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#1234295 - 03/13/09 10:43 AM Need some turkey gun advice!
eastTN270
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Wondering what I should do. I bought a Mossberg 535 last year and killed a bird with it a few days later. As everyone knows these Mossberg's almost bring tears to your eyes. It's one thing when a few people say that, but every review I read on one says the same thing. And I know people say that you don't think about it when that bird is down the barrel, which is true, but I do remember that thing put a whollop on me when i shot that bird. I'm kind of small framed, tall and lanky. I don't want to dread shooting my gun all the time, and i would like something my wife can shoot too. Question is, there is a guy on another forum with an 870 super mag for sale and i think it's a good price. Should i maybe buy this gun and sell my 535? Would a recoil pad help enough to make the 535 well enough to shoot? Looking for some ideas. Thanks
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#1234325 - 03/13/09 11:00 AM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: eastTN270]
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I have an 870 SM that I turkey hunt with. Shooting 3.5" loads makes it kick too. I have shot a Moss 835 once but didn't really notice any difference in kick as I was shooting at a bird. I would have the 870 over the Moss but that is JUST me.... Do what you feel you can afford to do. You can change the pads out on any of them guns and probably make a little difference. Sorry I can't help you more....

But I also shoot a 10ga and I guess that has gotten me past the kick of the 3.5" 12ga loads.
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#1234328 - 03/13/09 11:03 AM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: eastTN270]
go_okfishin
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Are you shooting 3" shells? If not start shooting 3" shells. You might take your recoil pad off and add some weight inside. The main reason those guns kick like that is they are very light weight. But that is the reason I like them if you end up walking a lot they are a lot easier to lug. Don't know about the 870's but my 1187 has very light recoil and has accounted for a lot of birds.
They sell recoil pads you can wear also. I have heard of those helping people also. The last thing you want is to be thinking about the kick, you will pull your shot every time.


Edited by gookfishin (03/13/09 11:06 AM)
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#1234349 - 03/13/09 11:15 AM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: go_okfishin]
Carlos Viagra
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They should include a mouthpiece (like boxers wear) with the 3.5 inch turkey loads. I picked up several brands/shot sizes of 3.5 inch shells for my 835. Went to the range to see which one had the best pattern. After shooting 3 rounds from each brand I was thru and I made sure I remembered the results so I didn't have to do that again. Just hold it tight to your shoulder and lean into it!
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#1234355 - 03/13/09 11:17 AM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: go_okfishin]
eastTN270
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I am shooting 3" shells. I was shooting a mossberg 500 and still had the 3" shells so that's what i used. Just shooting one to see what it would do to a target at 35 yards like to have spun me half way around. I have never shot a remington and who knows it might be just as bad, but i haven't read many people saying how the remington kick like a have mossbergs.
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#1234361 - 03/13/09 11:20 AM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: eastTN270]
muddyboots
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The mossturds do kick a little more but there is not much difference in any gun when you shoot 3 1/2 inch shells. It doesnt really bother me but i guess im just lucky. That new remington recoil pad is really sopposed to help or by a sims pad for your mossberg. The pro hunter stocks do help alot on the encore turkey guns. Thats what my wife shoots.
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#1234379 - 03/13/09 11:35 AM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: muddyboots]
Wrangler95
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I have a 835 also,I'm gonna use 3 inch shells this year!!the 3.5 shells have got me flinching from it and it now makes me flinch from my deer rifle also.I put a Sims kick pad on mine which helps alot but the gun still flys up from the recoil!!
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#1234412 - 03/13/09 11:59 AM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: Wrangler95]
buckdead
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i got a 535 and i would suggest not shooting 3.5" shells through it. im not a big guy either, but i can handle the 3" recoil with no problem. get ya some hevi - 13 3" 2oz. and you will hardly notice the recoil.
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#1234492 - 03/13/09 12:53 PM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: buckdead]
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I got the 835 as well. After 4 shots patterning it i was done with. I won't shoot it again until i have to.
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#1234527 - 03/13/09 01:10 PM Re: Need some turkey gun advice! [Re: eastTN270]
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3.5=Mules Foot anyway you look at it...gun don't really matter!!! ;\)

I love to shoot mine....it don't make me any stronger than anyone I jus love to shoot it I have shot more than half a box before in 1 day!!!


Edited by spitndrum (03/13/09 01:11 PM)
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