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I bought a Browning BPS about two years ago that was coated with Dura Touch, the coating that Browning uses to place a camo pattern on their firearms.  I've only shot about 50 rounds through this gun, which I use as a dedicated slug gun mainly for deer.  I shot the BPS this past weekend and after cleaning the gun I noticed that the coating was peeling away at the muzzle of the barrel. 

I can only attribute this to the coating not holding up against the powder solvents that are used to clean the inside of the barrel.  Unfortunately, after a quick Google search, I found that many folks have had this same issue; some have sent it back to Browning but have been told that this is due to "normal wear and tear".  I'm pretty disappointed with this and am currently looking into an alternative company to have this barrel dipped in the same camo pattern, in a coating that is more durable. 

I'll let you know after the upcoming season who I decide to go with and just how good it holds up.  I'd like to hear from others if they have experienced similar issues with Dura Touch coatings, so leave a comment below!

-Paul Nicolucci
vince driggers
4/21/2012 13:50:31

I am experiencing problems witht the dura touch finish on my 20 ga gold hunter. The finish has become tacky and not comfortable to hold. I am very disapointed with this finish.

5/12/2012 09:48:11

I have a 12 guage BPS NWTF model with the same sticky problem how do you fix it?

5/31/2012 04:08:28

I have heard of some folks sending the guns / barrel back to Browning for repair some have had success some have not but it seems as though the problem reoccurs it's just a matter of time it seems. I wrote another post here:

I have yet to try this but it sounds like a worth while alternative. Once I do try it I will let everyone what my thoughts are.

12/2/2014 11:36:08

I have the same problem with mine being sticky. How do you clean it off.

12/2/2014 13:07:51

Hey Don
i sent the forearm and buttstock back to browning and they sent me new ones which took about a week. you have to include the serial # of the gun with the parts. google browning to get the service # and give them a call.

4/10/2015 03:57:06

Hi Don, the only way to clean the outside of the fun is with warm water. Any solvent will damage the dura touch finish. So be very careful not to get any on the outside of the fun when you clean the barrel and action.

Bob Swien
12/14/2014 01:14:03

I have a Browning 10 GA Auto Loader with Dura Touch Mossey Oak finish. After taking it out of the safe and touching the stock and forehand grip I noticed it felt way to sticky. I plan to contact Browning this week to learn of a correction or resolution to this problem. The rest of the gun is okay. Has anyone had success with Browing regarding this?

Dave Phillips
8/25/2013 13:19:04

I purchased a new 10 ga auto 12 years ago. Ordered from Factory. I have never shot it. I got it out this summer planning on a goose hunt this fall. It is not a little sticky. It is real bad. I emailed customer service and they said to send it in. Would not comment any more than that. I am going to try to get them to be more specific before I spend the money to send it. I should not have to spend a penny to have this repaired.

8/25/2014 13:44:32

Same problem here with 10 ga bps ! So sticky can't get it off your hands when u touch it!!!

Robert Ahlum
10/23/2013 01:31:09

Is there a fix for the sticky finish. I've had my bps camo finish for eight years and just got it out of gun safe for upcoming turkey season and its sticky everywhere the finish has been applied. Very disappointed but more interested in finding a fix

Randy Weikert
7/2/2014 10:27:55

I purchase an A-Bolt Mountain Titanium with the Mossy Oak Dura-Touch finish in 2007. I used it for a number of years and then it sat in my gun safe for a couple of years. When I removed it from the safe late last year the stock was so sticky you wouldn't want to hold it. Almost like the stickum football players use. Going to contact Browning tomorrow to see it there is anything they will do for it. I'll you everyone know if anything positive occurs.

Brown Ning
8/12/2014 16:12:13

got the same problem with a gun of mine. Any word from browning yet?

4/11/2015 14:22:57

Have same gun same year. Did same exact thing. Did you have any luck with Browning?

4/17/2015 14:19:03


7/8/2014 09:57:30

send it back to browning. Any Luck?

8/17/2014 17:57:10

i have a browning gold that i brought in 2004 and now in 2014
i am having the same sticky problem with the stock on my shotgun.i called browning and was told to send the gun to their service center so they can try and find a gun has never been shot or out of my gun's a gold 3 1/2 with the dura coating camo

10/1/2014 07:31:07

i just received my new forearm and buttstock from browning,it took about a week to send and receive.i can tell by the feel of the forearm stock that in the future i will have the same is the number to the browning service center 800-322-4626. they will ask you to remove the stocks and send them to them along with the serial # of the firearm..

David Lynn Hays
2/21/2015 15:21:11

I have a Browning Gold 12 gauge that is lousy with sticky, tacky camouflage. Very disappointed in Browning in putting out a product of such inferior quality and not correcting the problem.

2/25/2015 20:44:21

Comment about the dura touch sticky stock problem that Browning is having. I contacted Browning around September 2014. Told me theywere on back order. Told me I didn't have to send my old stock in. Called them again in December 2014 was told they wouldn't be in til end of January 2015. It soon will be the 1st of March and still no stock and forend as of yet. I believe Browning doesn't want to take care of there defective products. It feels like they are trying to pull my leg.

3/3/2015 10:02:14

i think once word got out they got flooded with request for replacement parts.i guess i just happen to be one of the first
to request my replacement i said it took about a week for me to send and recieve.good luck i hope things work out for you.

Walter Hogancamp
4/18/2015 15:29:50

Have you received your replacement stock,and forend from Browning? I also have contacted Browning for the same reason. They informed me that it could take months to receive my stock,and forend. Hope things have worked out for you. Walter

4/19/2015 01:06:30

Yes. It also took months. But be persistent. They will come through if your nice about it.

4/19/2015 01:07:31

Browning service said they needed the gun complete sent to them. A bolt mountain Ti 270 WSM with sticky stock from one end to other. Of course have to remove scope,rings,and bases. I looked on the replacement parts and cost for this stock $750. Should double as a bat for that price. Mailing it off Monday. Sure hope they stand behind their product. Had experience with S&W, Ruger, Bell and Carlson,Leupold in past. All solid companies. Fingers crossed on this one.

3/10/2015 09:51:07

Have the same problem with my Browning BPS with NWTF camo. The stock and forearm is real sticky and coating is coming off of forearm. Browning needs to do a full recall on these guns and fix this problem.

5/9/2015 03:01:32

Same problem here! Terrible. My SX2 is sticky and the dura touch is peeling off.

10/12/2015 20:34:04

I have the same problem did they take care of it for u

10/12/2015 21:49:26

Yes. They sent it back better than new! Was slow but they stood behind their product!

5/10/2015 01:27:27

Spoke with Browning Arms service department. Basically go to website and down load form. Fill out form and send gun in for inspection. They can't tell you anything without gun in hand. Guess a waiting game from here. Will keep everyone posted on outcome.

5/12/2015 13:28:06

Bought my BPS 12 Ga in 01'-02'....whole damn thing feels like its covered in glue. Barrel, receiver, butt stock and forend. Spoke to a local Smith and he swears only the stocks were coated in Dura-touch. I call BS, the whole thing is covered in a sticky melted rubberized coating. All I want to know is how to strip it off!! I want to Cerakote it. Thanks!

Mike Leach
10/6/2015 17:31:32

Had the Sticky problem with my A-Bolt Stock!! Rifle is 8 years old. Called Browning at 800-322-4626. THEY WERE AWESOME!! They gave me the choice of simply sending me a new stock (no questions asked, except the serial number) or send the rifle in for a replacement AND bedding. They even upgraded stock to the medallion series type. I own many Browning's and have never had to call them. My experience with them was great..........Thanks Browning.

10/6/2015 20:45:41

4 months later my 270 wsm ti mountain returned with beautiful stock. Either repaired or replaced. I was sweating it because wanted gun for CA HUNT next month. Very little communication though I called couple of times. All browning said was it was in good hands. Replaced scope and rings and it shot excellent as before. Thank you browning!!! Add them to list of ruger, Leupold, smith and Wesson, and traditions whom I know take care of their customers.

Donald Herbert
10/13/2015 17:31:09

After reading all of the post here I am convinced that Browning will stand behind their product. Though some have not had the success we would all like, please keep in mind that many gun owners try to get manufactures to pay for damage they cause themselves to their own guns. With that said, I will continue to believe in Browning standing behind their products when warranted. I will re-post once I have my results back on how they handled my sticky situation.

11/12/2015 10:52:55

I have Win model 70 325 wsm with same stock i use for bear hunting here in PA. was fine last year got out of gun safe a few weeks ago to make sure still sighted in and stock was very sticky took to gun shop where i purchased it they called Browning and new stock arrived in 5 days in black no more camo they may have discontinued the camo. The replacement stocks are in short supply they said. I was lucky they had a couple at time of call or i would have had to wait awhile.

11/23/2015 15:51:53

I have a Browning Maxus 12 gauge in mossy oak duck blind. I had the same problem with the stock getting very sticky. I called browning customer service at 800-322-4626. No questions asked they sent me a new stock. I didn't have to send in the old one. It arrived 5 days later. Great customer support. But I do wish I knew how to prevent it from happening again.

Edward Heaton
12/1/2015 14:46:30

Have a Browning Gold Auto 3" with Shadow Grass DuraTouch camo.

Hasn't been shot in about 9 years and the stock is insanely sticky. I called Browning and they are out of the camo DuraTouch...offered me black or walnut. I opted for black. No need to send the old one back in...should be here in a week.

She's going to be ugly...but at least I can hold it again.

Tony Bolt
12/21/2015 16:40:55

I just called BSS and no questions asked they are mailing me a new one. Problem is mine was Mossy Oak breakup and its discontinued. Black is all they have. I'm glad I didn't have to mail the gun in

1/4/2016 19:26:13

Same problem with DuraTouch. Browning is sending me replacement stock with no questions. Good customer service is a refreshing change. Thank you Browning!

Mossy Oak has a kit for shotguns and rifles for camo covering that will work to match the MO breakup pattern on the receiver and barrel.

1/19/2016 09:24:33

I had the same problem sticky tacky stock on my A-bolt Varmint Stalker in 22-250. Had the gun for 12 years or so. The Dura-Touch just became very sticky and tacky all of a sudden. I scrubbed it with warm water and wiped it down over and over again but it was still sticky. Finally I think I got most of it off with a dress shirt soaked in warm water, but I believe the rubber degrades and I basically removed the outer layer as you can see lines scratch marks all over the stock now. I just sent it in after reading this thread. I wish I would have called Browning to start with. Hope they replace it. I had just put a new scope on the gun and sighted it in only to find that Browning might actually replace the stock. Keeping fingers crossed.

Doyle Sheppard
2/7/2016 20:44:20

I have a 25 wssm and the stock is so sticky I can't use it. I am a Browning person and am very dissapointed. I hope they make this right where we don't have to change brands.


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