There have been several evolutions in the Mossberg turkey guns. The originals had what was called a "corn cob" fore end and Realtree camo. The fore end had ridges in it. The next generation had a smooth fore end and woodland como with a gold dot and white ball sight. The next generation was the same with fiber optic sights, ported barrel, and a choke tube that extends out of the barrel. The next generation had an AR type collapsable butt stock. All had 24" barrels.
One of the guys I hunt with has the original corn cob Realtree models. I have the woodland camo model with the gold dot and white ball sight. My father has the ported fiber optic sight model. The two without the ported barrel shoot much better than the one with it. I have killed deer out to 80 yards with mine. With 3 1/2" shells off the bench it kicks like a drunken mule. Shooting at animals you dont feel the recoil. I have killed deer,turkey, rabbit, quail, chukkar, crow, and pheasent with that gun. I wouldn't trade it for anything. If I could only keep one gun that would be the one because it is so versatile. It is a very fast handeling gun that is easy to carry.
I currently own 3 different 12ga. 3.5" magnum shotguns and would recommend any of them. Never owned a 10ga. so can't speak of them. I own a camo 835 Ulti-Mag combo w/rifled slug barrel that i have had since the year they were introduced and i have loved it from day 1! It is smooth functioning, great shooting, and i have never had the first problem with it. I have had it for well over 20 years and have used it for ducks, geese, turkeys, and deer with flawless performance. Having said that, i also have owned three different camo Benelli SBE's over the last 5-6 years and all three have also been flawless performers and the semi-auto system is something i have learned to love. I just recently traded for a Browning Gold Hunter semi-auto shotgun that looks like it will be a fine gun as well. Very nicely made and i expect it to perform very similarly to the Benelli. I don't think i would hesitate to pick up any one of them and head out after a turkey and will probably go with the Browning this spring after some patterning work! Good luck on your purchase.......for the money, the 835 is one heck of a lot of gun! KerryB
;D Turkey guns~my nemesis! Have had so many that I don't even want to count! Dedicated? Man I've dedicated so many $'s to this danged old bird... Tell ya what, do yerself a favor and do what I've done now, finally! I currently have two scatterguns: an A5 Browning in 2.75" and a Remington 3.5" pump with multiple barrels. My turkey gun is a 26" vent rib with a trigger job, the forcing cone pushed and polished, using a 655 tube from Gobbler's Guns shooting Winchester's version of hevishot in #6's in 3.5". I mounted my red dot on the rib by drilling and tapping the rib-looks like a scout setup and works very well. My eyes don't really like conventional sights is why I opted for the reddot (Adco 1"). You will want a Limbsaver recoil pad on this also! I will tell you that my patterns are no less that absolutely awesome! Learned the hard way that when I pattern a gun that shoots this tight to shoot from the hunting position and NOT from the bench cause I shot over one last year...still kick myself. Multiple barrels let me expand the use of this gun. Have an 18" for the home and a rifled slug/cantilever barrel for the under 100 yard fields that I sometime hunt for deer or coyote or whatever. If I ever hunt them high flying things, I'll buy a 30" barrel and change my choke a little. Hope this helps! Dedicated...whew!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2010 21:12:46 GMT -5 by lowoctane
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