Gun Review: Browning 725

The combination of a lower-profile receiver, superb trigger, and better recoil pad complement the already robust and reliable design of the  725. It isn’t cheap, but it is a well-built American shotgun that will last for many, many years.

The combination of a lower-profile receiver, superb trigger, and better recoil pad complement the already robust and reliable design of the
725. It isn’t cheap, but it is a well-built American shotgun that will last for many, many years.

Shooting the Browning 725

I took the Model 725 afield and spent a day hunting ringnecks in Ohio, and it performed as expected. I’d shot several rounds of trap with the gun not long before and found the gun to be responsive, easy to shoulder, swing, and shoot.

There was no difference when I hunted pheasants and, when a bird rose up in front of me, I shouldered the 725, swung the large white bead ahead of the rooster’s beak, and pressed the trigger as I passed the bird.

The trigger broke cleanly, and the pheasant cupped its wings, falling just ahead of the English setter hot in pursuit. Over the course of the day, I had a couple of more chances at birds, and the 725 worked its magic each time.

It’s always dangerous to mess with a successful recipe, but Browning made the wise decision to address the issues that hunters and shooters carped about, with regards to their world-beating over/under. The result is an even better Citori, which is saying a lot, because the previous version wasn’t too shabby.

Specifications
Browning 725 Citori Over/Under Shotgun
Caliber/Gauge: 12-gauge
Barrel length: 28 inches
Weight: 7.3 pounds
Overall length: 45¾ inches
Finish: Silver nitride receiver; blued barrels
Stock: Grade II/III oil-finish walnut
Triggers: Mechanical, 3.8 pounds
MSRP: $2,469.99
Contact: Browning www.browning.com

This article is an excerpt from the Gun Digest 2014 annual book.


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