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Browning 525 Turnover?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Ed/Pa, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Ed/Pa

    Ed/Pa Well-Known Member

    I've been looking at Browning 525's and wondering why this model is being turned over so quickly? For a relativley new model , it seems there are quite a few on the used market. Is there a reason for this? Does this model recoil too much, or is it because (as I've read in a few articles) it is barrel heavy? Just wondering, as it seems to be a well made nice looking shotgun and not a cheap one either.
  2. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Don't know.

    Have you shot a Cynergy, though? I prefer it to the old design, hands down. It may look odd, but it sure feels right to me.
  3. Ed/Pa

    Ed/Pa Well-Known Member

    Armed Bear.......I've seen the Cynergy little too futuristic fer me, but I hear good stuff about it , especially lighter recoil! I'm really not in the market for anything right now and happy with my ol' Browning. I just wondered why the turn-over? I just was on another site and saw another 525 for sale with only 1 box of shells through it? Makes you wonder why?
  4. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    They do make a traditional-looking Cynergy, though without the fancy recoil pad. One swing, though, and it will look a lot better. Really, really nice balance.

    The only people I know who are happy with the 525 are tall, large and have long arms. You're probably on to something.
  5. TrapperReady

    TrapperReady Well-Known Member

    There are a couple reasons I could think of:

    1) The gun just plain didn't fit and actually hurt the owner to shoot it.

    2) It's got more than 1 box through it, but cleans up real nice. ;) I probably got to the 2000+ shell mark with my Browning 425 before I couldn't make it look brand new anymore.

    I've not noticed the 525s popping up too often on the used market around here, but I do know more people (myself included) who have had issues getting Browning 3/4/525s properly fitted than any other O/U. That said, they are VERY good guns. Mine (a 425)has been dead-nuts reliable for many tens of thousands of shells and only recently broke an ejector. It now functions perfectly well as a "top eject/bottom extract" model... at least until I can afford to be without it long enough to get it fixed.

    One of the Master class sporting clays guys around here shoots a Cynergy and likes it quite a bit. I've not shot one, but the fit is a little off for me and I'm not sure how well that recoil pad would take to adjustment.
  6. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    I agree with TR on the Brownings. The usually come with a dead straight stock while most of us need a little cast in the stock to make them work.

    The other reason you might see 525s on the shelf is the fickle nature of some clay target shooters. A fair number show the same degree of loyalty to their gun as a Hollywood starlet does to her latest husband. Both are always searching for something new that will give them that little bit extra. ;)
  7. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    How does the 525 differ from the 425?

    I've been shooting a 425 for 10+ years and never had a problem with it. I've never touched a 525, but the 425 is a very good gun.
  8. 45auto

    45auto Well-Known Member

    The 525's I've seen have more drop in the stock than a 425. Looks lower to me. More "curved" pronounced pistol grip. Oil finish. More engraving on the receiver.

    Receiver is slightly different, meaning a 525 and a 425 stock will not interchange.

    They claim to have changed the triggers a bit to reduce some "play" on the reset I think.

    Ventilated mid rib on the 525.

    Next one out... 625. ;)
  9. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    That would be some serious woodwork, I think.

    They now make several Cynergy models, including a Sporting model, with a traditional stock that would be much easier to fit.
  10. Ed/Pa

    Ed/Pa Well-Known Member

    Dont misunderstand me about the 525. If you check sites like gunsamerica and others (I've also noted them at cabelas in the used gun bracket also) there just seems to be a lot of 525's for sale? I dont see that with the 425 at all. Just seems strange for a new model is all.
    Actually I like the looks of the 525 and would love to shoot one to try it for myself. Unlike a lot of trap shooters, I shoot a sporting clays model. I, of course had to adjust my aim to hold dead on, but like the sporting models because they allow me to shoot skeet and sporting clays as well with one gun simply by changing chokes. The aim point stays the same.

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