I bought a 20 gauge gold hunter last year and couldn't be more pleased with it. I own 6 shotguns (Remington, Winchester, H&R, Franchi) but when I'm heading out the door with the dog I'm generally carrying my Browning. I've shot 17 cases of shells since August at Turkey, Pheasant, Rabbits, Quail, Chukar, Huns, Ducks, Geese and Clay and not one problem.
Be sure to shoot at least hot 7/8 oz loads but I generally shoot 1 oz at clays and small birds. Keep it clean and it'll last.
Some may complain about the field models of the Gold not ejecting low power loads. The gun just needs a different gas piston. They sell a light piston for the gun which solves that problem. The Sporting model comes with both pistons.
Let me start by saying that I am a Browning fan. However, at our skeet range ther has been problems with broken firing pins in the Golds. One gentlemen just put his 6th firing pin in. It seems the heavier loads you shoot, such as in sporting clays, the more problems with breakage. Another shooter who has shot 10's of thousands through his with light skeet loads has has only 1 break and it was recentlyin our club shoot. Me, I'll stick to my O/U.
I bought a Browning Gold 3.5 two years ago. It works fine shooting trap, skeet, or sporting clays. However, it has jammed on me several times in the field. I was cleaning it following every hunt and it was still failing to eject the shells. I was shooting 3 inch magnums when it jammed as well I'm getting rid of it. I want something I can depend on!
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