I've been offered 2 shotguns...


August 27, 2008, 01:58 PM
Remington 870 express, 24", wood furn.


Mossberg 500, 26" wood furn. AND $100 cash.

Both are 12GA and take 3" shells. Based just on this info, what is the better deal? I have had an 870 before, and liked it a lot, but it was a wingmaster and didnt take 3".

This will be used for HD. Both are trade offers on another gun. The barrel on either will be chopped down, and I'll likely get a folding stock as well. Based on performance and value, which deal is better?


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August 27, 2008, 02:12 PM
I've always preferred Remington over Mossberg. Had a bad experience with a Mossberg Select Choke.

August 27, 2008, 02:14 PM
What will the gun be used for?

August 27, 2008, 02:16 PM
Home defense.

August 27, 2008, 02:21 PM
Why not get a short barrel in addition to either gun and that way you have one for other purposes as well? If you go with the Mossberg, the extra 100 buys that barrel

August 27, 2008, 02:22 PM
This is true.

August 27, 2008, 02:30 PM
I'm with oneounceload, sounds like a complete package to me.


August 27, 2008, 02:32 PM
Yep, Mossberg.

August 27, 2008, 02:36 PM
I like the "breaching" barrel that mossberg makes, is it any good?

August 27, 2008, 02:43 PM
What are you trading?

Neither might be the answer depending on what it is.

August 27, 2008, 02:46 PM
You might be getting a better deal with the Mossberg (of course I have no idea what youre trading for it). On the other hand, I am partial to the 870. I love mine. I voted for the Remington.

August 27, 2008, 02:54 PM
I'd go for the 870 personally and then spring for an extra barrel. Either an 18" bead sight or 20" rifle sight version.

August 27, 2008, 03:11 PM
either one would be great. I say go mossberg and you can either use the $100 to buy another barrell or use it to feed your new gun.

August 27, 2008, 03:13 PM
IMO, you really don't need a 3" chamber on a home defense gun. If you plan on using it as a dual purpose hunting and HD gun, then it makes sense.

I had a 20 gauge mossberg 500 with a 26" select choke/poly choke barrel. The collet fingers in the choke shredded wads and left slivers of plastic radiating from the muzzle. I think I still have the barrel around here somewhere, though the gun was given to my sister in law with a shorter 18" barrel for HD.

In your shoes, I'd take the 870. I'm not fond of mossbergs, and can't say I care much for the polychoke gadget either.

August 27, 2008, 03:14 PM
Remington 870 express, 24"
is 24" barrel a rifled barrel or..?

August 27, 2008, 03:23 PM
Im not sure if it is rifled or not...

And I am trading it for a NIB 10/22.

August 27, 2008, 03:24 PM
AFAIK Remington's rifled barrels are all 20" so my guess would be no. Likely remchoke.

August 27, 2008, 03:36 PM
I'd take the 500 without the $100. The location of the safety, slide release, and shell elevator on the 870 are a PIA.

August 27, 2008, 04:29 PM
I'm a big 870 fan. However, for this situation, I'd go with the Moss plus $100. I'd use the $100 to buy something I really wanted, like a Wingmaster or some other gun. Also, both guns are about equal on the used market (I think) if I decided to turn a profit right away.

August 27, 2008, 04:36 PM
By the way, you should have kept your Wingmaster with the non-magnum chamber. The 3" shells for your situation is mostly just to say you can. That shouldn't matter for a home defense gun.

August 27, 2008, 07:59 PM
As a mossberg owner, I'd say go with that. Just make sure it has accuchokes and not a poly choke on it. The accuchokes don't tear up the rounds like the poly or select choke did for machinisttx. Id get a new barrel for the $100 and keep the longer for hunting or skeet (or whatever else you want to use it for). Changing out the barrels are a snap on the 500's. I don't know how the change out for the 870 is.

Blue Brick
August 27, 2008, 08:06 PM

August 27, 2008, 08:16 PM
Changing the barrel on the 870 is fast and easy. I've had my 870 only a couple of weeks and I've already pulled the barrel off. Pull the mag cap off and then pull the barrel out. Nothing to it at all.

August 27, 2008, 10:31 PM
I like the 870, and own two I've had for 30+ years.

But for HD use, and $100 in my pocket, I'd take the Mossy. 2 3/4" or 3", for HD isn't going to make a difference that anyone will notice, it's an un-issue.

August 27, 2008, 11:07 PM
I think I'm going to go with the mossberg- simply so I can pocket the cash. Plus, I've already had an 870, and while I really liked it, I want to try something new. I can always get one again down the road and sell this one.

Two Cold Soakers
August 27, 2008, 11:10 PM
I like the Mossberg ONLY because of the location of the safety.

August 28, 2008, 12:16 AM
have both. but i have always been fond of the 870

August 28, 2008, 01:46 AM
Normally I'd say get the 870, but in this case...

Get the 500, and use the $100 to either buy a new barrel or buy lots of ammo.

August 28, 2008, 01:55 AM
I've always seen them as basically the same thing, so I'd take the mossberg plus $100

August 28, 2008, 06:30 AM
I talked to the guy, and we are trading later today. I'll have pics.

paper warrior
August 28, 2008, 06:33 AM
I love my point-and-click pistol-gripped 88, and I've shot a relative's 500A Cruiser extensively. +1 for Mossy.

August 28, 2008, 09:40 AM
even though i prefer the 870, the 500plus $100.00 is a good deal. get yourself the 500 and an 18" bbl with the extra cash.

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