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Want to get a duck gun

I am looking at buying a mossberg model 935. Is it a good shotgun or a POS

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Re: Want to get a duck gun

Depends on what you mean by good or POS. Generally Mossbergs are pretty good shotguns and priced right. I've owned and shot what some folks would consider to be higher end shotguns, but to me the two Berettas I owned were POS because those guns didn't fit me well and so I didn't shoot them well, so rather than pay money to have the stocks fitted to me I eventually just sold them.

My buddy bought two Russian made Baikal shotguns about seven years ago when EAA was the importer for them here in the USA. One's an auto loader and the other an over/under. Those Russian guns have features on them that $1000+ shotguns should have but don't have, not to mension those inexpensive Russian made shotguns are solid and perfectly reliable in the field. Back then many shooters assumed that the Baikals were junk simply because they were so terribly inexpensive guns. The gunsmith buddy he bought them from swears by them for reliability and uses them himself in the field when hunting waterfowl. But when asked if it's his favorite gun, he says no way, far from it, those guns don't bring in any business for repairs. That's how the guy makes a living, by repairing and tuning firearms. When asking a gunsmith what guns he likes best make sure you have him clarify it or at least make sure you understand him in context. But in general if you want to know what guns are reliable good guns just go ask any gunsmith what guns he likes and stay away from those ones. Ask him what guns he hates and buy those instead Big smile Yes

I myself have had great performance in the field and on the range with my older Remington 11-87 Special Purpose 12ga and my older Remington 870 Express 12 ga. I've owned them for 16 years and 19 years respectively and have had zero issues for function and reliability, even in harsh conditions. However many folks today will tell you to steer clear of any newer made Remington guns. But I also know a couple gunsmiths who love those Remington shotguns as well, maybe they're refereing to the newer made ones lol

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Re: Want to get a duck gun

a freind of mine owns a mossberg he likes it. i myself own a remington 870 and a browning bps, both are awsome shotguns. you cant go wrong with the 870!!!

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I agree on the Remington 870. It's a good, solid, and reliable pump shotgun. I had used my 870 Express for a few years in the field before I bought my Remington 11-87. My 870 still gets used on the range from time to time, but now goes along on every hunting trip as mainly a back-up gun just incase something goes wrong with my 11-87, but nothing ever has so far. Gas operated auto loaders tend to dampen out a lot of the precieved recoil and make for a more comfortable gun.

As far as Brownings go. I've talked to a few different gunsmiths and they all have said that the Browning Golds are the number one shotgun that keeps them in business. They get more of those Golds in for repair and warranty work than any other shotgun out there. They said the BPS wasn't too far behind. Though I've always heard good things about the Browning BPS form folks who own them.

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Re: Want to get a duck gun

The only things I ever heard bad about the mossberg 935 is that it recoils harder than most auto loaders and they tend to be unreliable with lighter field loads.

To echo what westernhunter said, I own a baikal mp153 (actually remington spartan spr453 which is the same shotgun). It is the most reliable auto shotgun I have ever shot! I shoot competitive shotgun for sporting clays, skeet and trap and mostly use a very expensive over/under but when the weather is bad I put princess back in the gun safe and take my SPR453. I have shot well over 10,000 skeet rounds with this shotgun as well as hundreds of 3.5" duck loads in the field and it has never even once failed to work perfectly. Every other semi, except for one, I shoot around has jammed at one time or another. The one exception is also a cheap semi, harris and richards and it has as many rounds through it as mine but is only a 3" chamber.

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That seems to be a common

That seems to be a common theme I hear about Baikals and Spartans from those who actually own  them.  Those who never fired one claim them to be junk.  In fact my buddy who owns 2 of the Baikals called up Sportsman's Warehouse to ask them if they sold the Spartan guns.  The moron on the phone at the gun counter said "ha ha, not if we can help it", to which my buddy asked "why not?"  the guy said "they're Russian, they're junk!", to which my buddy replied, "ever hear of the AK-47? it's Russian and the most robust and reliable battlefield rifle available!!!"

Some people just don't get it.  Not every high dollar firearms is always the best value.  I've been really shocked to hear about those Browning Golds, but have heard a few candid reviews of them that were not so favorable.

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A lot of guys shoot the

A lot of guys shoot the browning golds and winchester sx3 at the club but they all have had problems.  The benellis at the club don't like the skeet loads either.  The only one that has be acceptable is the M4 a buddy shoots with and it is fine with federal top gun shells but doesn't work with winchester shells.  I feed the old russian bride anything and it still hasn't failed.  The action is so simple that a complete tear-down take about one and half minutes and about 2 minutes to put it back together.

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What ever happened to American reliability?

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A lot of guys shoot the browning golds and winchester sx3 at the club but they all have had problems.  The benellis at the club don't like the skeet loads either.  The only one that has be acceptable is the M4 a buddy shoots with and it is fine with federal top gun shells but doesn't work with winchester shells.  I feed the old russian bride anything and it still hasn't failed.  The action is so simple that a complete tear-down take about one and half minutes and about 2 minutes to put it back together.

 

Makes me wonder what ever happened to American ingenuity and innovation?  May be just a thing of the past.  How come at one time we could build rifles like the M1 Garand and the M-14 that seemed to function well under adverse conditions, but todays American guns just are not what they used to be.  Of course the Garand was really a Canadian's design.  I love my Remington 11-87, but it too has it's one quirk. It functions totally reliable with heavier field loads and waterfowl magnum loads even in subzero temperature when dirty and fouled, but it's still quirky about anything with less than 3 dram powder equivelent and less than 1oz shot.  It still won't always fully eject most light target loads and didn't eject them at all when the gun was brand new.  Admittedly I was aware of this at the time I purchased it.  According to what Remigton told me in 1994 the 11-87 gas system was designed to function reliably with heavier hunting loads as it was built to be solely a field/hunting shotgun.  Seems to me like anything that you hunt with you should also be able to practice with on the range as well::confused2 I guess that's what my 870 Express and Franchi O/U are for.

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935 is a goos gun.  I have a

935 is a goos gun.  I have a buddy that has one and it shoots good.  But If i was to have a gun that is gonna be a work horse I wold go with a pump gun.  I would say the remington 870 or the Benelli Nova.

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I bought a used Browning Gold

I bought a used Browning Gold and had to send it to the Browning repair shop to fix an ejection problem. They told me that the gun needs to be keep really clean. Now I strip it down and clean it  after every use and have had no more problems with it.  I have never had an issue with the Browning BPS pump or the Remington 870.

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Reliability

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I bought a used Browning Gold and had to send it to the Browning repair shop to fix an ejection problem. They told me that the gun needs to be keep really clean. Now I strip it down and clean it  after every use and have had no more problems with it.  I have never had an issue with the Browning BPS pump or the Remington 870.

 

I believe in practicing regular gun care and maintenence, because it's just good practice and if the time and supplies are readily available then I see no reason why you shouldn't keep a gun cleaned regularly.  But, having said that I also firmly believe that any well designed reliable firearm worth it's salt should be very capable of firing and reliably cycling at least a couple thousand rounds before you even start to experience reliability and cycling issues.  When you consider that many guns that we designed and used decades ago were capable of such reliability with limited maintenence I see no reason why todays gun need to be kept really really clean all the time in order to be reliable. 

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