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Mossberg vs. Remington

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by zahc, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. zahc

    zahc Well-Known Member

    I'm sure this topic has been done before, but Academy has a sale with Remington 870 express for $199.99, and Mossberg 500 (synthetic) for $149.99.

    My family has always had 870s and Mossbergs feel 'cheap' to me. However I really like the tang safety on the mossbergs, and as far as I know the mossbergs are just as durable and reliable as the Remingtons...didn't the military use the Mossberg at some point? So it's basically an aesthetic argument whether I want to spend an extra $50 on a familiar feel. What do you think?
  2. 357wheelgunner

    357wheelgunner Well-Known Member

    You should buy the 870 for the price of a 500, at $200.

    The 870s will outlast the 500s, if you shoot the hell out of them. The military doesn't put as many rounds through their shotguns, at least that's what my buddy, who had a Mossberg 500 in Iraq, told me, so they don't need to stand up to too much shooting. The cheaper 500 suits the military's needs, but isn't the best.

    Either will do if you're only going to fire it a few times, but if you are going to use it a lot you might as well pay the extra $50 for the 870.
  3. Chrome

    Chrome Well-Known Member

    I'm partial to the 870.

    That said, both are time proven platforms that will perform for you until you shoot them out. At that time, you'll be up to your knees in shells and thinking about Citori, etc.

  4. throdgrain

    throdgrain Well-Known Member

    Either of them will do just fine. It's easy to say the Remington is better made, and if it was a Wingmaster I'd agree, but the Express? Not so sure.

    Also the Mossbergs safety is much easier to use, as is the slide release.

    As far as firing it a few times, well a lot of posters on this forum seem to think 250 shells a year is a lot ... my Mossberg is my second gun and I've put over 5000 shells through it in 2 or 3 years, and it's better now than it was when I bought it.

    p.s This subject gets covered at least twice a week, every week ... :)
  5. sig228

    sig228 Well-Known Member

  6. heavyshooter

    heavyshooter Well-Known Member

    "This subject gets covered at least twice a week, every week ... :)" -- throdgrain

    Truer words have never been spoken. I think both of these guns are great. It honestly comes down to a matter of preference. It is a Ford vs. Chevy thing (we all know that Chevy is better). :) I will say that the debate can take a potentially negative turn. In spite of the fact that they are both great guns, I have noticed that the Remington proponents can be a little ungracious when they critique Mossberg. I am a Mossberg guy but I will concede that the Remington receiver may be more durable because it is steel instead of aluminum. It has proven reliability and it is runs like a Timex. But I prefer the Mossberg because it is more ergonomically suited to me and it also runs like a clock. I also prefer the lighter weight, the location of the slide release button, the twin extractors (Remington has a single extractor), and that excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT tang safety! Flip a coin, they are both great guns.

    This link does a great job of comparing a Mossberg 590SP to and Remington 870 Police. It may help.

    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008
  7. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    How ironic.

    I was just at my local sporting goods store and did a Remington 870 Express vs. Mossberg 500 comparison. Besides not being able to shoot them, I may pick up the Mossberg later this week. Why? Because the ergonomics of the slide release and safety switch. I did love the 870's wood stock and handguard, but I'm a polymer guy. Also both had bead sights, I'm trying to see if I can grab some ghost ring sights...or find one that already has it.

    I'm going to do some more research. That's just my take.
  8. btg3

    btg3 Well-Known Member

    Regional pricing? Last week it ran for $229 here (including the $30 rebate). I didn't see it in their ad this week. Have I missed it?
  9. brasskeeper

    brasskeeper Well-Known Member

    870 all the way.
  10. zahc

    zahc Well-Known Member

    the sale ended saturday apparently. It was on the flyer I picked up in the store, the normal Academy flier. This is in Dallas.
  11. NonConformist

    NonConformist member

    Military shotguns must meet a required amount of full power round to be accepted.

    I love mossbergs, but Id buy the Remington
  12. Rshooter

    Rshooter Well-Known Member

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  13. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    Indeed it does and my answer remains the same. I've owned both. I kept the 870.
  14. guntotinguy

    guntotinguy Well-Known Member

    I have both the 500A tactical and the 870 tactical...a few months ago I would've said...go Mossberg then I got the 870 and I am hooked.Both are great shotguns...but my preference is the 870.
  15. Srigs

    Srigs Well-Known Member

    Get the one that feels right to you.

    My choice is the Mossberg 500 because the safety is in the "right" place and makes for one less thing to think about when I need to shoot. You can also tell very quickly what state the gun is in with the safety only 5" away from your eye.
  16. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    Having owned both (my first was an 870), I stayed with the Mossberg. Because I use a Valmet 412 over/under as well, the Mossberg is easier to use as they have the safety in the same location. When I used a Savage 720, the 870 was easier because their safeties were in the same location. In either case, they are both great shotguns and will do what you ask of them.

  17. EHCRain10

    EHCRain10 Well-Known Member

    some well made points for and against each model, IMHO you really cant go wrong with either. Try to find someone who has both and do a side by side shoot off, thats what I did and its the reason that I still own both. I prefer the mossberg for HD because of the saftey but the Remington swings better for me while wingshooting.

    Either way they are great guns at very good prices and you wont be let down anytime soon by either model.
  18. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I've settled on my Mossberg for ducks. But, mostly it's because it's a somewhat better gun with the tang safety and the hidden shell elevator for a south paw duck hunter. Most guns, including my Winchester 1400, have the shell elevator in the way of loading, just hold it out of the way with the off hand to avoid it pinching your gloved hand, and most have that blasted cross bolt safety that has caused me to miss getting shots on fast moving birds from time to time that I didn't see coming. Tang safeties are much more natural, anyway.

    The one knock I have on 870s beyond the left handed thing is the express finish seems to rust on demand in the salt marshes where I hunt. A camo finish on my 500 has been the answer to that. It's held up well for nearly 20 years now. I might add an 870 to my collection some day, but it wouldn't ever be the first gun I'd reach for on the way out the door, so why bother? The Winchester is a bit of a pain with the crossbolt safety for me, but its pay back is it feels like a 20 on my shoulder even with heavy fasteel number 3 duck loads. I could shoot a case in an hour and my shoulder wouldn't bother me and it don't even have a recoil pad....sweet. The Mossberg shoots 3" which I've been using with hevi shot on geese, but I'm trying to get a 10 to replace it for that use.
  19. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    My 870 did rust easily, but it worked just fine.

  20. Tacbandit

    Tacbandit Well-Known Member

    Never had an 870, but I've got tons of ammo fired through my Mossberg 500, and I bought it after it served years of duty for a police dept. Never had a problem, and I've hunted all sorts of animals with it, shooting through different barrels, different types of shells...I'd match it up against an 870 ANYDAY...
    Both are great guns, but I know what a Mossberg will do over the long haul...
    Can't beat 'em...Good luck,:)

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