good turkey gun?


January 4, 2007, 08:00 PM
The Mossberg ssi has a 3.5" mag gun. I can get one that is 24" bbl, ported, extra full choke and built in Weaver mount for $225.

This seems too cheap. Are they any good?

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January 5, 2007, 12:10 AM
Mossberg makes a fine shotgun for the money.
I own two of them. One is a New Haven 12 guage, and the other is the 500 in camo that I use for turkey hunting.
Personally,I think the 3.5 is overkill. I just don't like to be pounded that much when I shoot. You can pickup shells in the 3", loaded heavy for turkey if you like.

January 5, 2007, 09:49 AM
I'd get it at that price. The 3.5 does jar your teeth loose a bit but its not like your taking it out dove hunting.

I use a 3" Ithaca featherweight and the 3" turkey loads kick a bit out of that as well.

Used to have a 3.5" Mossberg 835 but I traded it a while ago.

January 5, 2007, 10:15 AM
It is really $199.99 here:
but I'll have to pay my local dealer $25.
and exactly here:
To view this you must download their 20 MB PDF sales flyer. A lot of bargins.


January 6, 2007, 10:55 AM
CDNN sells some good stuff and are pretty easy to deal with. Enjoy!

January 6, 2007, 11:31 AM
I have a Mossy I've duck and goose hunted with for about 15 years with now. It's a well built, well designed gun. The ultimag may be overkill, but you can still shoot 2 3/4 and 3" in it. I've just got a camo model 500 and I gave about that price 15 years ago, so that's a danged good price! I was paying dealer cost! The Camo was extra, though.

The 3.5" shell is pretty useless IMHO. I shoot Federal Tungsten Iron on geese, more effective than a 3.5" steel load. Steel shot, non-toxic regulations in waterfowl hunting is the reason for being for the 3.5" loads, to shoot the big steel F and T shots with an effective shot count in the pattern. The new Federal T/I, Remington heavy shot, bismuth loads, and an ever developing alternative load market make the 3.5" steel obsolete. The federal loads I shoot are expensive, but I don't goose hunt all that often and they're cheaper than the Remington heavy shot. They run a little over $13 a box of ten. I shoot steel on ducks over decoys, works fine out of even a 2 3/4" round and it's a lot cheaper to shoot considering the number of duck hunts I do in a season sometimes. Also, I wind up tossing loads with the "brass" gets rusty, not something I want to do routinely with the expensive stuff. The salt marsh is tough on ammo as well as the gun. My Mossy camo still looks good, though. :D That's one tough gun!

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