New Browning Maxus Shotgun

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Earlier this month Browning announced, to much fanfare, a new 12 gauge autoloader shotgun called the “Browning Maxus” at the annual sales meeting. Browning have really hyped this shotgun and have called it “The Most Reliable Autoloading Shotgun the World Has Ever Known.”.

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The Browning Maxus Stalker model

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The Browning Maxus Mossy Oak Duck Blind model

Browning claim the shotgun generates 18% less felt recoil, 44% less muzzle jump, 19% faster bolt speed and 24% faster locktime. The shotgun has a variety of improvements that make this performance increase possible:

* A new gas system called the “Power Drive Gas System” which is cleaner and more reliable with light loads.

* A new trigger called the “Lightning Trigger System” which has an average lock time of .0052 seconds.

* A new recoil pad called the “Inflex Technology Recoil Pad” which claims to decrease muzzle rise (I recently bought a grind-to-fit Limbsaver recoil pad recently that claimed the same thing).

It also has some nice magazine improvements. A feed system called “Speed Load Plus” allows the first shell inserted into the magazine to go directly into the chamber without cycling the action! Don’t ask me how this works but I look forward to examining the magazine system when it makes its way into the gun shops.

Browning have also introduced an improved magazine plug that can be inserted and removed in seconds using a car key.

The shotgun will be offered in two models (see above photos) and each model will be available in either a 3″ chamber or 3 1/2″ chamber and a 26″ barrel or 28″ barrel. Depending on the configuration the price will range from $1,199 – $1,499. It will be available sometime next year (2009).

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Photo from Browning.com. An apparent reference
to the fictional Gladiator
Maximus Decimus Meridius

As part of the launch Browning released a video on youtube. It has some very impressive videography. If you are not interested in the shotgun itself skip to the middle to watch the shooting.

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  • Nick

    The Most Reliable Autoloading Shotgun the World Has Ever Known? Maybe the most reliable that they make.

    I’d have to say the benelli M4 would have to be the most reliable. Can’t beat dual self cleaning pistons and US military adoption.

    • http://eblast Victor Budd

      It’s quite obvious you have not owned a Browning. I at the age of 20 spent more money on a Browning then any other shotguns J C Penny sold. I own the same A5 today at the age of 65. Browning is a gun you pass to your grandchildren and they pass to their sons. Any Browning is worth the investment.

  • http://mockum.blogspot.com mockum

    Speed Load Plus sounds great, but $1,200+ for a shotgun? For $1200, I’d rather get an AR-15 and stick w/ my $300 Remingtion 870.

  • Nick

    beautiful, i love that auto round cambering device, I’m guessing its like when the slide locks back on a pistol, only the bolt is held open for the first round, then I’m imagining there’s some form of bolt release mechanism. inside the magazine that releases when a round enters. simply stellar, looks like a very nice shotgun, and for a reasonable price!

  • drew

    sounds like its got a few gimicks. gimicks are always the first to break

  • http://u-tube j.d.huskey

    I just love reading blogs from all these superior shotgun experts who haven’t yet shot or even touched the shotgun. Seems to me that if these people knew as much as they think they know they would be spending their time competing with Browning Firearms and not bitching about them. And as far as the price goes, of course you think your cheap shotgun is better, its probably all you could afford. And furthermore, just because the military adopted it doesn’t make it the best gun, but perhaps just the best price( in bulk ). SO, save your money boys, put it on lay-away so it won’t hurt so bad and one day you to can have some real bragging rights. Until then you just keep right on plugging away with your 12 gauge boat anchors.
    Have you ever noticed that people who own Cadilacs say “my Cadilac” and not my car. Same reason we Browning owners say “my Browning” and not my shotgun.

  • MJ

    Ditto ! What JD Husky said. You don’t know if you haven’t tried it!

    MJ

  • BDM

    J.D. is right about putting down a product we haven’t tried ourselves (as well as his point about the military). At the same time, it feels like a bit of a putdown that some of us can’t afford some of the nicer shotguns. I have a Browning BPS (for deer) that I love, but I don’t have the $$$ to buy one of their auto loaders. It works and it’s quality; and that matters to me. I have a Benelli Supernova for waterfowel for the same reason. It’s ugly, and it’s a little more work for follow up shots, but it would take a nuclear explosion for it to fail me. With that said, I have to admit that I’d love to be able to afford the Maxus–it’s just not in the cards for me to own in the near future (and maybe not ever).

    • Jason f

      Don’t hate on something cause you can’t afford it. Just saying. Do something more to get to the point to afford the gun. Their is always a way to make money if your willing to work for it!

  • Dave

    The speed load plus works just like an A-5. This isn’t new technology. The bolt is held open, then when you insert a shell into the magazine, bada boom, bada bing, it chambers it.

  • Tom

    The speed loading mechanism is a Browning invention over 100 years old.

    The Browning Gold also has speed loading and it works great.

    Browning was one of the greatest inventors in American history.

  • J.Luisi

    Huskey is right..

    Let us put our money where our mouth is. Only then can one step up to the plate and give his negative thoughts.

    With a state of the art research and development facility like Browning, Actions do speak louder than words. !!

  • JOHNNY

    DOES ANY 1 KNOWS IF THAT BROWNING MAXUS GONNA COME INTO EUROPEAN MARKET?

  • K Hope

    The gun looks great……. The price fair…. But i’ve trawled all the web looking for availability in the UK; to no avail.

    Anyone help?

  • forestergirl

    I have hunted with my father all of my life and as an adult my husband and I hunt everything we can. When it comes to ducks, geese and upland birds I went out last fall and purchased a brand new Benelli – paid too much for something that failed one day when we were shooting skeet – less than 2 boxes of shells had been shot through the gun. When I returned it I followed my father’s advice of “not buying what is suppose to be the best and too expensive but what you know works” and I bought the Browning BPS – I love it!! And I just ordered my husband the Maxus for father’s day – I can’t wait to get it for him!! And for $1600 in Canada it really isn’t a bad price for the quality that I expect to receive. When it comes to Browning I expect this to last my lifetime or most of it!! My friend was given a Browning BPS when he was 12 and I wouldn’t know how many thousands of shells he put through it and he just retired it for a Browning semi last fall…… buy what you know works everytime – don’t settle for anything less than that!

  • Doug

    I don’t care what anyone else that thinks bad about a browning shotgun really cares . I will still own one !! can’t wait .

  • Strongo

    Is the Maxus FN Browning or just Browning USA. Looks pretty damn good to me all the same If it lasts as long as my A5 which I have been shooting for 40 plus years (thousands of rounds through it) I would be happy, but then I probably only have another 30 years of shooting left so why change :-). Hunting mate has had his A5 about 10 years longer than I, has not had to replace any parts in its life and I have only ever replaced I part which if I had proper welding expertise I could have repaired. GO Browning I say, and to you Bunnies who have never shot one, shut up until you try one.

  • gunlover

    when is this coming to canada?

  • Johnny Quest

    I shoot Browning,Iown many Brownings and I’ll
    Buy a pair of these too…browning has great customer service and is a good value whether its a Citori or a 31/2 stalker,,,jb

  • BROWNINGS ONLY

    BOUGHT NEW SBE2. TOOK TO CANADA AND THE RECOIL PAD FELL OFF AND THE COMB SEPARATED. IT CONTINUALLY JAMMED, MISFIRED AND DISAPPOINTED. HAD TO USE A 835 ULTIMAG AS BACKUP. THAT INCIDENTALLY PERFORMED FLAWLESSLY. HAD BENELLI REWORK IT AND IT CONTINUED TO FAIL. MY OPINION IS IT IS OVERPRICED AND OVERRATED. I BOUGHT A USED BROWNING GOLD HUNTER AND MY PROBLEMS WERE SOLVED. I PRE ORDERED THE MAXUS AND CANNOT WAIT. I HAVE OWNED AT LEAST 75 SHOTGUNS OF ALL BRANDS AND I GO BACK TO THE BROWNING! OH, AS FOR THE COMMENT FROM THE SKEPTICAL, YET SUPER-KNOWLEDGEABLE MILITARY OUT THERE, IF YOU HAVE NEVER EVEN HAD YOUR HANDS ON ONE, HOW CAN YOU CRITICIZE? I HAVE BEEN THERE TOO AND I KNOW THE LOWEST BID WILL GET A CONTRACT EVERYTIME.

  • all4clays

    Wondering about the cleaning procedure and all the moving parts. Own a few different shotguns including Benelli, Beretta, Browning, Remington, CZ and even Stoeger. Find the Beretta and Browning to be a pain to clean, Remington (1100) can be a pain as well. Receiver lock up in the Benelli’s barrel isn’t the easiest to clean either. Guess if the gun fits, shoot it. Almost all of my guns have failed at some point and to some extent, all for different reasons but none of them has “broke”. We, as hunters and shooters, tend to buy expensive guns, decoys, clothes, boots, boats etc. and usually spend as little as possible on ammunition. This is where the failures on any gas, inertia, O/U, SxS or pump guns usually stems from, not the manufacturer of the firearm. Will probably pick up a Maxus as well, probably from someone committed to one of the other manufacturers friends, they are the ones that always have problems with guns and should be selling them at a discounted price, even though I never seem to run into them.

  • frank

    Took my brand new Maxus 3.5 inch out the other day and decided to put it to one of the most difficult reliability test. I got 1oz crappy Centurion shells that won’t function in most autos and feed them through the brand new unfired Maxus. Sure enough it eat them up like anything else. If a brand new 3.5 gun can shoot that stuff and function it should do fine on a steady diet of Winchester Super X. Check out the videos on Youtube that compare muzzle jump of the new Maxus!

  • Ron

    I just ordered the Maxus. I have the A 5 light 12 ,A5 12 guage magnum,A5 sweet sixteen,Browning gold Hunter and Browning BLR .308.None has ever failed me.I also have the Beretta A390 ST Ducks unlimited 12 guage.Nice Gun but the Brownings NEVER fail and I can’t condemm the Beretta as it has been a great gun as well.Can’t wait to get the Maxus.The reviews sound great.

  • ckanaan

    First of all, I think that Browning is a very good firearms manufacturer and I would feel quite confident in buying the new Maxxus shotgun. I own a Browning Bar Safari and I love it. However, I dont think that you should put your other flawlessly functioning shotgun away just because of the new Maxxus. Personally, I’ve owned a Remington 11-87 for years now which I paid approximately $800 Canadian dollars for and its been absolutely excellent for me. It doesnt have much recoil and it looks and feels great. Mine handles up to 3″ shells and cycles different sized shells easily and flawlessly. For all the “little” frills that they brag about that the new Maxxus has, why should I put out another approx $1500 Canadian if my Remington is working great??

  • jonny2

    If you dont want a gun that will fail to cycle and knock your teeth out when you fire heavy fowling loads like a benelli, Then get an Xtrema 2.

  • http://live.com Browning Owner@14

    To critics who have not even tried a Browning where are you coming from? I own a Brownign Maxus and i love it, yeah sure it was expensive but i save up my money for a long time and bought one and this all started from a youtube video. This gun is so awesome i cant even describe it. NEVER EVER JAMS(no joke) SUPER easy to clean and very easy on the shoulder even with 31/2′.

    Good hunting Browning Owners

    Gp.

  • ckanaan

    I found the Browning Maxus to be coming to the Lebaron sports; Lebaron.ca in Canada in January 2010. The prices in Canadian dollars are approx $1416 for the stalker mondel to $1554 for the mossy oak duck blind model. I have decided to order one after all the good things many people are saying about this shotgun. Of course, my Remington
    11-87 LC has never, ever let me down in any way, but I do love firearms and am greatly looking forward to purchasing this new Browning.

  • cje

    my grandfather hunted with an a-5 browning for 25 years and now i have hunted with his old a-5 for 20 years me r him neither 1 has had any trouble out of the gun but i am goig to put it up and by me and my son a new maxus

  • ducks

    I just purchased a Benelli Super Black Eagle II. Taken it in the field twice and ran about ten round throw it. I think it is the worse thing I ever bought!!! No problems jamming. The camo paint will chip very easy and it does not load easy(hard to explain). I have a remington 11-87 which I have taken through all kinds of situations and the paint still looks brand new. The paint on the sbe II was damaged in the box and some nicks were covered up with olive green paint. The kick of 3.5″ will rattle your teeth and bruse your shoulder but that is not really a defect. I wish I had bought a Maximus and still might do that.

  • ckanaan

    I have purchased and owned my new Browning Maxus Stalker (black 3 1/2″ chamber) since the fall of 2009 and I would like to share a few things with the gun lovers out there. It sure cost me a pretty penny; over $1400 Canadian dollars, but I simply love the firearm. It feels absolutely lovely in my hands….probably due to the slim synthetic forestock with the Duratouch coating which definitely gives a superior grip. I know the gun has a lot of fancy new features, but the things which I absolutely adore the most about the shotgun are the lightweight, the speed loading feature, the Duratouch coating and the looks. Yes, the gun did cost me quite a bit, but if it performs as good as a lot of people tell me it will, I’m sure to be happy spending the money. As I said in another comment earlier, my older Remington 11-87 has never let me down in the least but the Browning is the latest in technology and it would not be fair to compare the 2 shotguns. I will give my Remington to my son and I will keep the Browning…”the best there is”…..

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/10/30/new-browning-maxus-shotgun/ Rob

    I’ve been hunting Waterfowl for 20 years now and have been shooting a Browning Gold Hunter for 12. I just bought a Maxus today and I cannot wait to use it! Sounds like good made great to me. I’ll let you know how ir goes. Whatever you shoot, be safe and enjoy!!

  • Vbudd

    I own numerous Browings and have hunted with them all of my life. They are a life time gun to be passed down to sons, daughters, and grandchildren. It is an investment that I will never regret, thanks to my Grandfather for teaching me to continue our heritage of hunting and the value of purchasing a life time hunting companion that never fails.

  • Colt

    I bought the maxus a few months ago and have had not a single complaint it is easily the best shotgun I have ever shot I used all through pheasant and waterfowl season and I’m going to use it this weekend for turkey. It can shoot any load I want with great performance. I would also agree that it is the most reliable, I’ve shot at least 500 rounds, and every load without a single problem. I just can’t wait until next hunting season.

  • Jim

    Gone back and forth on Benelli vs. Browning the past couple years – I was a lifelong Browning fan until I felt the weight difference with a Super Black Eagle II compared to a Browning Gold. I’ve used the SBE II for the past 2 duck seasons and love it except for two things – inspite of the improvements a Benelli still kicks like a mule and as previously mentioned, they’re hard to load – trying to stuff more shells into the mag in a hurry is not easy with very tight tolarences. Browning finally solved the weight problem with the Maxus and the gas operation makes for a much soft recoil, especially the 3 1/2 loads. Much easier to load even with gloves on and I love the gun auto-cycling the first round from the mag into the chamber when the action is back. Morgan Utah vs. Urbano Italy – You can’t go wrong either way.

  • D Dave

    Please don’t try to use the speed loading function on this shotgun with long fingernails ladies. When you push the first round into the tube and have your thumbnail above the rim of the cartridge it will try to speed load your thumb, but it does come apart nice and quick with the take down lever on the forestock when your wife is screaming at you and has her thumb half way chambered.
    I am very happy with the maxus, my wife not so much.

  • ckanaan

    yes indeed Dave, I definitely found that the speed loading feature takes a little finesse to time the removal of your finger in time before it also gets loaded into the chamber! I can’t really say its a foolproof feature but it definitely works.

  • tom

    I am a long time owner of Browning guns and have loved them all. Great quality. However, I have just purchased a Maxus, and although I have not yet had a chance to use it much, I hate the trigger! It’s heavy and mushy and entirely lacks the crispness that a good trigger should have. Do any of you other owners feel the same?

    Thanks.

    Tom

  • ckanaan

    Tom…I didnt notice a problem with the trigger at all. Of course, Im not a very picky person so “if” there is a heavy, mushy feeling, I certainly didnt notice it.
    But maybe you can help me with something…I found that right after I purchased the firearm and used a very light 2 3/4″ load, it actually was jamming on me! I know that the Maxus had a reputation for being able to shoot “any” type of load without jamming but maybe after it gets broken in??
    I did call the outfit who sold the shotgun to me thinking it might have been a warranty issue, but they told me that I would have to use a 1 1/8 oz 3 dram load at the very least. I tried this and the cycling problem cleared..no more problems. So..I am asking…why is everybody saying that the Maxus can handle any load out there without jamming?

    • David

      Thank you for your post. I wish that I had seen it before I bought my gun. Although, there are endless posts stating that the Maxus will cycle anything. Like you, I found that is not true. I also had severe jamming with my Maxus. 10% of the rounds fed properly, and 90% of the rounds either failed to feed or failed to eject. I was using Winchester TRGT12M7 rounds which are 2-3/4″ 3 Dram with 1-1/8 oz. of 7-1/2 shot. Thus far, I remain very disappointed with the Maxus.

  • Steve

    The maxus sells at Montreal’s Le Baron sporting store and the bonus is that you buy a 20$ membership and with it you get 10% off anything you buy at the store .
    Best deal around IMO and last week i tried the Maxus at the skeet range and was pretty impressed.

  • tom

    I have only had my new Maxus a short time, so I have not had much experience with it. I had planned on using it primarily as a turkey gun, to replace my old Browning A5 which I have been using since 1958. So far I am not very impressed, although it seems a well made gun. The barrel is 26″, but the gun overall is quite a lot longer than the A5, due to the very long receiver, and I don’t like that at all. I also am unhappy with the trigger, which is not crisp, and as I have said before is disappointing. The full turkey choke does not shoot as tight a pattern as the A5 at 40 yards, but I guess that it will do. I’ll probably need to check out various loads and brands in it. When it comes to shooting birds, I will stick to my 2 old Superposed, which I feel are the best guns ever made. I have shot countless thousands of rounds through them and cannot wear them out. I guess that that I will have to fool with the Maxus for a year or so before I pass any final judgment. I am old fashioned, but the quality of the old A5 seems far superior to the Maxus. The A5 has never failed me, and I probably bought the Maxus just to have something new; probably dumb of me.

  • LVL

    I’ve owned a Maxus for about 8 months. (dont tell the wife) It performed FLAWLESSLY on the duck and goose hunt.
    LOVE the gun. I agree, there is no better brand to pass down to the generations than BROWNING!
    I too have had some issues with the skeet rounds (1 oz) and am going to try some things to fix that.
    Didn’t jam much (1 in 50) but that’s too much. Didn’t finish cycling more though (5 in 50) so if anyone else has an idea…………

    BROWNING was and IS the best inventor in US history.

  • ckanaan

    well glad to see that somebody out there is honest enough to admit that their new Maxus jambed on them like mine did. Like I said in my previous message, this shotgun was supposed to have the reputation for handling “any” load without jambing and it definitely right out of the box kept jambing on me until I used shells which were a bit more powerful. Now, “it is possible” that after the shotgun gets broken in a bit, that the problem goes away but I havent fired mine enough to know that yet. I do like everything else about the gun.
    I “do understand” that you like the Browning firearms company a lot but lets give credit where there’s credit due. In the past, I paid no more than $850 Canadian dollars for a Remington 11-87 with a 3″ chamber and it truly never, ever jambed on me…not even once! But just last fall, I spent over $1400 Canadian on the Maxus and it jambed up on me repeatedly until I used stronger shells even though the word was that the Maxus was the ultimate shotgun that was able to cycle any loads without jambing. Putting the jambing bit aside, I am just feeling great carrying this fancy shotgun around with me! Goodluck with yours and please let me know whether your jambing problem clears up…..

  • http://pacificcr[email protected] Steve

    I have a Maxus Hunter on order. I looked through the Browning on-line manual and don’t see where the magazine plug is removable for cleaning. I was wondering how one might clean it if by some unfortunate chance the gun got dunked in the duck pond?

  • POE

    What about left handers? Anyone out there as comfortable as me shooting the Maxus left handed? I started out shooting a Rem 1100 and loved it. Then I went out and baught a left handed Rem 11-87, a little heavy but a fine shooting gun. My problem with the left handed version is when in the heat of the dove shoot I’ll reach around the trigger guard and actually knock the safety back on. It seems like I’ll do this 2-3 times on every dove shoot. I just can’t seem to break my habit of reaching around the trigger guard to knock the safety off like I did with that Rem 1100 for so many years. So I got the Maxus. Its a great gun. It shoots very simular to the 1100 except its faster, lighter on the shoulder, lighter to handle and its a perfect hand-me-down for my three right handed grandson’s.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/10/30/new-browning-maxus-shotgun/ John WW (UK)

    I’ve just picked up a 28″ Maxus – Premium Gr3 (Nickle plated receiver, gold engraving and reasonable wood – looks superb.

    The dealer suggested ‘running it in with 250 28grm (1 oz?) carts – put 160 through it at the weekend – no jams or anything.

    I do intend to go back to 24Grm (7/8th oz?) loads that I use for clay shooting normally – if it jams/fails to cycle it will be going back – lovely piece of kit though it is.

  • http://[email protected] Steve

    Just received my Maxus Hunter. Beautiful gun but…
    Has anyone encountered this: After the Maxus has been dry fired and safety on (as I do when I typically put the gun away), I try to pull back on the bolt to cock the gun but about 1/3 the way back the thing binds (the hammer won’t go back any further). I must really apply some force to pull the bolt all the way back to get the bolt all the way back into the receiver. I removed the trigger assembly, released the hammer, put the safety on and tried to pull back on the hammer. As before, about 1/3 the way back, it hangs up, can’t relaese the safety. After Heavy force the hammer breaks loose and cocks.
    Has anyone else encountered this issue? Is it a problem and if so is there a fix, is it a design flaw or is this how the thing is really supposed to work?
    I just don’t want to force something and break it. If it is supposed to work this way then I will have to change my habits but something just doesn’t seem right. Other guns I have don’t do this–even other Browning auto shotguns I’ve owned. I called Browning and they were unaware of the issue until I brought it to their attention after which they got back to me and acknowledged the issue–but said it was normal. End of story.
    I would really appreciate any comment on this matter as I want to be confident that my Maxus is operating correctly and will last.

  • carl

    hey Steve…I dont have the heart to dry fire my shotgun to compare my shotgun with yours cause I understand its not good for it and I paid a hell of a lot for the gun, but from what you’re saying, it certainly sounds to be a fault. Is everything smooth when you manually cycle the bolt with shells in there? If you are truly concerned about this issue, maybe you should take it into a gunshop and get somebody who has sold guns and has experience with them to cycle your shotgun bolt to see whether it is a warranty issue. Let us know how it goes…

  • http://[email protected] richard mouton

    drove 85 miles to look for a maxus at cabela’s. the only one i found was a pre owned camo 26″ for 3-1/2 chamber. don’t like camo . the vent rib was slightly curved and did not line up to the straight lines on the reciever. i wonder about other guns? boy i like the way it felt,swing,have to fool with cast off some,lop was ok for my short arms. too bad i have to settle for right hand. seems as though no one likes to reverse for lefties. i don’t care if i have to pay more. not much more though. lol..two old dudes in office running the used section. i pointed out that this gun already the bad mark of rust ring in the chamber. cute they pulled out their high power light to shine down the barrel, which washes out the indication for them. the best price drop was $20. heck i told them i could buy brand new ,with 28″ barrels and spend $20 more than their used price. walked out on that one for sure. will buy new.

  • http://[email protected] Steve

    I dry fire the gun with a snap cap to protect the firing pin. I had the gun checked out at one of browning’s local authroized gunsmith near me. He compared it with a brand new stalker Maxus. It did the same thing. He said (as did the Browning service rep. I called) that the condition I described and was experiencing must be “Normal”. Sure doesn’t seem normal to me. Iv’e had lots of other auto-load shotguns and this is the only one that has his condition. If there is no fix, then I guess i’ll just have to remember to keep the safety off when I pull back on the bolt in this case. Has anyone else encountered this with their Maxus?

  • Frank

    Steve, I bought my Browning Maxus on Sept. 3rd. I assembled it about a week later. I have exactly the same “problem” that you have. I have two A-5′s and have never seen this before. In my opinion a gun jamming like this is not normal. I attempted to call Browning today and was not able to contact them. The safety jammed and was not movable along with only being able to pull the bolt back about one third. The safety was in the on position at the time. I have not fired the gun yet.

  • carl

    Steve, without dry firing my maxus cause I dont have the heart to do this, I tried cycling the bolt a few times with the safety on and off and nothing seemed to be abnormal. There was a bit of a restriction in pulling the bolt back only when I started entering the little channel at the end of the bolt travel path. Is this what you mean? If this is what you are talking about because it is about 3/4 of the way back, I find it absolutely normal. Maybe you’re being a bit too hard on your new Browning lol !

  • http://[email protected] Steve

    Carl,
    I know what you’re saying but the problem i’m having only exists after the hammer has been released and safety on. It is only after this that I encounter the heavy bind when I try to pull back on the bolt. It occurs before entering the little channel you mention. Try it as see if you hav the same problem. Thanks for your response.

  • carl

    Hey guys, I’ve used my Browning Maxus Stalker over and over again this year and it truly proved to be a pleasure to use! I do a lot of grouse hunting in northern Ontario and what I found were the very best features on the shotgun for me are the light weight, speed load and the quick unloading feature.
    …..but I probably could have used a slightly shorter barrel length….especially for hunting in brush. The barrel which I bought was 28″ long and I feel a 26″ would have been sufficient. Does anybody know whether spare barrels for the Maxus are available yet?

  • craig

    I have a remington 11-87 and cant stop it from jamming i have taken it to several gun smiths and still haven’t solved the problem and i want to get a maxcus. Does a person get a 30″ barrell or just a 28″ i do alot of phesant hunting what do the people who shoot these guns recommend.

  • John Worth

    Barrel length will be down to personal preference – I had a 30″ version and it was too long to fit in my gun safe – so swapped it for a 28″. If you shoot from a hide at anytime then a shorter gun would be easier to work with I guess?

  • craig

    Thank you john for replying. Did your 30″ make a little bit long range shots or doesn’t the length matter and did you keep the barrel and if you did would you be intrested in selling it i am haveing a hard time finding one with that length barrel?

  • Orzel67

    I saw the maxus today at Sail store in montreal for 1039.99$

  • BA

    I Just recieved the Maxus as a gift. I havent had the chance to go duck hunting with it yet. Any recommendations of types of bullets?….I shot the Benellii Black Eagle with 3in shells and it didnt hold much of a pattern. I shot 3.5 in shells out of it and it held allot tighter. Is this the case with the maxus?

  • carl

    Orzel: Exactly what type of Maxus were you looking at? There is the Stalker and the Camo version of which the Camo costs more. There are models apparently that dont handle the 3.5″ shells, but only the 3″.

  • John Worth

    With regard to whether a 30″ or 28″ barrel makes for easier longer-range shots I don’t really know – I only shoot clays and it works for me. If I have a gripe it is that the trigger pull of the Maxus is higher than my Browning UltraXS which sometimes results in missed target – just practice I guess.

    I exchanged the 30 to get the 28.

  • BA

    I have the camo edition with the 28 in barrel….

  • carl

    Orzel…I just brought up the SAIL catalogue on line and the Maxus Stalker which is the lower priced Maxus with a 28″ barrel is selling for $1219.99 Canadian funds. Are you sure you werent looking at a used Maxus somewhere?

  • Orzel67

    Nope brand new an they had a few for that price in Laval store off highway 15 north of Montreal

  • Orzel67

    I guess these are not catalogue prices and you would have to give them a call rather than shop thrue the catalogue(boxing sale !!!)

  • Orzel67

    30” barrel stalker

  • RobSC

    picked mine up off of layaway yesterday, can’t wait to shoot this thing!

    done a ton of net research on it to get as familiar as I can before I actually take it out to shoot, hopefully it’s as great as they say…

  • Stacy

    I have been hunting with my new Maxus for the second season. Last season was great, I had no problems with it what so ever. This year, I duck hunted alot more and in different environments like saltwater, rain, ponds, creeks, etc and at varying temperatures from hot and humid to ice forming on the gun. Therefore, after submerging the shotgun a few times, I read the owners manual and broke it down as far a recommended to clean it. I used Rem Oil. After a few of these cleanings, the gun developed a jamming problem. At times, the round would not even eject (on the first fired round). Other times, the round would eject but get caught by the bolt half way out of the port with another round being pulled from the magazine and hung just below it. Other times, the first or second round would fire and then the next round would hang up as it came out from magazine well and not chamber the round. I would have to place a screwdriver or knife into the area where you would normally feed your shell into the magazine well to clear the jam and it would then feed the round into the chamber. This can really get a man pissed of when the ducks are really coming in! Keep in mind that these events have come after a really good cleaning using Rem Oil. I came inside and went online and found that Rem Oil cound be the problem. I went out and bought some Hoppe’s Gun Oil, clean it again and have not had any more problems. Has anyone else had this experience with Rem Oil? Does anyone else have any other comment on this issue I was having?

  • K Hope

    I recently bought a Maxus, and am happy (or lucky; reading some of the comments) to say that it has performed flawlessly right from the off…… and due to the reduced weight factor (and what a difference!) my other guns are having a long rest in the cabinet…… Good for you Browning!!

    Haven’t read this blog for a while, but have noticed a number of people complaining about the Maxus locking up following dry firing. I have a number of semi-auto’s; Remington, Browning (Phoenix) & Franchi and all have locked up following dry firing….. Needless to say, I don’t do it anymore and have had no problems since…….and I’m certainly not going to do it with the Maxus! N.B. I have since noticed the the manufacturers instructions actually state “Do not dry fire”. Haven’t a clue if the Maxus is the best out there at the moment, as I haven’t tried all the others; but I would say that “It does what it says on the tin” so it’s all good from me.

  • K Hope

    Stacy….. Sounds like it would be good fun out on a shoot with you! I also think you should treat your gun to a wetsuit, a bearskin and the odd night in, next to a roaring fire!

  • Stacy

    K hope….
    Do not get me wrong, I love my Maxus as well as the other Browning shotguns and rifles that I have. There is no doubt that I am a Browning Man! I just could not figure out what happened to start causing it to jam and was hoping others may have had the same problems as I was having. I called Browning and they stated that 95% of all guns returned for problems were cleaning related and they recommended Breakfree CLP. I have been telling others to stop using Rem Oil for internal cleanings. As far as treating my gun, I will give it a rest for a few weeks before Turkey Season begins! If others have had the same issue, please let me know.

    • David

      I purchased a Browning Maxus Stalker chambered for 2-3/4″ ~ 3-1/2″ … because I had read endless testimonials about the shotgun’s reliability. I stripped, cleaned, and lubed the gun as outlined in the owner’s manual – with Breakfree CLP. Then, I used the gun for a sporting clays shoot. I was shooting Winchester TRGT12M7 shells. These are 2-3/4 12ga target shells with 3 drams 1-1/8 oz of 7-1/2.

      Out of a case (250 rounds) of shells, approximately 25 cycled properly. All of the rest either failed to feed or failed to eject.

      I contacted Browning support. Their answer was that I should be shooting a heaver shell. Their suggestion was that I shoot 3″ or 3-1/2″ shells. They reminded me that I had just purchased a magnum gun, and I was shooting light shells (2-3/4″). I reminded them that heavy field loads are not allowed at the range. Their next suggestions were: 1) Continue to live with the condition; 2) Continue to experiment with loads of different manufactures; or 3) Send the shotgun back for investigation when I was prepared to separate with it for several weeks.

      • Stacy

        What did you initially clean it with? I used it for a season without breaking it down to really clean it. I thought I would be smart and break it down all the way like the manuel states. I used rem oil several times on the inside of the bolt group and started having the same problem you mentioned. Try cleaning it with Breakfree CLP. THis solved my problem but I had to shoot the gun several times and clean it again. I had a 5 gallon bucket full of various size shells and loads and it took about half of the bucket of shells shot to get the rem oil based silicon out of gun so it would shoot like it should. I have since shot many more boxes of shells through the gun and cleaned it with CLP and have not had a problem since. The rem oil works fine on the outside of the gun but I do not recommend it on the inside. Good luck and do not give up hope.

      • David

        Your comments give me hope.

        I cleaned the first time with Winchester Gun Scrubber, completely breaking down the gun into its main components. Then I oiled (wiped) with Breakfree CLP. I put a drop on both bolt rails. I wiped the magazine with CLP, but did not lubricate the piston assembly in any way. I used Gun Scrubber on the action tube, and I put a few drops of CLP in the tube/spring from both ends and cycled the action.

        I will break it down again and rigorously clean it and reassemble again with CLP. I have purchased a few boxes of Winchester AA and Remington Nitro loads, and I will give it a go with those rounds too. Perhaps the Winchester TRRGT12M7 rounds were an issue. I’ll give it a go with another 200 ~ 300 rounds before I make any further decisions.

        In any case – I will keep experimenting for a bit in an effort to get it working. Your comments have offered some much needed moral support — given my experiences with the Maxus to date. THANKS!

      • David

        Thanks Stacy!!

        Despite using BreakFree CLP on several complete cleaning exercises, I was unable to get any ammo to cycle through my Browning Maxus, it kept failing to feed or failing to eject. I was extraordinarily frustrated with it. Given Browning’s lukewarm response when I called them, I finally decided to go medieval on the Stalker. It was that … or send it back. Your words of encouragement had jump started my moral support. So – I was ‘all in’.

        1) I stripped the Maxus all the way down down
        2) Used scratch free scotch bright on the magazine for about 10 minutes
        3) Pulled out the Dremel and loaded a stainless steel wire brush in it
        3) Used Dremel on the bolt … and found some sort of nasty ‘gummy crap’
        4) Used Dremel on every part of bolt assembly
        5) Used Dremel inside receiver to all of the receiver
        6) Used Dremel inside receiver with specific focus to clean bolt rails
        7) Used Dremel bolt end of piston assembly
        8) Used Dremel on inside and out of piston
        9) Used Dremel on inside of barrel-to-piston mating surface
        10) Used Dremel on inside of barrel protruding into receiver

        Then I washed every bit of every part (except stalk) in Mineral Spirits. After washing each part, I sprayed it liberally with electrical contact cleaner.

        Then, I used BreakFree CLP on every thing, wiping it down.

        I used specific focus to put a couple drops of CLP between bolt assembly mating surfaces. I pub a couple drops of CLP on each bolt rail. I put three drops of CLP on the outside of the piston. I put three drops of CLP on the inside of the piston. I wiped the magazine down with CLP. I put three drops of CLP on barrel to piston mating surface. Then I fully reassembled the shotgun.

        I went to sporting clay range. I used three different shells, but all were approximately 2-3/4″; 1-1/8oz; 3dram; 7-1/2 shells. First up, I used 50 Winchester AA shells. They cycled flawlessly. Then I used 50 Remington Nitro shells. They cycle flawlessly. The gun had very little visible powder residue. The I started using Winchester TRGT12M7 shells. After five rounds, the inside of the receiver was an absolute mess with powder residue. I fired a total of 50 TRGT12M7 rounds. All cycled flawlessly!!

        Finally!!! I was completely impressed and VERY pleased with my Browning Maxus. Finally … my Maxus was cycling like it was supposed to. It was working like a Swiss watch!

        I really didn’t want to have to go medieval on the Stalker. But – it worked. Went out today, and that gun was unstoppable. It was eating everything I threw at it. As well, one of my shooting partners started using it, and it cycled everything he threw at it.

        After much perseverance, elbow grease, and time – I can now say that my Browning Maxus Stalker shoots all loads effortlessly and without any issues. My Maxus now cycles beautifully regardless what I feed it.

        I now LOVE MY MAXUS!!

      • Stacy

        David:

        I am glad your were able to get your Maxus working like it should. Hopefully, Browning will get the idea that their customers service reps are not really informing their customers very well about this issue. Outside of them telling me that it was a cleaing issue and they recommended the use of CLP, I, like you, found that forums like this were most helpful in determoning what the real problem was and how to deal with it. My Marine Drill Instructors always told us to breakdown any new firearm issued to you, regardless of whether is was new or just new to you, and scrub the crap out of it to get rid of the cosmoline. Maybe Browning should tell everyone the same.

        After looking at this forum, I see numerous comments about how they contacted Browning and got a “lukewarm” responce. HELLO BROWNING, YOU HAVE A GREAT FOLLOWING OF SPORTSMAN SO START LISTENING TO THEM!

        I wish you well in the future use of your Maxus!

  • BSTG

    Just ordered the Maxus All-Purpose Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity and I’m looking to get the scope mount to go along with this gun to set it up for Turkey this Spring. The Browning website reflects the gun has a drilled and tapped reciever but I’m unable to determine which weave scope mount to purchase for the gun. The supplier does not have the gun in stock and per Browning they have a back order for this gun and it is projected to ship in April 2011. Anyone have this gun on hand to supply a weaver scope mount catalog number that fits on the gun? I will attempt to call Browning again but it appears the above Maxus is the only Maxus with the reciever drilled and tapped.

  • J DOT

    Just bought a Browning Maxus Stalker 3.5″ – 28″. This gun is awesome. It’s fast, light, fast, well balanced, reliable, fast, easy to take apart for cleaning, and it’s fast. Minimal recoil. No cycling issues. Speed feed, speed unload, magazine cut off, easy removal of forearm and magazine reducer. Made to accept a sling. Comes with 3 invector plus choke tubes and a shim kit. Has back bored barrel technology and vector pro lengthened forcing cones. Has the new Browning Power Drive Gas System and Dura Touch Armor coating. My only beef is with the recoil pad – it does what it says (directs the stock down and away so it doesn’t hit your face) – but it is a bit grippy on your clothing. I got it for about $600 or $700 less than the Benelli SBEII or the Super Vinci. With the money you save you can get all your accessories and ammo, or even buy a pump action too.

  • Lars

    I have a few Brownings and since i have been a kid, I have used brownings usually O/U at that time and it’s that long time tradition of Browning’s being quality that lasts a lifetime.
    I suspect that some of the problems shooters have with guns misfiring could be cleaning issues.
    I just bought another Browning today, the Maxus Stalker since i want to use it as an all around shotgun since its so light. Can’t wait to get it. I choose Gas operation for speed of target acquisition with multiple targets, not to mention ease of cleaning and simplicity of breaking the gun down.
    I believe in enjoying what you buy and getting to experience another gun allows us more reasons to buy another gun :) everybody makes a decent gun, many of us think Brownings are Best!

  • POE

    My son is an avid dove hunter here in South Georgia. He shoots a Beretta Auto and it started jaming on him in the heat of the shoot. He had it broke down by a gunsmith who cleaned and polished the parts and reassembled. I told him to take my Browning Maxus with him on his next Dove shoot just incase his Beretta started hanging up on him again. He did just that and ended up shooting my Browning Maxus. Not only did he have a good shoot………he fell in love with the Maxus. He has sent his Beretta off to a regional service center and says he wants to swap guns with me when he gets his back. I told him sure thing ………… I’ll just trade for another Maxus!

  • ruffedgrousehunter

    I’ve had a chance to use my Browning Maxus Stalker many times now and I must say I’m impressed with it. Im not trying to butter this gun up when I say thats its the most impressive 12 gauge shotgun which I’ve ever owned! It is very light with an extremely solid feel. It loads and unloads very quickly which is so handy in my situation. There’s lots of money expenditures which Ive made in my life that were foolish, but the money which I spent on this shotgun is well worth every penny! I would recommend the Browning Maxus to anyone out there who is truly looking for a quality made shotgun with impressive features! Goodluck on your next hunting adventure!

  • Woody

    I recently purchased and shot my new Browning Maxus and was very pleased with its performance. But, I had an issue upon finishing the hunt and cleaning the gun. I noticed numerous clear plastic balls in the action of the gun. They were perfectly round and clear. As I inspected the chamber, I noticed there is a piece of plastic at the top of the chamber that must act as a “stop” for the action on recoil. I am assuming this had pieces shaved off during the use of the gun causing the plastic balls to form. Has anyone else experienced this problem? If so is it a recurrent problem when hunting with the gun? Thanks

  • David

    I purchased a Browning Maxus Stalker chambered for 2-3/4″ ~ 3-1/2″ … because I had read endless testimonials about the shotgun’s reliability. I stripped, cleaned, and lubed the gun as outlined in the owner’s manual. Then, I used the gun for a sporting clays shoot. I was shooting Winchester TRGT12M7 shells. These are 2-3/4 12ga target shells with 3 drams 1-1/8 oz of 7-1/2.

    Out of a case (250 rounds) of shells, approximately 25 cycled properly. All of the rest either failed to feed or failed to eject.

    I contacted Browning support. Their answer was that I should be shooting a heaver shell. Their suggestion was that I shoot 3″ or 3-1/2″ shells. They reminded me that I had just purchased a magnum gun, and I was shooting light shells (2-3/4″). I reminded them that heavy field loads are not allowed at the range. Their next suggestions were: 1) Continue to live with the condition; 2) Continue to experiment with loads of different manufactures; or 3) Send the shotgun back for investigation when I was prepared to separate with it for several weeks.

    My overall assessment: The Browning Maxus Stalker is beautiful, light, loaded with features, elegantly designed, easy to clean, fits perfectly, aims like a dream, and jams endlessly. Based solely on the severe jamming problem when shooting 2-3/4″ loads, I am very disappointed with the Maxus.

    • ruffedgrousehunter

      I was astonished when I had just purchased this super fine and expensive shotgun made by a top notch firearms manufacturer about 2 years ago. Like you said, it has all kinds of excellent features like speed loading and unloading…and its so light. However, my maxus (same exact model as yours) jammed at the start also when I used a super light federal shell. I called Browning and they didnt offer me much info, so I called the sporting goods outfit where I purchased the firearm and they simply told me to use a slightly stronger 2 3/4″n shell. I cant remember the load I started using but it was just a very light shell good for upland game birds…and my shotgun hasnt jammed since. I should try the same shell which caused my shotgun to jam at the start to see whether my shotgun will jam again now thats its well broken in.

    • David

      Despite using BreakFree CLP on several complete cleaning exercises, I was unable to get any ammo to cycle through my Browning Maxus, it kept failing to feed or failing to eject. I was extraordinarily frustrated with it. Given Browning’s lukewarm response when I called them, I finally decided to go medieval on the Stalker. It was that … or send it back. And, Stacy (from this form) had jump started my moral support. So – I was ‘all in’.

      1) I stripped the Maxus all the way down down
      2) Used scratch free scotch bright on the magazine for about 10 minutes
      3) Pulled out the Dremel and loaded a stainless steel wire brush in it
      3) Used Dremel on the bolt … and found some sort of nasty ‘gummy crap’
      4) Used Dremel on every part of bolt assembly
      5) Used Dremel inside receiver to all of the receiver
      6) Used Dremel inside receiver with specific focus to clean bolt rails
      7) Used Dremel bolt end of piston assembly
      8) Used Dremel on inside and out of piston
      9) Used Dremel on inside of barrel-to-piston mating surface
      10) Used Dremel on inside of barrel protruding into receiver

      Then I washed every bit of every part (except stalk) in Mineral Spirits. After washing each part, I sprayed it liberally with electrical contact cleaner.

      Then, I used BreakFree CLP on every thing, wiping it down.

      I used specific focus to put a couple drops of CLP between bolt assembly mating surfaces. I pub a couple drops of CLP on each bolt rail. I put three drops of CLP on the outside of the piston. I put three drops of CLP on the inside of the piston. I wiped the magazine down with CLP. I put three drops of CLP on barrel to piston mating surface. Then I fully reassembled the shotgun.

      I went to sporting clay range. I used three different shells, but all were approximately 2-3/4″; 1-1/8oz; 3dram; 7-1/2 shells. First up, I used 50 Winchester AA shells. They cycled flawlessly. Then I used 50 Remington Nitro shells. They cycle flawlessly. The gun had very little visible powder residue. The I started using Winchester TRGT12M7 shells. After five rounds, the inside of the receiver was an absolute mess with powder residue. I fired a total of 50 TRGT12M7 rounds. All cycled flawlessly!!

      Finally!!! I was completely impressed and VERY pleased with my Browning Maxus. Finally … my Maxus was cycling like it was supposed to. It was working like a Swiss watch!

      I really didn’t want to have to go medieval on the Stalker. But – it worked. Went out today, and that gun was unstoppable. It was eating everything I threw at it. As well, one of my shooting partners started using it, and it cycled everything he threw at it.

      After much perseverance, elbow grease, and time – I can now say that my Browning Maxus Stalker shoots all loads effortlessly and without any issues. My Maxus now cycles beautifully regardless what I feed it.

      I now LOVE MY MAXUS!!

  • Jason

    Lets put it this way im a browning guy all the way , been hunting for over 30 years ,Got over 13 browning rifles and shotguns, Just picked up my 30 bbl 3 1/2 wood stock, unfortunatily started jamming from day one , went 3 times back to the store and the gunsmith tried to fix it but problems still there, sometimes it doesnt even crank and safety button doesnt work , for me this is a big safety issue, few days ago problem came worst when loaded my gun with 3 1/2 shells I was trying to press safet button It fired by itself , now its in the hands of browning and there is no way on earth im keeping it, I still believe browning is a great product, in my personal opinion a browning silver hunter is alot faster, reliable, built to last and more solid way far than a Maxus

  • colo-duck

    had maxus for 3 seasons now. had no problems the first 2 seasons. this season during small game i experienced a soft striking pin problem, causing pin to strike the primer but not ignite it and fire. now in waterfowl season using 3 inch loads it has the same problem. upon inspecting the un shot shells, the striking pin does indent primer. the next rounds will fire properly and when reinserting the indented shell into chamber the shell does fire. has anyone had soft striking pin issues also?

  • colo-duck

    ok went out again this weekend. used remington nitro steel shots. 90% failure to hit primer hard enough to fire shells. next day used federal steel shot and all shots fired with no problems except for one time it had soft strike on primer. has anyone had trouble with remington shells?

  • Nick

    Love it

  • Mark

    I have had my Browning Maxus now for over 7 months. I have been on several hunts and spent plenty of time shooting skeet with this gun. This gun has taken everything I have thrown at it and has never failed me. It is a pleasure to carry in the field and performs like a champ. My father always told me when you purchase a gun get to know it. Take it apart, clean all aspects of the gun and properly oil the gun as recommended by the manufacturer. I did this with my Maxus and all other guns I own. None of them has ever failed me. I advise all those who purchase a gun, regardless of make and model, to do this with all your firearms. They will likely not let you down. By the way, the Maxus is a kick ass gun.

  • POE

    I enjoyed my Maxus the first dove season I owned it. Then it disappeared from my gun safe and hasn’t been put back. While I was out of state on a extended stay, my son asked to barrow my Maxus while his Beretta was sent off for repair (jamming problem). My son shot the Maxus on three dove shoots and says he prefers it over the Beretta. He also said he would trade his Beretta in on a new Maxus so I could have something to shoot next year.I raised a wise son.

  • Erik

    I am a browning man for sure, Looking at getting a new maxus. Just wanted to put my 2 cents in with all of these benelli and beretta guys out there. I think they are both terrific guns, but there is simply no automatic shotgun that stood the test of time that the A5 has. Browning, beretta and benelli all make great modern products but they have many, many, years left to prove they are as reliable and built as well as an A5.

  • jeff palarski

    Just got my maxus back from factory as gander mtn gunsminth wanted nothing to do with it. First black cloud 31/2 inch load failed to eject after factory service. Looked at enclosed factory lubricating sheet and oiled area suggested with same result, 3 and 2 3/4 loads also jammed. Looking to sell two Maxus at next gun show and buy Benelli

    • david claypool

      I had a similar experiance and thoughts at first: I was quite upset. After urging from a member of this forum, I finally got very arrressive with a carbon wheel wire brush on the bolt and receiver assemblies. That solved it. The gun now eats everything. Haven’t had a failure of any kind in the past 800 rounds. Now – I can’t imagine not using the Maxus. Love it.

    • tarbuttboy

      Ive had my maxus stalker for approximately 2 years now and I was complaining right after I bought my shotgun that it was jamming when I shot light 2 3/4″ shells. Well, I got right on the phone and called the outlet (Lebaron sports) where I purchased it and asked what I could do about the problem. They told me to use a little stronger load. So when I tried this, the problem cleared and Ive been shooting it with no problems ever since.
      Now, after all this time, the shotgun handles light loads which it couldnt handle right after I bought it. So I would say that it was a matter of letting the shotgun get broken in. After shooting off about 15 boxes of shells, all the parts are now loosened up.
      I really love the shotgun. Its super light and so quickly pointable. And I just super love the quick load and unload feature. It was worth every penny I paid for it.

  • Joe Glenn

    Received my new Maxus Sporting this week and ran 3 bxs of shells at the skeet range. Unbeleivable how much smoother and softer it shoots than the Vinci I just sold. I have alot of convidence already with this shotgun. Had my instructor with me who is an old Browning fan and he said it shot better than his Gold! Shooting sporting clays tomorrow w some clients. Will post another review as to how it performs.

    • Joe Glenn

      My new Maxus performed great at the sporting clays course on Sat. with no mishaps. The more I shoot it the more I am impressed. We shot for 3 hrs. and some of the guys were complaining about sore shoulders but I experienced no adverse affects. Gave it a good cleaning and found it was easy to take down and reassemble.
      Joe Glenn