Browning Silver 12ga Shotgun Review with Surviving Duck Season

shotgun review May 19, 2022
  

The Browning Silver is a tried and true gas-operated semi-auto shotgun.  The Silver has been around since 2006 but I have not had much experience with it until this review. For this review, I met up with  Joel from the YouTube Channel Surviving Duck Season. Since most variations of the Silver are tailored towards Waterfowlers, having Joel, a highly experienced duck hunter, along for the review was a huge plus.

You can watch the review video above or if you prefer to read, we've broken it down for you below.

MSRP

$1399.99 but you'll find the best deal on a Browning Silver at Reeds Sports

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QUICK SPECS

  • 12 gauge (some wood models available in 20ga)
  • 3 1/2" chamber (some non-camo variations available in 3")
  • 28" Barrel (most variations have 26" option)
  • 7lbs 9oz 
  • Length of Pull 14 1/4" 
  • Drop at Comb 1 3/4" 
  • Drop at Heel 2"
  • Comes with 3 flush Invector Plus chokes (IC, M, F,)

TRIGGER

  • 5lbs 4.58 oz (Average)
  • The trigger feels heavier than it pulled on trigger guage
  • Pretty decent trigger overall

ERGONOMICS

  • This gun feels good, a little heftier than I prefer in a perfect world, but I still like it
  • A little heavier, but nicely balanced, 
  • Very basic grip textures, nothing special
  • Triangular cross-bolt safety is great
  • Bolt release is small and maybe a challenge with gloves on
  • Loading port edges are sharp, not super easy to load fast
  • Brass bead (no need for a fiber in my opinion)

QUALITY OF BUILD

  • Solid gun for the money
  • Just as good of quality as many other higher priced shotguns

RECOIL/RELIABILITY

  • Recoil was kind of funny - both Joel and I experienced it more in the face with lighter loads, and more into the shoulder with heavier loads
  • Heavier recoil than anticipated for a heavier gas gun
  • Cycled extremely well no matter how we shot it

BREAKDOWN

  • Breakdown seemed second nature, maybe because it is nearly identical to the Winchester SX4 that I have broke down 100s of times.
  • It was interesting to tear it down and see all the internal similarities between this gun and the SX4, and Maxus 2. The bolt looks identical to an SX4

SPEED SHOOTING

  • I was able to accomplish shooting 3 hand thrown clays in 1.21 seconds 

In summary, if you are a Browing fan and you want a semi-auto shotgun that is more affordable than the Maxus 2 and the A5, this is the shotgun for you. If you are not a Browning faithful, this shotgun is a moderately average decent shotgun. It cycles great, is well balanced, with a decent trigger, and you know it will last a long time. On the flip side, it is a bit heavier and yet the recoil is also heavier than anticipated. The grips are bulky and the controls are nothing special. The Browning silver is a fine gun, it just doesn't really excite me in any of the categories I look at.

Whether our targets in the field or our targets in life, we will only hit what we are focused on so live the #targetfocusedlife 

Stay Target Focused,

Steve

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