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 Post subject: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:15 am 
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I keep seeing random references to the Browning Gold line being discontinued (I guess in favor of the Silver). Any truth to this or someplace you can find official info on line?

I find it hard to believe they would want to phase it out, but who knows?


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 Post subject: Re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:19 am 
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GulfCoast wrote:
I Any truth to this or someplace you can find official info on line?



No truth to it at all.


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:25 pm 
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I thought it was just the gold hunter being discontinued. I thought thats why I got mine for 499.99


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:26 pm 
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I've been told production for the Gold 3 1/2" will start up again this Jan. More than likely Camo and B/S SL versions.

Don't put too much stock in the rumors you hear at the "fudge".


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:14 pm 
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The Browning Gold is the most successful gas semi-auto shotgun Browning has ever produced, by a huge margin. It is also the most successful semi-auto Browning has produced since the A-5.

The Belgium made "Gold Series" includes not just the label of Gold, but all of the Winchester branded SX2 and SX3 shotguns as well. Call it a Gold, a Silver, or a Winchester SX2 / SX3 . . . it is a huge hit, and is not going away soon. Sure, there will be new models (we seem to like that) and discontinued models, meaning last year's production more than a change in the action. The number of "discontinued" Citori models is staggering, but the basic Citori action has not changed.

I'd expect the Gold to be around, in one form or another for many, many years.


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:26 pm 
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After a talk with a Browning Customer Service rep today, it looks like the Gold is on the way out. According to the rep, 'The entire Gold line has been dropped for 2008 except for the Sporting Clays models'

I like the looks of the Silver better anyway, but he said they were not going to put speed-load on them, so it can stay a lower price line gun. How much can the 2 piece lifter cost anyway????


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:57 pm 
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If that is the case, it is a change from a few weeks ago. I'll ask Browning management what the current position is.

There is only one consistent reason why guns are discontinued; sales and profits. History repeats itself again and again.

We "said" we loved the Model 12, the A-5, the Ithaca Model 37. We still say that. But, we seldom mean what we say . . . or vote for what we say with the only vote that ever counts, the vote we make when we make a purchase.

It is very difficult to make a radical distinction between the Gold / Silver / SX2 / SX3. Same platform, same action. If there are less "Gold" sku's for 2008, and more "Silver" sku's-- it just means that "we" voted for the Silver.


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
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If the Gold's are gone I hope that means that means that they will make a 20 ga. in the silver line.


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:41 pm 
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If the Gold's are gone I hope that means that means that they will make a 20 ga. in the silver line.


They will for 08'.


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:04 am 
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Why would they be dropping the Gold? I never particlularly liked the Silvers since they've been out. To me they're were the same as the "classic" semi humpbacks that they made until about 4 years ago. Looks cheaper to me. Check out this link... I personally don't think they're getting rid of the gold. http://www.browning.com/products/flash/gold.asp.

Although I do like the new Pheasants Forever edition silver, it looks pretty sharp!

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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:29 am 
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There are eleven catalogued "Golds" for 2008, in a variety of configurations:

1. Gold "Golden Clays" Sporting Clays
2. Gold Evolve® Sporting
3. Gold Fusion High Grade
4. Gold Ladies Sporting Clays
5. Gold Light 10 Ga., Mossy Oak® Duck Blind™
6. Gold Light 10Ga., Mossy Oak® New Break-Up®
7. Gold Sporting Clays
8. Gold Superlite Hunter
9. NWTF Gold 10 Gauge, Mossy Oak® New Break-Up®
10. NWTF GOLD Ultimate Turkey, Mossy Oak® New Break-Up®
11. NWTF Gold, Mossy Oak® New Break-Up®


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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:08 pm 
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I shot my best scores with a Browning Gold Sporting Clays. Too bad I was retarded and got rid of it. But at least I have a Citori now. :D It would definately be a shame if they discontinued the Gold. The only gripe I had was that I cleaned it way more than a different auto I had. But never had a hiccup with my Gold either.

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 Post subject: re: Browning Gold Discontinued?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:06 pm 
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My dealers catalog only listed
gold golden clays edition
gold sporting clays
gold ladies sporting clays
gold 10ga models
gold superlight hunter

I absolutely do not need it, but I have a hankering to buy an Evolve just to have one. Looking at Randy's list I might still have time? :?

Personally I like the Silver so the golds being phased out isn't a big deal to me, but what a blow to the gold freaks out there.

Browning is doing some house cleaning. A-bolts choices are smaller it looks like. Cynergy lost 28ga sporting models with inflex pads. Gained more classics though. Citori lost a few choices they shouldn't be missed too much. And as we all know prices are on the rise.

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