Being reliable is of course one standard and a very important one but for us as turkey hunters, how it patterns in the turkey woods with our favorite shell is a critical factor.
I will publish a thorough review of this gun in a later "Product Test" article but I wanted to let you know how it patterns, just in case you're considering one of these guns for the upcoming turkey season.
Since this gun has the same barrel geometry as the venerable Mossberg 500, the 9200 and the 535, these results should be of help to all those shooters as well.
In the last 30 days I saw some excellent patterns with a variety of shells and chokes but by far the best were with 3" Hevi-13 "Bronze" shells with 2 oz. of #6 shot and the Wright's #3 Turkey Choke.
Here's a pattern at 40 yards with that combination.
That target has 190 hits in 10" at 40 yards with a good fringe pattern around it.
I plan to try some 3" Hevi-13 "Bronze" shells with 2 oz. of #7 shot just as soon as I have some time at the range.
There is just no substitute for range time to determine what works best.