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Sporting clays is about as much fun as you can have with a shotgun short of pointing one at ducks or upland birds. And as an owner of an XT Trap smoothbore, I can attest that Utah-based Browning’s Citori guns, while not inexpensive, provide plenty of bang for your shotgun buck. With its adjustable comb and grade V/VI black walnut stock and fore end, their new 725 Sporting Golden Clays is designed for the shooter who wants just a little bit more. And is willing to pay for it.

Here’s their press release:

Introducing the New Citori 725 Sporting Golden Clays Shotgun from Browning

Since sporting clays became a popular clay target shooting sport over thirty years ago, Browning has been a leader in developing shotguns specifically for this sport. Continuing in the tradition, Browning is adding a new model to the line of shotguns tailored to the sporting clays shooter.

For 2017, the new Citori 725 Sporting Golden Clays Sporting Clays over and under shotgun has been introduced. The receiver features a silver nitride finish with handsome gold accented engraving. The stock and forearm are carved from grade V/VI walnut with close radius pistol grip and palm swell and features a gloss oil finish. The new Citori 725 Sporting Golden Clays will be offered with 30” or 32” barrel lengths with a suggested retail price of $5,349.99.

Other Features:

Steel low profile receiver
Barrels with ventilated top and side ribs, ported with high post top rib
Fire Lite Mechanical Trigger System
Hammer ejectors
Top-tang barrel selector/safety
Inflex recoil pad
Vector Pro lengthened Forcing cones
Five Invector-DS extended choke tubes
Hiviz® Pro-Comp fiber-optic sight and ivory mid-bead

For more information on Browning products, please visit the website at

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  1. Maybe I’m just a curmudgeon…..but I would not spend that kind of money (on an otherwise beautiful shotgun) for something with a stock that looks like a shoe-stretcher.

    Ain’t right… all.

    • Many higher-dollar trap/skeet/clays shotguns will have a stock that has adjustable LOP and comb height – and possibly cast on/off and toe out.

      The reason for this is simple: On a shotgun, your eye is the rear sight. There is no ability to contort yourself to fit the gun, and still make the shot accurately, as there is on a rifle. On a rifle, if you can line up the sights, you can hit the target – even if lining up the sights requires you to twist yourself into a pretzel.

      On a shotgun, your eye is the rear sight. You need the gun to mount to your shoulder and your face such that you obtain a consistent sight picture – every time. For most shooters, this requires either a custom stock or an adjustable stock.

    • When I was a kid in college, sometime around 1984, a gun store in Moscow, Idaho advertised that they had more than one of these by putting “BROWNING CITORIS” on their reader board sign with a price below it. I kid you not.

      Me and my buddies went looking for a spare “L” around town, but we didn’t have the necessary tools to abscond with one and mount it in the desired location, and a ladder would have been too conspicuous.Too bad. It would have been awesome. Juvenile, but awesome.

  2. I’m still trying to decide whether or not a couple of gold chickens on the receiver and a chunk of upgraded wood will make it shoot $2500 better than the standard version.

    • Nope.
      Browning makes good shotguns. They don’t make $5,000 shotguns, but they do make $2,500 shotguns with $5,000 price tags.


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