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Take That Turkey Down With A Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag Turkey Shotgun

Mike Piccione Editor, Guns & Gear
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By Tammy Ballew, Women’s Outdoor News   

One of the many, many, many things I love about turkey hunting is the opportunity to put to use my Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag Turkey Shotgun. I own several shotguns, but when I’m headed to the turkey woods, I always grab the Mossberg.

My 835 Ulti-Mag is a 12 gauge with a 24-inch overbored barrel and adjustable fiber optic sights. According to Mossberg, the smooth bore barrels are overbored to 10-gauge bore dimensions, which reduces recoil and produces uniform shot pattern from both light and heavy shot charges. The barrel has eight strategically placed ports on each side, which directs gasses upward and outward, also reducing recoil, in addition to minimizing muzzle jump for a quick second shot recovery.

Tammy Ballew sports her fav Mossberg on a turkey hunt with good friend Marti Davis. Photo by Barbara Baird

I’m extremely impressed with the LPA (Lightning Pump Action) of the Mossberg shotgun. It’s a smooth transition when racking in another shell. I don’t worry about it jamming up and having to dig the spent shotshell out.

Additional specifications that the 835 Ulti-Mag features that I think are important for a turkey shotgun:

  • Ulti-Full turkey tube
  • Fiber optic sights that are windage and elevation adjustable
  • Ultra-quiet thumb operated safety
  • Receiver is drilled and tapped for scope base attachment

This terrific turkey gun comes in Woodland Camo, Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, Realtree Hardwoods HD Green and Mossy Oak New Break-Up. And last, but definitely not least, this shotgun is priced right. Depending on the model, of course, they run between $516 and $555.

One of my hunting goals is to achieve a Grand Slam turkey hunt, and when I do, I will be using the Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag Turkey Shotgun to successfully complete this endeavor.

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