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Rem 870 vs Moss 590

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by QKRTHNU, Dec 25, 2002.

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Which Shotgun Do You Like Better?

  1. Remington 870

    147 vote(s)
    61.8%
  2. Mossberg 590

    91 vote(s)
    38.2%
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  1. QKRTHNU

    QKRTHNU Member

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    Since the 9mm vs .45 & AR vs AK threads are already broken in I noticed this one was missing. :cool:
     
  2. Gewehr98

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    I love my 870!

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    The only thing better than the 870 in this picture is to see Runt holding it bayonet forwards in an aggressive stance. ;)
     
  3. PATH

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    Lexus or Yugo? Aw heck it is the Rem 870!
     
  4. Gewehr98

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    I'd like to think of it as...

    A Chevrolet pickup. :D
     
  5. Hkmp5sd

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    I like polls where I have one of everything!:D

    870 is best, of course!
     
  6. tcdrennen

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    We have both, though the 870 is a CHP surplus that came with a 3 round tube, and has had an extender to 7 rounds and a Sidesaddle added.

    Now, the Mossberg has the heavy barrel, 8 round tube, ghost ring sights and just generally does everything I want a defensive shotgun to do :D
     
  7. riverdog

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    That looks like a 20" slug barrel, but where'd you get the heat shield et al? Nice set-up.
     
  8. RustyHammer

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    Have both ...

    and prefer 870 because of it's smoother action.
     
  9. Gewehr98

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    Riverdog, it is a smoothbore slug barrel.

    Which, of course, came with Remington 700-style rifle sights. The heatshield is the standard metal job you can pick up anywhere. I milled a slot in it for the rear rifle sight.

    The front end is somewhat harder to come by. It was from a boxed Remington military contract set intended for the Vietnam-era Remington 870 Mark 1 shotguns. It included the magazine extension tube, mag spring, and combination barrel clamp/sling swivel/bayonet lug. I bought one boxed set at the Cal Expo Gun Show in Sacramento back in 1997. It was only a partial set, missing the barrel clamp, but having the mag tube and bayonet lug bottom half.

    I moved here to Florida, and just up the road from me in Merritt Island was a gun shop called B&H Guns. In their display case were several of the same boxed sets, all for sale. I snagged another one, and it was complete, yippee!

    The set has a gold bead front sight threaded into the top of the barrel clamp. I ended up milling a slot in the clamp to fit the slug barrel's ramped rifle sight. After my modifications, it looks like it was intended to be that way from the start.

    The bayonet is the standard M-7 from the M16/AR-15 series. It's funny how it locks on with the tip pointing upwards like that. Not a big deal, that's an extra-full turkey choke threaded into the muzzle, for my household 3" Magnum 000 buckshot carry loads. The patterns at 40 yards are TIGHT!

    If you look at an original 870 Mark 1, it'll have the wood stock and forend. That's where I departed the norm, and went with the SpeedFeed black synthetic Monte Carlo set. It aligns the eye right now with the rifle sights.

    Next addition is gonna be Meprolight inserts front and rear. :D
     
  10. sm

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    I prefer the 870
    Drop is bit low for me, moleskin works.
    trap stock comes closer

    Gasp!! I don't have one [forgive me I have sinned...]
    but, when I get another shucker, it'll be a 870
    easier to shoot my buddies and let him clean it...age makes one wiser :D
     
  11. riverdog

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    Never seen one for sale. Must be another California thing.
     
  12. Gewehr98

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    Remington 870 is the better of the two choices.

    I've never really cared for Mossy's , and I really don't know why..
    Probably because I've never owned one..

    Ignorance is bliss. ;)
     
  14. mlk18

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    I used to own a Maverick 88 and Mossberg 500, both were
    good shotguns that got the job done. I recently picked up
    a Remington 870 Security and so far I really like it. But am I
    willing to say one is "better" than the other? No, I think that's
    subjective.


    mlk18
     
  15. Erik

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    Both are fine, servicable shotguns.

    Though just one's classic.
     
  16. tobeat1

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    I am left handed. My wife is right handed. The 590 just made better sense for me. Tang mounted safety is nice.
     
  17. Line Rider

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    I like the 870 design. But, in the recent years Remington has gone to the cheaper plastic trigger housing and the dimpled magazine. Also, they have added a trigger lock. It's a great idea, until you get a call at 2:00 am on an armed robbery at the Kwik Rip and you can't find the little green key.

    The Mossberg 590 a1 is what I bought for a duty weapon.
     
  18. Captain Bligh

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    I prefer the 870. Don't like the Mossy's safety location. I also don't like Mossy's noisy forearm. The thing rattles. That's not good for stealthy applications like laying in wait for squirrels, turkey, or deer. (Indiana doesn't allow rifles for deers. Has to be blackpowder, bow & arrow, or shotgun with slugs.)

    I'm sure Mossy is a fine gun. It's just not my preference.

    RJ
     
  19. Delmar

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    Had a Mossberg years ago, but the cheap spot weld on the action bars broke so moving the handle did nothing. Went back to the 870 and will never leave it.
     
  20. ruger357

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    870 all the way.
     
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  21. Andrew Wyatt

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    Left handed.

    Mossberg fits right.

    870 doesn't.
     
  22. JHP147

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    870s

    Over 10 years ago, I helped clean a batch of 870s, many of which the PD had been using since the mid 1960s. I matched the serial numbers to the city inventory lists with date of purchase to prove it. They looked like they had been used as boat oars. Some were rusty boat oars. But time after time, they WORK. Guess it will be true of the newer ones. We had some Mossbergs, not sure of which model, that would bind, were always visible on the shotgun "to be repaired" rack, were a pain to clean, and looked worse in 3 years of use than the 870s in 30...I'm left handed so the safety situation stinks, but I have learned to use my finger as a safety, like the smartmouth in the Blackhawk Down scene.
    Advantage:870-until somebody can show me a Mossy than can handle the abuse the street monsters can deal out.
     
  23. ruger357

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    The 870's are a snap to clean.
     
  24. nascarnhlnra

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    I prefer the safety location on the Mossberg as well as the ten year warranty.
     
  25. Wildalaska

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    The dimples can be taken out for about $20.

    If you are worried about losing the key, why lock the trigger in the first place.
     
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