Review of L.P. Brezny Article on the Maxus
Release Date: 3/20/2009
Shotgun Sports Magazine, December 2008
Article Review of “Browning Maxus”
by L.P. Brezny, Shotguns Sports Magazine.
December, 2008 issue.
"My conclusion is this gun is here to stay!"
Outdoor writer L.P. Brezny recently put the new Browning Maxus through its paces in the December, 2008 issue of Shotgun Sports.
The Browning PR dept. from Morgan, Utah planned a Snow Goose hunt in South Dakota during the latter part of March, 2008, and since Brezny lived in the area, he plucked an invitation to evaluate the Browning Maxus. It was a typical field test for the new gun, hoping to shuck several cases of ammo through the gas action. Browning’s Scott Grange brought along two Maxus prototypes, and each was going to hit the obstacle course running.
Brezny’s first reaction to the new gun was encouraging – "As the new gun was pulled from its soft case by Scott, I immediately observed a much slimmer and lighter-looking field gun. When Scott passed the gun to me, I was clearly aware of a faster-pointing, slim shotgun in my hands, all accomplished at much less carry weight (about 7.5 pounds)."
A customer’s first reaction to a new gun is very important. It can mean the difference in how successful a new product is.
Brezny proceeded to point out some slick features of the new Maxus: "The safety was mounted on the right side and was much like the older Browning Gold. It also retained the magazine cut-off lever on the left side of the receiver that allows the hunter/shooter to drop the loaded round in the chamber while retaining shotshell in the magazine — a very nice feature when combination duck-and goose hunting, to be sure."
|"At no time did I experience any sort of failure to function."
Brezny took apart the Maxus gas system and noted, "The whole gas component is more of a complete unit built of the same material throughout. The Maxus tended to eat just about anything in terms of varied ammunition. At no time did I experience any sort of failure to function, nor did I see the second of the two prototypes, which was fed a diet of strictly Winchester fodder, come up with a dry chamber."
Just prior to his hunt, Brezny had attended an event at which one of the exhibitors mentioned to him, "No gun can work well with any and all shotshell lengths without adjustments in the gas system." Brezny has one word for him now... "Wrong!"
As to how the Maxus shoulders and points, Brezny noticed, " The Maxus maintains a 'dead-on' sighting line that places the payload right on target at 40 yards. While the barrel tends to drop away slightly from the receiver, the vent rib takes up the difference and, from the receiver to the muzzle, the line of sight is flat — not high or low as some earlier products tended to be."
Brezny wrote about the receiver, saying, "In the receiver department, we got to see the breakdown of the spring-free bolt system, which was, in effect, only about three pieces of steel — very simple and trouble-free. That speaks volumes for the gun design overall. Maxus is as simple as field dirt and very easy to maintain afield or back at headquarters."
As to the unique "no magazine cap", Brezny said, " Another interesting feature on the Maxus prototype was the system used to remove the forend quickly. It incorporated a latch that was a good deal like those used on the forends of double guns — just pull down on the long, thin latch and the forend drops away. This fast-access system is great when a shooter wants to run some solvent through the gas system or give the gun a quick once-over after day in the field."
Brezny didn't have a chance to pattern the gun, but mentioned, "The choke system employed on the Maxus was the standard Browning Invector-Plus™. This system has given very solid performance, and there is no reason to change something that is not broken...based on the pair of test guns shooting a copious number of targets and digesting a varied array of non-toxic loads, the Maxus should be greatly feared by any and all game targets."
During Brezny's hunt, there were no failures with the gun after three days of hard shooting, going through seven cases of ammo. He said, "The Maxus will digest all three 12-gauge shell lengths — 3.5", 3" and short 2.75" all worked through the action with ease and required no switching of gas rings or other fooling around under the shotgun's hood."
Summing up his overall experience with the Maxus, Brezny said, "I can say for a fact the new gun works well in the field and takes a liking to a broad range of waterfowl ammo. To my way of thinking, the Maxus will become a winner in the marketplace among gas-operated shotguns."
(Read more about L.P. Brezny’s report in the December 2008 issue of Shotgun Sports magazine. To subscribe go to http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/.)