Browning Maxus Shotgun Troubleshooting

Discussion in 'Browning Maxus Shotgun' started by Billythekid, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Bryan F Jones

    Bryan F Jones Member

    Trigger malfunction on the Browning Maxus are very common ! Unfortunately I have purchased to brand new ones 5 years apart and the identical issue on both with the trigger malfunctions ! Come on Browning Arms ! The more people I have spoke 2 about this the more I have come to realize this has been an on going issue for years
  2. Bryan F Jones

    Bryan F Jones Member

  3. Bryan F Jones

    Bryan F Jones Member

    I'm sure that you are experiencing the same trigger issue that myself and countless other Browning Maxus owe ers for years have had ! Unfortunately !!!
  4. Bryan F Jones

    Bryan F Jones Member

    Cleaning will not resolve the issue of the Browning Maxus !!
  5. Marsh Hound

    Marsh Hound New Member

    Was doing some internet searching for a part and came across this forum. I got a Browning Maxus bout 2 years ago and had problems from the get go with it. Cleaning it only seemed to make slight improvements so it ended up going back to Browning. They made a repair although they didn't say what was replaced and I got about 5 weeks out of it during this past hunting season till the problems came back. Same as posted above. Gun would cycle next shell but would not shoot the second round. After playing with the gun a bit I came to the conclusion that the bolt was not cycling quickly enough or fully to reset the hammer and let the bolt fully seat forward.

    Tore the gun down again and noticed a metal spur sticking out from between the Action spring plunger and the action spring tube. I pulled the spur out and cleaned the area around the plunger with action cleaner really well to get any reamaining fouling out , oiled the action spring with a few drops of oil and two drops around the plunger, and put the gun back together. Went to pull the bolt back and it wouldn't budge. Disassembled the gun 2 times and put it back together and the bolt wouldn't budge as the action spring plunger was completely seized up. Took it to one of our more reputable local gun shops and he said he had another gun in for the same problem. He's waiting on a new action spring plunger for those two guns and they have been on back-order since the beginning of the year.
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  6. Bryan F Jones

    Bryan F Jones Member

    Response to Marsh Hound ! Unfortunately the more people I talk to about the Maxus the more problems regarding the same issues they have had for years ! COME ON BROWNING !!!
  7. Springers4dux

    Springers4dux New Member

    I've read several of these posts regarding problems with the Maxus. I bought my Maxus in 2011 and never had a problem until last duck season. My gun was intermittently failing to feed and failing to release a shell from the mag tube. I sent my gun to Browning in Arnold, MO for repair. They had the gun for over 4 months before they returned the gun supposedly repaired at a cost of $122.00. I took the gun out this duck season and after less than two boxes of shells experienced the same problem I had prior to sending the gun in the first time. I cleaned the gun per Browning's instructions after each shoot and experienced the same problems. One time it failed to release a shell from the mag tube after the first shot after a cleaning. I contacted Browning again and they said send it back and they didn't know when I would get it back. I did some research on this forum and others and found out several Maxus owners have had good luck with Sure Cycle products. I spoke with Jeff at SRM ( and he was very knowledgeable about the Maxus and problems associated with them.

    I sent the Maxus to Jeff on a Monday and got it back on Saturday completely repaired and functioning properly on duck loads. I haven't tried low base loads yet. Jeff put in a recoil spring assembly, magazine spring kit, and sealed my gas piston as well as a shotgun tune up. I am very happy with what Jeff did with my gun and haven't had a problem with it since.

    I contacted Browning again to see about a refund for the supposed work they did on my Maxus. They told me I had to send the gun back to them so they could go over it again. I told them they had it for 4 months the first time to repair it and they obviously didn't repair it. I did not have confidence they could fix it correctly the second time. Long story short, they refused to refund any money without sending the gun back. There was no point in sending the gun back after the work done by SRM. Browning requires the gun to be in factory condition.

    My point to this long post is consider taking your Maxus to a local gunsmith or better yet send it to Jeff at SRM if you are having problems that are not specifically warranty related. You will be much happier and you won't waste your money on Browning service repair.

    Don't get me wrong I love my Maxus. The gun fits great and points well. I'm just not a fan of Browning customer service. They are not helpful at all.
  8. deltawaterfowler

    deltawaterfowler New Member

    Hi folks!

    I have an issue with my Maxus that my gunsmith can't figure out. For some reason my magazine is no longer holding it's shells in place. If I load the first round in, it auto loads into the chamber per normal, but when I go to add a 2nd or 3rd round, the shell stop doesn't work and it immediately pushes the shell out into the carrier for the next round.

    This causes two problems 1) a potential jam 2) unable to load more than two rounds into the maxus.

    So thinking the issue was with the shell stop, we ordered the new part from Browning, but still had the exact same issue. My gunsmith called Browning tech for support, and they said to load more rounds in hold down the carrier close button.

    Doing this works, but it's 1) a pain in the a$$ and 2) means I can't use the magazine lock switch to change round sizes if a goose is coming into my set.

    Has anyone run into this? We spoke to two different Browning reps and they both gave the same advise (useless if you ask me!).

    Thanks in advance,

  9. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Sorry Ben...don't own a Maxus.

    Bump to top...
  10. Doubletrack

    Doubletrack New Member

    This is a REALLY helpul board. I bought a new (2105 manuf date) 3 in. Maxus in NC for duck hunting. Cleaned it and thought I'd lost the "disconnect spring" but I think it actually fell out of the gun. Went to shoot clays and trigger only worked every other cycle. Started reading up on the trigger problems, and found the spring missing. Then got the story (above) about having to send the whole gun back for just this part replacement. My nearest auth. Repair place is 3 hrs away and turkey season is almost here. So now what. Anyone know what Browning is doing on these?
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  11. DJDAWG

    DJDAWG Member

    Oh man .........Iam having second thoughts now on gettin the Maxus , dont think I,ll buy it.
    I had an New A5 and had ejection issues , so sold it back to the dealer ........I wanted a Browning so Iam thinkin not so much.
  12. gifters

    gifters Member

    Well, update. I got a new trigger group from browning. The trigger isn't as tight in the trigger group and the disconnect spring is a tinny bit shorter. It's better but not right. So I bought some .020" music wire. Made a jig with a pop rivet and spun a new spring. It's not as pretty but when shooting with gloves it will do the job.[​IMG][​IMG]
  13. Gunsnhorses

    Gunsnhorses New Member

    Maxus Firing Pin Retainer Bushing Failure
    Anyone have this issue? Mine fails about every 12 months. I will be sending the gun back for the 3rd time with this failure. The last failure was catastrophic causing the receiver bolt to split in half.
    I shoot from 4,000 to 5,000 rounds annually. I am getting tired of sending this gun back every December. Anyone else have experience with this problem?
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
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  14. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Welcome Gunsnhorses...

    Don't own a Maxus...can't help with that problem you are having.

    Hang tight, some member here might be able to help...
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017

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