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Browning Silver Hunter Twenty No. 011350605 3-inch 20 gauge, $1079

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The frosted, matte finish didn't distract; the Browning properly ejected every shell we fed it; the gas action did a good job of lengthening the recoil pulse to make it feel like a soft shooter. It was a joy to carry all day, and the company's customer service department resolved a trigger problem promptly.

Browning Silver Hunter Twenty No. 011350605 3-inch 20 gauge, $1079

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The Browning Gold/Silver once-piece gas valve, dubbed the active valve by Browning, made its debut in 1994. Over the last 15 years, it has seen refinements. The beauty of the Gold system is one-valve assembly, no loose o-rings or concoctions of loose springs. We can't call the Gold self-cleaning, but what residue remains after firing forms right on the magazine tube, making it easy to get to and wipe off. The forearm nut is just a nut, the tube that drives the action back is structural polymer, and the Gold Active Valve has been the basic platform from which the Winchester SX2, SX3, and naturally the Silver has been derived. It appears that the major rework this treatment is being given in Browning's Maxus extends it even further.

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