I have a chance to buy a used, but in new condition Browning BPS 12ga slug gun, really reasonable. I wouldn't mind picking it up for a back up gun for rainy days, treestand or stalking hunting but I'd like to get some input on them from someone who has one or has shot one. If anyone has any input on the BPS slug hunters, any information would be greatly appreciated. It feels and looks like a real nice gun but I don't wanna go on that alone. Thanks in advance.
You're probably right, it definitely would not be my primary gun but would make a nice one to carry if I was gonna be walking alot or even make the boy a decent gun when long range shooting is not in the plans. It never hurts to have a third slug gun in the cabinet even if it never comes out, it can sit there and keep the three ML's that I never take out company. I might even let you borrow it to beat the brush for me there Dave.
Browning makes a decent pump.The Japanese rolled all of our good ideas into a single ambidextrous pumpgun. The receiver has the lines and shape of the Win mod 12,bottom ejection of the Ithaca mod 37,switchable barrels of the Rem 870 and the tang safety of the Moss 500. I can't recall if it has dual drawrods though. The one thing I always noticed is that Browning must not use any nickel alloy in their steels because they tend to rust easily.Not something I would consider in a foul weather gun or a loaner gun. I also don't think that the BPS hold their value very well. After all, you wrote that the price is very reasonable. To me it's an indication that demand is low therefore resale value plummets. I see quite a few on the "trade in" rack at our local Gander Mountain store for less than a beat up 870 Remington sells for. If none of this matters to you then have at it. It certainly beats lending one of your gunless hunting camp guests an H&R slug gun. Good Hunting!
Quite a few of the folks I know who own them swear by them, because of their accuracy. Thats where it stops. They are somwhat costly, around here anyway. T0 me that gun seams heavy. If you get it cheep enough, and you don't mind a little weight, go for it..GEORGE
The rust thing concerns me, someone posted that the Brownings have a tendancy to rust, there was one listed on Gun Broker last week and it said it had surface rust on it. Also accuracy is a concern, I've heard they shoot decent but I'd really like to know how decent. It is only gonna be a backup gun and only come out once in a great while but I'd still like it to be reliable and accurate. Hopefully a BPS Slughunter owner sees this post and adds some accurate input.Thanks for the help guys
I "had" a Browning 12 gauge rifled A-Bolt a few years back and this thing shot great although not any better then the Savage 210F I had at that time and still happen to own so I sold it for a tidy profit .
The BPS 10 gauge I have did okay with Federal rifled slugs at 50 yards . I tested it on paper with both buck and slugs out to 50 yards as I took it to the Choncoteague National Wildlife Refuge week before last for a Sika Deer hunt !
Double shotguns , 444 Marlin , 6.5mm's , Sika deer and my family in the Philippines !