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I've been offered 2 shotguns...

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Holloman, Aug 27, 2008.

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Mossberg 500 or 870 express?

Poll closed Aug 31, 2008.
  1. Mossberg 500 + $100 cash

    40 vote(s)
    55.6%
  2. 870 Express

    32 vote(s)
    44.4%
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  1. Holloman

    Holloman Member

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    Remington 870 express, 24", wood furn.

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ronwill

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    I've always preferred Remington over Mossberg. Had a bad experience with a Mossberg Select Choke.
     
  3. romeo212000

    romeo212000 Member

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    What will the gun be used for?
     
  4. Holloman

    Holloman Member

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    Home defense.
     
  5. oneounceload

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    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
     
  6. Holloman

    Holloman Member

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    This is true.
     
  7. gp911

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    I'm with oneounceload, sounds like a complete package to me.

    gp911
     
  8. Vicious-Peanut

    Vicious-Peanut Member

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    Yep, Mossberg.
     
  9. Holloman

    Holloman Member

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    I like the "breaching" barrel that mossberg makes, is it any good?
     
  10. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    What are you trading?

    Neither might be the answer depending on what it is.
     
  11. frankcostanza

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    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.
     
  12. rantingredneck

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    I'd go for the 870 personally and then spring for an extra barrel. Either an 18" bead sight or 20" rifle sight version.
     
  13. romeo212000

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    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.
     
  14. machinisttx

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    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.
     
  15. blutarsky

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    is 24" barrel a rifled barrel or..?
     
  16. Holloman

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    Im not sure if it is rifled or not...

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

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    AFAIK Remington's rifled barrels are all 20" so my guess would be no. Likely remchoke.
     
  18. ronto

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    I'd take the 500 without the $100. The location of the safety, slide release, and shell elevator on the 870 are a PIA.
     
  19. jakemccoy

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    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.
     
  20. jakemccoy

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    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.
     
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  21. scythefwd

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    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.
     
  22. Blue Brick

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    Mossberg!!!!
     
  23. cerberus65

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    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.
     
  24. mgkdrgn

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    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.
     
  25. Holloman

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    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.
     
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