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Help me pick out a 12g for HD, please...

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by UKWildcatFan, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. UKWildcatFan

    UKWildcatFan Well-Known Member

    I like the Mossbergs. Budget? Oh, $500-600. Likes and dislikes of them?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Your best gun for the money is to buy an old used Remington 870 Wingmaster hunting gun for $200, chop the barrel to 20", and spend the other$300- $400 you saved on practice ammo & range time.

    It's not the arrow, it's the indian shooting it you really need to worry about.

  3. Isaac-1

    Isaac-1 Well-Known Member

    This is one of those Ford vs Chevy type debates, I think most people would agree you can't go too wrong with either a mossberg 500 / 590 or a Remington 870 Express or Wingmaster just beware a lot of the tacticoool stuff is just that. Mossberg has recently (in the last couple of years) introduced several of these tacticoolized HD shotguns, just beaware if you buy into them that part of what your buying is the image, the question you should ask yourself is if you ever have to use it, do you want to find yourself in a court room with a DA holding the gun up as evidence, particularly if it includes wording about "zoombie slayer, etc. in large print on the side) Key features tend to be relatively short 18.5 to 21 inch barrel, an extended capacity magazine and maybe a good quality slide mounted weapons light.
  4. dbb1776

    dbb1776 Well-Known Member

    Actually you better have a good arrow! Remmy 870 used less than 300 all day long.
  5. ID-shooting

    ID-shooting Well-Known Member

    All you need is a double barrel and two shells :evil:

    According to Biden anyway :banghead:
  6. Epee

    Epee Member

    Ithaca Defender.
  7. returningfire

    returningfire Well-Known Member

    Ain't nothing wrong with a Mossberg, carried one for a lot of miles in the jungle.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  8. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    Great advice. I'd look for one from the late 80s through late 90s. If you can't find one for some reason, next recommendation would be a Mossberg 590/A1.

    Do not think the NIB Remington 870 Express is equal quality to a Wingmaster from the 80s and 90s. They aren't even in the same league. Pee-wee versus Majors, no joke.
  9. UKWildcatFan

    UKWildcatFan Well-Known Member

    Great post.
  10. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    1st - Used 870 Wingmaster or Police
    2nd - Used 870 Express HD

    Put on a quality weaponlight and 18-18.5 inch barrel, then shoot it until it is part of you.

    Just my .02,
  11. WJR

    WJR Well-Known Member

    590A1, is my choice.

  12. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    Lotta good pump guns for that price. I preferred the 870 Police until I got my hands on an old Ithaca 37 DSPS. I love that old warhorse.

    All you need is a gun that fits your build, feeds well, and goes bang every time. All the black paint and plastic in the world is going to make a bigger hole in a bad guy.
  13. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I still have my old Mossberg 500, 18 1/2 barrel, extended mag tube, fiber optic front bead and all. But it's just for show now.

    The gun next to the bed at night is a Benelli M2, although I would take a Mossberg 930 HD model just as quickly. Modern semis are extremely reliable now and as I age (somewhat ungracefully) I find I am much faster with a semi than a pump.
  14. miles1

    miles1 Well-Known Member

    For $600 limit I would definetly go with a 590A1 as well.
  15. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    Do you want a new gun or used one? If you want a new gun I would go with a Mossberg 590A1. If you don't mind a used gun either the Mossberg 590A1 or Remington 870P would work. Another possibility is a used 870 Wingmaster and sell the barrel for an 18 or 20 inch barrel. Of course with the Wingmaster you could keep the barrel and buy a seperate barrel for HD. That way if you decide to use it for something other than HD you would be good to go. Sometimes 2 barrels are better than 1.
  16. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Try to find BPS with long one piece magazine tube and 20" barrel. I looked over one at local Gander Mountain and the thing had SUPER smooth pump stroke. It must have been the finish they used on that model. The price was just under $500 if I recall correctly. I looked long and hard but don't seem to be able to find another one to buy.
  17. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Gun Shows have all kinds for ...HD. Get to look,feel and batter for one. Can`t beat that.
  18. 1goodshot

    1goodshot Well-Known Member

    I just got a Mossberg 930 spx for $700, alway wanted an auto. Im going to pick up a 590 next. You cant go wrong with an 870 either, just get the one that feels right. Im a lefty so the saftey is better on the Mossbergs for me.
  19. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    A good used Mossberg 500 series or a Remington 870 Wingmaster.Both are proven guns and have a lot of industry support.500-600 can buy a couple of guns and a few boxes of shells/accessories.
  20. unlimited4x4

    unlimited4x4 Well-Known Member

    I've been following this thread and like the advice on a older 870 and cut down the barrel. What's the proper way to cut the barrel down? Can I just replace the barrel with a 18 to 20 aftermarket barrel? If I found a barrel for the right price.

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