Browning Maxus

Browning’s Maxus

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Browning has always been known as an extremely reliable shotgun producing company, and nothing changes with their Maxus auto-loading shotgun.

Why So Popular?

Browning’s new Maxus has a few new additions and or changes they’ve made over the years from their first auto loader in the auto 5. First off, the finish on the gun is known as the Dura-Touch finish. This rubbery texture offers amazing feel, control and protection of metal parts. Furthermore the overall size and weight of the Maxus is smaller and less cumbersome than most the auto loaders on the market today making it a popular choice amongst waterfowl hunters.

A Custom Fit

Like most shotguns on the market nowadays, the Browning Maxus comes complete with an adjustable shim kit making a truly custom fit possible. It also comes with three choke tubes (Full, Modified and ½ Modified) for a custom shot pattern tailored to the game your hunting.

A Closer Look

The guts of the Browning Maxus auto-loading shotgun are the PowerDrive Gas System. This PowerDrive Gas System allows the shooter to chamber anything from 2 ¾” light target loads to those heavy hitting 3 ½” magnum turkey and goose loads. The aluminum receiver drops a lot of unneeded weight on the gun allowing for easier hauls to your duck blind. The magazine cutoff is another great feature on this shotgun. With the flip of a small lever shells in the magazine tube are held in place so you can swap out the shell in the chamber for another. This is a very useful feature when you need to swap out that duck load for that incoming honker on the fly.


Chamber: 12 gauge

Barrel: 28”

Capacity: 4+1

MSRP: $1,659.99

Ratings (Out of Five Stars):

All ratings are relative compared to the other weapons in the gun’s category. Overall rating is not mathematically derived from the previous component ratings and encompasses all aspects of the firearm including those not discussed.

Accuracy: * * * * *

The Maxus shoots flawlessly, and the double bead sight system on the rail takes the guesswork out of aiming. Line up the beads, pull the trigger, and watch the Maxus deliver consistent patterns day in and day out.

Ergonomics: * * * *

The Maxus is a smaller gun both in the aspects of weight and overall size. Because it is a smaller gun, hiking to and from those hard to reach honey-holes is effortless, but a smaller and lighter shotgun means just a bit more kick in return.

Reliability: * * * * *

Having cycled close to 1,000 rounds through this gun already, I have not ran into a problem yet. It has handled everything flawlessly from 2 ¾” target loads all the way to the heaviest hitting 3 ½” goose loads in my arsenal.

Customization: * * *

Browning has specific Invector Plus choke tubes that fit with the Maxus. Previous Invector choke tubes do not fit rendering your old browning chokes obsolete with the Maxus. Furthermore, I haven’t been able to find an oversized bolt handle. This is a minute concern as the oversized charging handle would just make functioning the action easier with gloves.

Overall: * * * * .5

The Browning Maxus auto-loading shotgun is simply amazing. From the DuraTouch finish to the PowerDrive Gas System, this shotgun has it all. If you’re in need of a reliable, accurate and tough auto-loading shotgun for the upcoming duck season, look at a Maxus. The feel and comfort of this shotgun alone warrants anybody in the market for a new shotgun to shoulder it at your nearest retailer.

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