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bersathunder380 11-12-2010 12:45 PM

Need help choosing yutes shotgun
My kids (9 & 12) have joined the local 4-H shooting club and I am trying to figure out what shotgun Santa can afford. I have narrowed it down to the Remington 870 Express JR Compact pump shotgun with the 18" barrel or the Mossberg 510 Mini Super Bantam pump shotgun with the 18.5" barrel. My son (9) tried a regular youth model Benelli last weekend but he was not able to hold it up very well. He could not reach out far enough to hold the gun correctly. If they enjoy shooting skeet, then maybe they can graduate to a better over/under in the future. For now, this is all Santa is willing to throw in until we know they are going to stick with it. Thanks, Steven

Remeington 870 Express JR Compact:

Mossberg 510 Mini Super Bantam:

aandabooks 11-13-2010 01:38 AM

The links send me to a main directory page and not to the guns.

I recently had this same decision to be made with the exception that I was looking for a hunting shotgun for my 10 year old son. Either gun is very good and the only real difference is the location of the safety and the Super Bantam has the ability to take a spacer out of the stock.

What it came down to was price. Dick's had the 870 on sale for $279 and with Reminton's mail in plus a $20 Dick's mail in, the 870 won out by $20. I'm sure he would be just as happy with the 500.

It is a great gun and very light on recoil. I picked up a couple boxes of Estate 20 gauge light ammo and will try him on the Winchester Super Speeds when the Estates run out.

I did buy my son's with the wood stock. It is a more classic look and I wanted his first gun to be a memorable one.

bersathunder380 12-04-2010 05:38 AM

This is what I ended up buying for the kids. My daughter will get the Mossberg 500 youth in pink and my son will get the Mossberg 510 mini. Both guns are in 20 ga. Can't wait to go out and bust some caps. Thanks, Steven

aandabooks 12-04-2010 05:15 PM

Your kids are going to be excited. It's great that you got each one of their own rather than having them try to share. Mossburg makes a great shotgun. Sure your kids will be happy for years.

Jpyle 12-04-2010 05:38 PM

Good choice on the Mossy...the 500 series Mossberg is a true workhorse and with a little care will be around for your grandkids.

Seamaster 12-04-2010 06:12 PM

I believe that on the 870, you can buy it with an adult stock and a youth stock. No gunsmith necessary. Not sure what options Mossberg may have.

Virginian 12-04-2010 07:27 PM

I taught 3 kids with excellent results with an 1100 20 gauge with a Youth stock. The semi kicks less, and the fore end comes all the way back to the receiver, and doesn't move. If you are worried about the semi auto action being ready to fire at the pull of a trigger, it's a cinch to single load it.

aandabooks 12-05-2010 01:50 AM


Originally Posted by Seamaster (Post 397074)
I believe that on the 870, you can buy it with an adult stock and a youth stock. No gunsmith necessary. Not sure what options Mossberg may have.

The pink one will have a youth stock on it and the 510 is a neat gun because it has essentially two recoil pads. You can put just the one on for shorter pull or both of them together for a standard youth length of pull. The middle one is about an 1.5" pad.

krazykeny 12-12-2010 01:58 AM

Nice choice, sure the Kids will enjoy them..

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