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Old 03-18-2008, 07:57 PM
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I'm not a Mossberg man, but have been looking through their brochures thinking pondering a 3.5" pump gun. What is the difference between the 535 and 835?
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:17 AM
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72V,

I have used both the Mossy 535 and 835. I own an 835 model that has served me very well. Two of my brothers have the 535 model and they are happy with their choice.

Some aspects of the 535 compared to the 835. The 535 has:
Smaller pump/forearm.
Sling mounts to barrel retaining cap and not studded into the barrel under lug ring.
Lighter weight.
Dedicated choke tubes - never understood why the 535 does not use the 500 tubes. (this is actually incorrect - see bsn's post)

Simplistically, the 535 is a beefed-up 500 model (as far a look and feel are concerned) and the 835 is a larger and heavier version. With the 535 having similar handling characteristics to the 500 model, I have found the 535 to be better suited to lots of pass shooting (dove) and the weight of the 835 soaks up the recoil of heavier rounds much better (duck and turkey).

In my area (Eastern NC) I find a better selection of on-the-shelf- choke tubes and barrels for the 835 than the 535.

If I was looking for another 3.5" pump I would be hard pressed to not get either the Mossy 835 or 535. They have proven themselves to be good working guns at a good value.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:44 PM
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The 535 DOES use standard 500 Accuchoke tubes, the 835 uses the different Accumag choke. In fact except for some small changes and the 3-1/2" chamber the 500 and 535 are almost identical. The barrels WONT interchange due to the forarm length being different. The 535 has a much better recoil pad than the 500. The 835 has an overbore barrel to lessen recoil, but due this design you cannot shoot slugs without buying a dedicated slug barrel. The 535 will shoot slugs fine with the factory barrel. The 535 is less expensive and a little more versital as an all around shotgun out of the box, the 835 due to its barrel and weight is a better goose, duck gun.
To be honest unless you are planning on shooting 3-1/2” loads you are just as well off with the 500. Mossberg's are very good, reliable working mans shotguns.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:19 PM
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I agree with all mentioned above. The 835 is a full blown hunting shotgun. I have had good success hunting with my 835 especially with 3 and 3 1/2" Buck loads. Check into getting a good slip on recoil pad with those heavy turkey loads andthe Hastings and Comp-n-choke line of chokes seems to work well for me. I'm sure there are some other good ones too. Good luck.
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Ive owned a 835 for 10 yrs now..Ive taken turkeys with it in excess of 60yds.I now have fiber optic rifle sights on it and it is freakin deadly on the long beards !
If theres anything I would change about it , it would be the pump travel distance. seems they could have shortened it.
But all in all its grewat bang for the $$$.

I just purchased a SX2 NWTF 24" MOBU , and awaiting its arrival for this yrs turkey season.
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bsn is right

My initial post is incorrect "Dedicated choke tubes - never understood why the 535 does not use the 500 tubes."

bsn is correct "The 535 DOES use standard 500 Accuchoke tubes, the 835 uses the different Accumag choke."

I just check the Mossy web site @ http://www.mossberg.com/products/acc...section=access

Not sure where my brain was on that one. Sorry for the bad information.
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I bought into a used 835, a camo version, because the price was right and I was looking for a turkey gun. While I am not an avid waterfowl user, my son-in-law is. He talked me out of it for goose season last fall. Between his buddys and his efforts, they collected I think 10 Canadians in a single day with it. Their feelings were, that it reached out farther and hit harder than even his buddys 10 ga. All of course, with steel shot.
It is undeniably heavier. That in itself, is a bonus, when considering the uses it will be subjected to. Few would head over a mountain with one. I finally got it back and am patterning it for spring turkey season. I am not sure though, that it is necessary. But the concept is good.
Most of my experience with it, was a few hundred rounds at clay pigeons. For that, it worked well, as expected, but I do start in an International stance when doing clays and found the extra weight a bit disconcerting.
I was a bit surprised, when I learned of the overbore issue. It would have been neat if it would have shot slugs, as we live in southern Michigan. Otherwise, I have to say, it got more use this last season than any other shotgun in our assorted collections.
Given these experiences, I feel the purchase was justified and it will get lots of use in the future. Oh and when your son-in-law drops it in the river, it does clean up just fine. Apparently he just shook the water out of it, checked the barrel and kept hunting. If it had been one of my nicer looking shotguns, I would have had to hurt him.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:57 PM
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Thanks for the good info, guys. Also, what about the action bars.... I think I remember reading that the 835 has twins. What about the 535?
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:03 PM
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The 535 also has twin action bars, its almost identical to the 500. Both the 535 or 835 are rugged and reliable, either would be a good choice. What are you planning on using the gun for?
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It would be used for waterfowl and upland gamebird hunting. I just want a utility shotgun that I'm not afraid to get muddy or scratched up, something I can't say about my others.
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I know I'm late to this post, but.... My 535 is identicle to my 500 in almost everyway. Except for the reciever lenght, the recoil pad screw holes are farther apart on the 535, and the barrels won't swap. I always figured they did that so some goomer wouldnt stick the 3.5" barrel on a 500 and wedge a shell in it.


Edit: Added some pics. The back of the recievers are even for comparison. Mods, can you make this thread a sticky for future reference ? I will get some pics of the 500 and 535 with a 835 as well.
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will M 500 accessories fit the 535?

I'm considering buying a 535. I had an 835 once, and liked it a lot. I sold it because I couldn't get tactical accessories for it. I want a versatile gun. I can outfit it with tactical accessories full time for the home, and reinstall the field furniture for hunting. Will model 500 stock and forend accessories fit the 535? What about magazine extensions?

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Yes, the 500 and 535 uses the same stocks. But you can't get mag extensions for Mossberg pumps due to the way the barrel ataches. Look at my pics above for reference. For home defense, I'd buy a plain jane 535 barrel and have it cut off at 18.5". The 500 and 535 can not swap barrels either.
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i have a 535 and when i use light loads my slide sticks i was wondering if the 835 does that to or just mmy 535
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