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I have an opportunity to purchase a new Browning Gold Hunter 12 ga for what I believe is a great price...I dont know much about the quality and reliability. Checking other sites, I have never seen so much differences of opinions. So thought I'd take the question to those that know. What do you think?...Need to decide soon, as Browning is offering a $100 rebate that ends this month.

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I have one and love it. Its a 2001 Gold Hunter 3 1/2" w/26" barrel. Ive put quite a few rnds through it, most of which were 3" and 3 1/2" magnums. It cycles 2 3/4" 1oz just as effeciently as the 3 1/2"'s. It doesnt get cleaned much and is dropped in the water,mud, and dirt quite frequently. Great gun. Only downfall is re-sale value, they dont sell for chit..
 

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I don't own a Browning Gold Hunter, but I do own several other autoloaders. My opinion of the Gold Hunter based on guns I've seen at the gun club and at sporting clays tournaments is this. They are pretty good for hunting and occasional to light use as a target shotgun, but if you are going to do LOTS of target shooting, you are better off to get a Beretta 390 or 391. The Remington 1100's do well also.

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I shot one for skeet and sporting clays for five years and was very pleased with it. Eventually traded up to a deluxe Citori.

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I bought a Browning Gold sporting for my wife. I up dated to Wenigs New American model stock. Semi inletted fit and finished myself. Depending on your fit. If you plan on shooting trap. You most likly will need a different stock or adjustable comb. Also the different gas pistons they have 1 for 1 1/8oz or less or 1 1/8oz or more. I highly recomend you google "cleaning the browning gold" I had some early cycling issues, UNTIL I talked with browning and found this sight. Their anti corrossion gunk I very nasty. They put a good amount of it in the action springtube. I ordered a Surecycle for friends gold hunter that had issues when really cold. He has had no issues since installed. So google browning gold cleaning and also cycle issues. I love my wife gold for sporting even though it is set up for trap. I can tell you I can go 800+ rounds before needing a good cleaning. Thats the most I have put through it in 1 year. I clean all my guns yearly needed or not.
 

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I have a Browning Sporting Gold that I shoot for sporting clays (duh!) and I enjoy it very much. The only thing I don't like about it is that it will only break about 36 or 37 out of 50. Maybe I'm not cleaning it right! I'll just have to keep practicing until it gets better. I see nothing inherently wrong with the gun. It will perform better than I will.

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I had Gold Fusions in both 12 and 20 ga. They were reliable enough but the triggers had high pull weights and creep in both of them. I didn't like the triggers or cleaning them so I sold both. A friend had a Gold Hunter in 12 ga. which fired a shell with the bolt partially open and damaged the receiver. Browning replaced it.
 
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