Okay Ladies and Gents, need some help from those in the know!
Im looking to buy a new shotgun for the first time in about 17 years! A whole lot has changed since then to say the least. I am looking for a rock solid pump action 12 gauge, doesnt have to be pretty, doesnt have to have nice wood, but it does need to be durable and as flexible as possible without getting a half dozen accessory barrels.
I found what seems to be a real sweet deal on a NIB Mossberg 535 Turkey gun all camo'ed out with a 20 inch barrel, inter-changable chokes, Fiber Optic rifle sights chambered for 2 3/4 to 3.5 inch loads. They are asking just 219.00 fun dollars! (Normal price on it was 329.00)
I have done a little research and have found some information but not a lot. Called their tech support and they claimed that in addition to using turkey loads, if I change the choke tube out to something less restrictive than XX-Full, I could use steel shot in it. They also said that I could also fire your standard lead slug through it using a IC choke tube installed. I can not get a rifled choke tube and shoot slugs through it though, which is something I can live with. So far it sounds just about what I am looking for. In all probability I will likely use it for Turkey hunting, possibly hogs and due to the short barrel install a IC choke and run some 00-buck/#4 Buck through it on pest around the homestead. What I have not been able to find out though is how good a shotgun is this particular model of shotgun. Is it as well made as the Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 from a durability and reliability stand point or is this some cheap budget entry level model of gun that I should pass on?
I would greatly appreciate any opinions of this particular model, especially if you own and shoot one! Thanks in advance for your time.