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 Post subject: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:34 pm 
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I'm in the current market for an O/U Sporting Clays gun. I've done quite a bit of research; starting at the lower "more reasonable starter end", but the longer I look and the more I read, the more I'm thinking that I'd rather buy once and cry once (as far as price) than always feel over the next few years that I should have opted for the quality gun from the start.

I also feel like I'd like to get something that appreciates or at least holds it's value well.

I love the look of both guns. I appreciate the sleek, clean lines, and might perhaps get something with more engraving and more ornate later on. I find over and under shotguns are like pieces of art to me.

After weeks I've narrowed it down to two; The Browning 725 Pro sporting, and the Beretta 694 Sporting. I would get either with the adjustable comb stock.

Each gun seems to have excellent qualities that tip the decision back and forth constantly and I was hoping to get some opinions/anecdotes/experiences/stories from others that will help me make a decision.

I believe that no one would be disappointed with either choice, but since this will be my over and under for perhaps a long time to come, I'd like to hedge my bets :)

I plan on using this gun for sporting clays and skeet, as I'm using the Beretta A400 Multitarget I have now for trap.

Thanks all in advance!




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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:48 pm 
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Here is a review from John at The Gun Shop UK channel on YouTube, which you might find interesting or helpful in comparing the two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_8qODK ... e=emb_logo

Good luck with your choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:20 pm 
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I had a 725 sport can’t say anything bad about except the choke suck . They are not true to size .
Maybe they fixed that issue now . I replaced them with a Briley. It was a nice gun .
Now have a 694 I love it . I think it better built comes with a nice case and good chokes .
But was $1000 more then the 725 sport
I think the 725 sport is lighter . Not sure about the pro but I think it’s the same with out porting
And has weight system. 694 also can add weights.

You can’t go wrong with either one.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:06 pm 
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do some research on browning 725's eating firing pins..........pretty notorious for it, a buddy of mine has one, he's on his second set.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:37 pm 
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Or research ammo eating firing pins:-).


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:03 am 
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I have a buddy that bought a 694 and it light strikes on the same barrel once or twice a round. I've shot it and like it....a lot more than my 725 ported sporting but a little less than my 625 field.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:08 am 
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Both are going to be very similar in terms of function and quality. If both fit equally well, I would pick the Beretta 694 Sporting based on nothing but appearance. I think the 725 Sportings are ugly guns.

This coming from someone who has never owned a Beretta and currently loves the 3 Citori shotguns I own.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:35 pm 
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Pity the XS Pro isn't sold in the US. Used by Sam Green, 2019 World Fitasc champion.

It's less bulky and cumbersome than the 725 ProSport and a more obvious gun to compare with the 694.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:20 pm 
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If you buy a new gun, you'll be lucky to live long enough to get your money out of it when sold/traded...buy a nice used gun. Also, look at a used Zoli. Better gun in many respects than either of the ones you're considering. Great service, if needed. Kronos model is a real value for the money. And get 32" barrels! Selling/trading a gun with 30" barrels will cost you...much less demand. And don't be bashful about asking for a decent discount...cash gets attention!


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:40 pm 
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Been in your position. I chose Beretta.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:03 pm 
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You need to try and shoot both to see which one fits you the best. Both are excellent, but the old adage of "If one fits you, odds are the other one won't" applies here. Berettas tend to have RH cast, Brownings tend to be neutral.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:56 am 
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Trickster wrote:
Pity the XS Pro isn't sold in the US. Used by Sam Green, 2019 World Fitasc champion.

It's less bulky and cumbersome than the 725 ProSport and a more obvious gun to compare with the 694.

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You Britts love your Brownings..........espically the 525 and 625 series, Browning here in the US has a somewhat weird reputation as the company that changes their models and names every year, but it's the same gun, very confusing to consumers.

As far as the comment previously about how certain ammo eats firing pins..........a gun should be designed to fire any and all brands of shells, just rockwell hardnen the firing pins to another level and you'll be good.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:56 pm 
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I’d explore some quality used guns, where you can get a lot more bang for your buck. At around $4k, you might be able to pick up a used Zoli Kronos or it’s cheaper twin, a Verona LX980. You’re also well within range of a Perazzi MT6 (*love* these! no side ribs to work loose. one on gunbroker right now for $1500, but that’ll go up). You’re well within range of a Type 3 Perazzi MX8 (though I’m not a fan of them). You might be able to swing a Perazzi MX3 Special (aka MX4; functionally identical to a current MX8, just lacking the sculpted shoulders on the receiver and no side ribs to work loose).

You’ve got a lot of options.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:16 pm 
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The past few years I've seen more 725's break down during tournaments than any other gun. Most had trigger issues and FTF. Might just be a coincidence but that's what I saw. Most guns at that price point don't hold value well if you buy new.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:46 am 
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lt0026 wrote:
Most guns at that price point don't hold value well if you buy new.


They hold their value as well as any other gun you buy new.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:18 am 
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DEG wrote:
lt0026 wrote:
Most guns at that price point don't hold value well if you buy new.


They hold their value as well as any other gun you buy new.


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Our 725 gave us excellent service and is still our primary back up gun. My son shot competition skeet with it for years and put an incredible number of rounds through the gun.

I personally consider the 694 to be an upgrade from the 725. It is a very nice gun. The 692 was plagued with as many problems as any gun in it's price range. Far more than the 725. It certainly appears that has been corrected with the 694 but time will tell. I would buy the 694, but not because there is anything wrong with the 725.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:14 pm 
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I would go with the Beretta 694 , I shot one my buddy has and it’s a great handling gun. It didn’t fit me all that great but it swung beautifully. I love my Brownings but not a fan of the 725 at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 Sporting vs Browning 725 Pro Sporting
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:31 am 
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Bought the 694 because it was specific for a left handed. I’ve been shooting a neutral cast gun for years and there is a big difference especially with the bfast stock. There’s a difference in price and when I looked them, for me, the beretta seemed a bit better fit and quality. I tried out the 725 and the benellin828 too. Having over 10k in cheddite primers and access to pretty much only them was a consideration. As far as used, I really wanted a new gun.




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