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Mossberg 930

Postby uglymug » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:51 am

I'm in the market for an autoloader, and considering it's tax return season this is probably the perfect time to get one. :thumbsup:

Anyways, I owned a Mossberg 935 in synthetic black and really liked how it handled and patterned. The only thing was that it wouldn't pattern 2 3/4 shells very well and the action seemed very sluggish. I had bought into the 3 1/2" hype. It was my own fault for not reading up on it, but I eventually sold it.

How is the 930 in your guys' opinion? I read Randy's review on it and he had very positive things to say. I just want to know that I'm getting a very dependable shotgun that will last a long time.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby Jon Bergren » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:03 pm

I was going to buy one but bought an Escort instead. Also look at Excell and Yildiz at the Academy. All three are Excellent guns. Ned S
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby EDP1 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:08 pm

I looked at one also. But ended up going with the Silver Eagle SE12. Very well made gun and fit me good. Check them out online. I have never really been a fan of recoil springs in the stock and mine is around the mag tube.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby Batsto » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:28 pm

I shoot a mossberg 930 and it throws a nice pattern at ducks or pheasants. I also picked up a 24 inch barrel for turkey, but I used it for woodcock and rabbits with the improved cylinder choke. I had no issues on 25 plus hunts. The only downside it's 7.5 lbs with 28 inch barrel. If I was able a do over I get the 26 inch barrel.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby mudpack » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:55 pm

I'd take the Mossberg over any Turkish/Russian shotgun. I think you'll be happier with the American gun, especially since you already owned a 935 and liked the way it handled and patterned.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby mudpack » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:57 pm

Jon Bergren wrote:I was going to buy one but bought an Escort instead. Also look at Excell and Yildiz at the Academy. All three are Excellent guns. Ned S

Your definition of an "excellent gun" and my definition of an "excellent gun" must be completely different, my man. :lol3:
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby Luvbowhuntn » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:23 pm

You can get a lot better guns for your money if you'll buy a good used one. I'd take a used gun anytime over a mossberg auto.


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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby uglymug » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:07 pm

I'm not sure what my price range is at this point. I'll be buying a diamond ring for my girlfriend first . The remainder goes into my shotgun (I'm tempted to switch these priorities around :wink: ). I'm guessing I'll have around 2000 left. I just have a hard time thinking a $1000+ dollar gun is worth that much more money. I'm willing to spend more, but it has to be worth more. So far in most auto-loaders I've seen all you get is 3.5 capability and sometimes (not always, Benelli Vinci I'm looking at you) a better looking gun. I'm willing to admit that a SBEII is worth more than a mossberg 930, obviously, but is it worth 3-4x as much? I have a hard time convincing myself of that. and the 1000 I don't spend is a heck of a lot of shells and decoys. I'm guessing there's a middle ground somewhere.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby On the X » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:20 pm

My last purchase was a Turkish made Excell but my next purchase is going to be a Beretta A300. Average price $650 range but my dealers closer to $600.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby SteveInOR » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:34 pm

So what's your price range? If it's about $1k you can get an SX3, M2, A300, franchi affinity and they're all superior to a mossberg. If it's under $800 or so you can still get an A300 or affinity.


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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby uglymug » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:58 pm

Are they really superior or do they simply cost more for gimmicky features? That's my question I suppose. What makes the SX3 or the Affinity or the Montefeltro/M2 worth the extra 500 bucks needed to purchase one? I'm not afraid to shell out the cash if what I'm getting for it is truly worth the extra cash.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby On the X » Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:49 pm

uglymug wrote:Are they really superior or do they simply cost more for gimmicky features? That's my question I suppose. What makes the SX3 or the Affinity or the Montefeltro/M2 worth the extra 500 bucks needed to purchase one? I'm not afraid to shell out the cash if what I'm getting for it is truly worth the extra cash.

You do get a chrome lined bore, better screw in choke design over the standard ACCU- CHOKE that comes with the base 930. Both not gimmicky. If you want to support American workers, the A300 is madw in the USA. The A300 is a much better feeling gun in my opinion as well.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby SteveInOR » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:30 pm

On the X wrote:
uglymug wrote:Are they really superior or do they simply cost more for gimmicky features? That's my question I suppose. What makes the SX3 or the Affinity or the Montefeltro/M2 worth the extra 500 bucks needed to purchase one? I'm not afraid to shell out the cash if what I'm getting for it is truly worth the extra cash.

You do get a chrome lined bore, better screw in choke design over the standard ACCU- CHOKE that comes with the base 930. Both not gimmicky. If you want to support American workers, the A300 is madw in the USA. The A300 is a much better feeling gun in my opinion as well.


I worked in a store that sold mossbergs, so I've taken them all apart, seen all the guts and whatnot. The finish is pretty rough on them compared to the other guns listed. The overbore thing they do is weird, total gimmick IMO.

Mossbergs pumps ain't bad, but I haven't been impressed by what I've seen in their autos.


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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby uglymug » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:09 pm

SteveInOR wrote:
On the X wrote:
uglymug wrote:Are they really superior or do they simply cost more for gimmicky features? That's my question I suppose. What makes the SX3 or the Affinity or the Montefeltro/M2 worth the extra 500 bucks needed to purchase one? I'm not afraid to shell out the cash if what I'm getting for it is truly worth the extra cash.

You do get a chrome lined bore, better screw in choke design over the standard ACCU- CHOKE that comes with the base 930. Both not gimmicky. If you want to support American workers, the A300 is madw in the USA. The A300 is a much better feeling gun in my opinion as well.


I worked in a store that sold mossbergs, so I've taken them all apart, seen all the guts and whatnot. The finish is pretty rough on them compared to the other guns listed. The overbore thing they do is weird, total gimmick IMO.

Mossbergs pumps ain't bad, but I haven't been impressed by what I've seen in their autos.


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Good to know Steve. That's just the information I'm looking for. What you would recommend as far as auto's go?
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby SteveInOR » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:38 pm

uglymug wrote:
SteveInOR wrote:
On the X wrote:
uglymug wrote:Are they really superior or do they simply cost more for gimmicky features? That's my question I suppose. What makes the SX3 or the Affinity or the Montefeltro/M2 worth the extra 500 bucks needed to purchase one? I'm not afraid to shell out the cash if what I'm getting for it is truly worth the extra cash.

You do get a chrome lined bore, better screw in choke design over the standard ACCU- CHOKE that comes with the base 930. Both not gimmicky. If you want to support American workers, the A300 is madw in the USA. The A300 is a much better feeling gun in my opinion as well.


I worked in a store that sold mossbergs, so I've taken them all apart, seen all the guts and whatnot. The finish is pretty rough on them compared to the other guns listed. The overbore thing they do is weird, total gimmick IMO.

Mossbergs pumps ain't bad, but I haven't been impressed by what I've seen in their autos.


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Good to know Steve. That's just the information I'm looking for. What you would recommend as far as auto's go?

Look at post #10. I'm shooting a beretta A300 right now, I like it but it might not be the gun for you. Just got rid of my remington 11-87, lot of guys like those, too.
There are a lot of great used guns out there. A used beretta xtrema2, benelli SBE2, or browning maxus might be something to consider as well.


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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby Jon Bergren » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:42 am

mudpack wrote:
Jon Bergren wrote:I was going to buy one but bought an Escort instead. Also look at Excell and Yildiz at the Academy. All three are Excellent guns. Ned S

Your definition of an "excellent gun" and my definition of an "excellent gun" must be completely different, my man. :lol3:

Yep! My guns will shoot the fast stuff up to 1865 fps and hold great patterns, your guns/choke won't and can't. Ned S
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby Nelliboy2 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:27 pm

uglymug wrote:I'm not sure what my price range is at this point. I'll be buying a diamond ring for my girlfriend first . The remainder goes into my shotgun (I'm tempted to switch these priorities around :wink: ). I'm guessing I'll have around 2000 left. I just have a hard time thinking a $1000+ dollar gun is worth that much more money. I'm willing to spend more, but it has to be worth more. So far in most auto-loaders I've seen all you get is 3.5 capability and sometimes (not always, Benelli Vinci I'm looking at you) a better looking gun. I'm willing to admit that a SBEII is worth more than a mossberg 930, obviously, but is it worth 3-4x as much? I have a hard time convincing myself of that. and the 1000 I don't spend is a heck of a lot of shells and decoys. I'm guessing there's a middle ground somewhere.

If you like bottomland camo you can get a sbe2 shipped for 1290 I believe from Dunn's sporting goods. Has a 26" barrel. I would by 2 or 3 at that price if they had them in left handed models as well.

You will find that they are a lot more balanced. The reason why your mossy through such a good pattern, which all mossy will, is due to their thick barrel. You can get some good pattens with an sbe2 also. If it fits you, you will be shooting it in 15-20 years.

I like the fact that you can shoot any shells basically from those cheap target loads at wally world to the heaviest 3.5". They also fit me like a glove, left handed is offered. On top of that a 10 year warranty. Although I am a little biased as I've been shooting one for 9 years now.

When it does wear out, I'll be purchasing another that afternoon.

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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby rxcrider » Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:23 pm

I used to hunt with a 930. It performed well on a blue bird day, but if was raining or snowing or very cold it did not cycle very well. I became so frustrated with it, that I bought a SBE II and could not be happier. I have two full season on it without an once of trouble. Th 930 just did not have a very good fit or finish. The safety was always very stiff and it would have a hard time ejecting shells. After shooting the SBE II, the 930 felt like it cycled shells in slow motion. I am sure with a little extra effort on my part it could be a good gun. I have two sons and at some point I am sure it will be back out in the field. Best of luck.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby jellett13 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:28 pm

I got one for this past season and was really pleased with mine. For the money you can't beat it. The only thing I found that I didn't like were the factory chokes, for whatever reason I just couldn't get a good pattern out of them. I bought a carlsons choke for it and the 930 has been DEADLY since then
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby mudpack » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:20 am

jellett13 wrote: For the money you can't beat it.

Can't argue with that.
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby orphanedcowboy » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:24 am

Jon Bergren wrote: Yep! My guns will shoot the fast stuff up to 1865 fps and hold great patterns, your guns/choke won't and can't. Ned S


I am curious, if you're so good at patterns, loading, chokes and such, what hasn't choke company, ammunition manufacturer or shotgun designer/manufacturer put you on their payroll?


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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby Jon Bergren » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:37 am

orphanedcowboy wrote:
Jon Bergren wrote: Yep! My guns will shoot the fast stuff up to 1865 fps and hold great patterns, your guns/choke won't and can't. Ned S


I am curious, if you're so good at patterns, loading, chokes and such, what (why) hasn't (a) choke company, ammunition manufacturer or shotgun designer/manufacturer put you on their payroll?


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I did help Hajjar develop the Terror Choke for the 935 for free chokes. I had about eight of them. Also helped with Hasting Terror chokes. Also designed machine tools to machine explosive. They had .0002" repeatability in using X and Y axiis for machining curvatures. Went to the UK with the first Nulear Weapons and tore them down for them.
Also the overbore is no gimmick, other gun manufactures have copied Mossberg and are making overbored barrels. Ned S
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby orphanedcowboy » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:39 am

Wow, you can do all that, but can't post a picture of a pattern?

Alrighty then.

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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby mudpack » Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:04 pm

orphanedcowboy wrote:Wow, you can do all that, but can't post a picture of a pattern?


Well played, cowboy.

My opinion of you just escalated about 1.5 notches....... :beer:
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Re: Mossberg 930

Postby Jon Bergren » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:17 pm

orphanedcowboy wrote:Wow, you can do all that, but can't post a picture of a pattern?

Alrighty then.

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"Aint Got No" Camera. My 5300 patterns since 1950 were for me and no one elses edification. These pet loads proven by patterns worked for me and killed many birds. When I moved to Texas it wasn't if you were going to get your limit but how long it was going to take. Duck, goose and Crane hunting was fantastic. Now do to age and taking care of Dona, I get to go about six times a year. Ned S the young 85 yr old.
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