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Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Re: Alloy vs.Steel receiver?
I own a Browning Gold Hunter 3 1/2 inch 12 gauge Magnum semi automatic shotgun.
I shoot mainly reloads.
Some / most shotguns leaves an indentation on the headstamp of the shell from where the extractor removed it.
I was hunting pheasants one day - about 3 years after I bought the shotgun, and it jammed.
I tore the shotgun down in the middle of a corn field and discovered that a piece of the action had broken off and had jammed inside of the action the spent case / next round.
From that point on, I have had nothing but problems with that particular firearm.
I tried to return it to Grice Gun Shop, but at that point, all Grice was interested in was selling guns, not doing warranty work.
I was advised to send it back to Browning, which I did.
Browning claimed that they couldn't see anything wrong with it and they fired several new rounds of ammo through it and said it was cycling ok.
It has a piece of metal missing near the ejection port and it still has cycling issues.
For a $1000 shotgun, I shouldn't have to put up with this kind of B.S.
I own a Browning BPS 10 Gauge Shotgun, it has a steel receiver and bottom eject.
This shotgun has been carried on many a turkey / duck hunt and has never left me down.
Given the option, I would elect to never buy another firearm with an aluminum frame or action.