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Mossberg 535 or 835? I'm looking for a solid, cheap 12 gauge. The mossy 535 is lighter, so it must kick harder. And the 835 has a ported overbored barrel. But is it worth the extra cash?

Question by ByeByeBambi. Uploaded on March 13, 2010

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I had the 835. Kicking wasn't much of an issue because it wouldn't eject the 3 1/2 inch shells. I tried to sell it for $200 and nobody wanted it. This is a marketing area of 2 million people and nobody wanted it at less than half price. Guess everybody around here is smarter than I wuz when I bought that thing. Moved up to a Benelli Nova.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

i had a mossberg 835 and sold it as well, not because of any problems with it it shot fine and ejected well i didnt like the throw distance on the pump . i to as blackdawgz sold it for a nova, i like the forearm on the nova better its longer, letting you have a seemingly shorter stroke on the ejection cycle with 3.5 mag rounds if it was me i would spend a little more than the 835 and go with a nova .

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

In my part of Maine we have a very large population of coyote and a very large contingent of hound hunters for them. They all seem to prefer buckshot to hunt with and I would guess that about 80% of them carry the Mossberg 835. I always see different shotguns: Rem., Win., etc. but the one that dominates is the 835. It may well be the price, the Mossberg is a reasonably priced gun but I can't believe that cost would be the only consideration to these dedicated hunters. The performance must be there or they would abandon the gun altogether.

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I was told to buy a mossberg by some people I hunt with, because " you don't need something fancy" and "I have been killing ducks/bucks with the Maverick 88* I bought for 50 bucks just fine." I did not take their advice, and got a great deal on brand new camo Benelli Nova. Slapped a limbsaver recoil pad on to tame the nasty magnums and bought myself a few chokes. Love the gun, cycles quick, effortlessly, and never has any hiccups. Not sure if it could go 10'000 rounds without cleaning, but lets face it, I would never subject that to my babies :)

* The same maverick 88 that the forend bars snapped on when I was duck hunting with them.....

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Depends on what you plan to hunt. If you plan to hunt turkey & waterfowl then yes it is worth the $$ but if you just want it for small game & maybe some deer hunting then I'd get the 535. I have 3 Mossberg 500's (12ga, 20ga, & 410ga) and have not had any problems with them excellent guns.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

A good ol' Remington 870 will last longer and not fail, mine is 40+ years old and have never needed repairs.

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from ByeByeBambi wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Its for gobbler, waterfowl here and there, and upland bird hunting. Right now I have a Mossy 500 and love it. Just want something with more takedown. Ordered the 835 today. Should be in sometime next week.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I had the 835. Kicking wasn't much of an issue because it wouldn't eject the 3 1/2 inch shells. I tried to sell it for $200 and nobody wanted it. This is a marketing area of 2 million people and nobody wanted it at less than half price. Guess everybody around here is smarter than I wuz when I bought that thing. Moved up to a Benelli Nova.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

i had a mossberg 835 and sold it as well, not because of any problems with it it shot fine and ejected well i didnt like the throw distance on the pump . i to as blackdawgz sold it for a nova, i like the forearm on the nova better its longer, letting you have a seemingly shorter stroke on the ejection cycle with 3.5 mag rounds if it was me i would spend a little more than the 835 and go with a nova .

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

In my part of Maine we have a very large population of coyote and a very large contingent of hound hunters for them. They all seem to prefer buckshot to hunt with and I would guess that about 80% of them carry the Mossberg 835. I always see different shotguns: Rem., Win., etc. but the one that dominates is the 835. It may well be the price, the Mossberg is a reasonably priced gun but I can't believe that cost would be the only consideration to these dedicated hunters. The performance must be there or they would abandon the gun altogether.

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I was told to buy a mossberg by some people I hunt with, because " you don't need something fancy" and "I have been killing ducks/bucks with the Maverick 88* I bought for 50 bucks just fine." I did not take their advice, and got a great deal on brand new camo Benelli Nova. Slapped a limbsaver recoil pad on to tame the nasty magnums and bought myself a few chokes. Love the gun, cycles quick, effortlessly, and never has any hiccups. Not sure if it could go 10'000 rounds without cleaning, but lets face it, I would never subject that to my babies :)

* The same maverick 88 that the forend bars snapped on when I was duck hunting with them.....

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Depends on what you plan to hunt. If you plan to hunt turkey & waterfowl then yes it is worth the $$ but if you just want it for small game & maybe some deer hunting then I'd get the 535. I have 3 Mossberg 500's (12ga, 20ga, & 410ga) and have not had any problems with them excellent guns.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

A good ol' Remington 870 will last longer and not fail, mine is 40+ years old and have never needed repairs.

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from ByeByeBambi wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Its for gobbler, waterfowl here and there, and upland bird hunting. Right now I have a Mossy 500 and love it. Just want something with more takedown. Ordered the 835 today. Should be in sometime next week.

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