Originally Posted by Jagermeister
Mossberg is more reliable and better made. Their shotguns have the safety on top where your thumb is located. No need to locate and change hand positions in the dark for the safety like the Remington's. I recommend the Mossberg 590 Mariner 9 shot SP. It is water/salt water proof if you need to patrol your land. It also makes a great boat gun if you fish.
Originally Posted by Gatoragn
I have a 30 year old 870 Wingmaster that will meet or exceed any pump Mossberg ever made. The new express Remy's do not trip my trigger.
Wow. Usually it takes 2 to 3 pages before before we start bashing each other's choices.
Did we just set a new record?
OP. Have you shot both an 870 and a 500 yet? If you have not, I would recomend you do so. I had a Maverick 88 for close to 20 years, and it worked flawlessly during that time. However, I did wind up giving it to a friend, so his son could start hunting with him after I lost the vision in my right eye. The reason I parted ways with that shotgun? Trigger guard placement, and palm swell. It fit like a glove right handed, (Even with my smaller hand size and finger length) but when I went to LH use only, I couldn't get my finger to sit right on the trigger. Or I would bump the slide release while trying to set my trigger finger in the right spot. That is the only reason that I mow use an 870 for HD.
As a side note to all the lefties out there who went with a 500 because of it's safety location. For about an $80 investment, you can change the right handed safety on an 870 to a LH one. $20 for the part, and whatever your smith charges an hour.
Please note that I am not bashing either one of the 2 shotguns mentioned. I am only bashing my own d@mn genetics, (why did I get my hand size from my mother!!!!!) and my own dumb luck. Shoot both, pick what you like, and get it if you can afford it. After all, I have an 870, my step-daughter has an 870, and my wife has a 500, and I never hear them fighting in the safe. Granted, I have been hearing strange noises from the safe in the middle of the night, and I keep finding new Mosin Nagants
............ But that'a something for another thread, on another day.
Best of luck.