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Remington 870 or Mossberg 500

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by alfon99, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

    Hi, Im planning on getting a new shotgun, It must come with a 3 inch chamber and i've come to this decision: Mossberg 500, or Remington 870. I'm almost new to shotguns, I only had a few side by sides.
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Either will work just fine. IMO, the biggest decision is picking while safety you like better.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Why must it come with a 3" chamber???

    Not ever needed for 99% of all shotgun applications!
    (Unless you must use steel shot for duck / goose hunting)

  4. Tolkachi Robotnik

    Tolkachi Robotnik Well-Known Member

    Both work very well and have a long enough history. There are some advantages of the finer models, and the cheaper versions are a little rougher. If you are well adjusted to tang safeties you will want the 500. If you are not, the Maverick 88 has a safety near same as 870, is really a Mexican Mossberg 500.
  5. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    Isn't that what Remington and Mossberg offer?
    Do they still offer 2 3/4" chambers?
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Probably is.

    But you can buy an older 870 Wingmaster when they were still excellent quality for less money then a new Express costs!

  7. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I am well adjusted to and prefer tang safeties over button safeties.
  8. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    I believe that's the only difference worth mentioning between the two.
    I "learned" the Remington cross bolt safety, and that's that.
    Once Mossberg started using dual slides, been just a matter of opinion as to your favorite.
  9. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

    I believe the mossberg 500 has a 6 shell magazine capacity vs the 4 shell capacity in the 870. Anyway that's not at all important.
  10. dromel

    dromel Member

    Mossberg for left handed shooters

    Being a left handed shooter, I find the Mossberg tang safety much easier.
  11. Strahley

    Strahley Well-Known Member

    Can't go wrong with either, but I myself prefer the 870
  12. MinnesotaFats

    MinnesotaFats Well-Known Member

    870 express or mossberg 500? ill take the 500, the barrel seems less rust prone compared to the express on mine. now 870 wingmaster or mossberg 500? wingmaster wins everytime imo.
  13. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I'm a southpaw. Mossberg wins.

    I have an 870 Express 20 gauge 3".
    It's ok. Nothing special.
    It won't cycle 3" shells through the mag, even though it's a 3" gun.
    Been that way since it was new, and the shop had a "no returns" policy,
    like all gun shops I've seen.
    I could send it back, but with the quality problems they're having these days?
    I saw a brand new 870 express 12 gauge at the LGS a couple of years ago.
    It had a good bit of rust in the chamber.

    If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't have bought a Remington.
    I would have bought another Mossberg. None of mine have ever failed me.
  14. savanahsdad

    savanahsdad Well-Known Member

    I looked at both and went with the neither and got the Mossberg 835, over bore 3 1/2" it will eat everything I feed it :)
  15. KenRHill

    KenRHill New Member


    If you decide you like the Mossberg 500 and if you are looking to save a little bit of money, you might look into the Mossberg Maverick Model 88. I did a video review and shoot of this gun a little while ago, and I also own a Remington 870. For the price a Mossberg Maverick really is not that bad.
  16. Seb1981

    Seb1981 Member

    I have an 870. I love it and I've never had any issues with the thousands of rounds that I've pumped through it. It's like the glock of shotguns. It will shoot no mater what(at least for me). I have honestly heard more than my fair share of people say the same about the mossberg. I had one friend of the many people I know with them have an issue. For some reason or another the gun would randomly misfire. At first we thought it was the round but examining the round we found that the pin would occasionally not hit the primer. As this was his home defense gun he wasn't willing to risk his life on a maybe so he took it back to the store and bought an 870. He has since had no more issues.
  17. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Probably because one can shoot 2&3/4" shells out of it most steel loads are 3" and most pump guns with 2&3/4" barrels come with fixed choke and no choke tubes.
    Pick the one that comes with choke tube barrel, means of attaching light source and means of attaching shotgun scope or dot sight. Remember tapped receivers are nice because Weaver bases are about $7 per set.
  18. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    No reason to handicap yourself with an older gun that comes with 2 3/4" chambers and fixed chokes. The newer guns are better, older guns are far overrated. It is true that you will use 2 3/4" shells 90+% of the time, but when you need 3" shells, you will need them and be glad you have a gun that will shoot them. That, and interchangeable chokes make the gun far more versatile

    The Mossberg 500 is a decent gun. The Remington 870 is the gold standard by which all shotguns are judged. It comes with a steel receiver vs aluminum is better balanced and will hold up much longer to hard use and abuse.
  19. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    I disagree, the 870 won't hold up any better than a Mossberg - mine is churning 3" duck loads 40 years long now, even with the single action bar. That Mossberg replaced my Remington 870 Express (bought in 1996 new) because my dad preferred the steel receiver of the Remington. The receiver differences are a false comparison as the Mossberg locks into the barrel while the Remington locks into the receiver. Receiver construction is irrelevant when comparing them as a result (except that my 870 rusted easily when hunting ducks in Louisiana rice paddy blinds). There are other details one could argue, like the lifter or the ejector when detailing the designs.

    But it really is Ford or Chevy. They both are solid performers. Using and owning both, I found I prefer the 500. Others like the 870. We both seem to shoot the ducks or rabbits just fine.
  20. jaguarxk120

    jaguarxk120 Well-Known Member

    Ash, I must have a different Model 870 than you had, as the bolt locks into the barrel extension.

    But then mine is a mirror image of the standard 870, it is the left hand model maybe it's different.

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