MOSSBERG, HANDS DOWN! Everyone, you know who you are, kicks the Mossy for many reasons, whatever. I own five, I got the first one when I was, I think, ten. I'm now 35 and that gun still gets some work outs, NO problems. I've only had ONE problem with my 835. I found out later it was MY fault, not the guns. Everyone complains about the kick with the 3 1/2 inch shells? OK, so don't shoot the 3 & halfs in your 835. It does shoot shorter shells. I'm 5-11 and weigh 160 pounds, tall and thin. I shoot the 3 & halfs ALL season long and no complaints about the kick. Remember, it is a 12 gauge with 3 & halfs, not your .22 caliber rabbit gun you're shooting. If someone is noticing the kick that much while shooting at the bird or whatever, then in MY opinion some of it's in your head. You're expecting it to kick hard, so it's going to kick hard. I've shot up to four boxes of 3 & halfs in an afternoon during spring snow goose season. Ya, the shoulder was a little sore the next day, but enough to not use it anymore because of the "kick".......come on.
Hey, did you grab the blind bag with the shells when we left the truck?
Safetys, use them: If you can see red, you can get dead!