Originally Posted by Gonzilla
All pumps kick like a mule. It's one of the reasons almost no one uses them in a skeet competition. Although, you do see them on the range prior to hunting season.
A whole industry seems to have developed to mitigate recoil. Weight is the only thing I know that has a definite correlation. Everything else is just incremental or simply extends or slows down the recoil response. (Mercury - milliseconds) It's still gonna hit ya, it just won't get there all at the same time.
Gas guns are your best bet. Better still, drop down to a 20 ga or 28 ga. 28 ga is my personal favorite, I love everything about it except the price of the shells.
Depending on the home state of the OP, 28 gauge may not be legal for hunting turkey. 20 gauge is the minimum here in NY.
Originally Posted by akers06
Yes they do.and they are nice guns....I'm just not a big fan of the bottom ejection
Oh yes. Memories of hot shells in the lap while in the bilnd.
Or the hot sheel down the front of the tank top the first time my wife thied out that model 37 i used to have.
OP. If you have a friend with an 870 and one with a 500, you can settle the debate for yourself. See if they will let you try them out, offer to buy the ammo and clean them afterwards, it helps. Go with the one that works best for you. Also, when you try them out, dress in what you will do most of your shooting in. This will ensure a good fit when it counts. Not of the clothes, of the gun.
These threads are so full of infighting that it is not funny. ( OK, sometimes it is mildly amusing,
) I have, and have had both an 870 and a 500. There was a point when I had 2 of each in the same cabinet, and they never fought for superiority. This is getting as old as my BIL bashing Ford, and my SIL bashing Chevy. Both work, let's agree to disagree.
I have had my 870 for 10 years, and I had a 500 for 20 years, my wife has a 500, and my step-=daughter has an 870. All of them worked equally well when they are needed. The only reason I switched to an 870 is that I am now blind in my right eye, and the 500 did not fit me well left handed. The 870 did, and curling my middle finger under the trigger guard solved the safety problem until I swapped it out for a L\H safety. The 500 went to a friend's son about 5 years ago, and is still going strong, and helping to keep his family fed. Point is, both will work for what you want to do with them. Consider older pre-love shotguns if there are any at your LGS. they cost less, and most have been gone over by a smith before going on the rack. Adopt one today, old guns need love too.