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Old 08-14-2011, 07:29 PM   #11
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So, I want to thank everyone for their advice and opinions. Let me preface my decision by saying that all firearm decisions are compromises. There is no one "best", just what one perceives will work best for them.

I chose to buy the Mossberg 500 Combo from Dick's Sporting Goods for $349.


I chose the 500 because:

  • I like the placement of the safety better on the Mossberg
  • I like the placement of the Action Release better on the Mossberg
  • The fit (length of pull) was better for me with the Mossberg
  • The 500 came with an integrated cheekpad (the Remington didn't) that felt good
  • $150 cheaper than the Remington 870 Combo (for this I can get a Red Dot Site, a hard case, and plenty of ammo)
As for the Remington:
  • I'd concede that it is probably slightly better quality
  • It doesn't have the looseness in the fore-end that the Mossberg has
  • It came with a better scope (although I have no plans on using the scope and would upgrade it if I did)
Ultimately, the advantages of the Mossberg (location of controls, fit, and price) couldn't be overcome by the incremental better quality of the Remington for me.

Thanks, again!
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OK. So I'm going to buy a shotgun for Hog Hunting and for Home Defense. However, I'm a realist and I suppose that this gun will never be shot in a true defensive role, but I want it to be able to fill that role, if it should ever come to that.
  • I know that I want a 12 g, pump action
  • I know that I don't want to spent a lot
  • I know that I will hunt hog with it
  • I know that I will target shoot at the range with it
  • I think that I want either a Mossberg 500 or a Remington 870
  • I think that I may shoot trap or skeet or 3 gun (this is far more likely than actually defending my home)
  • I may use it to hunt duck or turkey in the future (this is still more likely than defending my home)
So, here's my long convoluted set of questions.
  • Given the above, what barrel length should I get?
  • Should I be looking at a 24" barrel? Will that work as a universal length or will it only be good for 4-legged game?
  • Do I want rifled or smooth bore, and why?
  • Do I want vented rib, ported, or fluted?
  • Should I buy a model that comes with 2 barrels? If so, which 2 lengths would most satisfy my needs?
  • Or should I just buy a single barrel gun and buy additional barrels later as I need them?

A simpler way of answering this is: If you were in my situation, given my criteria, what would you buy? (And why?)

I know that I'm asking a lot, so answer any, all, or none of these!

Thanks! (I realize that I am asking for a serious shotgun education, here.)

Well my cousin is an avid hog hunter and his situation allows him to hunt every week through the fall, winter and spring. He has taken literaly hundreds of hogs with an OLD Mossberg 500 with a short smoothbore barrel using slugs. He hunts thick GA swamps and palmetto flats where the shots are fast and furious and never very long.
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