas operating system over others, but that is just my own preference as I have never had an issue out of it.

I think the price you have is a little on the high side as I see the 3" versions going for around $900-950 around my parts. Its a solid gun and I think it is worth the asking price.
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