New Gun Test
Mossberg 835 Grand Slam Over the years, I have changed turkey guns more often than Jennifer Lopez changes men. No longer: This spring, Mossberg's new 835 Ulti-Mag Grand Slam 31/2-inch pump earned the title of "Phil's Turkey Gun" for several seasons to come. With its 20-inch barrel, the Grand Slam measures 4 inches shorter and weighs 1/4 pound less than any previous 835 turkey gun. Even after I added a scope and sling, the gun tipped the scales at a manageable 7 pounds 14 ounces and measured a compact 42 inches. The barrel comes with Mossberg's new, ported X-Factor turkey choke, which outperformed the old AccuMag choke considerably when I patterned it with 3-inch Winchester Supreme 6s. The receiver is tapped for a scope, and the rib bears adjustable fiber-optic sights. One complaint: The trigger, while not too heavy, feels squishy. In Mossy Oak New Break-Up and Realtree Hardwoods HD Green ($471; 203-230-5300; www.mossberg.com). -P.B.