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 Post subject: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:57 pm 
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Just getting back into upland hunting with my new GSP. Probably much of my hunts will be on preserves or stocked birds on public land. I may dabble in trap and sporting clays as well. I am looking for a one and done O/U. I want to stick with the Browning 725 line in 20ga. I have narrowed my choices between Sporting / Field / Feather.
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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:33 am 
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i've tried several options for bird/clay guns. two 686 sportings (28ga and 20ga) and a k20 parcours. the 28ga 686 and k20 weight the same at 7lb 1oz but the 686 gave sporting shaped wood/palm swell/rib etc. the 20ga 686 sporting is 6lb 9oz and as good a bird gun as i've ever tried. the extra 6-7oz is noticeable on birds without a doubt. on clays heck i'd take an 8lb 20ga if it were dedicated duty.

i realize neither is a 725 but my point is give serious consideration to weight but don't be afraid to try a sporting model on birds if it feels nimble to you. i think the 725 20ga is a great place to look for the right dual use gun HOWEVER i would avoid the feather models. even standard 7/8oz 20ga loads can beat you up if your gun is too light.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:44 am 
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For a one gun for all I too would go for the sporting model. A friend of mine uses a stainless sporting 725 for everything and it works great for him.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:21 am 
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I avoid all of the ported models for hunting, especially if I’m hunting with dogs.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:38 am 
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Hunts take place in the field. That is what the Field model is for.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:30 am 
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I hunt with a 625 Feather in 20 gauge. It’s been a good gun but I probably wouldn’t buy a 20 Feather again. It’s really too light. I would love the field with a 30 inch barrel, but I would settle for the field with a 28”.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:31 pm 
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Zbigniew wrote:
Hunts take place in the field. That is what the Field model is for.


I agree. I'd go by the 90/10 rule for buying a boat--get the boat designed for the 90% of what you intend to do and live with the other 10%.

From your description it sounds like it's primarily for hunting with only the occasional "dabbling" in the clays world. That pretty much describes my shotgun use nowadays and I only use field models.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:06 pm 
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I don't like ports, simply don't like them, so if I could get the barrel length in a field gun, that is what I would do.

I had a 725 Sporting 20 ga w/30" barrels. It was a way better gun than I was a shooter. I sold it to a buddy who routinely out shoots me. Same happened with my 12 ga sporting.

I still have my 725 field gun. No ports :^)

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 Post subject: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:32 pm 
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I think it’s worth considering preserve hunting versus wild bird hunting, and the differences in how they are done. Preserve hunting is much less walking than wild. Usually a much smaller area to cover. I think that helps argue for staying away from the feather model, and even possibly considering the heavier sporting. Browning posted weights are not terribly reliable so you would want to handle one and I’d take a scale with me.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:53 am 
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I would not worry about the porting. I have put thousands of rounds through my 725 Sporting that has ported barrels. Never, and I mean never, has anyone mentioned that the gun is too loud and I had it since 2008.I have been around people in all venues, hunting, and all the clay sports. That being said I would not seek out a gun with porting just because the porting does not do much as far as recoil etc but it would not be a deal breaker if you found one you like.
Also cleaning a ported barrel is no big deal .


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:52 pm 
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725 feather. Hunted quail and pheasant in SD, KS, IA. Light and light recoiling with kent bismuth #5 or fiochi golden pheasant #5


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 Post subject: Re: Best 725 ??
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:04 pm 
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I have a 725 sporting and love it. I don't mind the porting at all on the clays range (everyone uses ear protection), however there's no way I'd want a ported gun in the field. Porting makes the gun WAY louder, this effect is particularly noticeable when you're beside or slightly in front of the shooter where your dog will be. Frankly, it's loud enough to where I wouldn't want to shoot it around my GSP, or my buddies who sometimes don't wear ear protection on hunts.

I'd go with a field model. I'd also consider a 686 which, unlike the 725, comes with 30" barrels in the field grade. The 725's 28" barrels would feel quite stubby for clays imo.




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