I just returned from the SHOT Show in Orlando where I was invited to attend the Media Day, the day before the show began. That allowed me to see and shoot new products for 2009.
Primarily, I was interested in the new Browning Maxus http://allaboutshooting.com/article_info.php?articles_id=245
as were most of the writers there. I was able to spend a little over 2 hours examining and shooting that gun with a variety of shotshells.
It's a very good gun. It shoulders quickly and points naturally. It's very quick and recoil is low for such a light shotgun. I attribute a lot of that to the new Inflex Technology
recoil pad. That pad replaces the Pachmayr pad on the 2009 SX3 and at least in my opinion, is far superior.
I was also able to meet and "pick the brain" of the design engineer for the Maxus. He also designed the Winchester SX3 and we compared some of the features and benefits of both guns. I plan to publish an article on the Maxus and other products that I was able to try/see at the SHOT show in the next several weeks at http://www.allaboutshooting.com
There will be no "turkey specific" Maxus for 2009. They will offer a "Duck Blind Camo" model and a "Black" model this year. They plan to offer a model with a drilled and tapped receiver and some, as yet undecided or announced "turkey" camo in 2010.
The Maxus should be available in the late spring of 2009. It's quite a gun and if you're looking for a new auto loader, it's certainly one to consider.