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Beretta A400 Extreme Plus VS. Browning Maxus 2 | Shotgun Showdown

shotgun review shotgun showdown Aug 04, 2021

Here it is folks - the first-ever SHOTGUN SHOWDOWN. I’ve gotten a lot of requests to cover these shotguns and today I’m going to be putting them head to head. The A400 Extreme Plus and Maxus 2 are both great guns but there can only be one winner of a Shotgun Showdown. At the end of this video, I will share which shotgun I would choose.

The Browning Maxus 2 has an MSRP of $1899 for the camo versions and $2069 for the Wicked Wing Edition I used in this video. Reeds has the Maxus 2 3.5" camo listed for $1679.99 and the Wicked Wing edition for $1749.99 (shop for the Maxus 2 at Reeds Sports)

The Xtreme Plus has an MSRP  $1,849. I got this Extreme Plus from Reeds Sports and they have camo options online for $1749.99 (shop for the A400 Extreme Plus at Reeds Sports).

The Video includes the full head to head Shotgun Showdown of the Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus vs the Browing Maxus 2 but if you prefer to read about it, below is a quick summary. 

Quick Specs

Browning Maxus 2

  • 12 gauge
  • 3.5" chamber (also available in 3")
  • 28" Barrell (also available in 26")
  • 7.2lbs (3.5") 7.0lbs (3")
  • Length of Pull 14 7/16" Out of the Box. The composite stock has a straight heel section that makes it easy for a gunsmith to shorten the length of pull up to 3/4" and refit the Inflex Technology recoil pad.
  • Drop at Comb 1 3/4" (Adjustable with provided shims)
  • Drop at Heel 2"

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus

  • 12 gauge
  • 3.5" chamber
  • 26", 28", or this 30" Steelium Barrell (Come with Optima Choke HP System and comes with 5 extended chokes)  
  • 8lbs 
  • Length of Pull 14 1/2" Out of the Box, with removable 1/2 inch spacer, and additional 1" spacer to get up to 15" length of pull
  • Drop at Comb 1 1/2" (Adjustable with provided shims)
  • Drop at Heel 2 1/2"

Ergonomics/Look & Feel

Browning Maxus 2

The Maxus 2 really shines when it comes to its egonomics.

  • Feels great in the hands and is well balanced
  • Rubber over-molding for a great grip
  • Oversized charging handle and bolt release for easy operating
  • Quick load feature - I probably wouldn't use this much but it's a neat feature if you use it.
  • Large tricker guard - If you're going to be shooting with gloves on, the trigger guard had plenty of room.
  • Loading ramp on the front of the trigger guard
  • Bored out loading port - This is something I love, there is nothing worse than beating up your fingers loading your gun. Loading the Maxus 2 is a breeze.
  • Forearm cap - Option to add an extended magazine tube

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus

  • Very nicely balanced in the hands
  • Rubber inlays are great (Pistol grip is a bit wider than I prefer)
  • Oversized charging handle and bolt release are smooth - the bolt release is very soft and easy to utilize
  • Forearm cap is great - comes off with a single twist
  • Reversible cross-bolt safety in front of the trigger - I prefer rear mounted safety's
  • Loading port is milled and very nice - magazine tube has a green cap to ensure that the gun is empty


Browning Maxus 2

  •  5 lbs 9 oz Average
  • Crisp trigger with little travel. Feels great!

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus

  • 5lbs 1.8oz (Average)
  • Crisp trigger with some travel - Feels decent
  • Trigger guard is a bit smaller than I prefer - still very solid

Quality of Build

Browning Maxus 2

  • I always look at the quality of the build relative to the price. Everything on the Maxus 2 comes together nicely and is tight, what you would expect for a gun at this price point.
  • Nickel Teflon coating on the bolt, bolt slide, shell carrier, bolt release and bolt handle protect, add lubricity, and make it easier to clean.
  • Burnt Bronze Cerakote camo receiver finish, Burnt Bronze Cerakote barrel finish looks great and will be very durable

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus

  • I always look at the quality of the build relative to the price. The Xtreme Plus overall lives up to the price point
  • Steelium barrel is drilled, reamed, and cold hammer forged. The forcing cone is also longer (14") and is more typical in competition guns.
  • 7x7 Stepped rib
  • Nice steel mid bead
  • Drilled and tapped to receive picatinny rail
  • Very nice tolerances - only comment would be on a little bit of squeeze in the forearm, but nothing to serious 

Ease of Breakdown

Browning Maxus 2

  • Relatively simple to break down for a full cleaning. 
  • No shortage of parts.

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus

  • Very simple to break down for a gas gun. 
  • This forearm cap makes breakdown even faster.
  • Love the one pin design to take of the trigger group


Browning Maxus 2

  • Very light recoil from target loads to 3.5" loads.

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus

  • This gun sports the Kick-Off recoil reduction system and claims 70% reduction
  • The stock has a rubber inlay that actually flexes when you shoot, reducing recoil even further
  • No problems whatsoever when shooting 3" Target loads. 
  • 3 1/2" rounds were (obviously) more noticeable, but I think it handled them well and cycled just fine. The only issue I had was that the felt recoil was much more noticible on my cheek.


Browning Maxus 2

  • After a few hundred rounds, I believe this shotgun is ultra-reliable and will run for a long time without issue (when you shoot with the gun against your shoulder ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus 

  • From the shoulder, this gun handled pretty much everything I threw at it. It even took 3 1/2" rounds from the hip just fine 

Speed Shooting

Browning Maxus 2

  • I love to shoot fast and this gun does that well. I was able to quickly shoot 3 hand thrown clays in 1.17 seconds although I did have some cycling issues. I would like to get my hands on a 3" model and see if I can run it any faster.

Beretta A400 Extreme Plus 

  • I was able to accomplish shooting 3 hand thrown clays at 1.17 seconds. This gun is fast and it cycled great.


In summary, I definitely enjoyed shooting both the A400 Extreme Plus and the Browning Maxus 2. Both would be great guns to have in the blind, but since this is a Shotgun Showdown I have to choose just one.

Shotgun Showdown Winner...the Browning Maxus 2

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