Posts Tagged ‘Maxus’
Monday, November 14th, 2011
The rooster must have been chased before because he was not interested in holding for my shorthair’s point. In a burst of feathers and attitude, the cackling pheasant flushed out of the waving grasses and banked to my right. I shoulder the walnut stock, swung the 26-inch barrel in one fluid motion passing the tail, breast, beak, and squeezed the trigger. Prairie Storm steel 4s chased down my quarry.
Do you remember the first shot with your favorite pheasant gun? For one lucky Pheasants Forever supporter, this will be the story of the first shot ever fired from their slightly used, but new to them, Browning Citori 12-gauge shotgun.
You see, Browning is one of the sponsors of this year’s Rooster Road Trip. As part of their sponsorship, Browning has generously donated a blaze orange Browning & Pheasants Forever hat for every person that joins or renews their PF membership online through this special link during the week of the Rooster Road Trip. In addition to these cool lids, Browning has sent us a few new shotguns to field test on the trip. Anthony will be using the new Maxus, while Andrew will be shouldering the Cynergy for the week.
The kicker is that I get to shoot the pinnacle of pheasant shotguns – the Browning Citori. And here’s the icing, every person that joins Pheasants Forever through this special link this week qualifies to win the Browning Citori I’ll be using this week on the Road Trip. Don’t worry; I’ll take good care of your new gun with frequent cleanings and no bouncing around in the back of the truck.
So, here’s the straight skinny on someone’s brand new Browning Citori. It arrived at the Pheasants Forever offices two weeks ago. In the meantime, I took it pheasant hunting in Minnesota to get familiar with the gun. The first shot ever fired wasn’t at a range busting clays. The first time this Citori’s trigger was ever tickled was the exact scenario I’ve described in the first paragraph above. One shot, one rooster. Would you expect anything less from a Citori?
Join or renew your Pheasants Forever membership today through this special link to receive a new Browning hat and your chance to win this field tested Browning Citori 12 gauge shotgun.
Monday, March 7th, 2011
I was 19 years old, and trying to balance hunting, working to pay for college, and studying. I wanted a Belgium Browning A-5 Magnum, so I saved tips for over a year before I found the gun I wanted. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. In a small shop in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the owner took me back to his private gun case and there it was. The A-5, just like Grandpa Lange used to shoot. It became mine!
The Browning Maxus reminds me a lot of that gun. It is a hunter’s gun – only better. The Maxus incorporates several new technologies and creates a gun with 18% less felt recoil, 44% less muzzle jump, 19% faster bolt speed, and 24% faster lock time according to Browning experts. What does this all mean to the hunter? It means greater comfort, faster target acquisition on quicker follow up shots.
Many of us only own one shotgun. Many of us hunt a lot – one day ducks, the next pheasants, maybe some quail or doves, and turkeys in the spring. The Maxus is that versatile “one gun.” The Browning Power Drive gas system technology makes that all possible. Its research and testing resulted in a new enclosed seal gas system that will reliably handle the light loads and the biggest turkey and goose loads. The Inflex Technology recoil pad is there to tame those loads.
All the modern technology that Browning has incorporated in the Maxus is great, but how does it HUNT? I recently carried the Maxus on an early season Canada goose hunt to find out. The first thing I enjoyed, after taking a pair of geese from the first flock to work decoys, was the Speed Load system that Browning has used for years. It takes the first shell loaded into the magazine right to chamber.
However, I wish it had a fiber optic bead on the barrel. High visibility beads work great for low light conditions in the morning or evening. They are also great for turkey hunting because they really help with aiming when not using a red dot or scope.
That being said, I truly enjoyed shooting the Maxus on this hunt. Shooting Federal’s Black Cloud 3” goose loads in shirt sleeves was very comfortable with the gun, and deadly. I left the field with a smile on my face and reminisced about years past and that old hump back A-5.
The Pheasant Fest blog is written by Brad Heidel, Pheasants Forever’s Director of Corporate and Special Event Sales. Look for Brad’s column, “The Gun Shop,” in the Pheasants Forever Journal.