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    Hey guys so Ive been shooting a Mossberg 535 pump and have decided to invest in an auto loader for next season, maybe even by turkey season. I have narrowed it down to either the Stoeger M3500 or the Mossberg 935 waterfowl pro series. I have read mixed reviews on both shotguns. Not knowing anyone with either, shooting them is out of the question before I pull the trigger so to speak on buying one. I'm just looking for opinions from guys who have either owned one or the other, or has shot both. I know a lot of it will come down to personal comfort but strictly operation, function and reliability wise. Thanks guys!

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    If I had to choose between the two I personally like the M3500 better, but if I was going to buy an auto loader in that price range I would recommend a Beretta A3901. I love mine and I own "better" guns but it's my go to.


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    I'm gonna tell you something rather pointedly. Don't buy any shotgun based on reviews alone. Rather, buy your shotgun based on how it fits you or can be fitted. A $2500 dollar Beretta Silver Pigeon II will be as reliable as they get, but a $400 Stoger might actually fit you better so as you can actually hit something with consistency. High dollars spent does not equivocate to better shooting, just to a better built firearm. Find the right compromise that works for you.

    For me, I personally would try and test run each gun I was interested in, if possible, before I made a decision on which shotgun I would end up with. Don't worry about the cost, just find the guns that fit you first, then determine which one best fits your situation. Good luck.
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    Good advise ^ my brother had the m3500 and had a lot of issues with cycling and light primer strikes. Didnt matter what load was in it, just chalked it up to either being a lemon or an unreliable design/ manufacturing.
    Let the gun pick you then worry about the price. A poor fitted gun will cost you more in misses, and frustration than one higher end gun if that one ends up fitting better.
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    Fit is important but I personally think that fit and feel is useless if you have a gun that will not function properly. Don't matter how good it feels if it don't work.

    If I was looking at two shotguns and both had "mixed reviews", I'd look for a third option and a fourth.
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    I have both a M2000 and a M3500 and they have been flawless. With dove loads you have to shoot 1 1/8oz for them to cycle every time. I have had my M2000 since 2010 and it has seen 4 trips to AR duck hunting, 6 dove seaons and duck seasons in NC and Turkey seasons. The stock got lose one time while in AR but it was an easy fix.

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    Make your choice a gun you can shoot more of a variety of targets with, doves clays etc, in my opinion, the 935 is the most single use gun out there,,,,and I have owned them, two as a matter of fact. I like my duck gun to also be my go to dove gun, the more you can shoot a gun the more it becomes an extension of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlewis74 View Post
    I have both a M2000 and a M3500 and they have been flawless. With dove loads you have to shoot 1 1/8oz for them to cycle every time. I have had my M2000 since 2010 and it has seen 4 trips to AR duck hunting, 6 dove seaons and duck seasons in NC and Turkey seasons. The stock got lose one time while in AR but it was an easy fix.
    This...I had an M3000 that I beat to hell through Dove, Duck and Turkey seasons. The only issue I ever had was that you had to shoot 1 1/8oz Dove load but man I loved that gun. The only reason I got rid of it was my wife surprised me with a Versa Max Waterfowl Pro a couple of years back and I passed the M3000 to my BIL who still is having a blast with it.
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    I am about to get my son the M3020

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    Please don't take this the wrong way but to me, a semi auto better shoot ANY shell I put in it. Excluding 3" or 3 1/2" capabilities, If a 12 gauge semi will not shoot any 12 ga shell you feed it, then to me, I wouldn't necessarily call that "flawless". If that's what you want and your happy with it, then go for it and enjoy it and if it's a money issue, then buy a pump and save up until you can get a gun that will truly function flawlessly.
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