Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by WVGunman, Aug 3, 2018.
Thoughts from anyone who has used both?
No experience with the Stevens but I can tell you the Mossberg should give you many years of dependable service plus you already have a spare barrel for it; making it all that much more versatile to you. I have had my Maverick 88 for close to 30 years and it's still going strong!
It has a better support system and tons of parts available. It is as reliable as any pump gun made.
Plus, while I do tend to favor the 870 the most out of any shotgun design, the Mossberg type action is typically a lot "slicker" to cycle. It barely takes any effect to cycle a Mossberg.
I've had 870s and 500s and both are certainly good designs but I'm not impressed with the current production of either----especially regarding the trigger groups. FWIW, the two best pumps I ever used were a Winchester '97 and Remington Wing Master.The Wing Master locked like a bank vault---a 100% improvement over the Express.
High Standards were pretty nice as well.
Is the receiver steel?
No, it is not magnetic. Probably a anodized aluminum or pot metal investment casting.
Have a blessed day,
However if you have the spare barrel already I'd go with the Mossberg. Makes sense.
I do not have any experience with the Stevens.
Stevens has a good general reputation so I suspect that you would do well with either. (good political answer, eh?)
I've taken chances on cheaper guns before, but usually had a plan that made sense beyond saving a couple bucks. For instance, I grabbed a pair of Dickinson Commando XX3B 18.5" shotguns from Grabagun when they were marked down to $119. So I was at $245 shipped for 2, and I sold one of them locally for $170, leaving me only $75 into the one I have. I reamed and threaded for Win/Mossberg/Browning pattern chokes and added a rail to the receiver upon which I'll place a knock-off RMR. So I'll have a decent 5-round synthetic stock pump gun with removable chokes and a miniature reflex that only set me back a total of $174 including the optic and 3 choke tubes. But most people have to pay a transfer fee and don't have the equipment to ream & tap for choke tubes or mill & drill receiver for rail, and by the time you pay shipping, transfer fee, have a custom rail installation, ream/tap for choke + 3 tubes and put a ~$50 RDS on it, that $119 shotgun has cost you around $400 and you may as well have bought the more expensive shotgun that was already threaded for choke tubes, has ghost ring sights and is drilled/tapped for or includes optics/rail:
So let me qualify my opinion with my experience. I have two 20 ga Mossberg 500s, a mossy 590A1 12 ga with ghost rings, & a 870 Wingmaster Police 12 ga surplus from the 80’s. For 20 ga I would go a Mossberg or Maverick all the way. In 12 ga it’s a toss up between the 590 & the 870 but not a 500 because they are too light for 12 ga. 870s in 20 ga are ok but mossberg 500 in 20 ga handles like a dream. Best of all Mossberg makes barrels for all Mossbergs & 870s. Search online & used racks at your local pawn/ gun shops. Many deals out there to be had. My advice is get a 6 shot hunting set up because they are cheaper. Then order the 18.5” Security barrel from Mossberg. If you want to a more expensive way you could do a used 870 in 12 ga. Then order a Mossberg replacement hunting barrel:
I bought a H&R Pardner pump, actually 2 of them, both a 20 and a 12, on a whim because they were on sale cheap. The 20 gauge has become one of my favorite shotguns. They are both built like tanks.
The Mossberg 500 is a known good cheap shotgun.
The 320 gets good enough reviews, but I get the impression that the people that buy them don't shoot them very much.
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