I started with Mossberg 835 Ulti Mag too. Still have it for backup. It broke once in the middle of shooting a Tom. Had to replace a part in the trigger section. Shoots tight with the Hastings choke. It is heavy, and because it is a 3.5", the forearm is too far forward.
I use the Encore now. One shot-one kill. And I cross areas a lot where we not supposed to be loaded, so it is quick to break open , slide shell out, slip across, slide shell back in. Lite for bicycle ride, and long distance.
If I were buying, I would be buying a semi auto in 3 inch max- no 3.5". I would try hard to swing a Browning A5- even a good used one that has a threaded barrel for aftermarket chokes.
One of the greatest benefits of a Browning A5 is that hump back. When you are looking down the barrel from a comfortable head position, you are already beading down that barrel plane. Some of the other non-humpback guns, you have that last second tilting of the head down to the rgt ( or left ) to sight. Sometimes, if you get caught not sighting, that last Lil bit of movement might be seen by the turkey . I always thought that was what is so good about a Browning A5.
Also with that big 40mm scope I have on my Encore- there is no head tilting.
Last edited by Lamplighter; February 3rd, 2014 at 08:10 AM.