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alex818
01-09-2011, 12:57 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm thinking about buying an autoloading shotgun good for all-around bird and rabbit hunting. I didn't want to spend too much so I decided to go with the Mossberg 935 Magnum (shoots 3" and 3.5" shells). It comes in either a 26" and a 28" barrel.

Im thinking I should go with a 26" since some choke tubes would already extend the length a little. Any opinions?

For some reason the 26" model costs slightly more, is it more desirable?


http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/47813

and

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/47814

Thanks!

lewdogg21
01-09-2011, 1:27 PM
I prefer the 26" as it swings easier in the duck blind and works great on pheasants. It's only 2" but when I hold a 28" barrel it feels like a battleship on the end of the gun.

Ahhnother8
01-09-2011, 1:42 PM
The choke tubes are internal. I prefer 28", but now shoot a 26", 3 1/2" 870. The first time I ever fired it, I tripled on honkers, so bought it used from its owner. The 26" is too short to comfortably hold while standing up. That is with the gun upright with the butt on the ground, and my hand around the barrel. It is also a little short in the duckblind. When leaned in the corner, it is below the lip of the blind. It is also that much closer to my and others ears when shooting (no hearing protection while hunting). I suppose it doesn't REALLY matter.

lewdogg21
01-09-2011, 2:14 PM
The choke tubes are internal. I prefer 28", but now shoot a 26", 3 1/2" 870. The first time I ever fired it, I tripled on honkers, so bought it used from its owner. The 26" is too short to comfortably hold while standing up. That is with the gun upright with the butt on the ground, and my hand around the barrel. It is also a little short in the duckblind. When leaned in the corner, it is below the lip of the blind. It is also that much closer to my and others ears when shooting (no hearing protection while hunting). I suppose it doesn't REALLY matter.

You must be close in stature to Paul Bunyan. :p

mschliebs
01-09-2011, 2:23 PM
3.5" shells for cotton tail or for those Arizona rabbits with the antlers?

DirtyDave
01-09-2011, 2:40 PM
It personal preference. Barrel length does not make a difference in pattern. The Pattern is controlled by the choke.
3.5" is not needed for most hunting situations. 3" gets the job done.
2.75" is what you will be shooting 95% of the time if you are hunting Upland birds and Rabbits anyways.

alex818
01-09-2011, 4:18 PM
3.5" shells for cotton tail or for those Arizona rabbits with the antlers?

It personal preference. Barrel length does not make a difference in pattern. The Pattern is controlled by the choke.
3.5" is not needed for most hunting situations. 3" gets the job done.
2.75" is what you will be shooting 95% of the time if you are hunting Upland birds and Rabbits anyways.

So would 3" be somewhat of an overkill for rabbits and upland game?

The 935 shoots both 3" and 3.5", I was thinking that the 3.5" would come in handy some day. :confused:

AAShooter
01-09-2011, 4:25 PM
Dynamic game . . . 26". Slower moving, less erratic game . . . 28". That's my preference. I generally hunt with a 28" barrel. For pheasant and duck is it fine. To me it is the go to length unless you have a reason to do something else. Bottom line is it is personal preference.

taperxz
01-09-2011, 4:27 PM
Most of the folks using 3-3.5 inch are waterfowl hunters. Damned steel! Anything else, 2 3/4 is plenty. In fact what you mentioned in regards to a 3-3.5 inch would only be good for waterfowl. Maybe take a look at a shotgun that is 2 3/4 and 3 " This would make your shotgun totally all purpose. IMO

alex818
01-09-2011, 4:43 PM
Thanks for the great responses folks.

Im thinking maybe I should just go with the Mossberg 930 with the 26 inch barrel which is also autoloading and will shoot ligher shells 3" and less.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/14635

I prefer the synthetic stocks but this one doesn't look so bad.

DirtyDave
01-09-2011, 4:56 PM
Yeah 2.75"-3" is all you need, unless you plan to do a lot of waterfowl hunting. Even with waterfowl 3" is good for almost everything

alex818
01-09-2011, 5:02 PM
Yeah 2.75"-3" is all you need, unless you plan to do a lot of waterfowl hunting. Even with waterfowl 3" is good for almost everything

Thanks. I'm glad I posted this thread before making the purchase.