Hello and welcome to the site Charlie. I'm not a big fan of Mossbergs but have one a 835 I believe, 3-1/2 12ga mag and sold a youth 20 ga 500. I hear you on the need to economize and I think the Mossberg fits that need pretty well. I think for similar money a used Rem wingmaster would fit your budget also. Good luck on the health issues! I didn't see the rifle part of the question my mistake, same feelings though. Find a good Rem 700 used.
Last edited by Hunting Man; 07-05-2011 at 08:50 PM.