Another member here suggested to me that ported shotguns are not really that helpful as far as muzzle flip is concerned. Seems like you can't get a Mossberg 835 without a ported barrel for upland birds. What has your experience been?
Bushman, it depends upon what "that helpful" means. Porting WILL reduce the muzzel flip--how much depends upon several factors, length of barrel, shell load, and mounting style.
But I think the most important is the preception of the shooter. Go to a competitive skeet shoot and see home many shooters have their guns--even, sometimes the 28ga and 410--ported. They don't do it because it is free!
Why wouldn't you want a ported Mossy 835 ulit-mag?
This is a gun designed for shooting heavy loads, a 3-1/2in magnum load kicks pretty darn good. LOUD... whats that you say?..... Yes they are loud! You don't really notice this in the field I find, when shooting at waterfowl, but it does turn a few heads when you are on the trap range. :shock: But then again, everyone should be wearing ear protection...
As far as barrel rise, it really helps. I managed a triple on some greater Canada's last week, and I dont think I could have done it shooting the heavy waterfowl loads, if I had the barrel flipping.
It's a great firearm for the money! Tough in the field, light kick on the trap range with target loads. Buy with confidence.
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