This shotgun is about as flashy as an 18-wheeler—no snooty double this—but that didn’t prevent us from rewarding it with stellar marks in the Price/Value department and a Great Buy award.
Like the aforementioned truck, this Mossberg brings the goods and does so at a price that is sure to make hunters take notice. For slightly more than $500, this rig comes with two barrels—a ported barrel for turkey hunting and a fully rifled slug barrel for deer. The turkey barrel is topped with a bright and adjustable three-dot fiber-optic sight and comes with a tight (.670 inches) extended choke tube, while the slug barrel uses excellent open sights from Williams that are both tough and able to be dialed in with precision. Add in the full camo treatment and an innovative trigger, and it is no surprise that the phrase “a lot of gun for the money” appeared on every judge’s evaluation sheet.
The trigger is a user-adjustable setup, and we turned ours right down to the advertised minimum of 3 pounds. For that alone, Mossberg deserves credit; it is by far the best shotgun trigger on the market for the price.
We evaluated the gun off the bench with slug loads and it printed 3-inch five-shot groups at 50 yards with the open sights. The receiver is tapped for a scope mount, and its groups would in all likelihood shrink a bit with an optic on top. At the patterning board, it delivered killing payloads of No. 4 and No. 5 shot at 40 yards and, perhaps most surprisingly, performed well on the skeet field, with doubles and triples flying to bits as we rapidly cycled light target loads through the 3-inch action.
- Love to see the blade-style trigger make its way on to a shotgun
- Best shotgun trigger for the price
- Monster value in a hard-working utilitarian package
- Strong two-season gun
- The gun’s fit and finish and camo job are a bit rough around the edges
- Has a weight-forward balance but did pretty well at skeet
- Open sights are good quality
- Patterned very well with turkey loads