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Old 01-23-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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Default Need recommendation/help choosing HD shotgun

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I am looking for a shotgun for HD use. The ones I am considering now are Mossberg 500 and Remington 870. Anything else I should consider in the $300+ price range?

If you have a choice, which one will you choose (between this two or anything you feel is better value)?

By the way, I am thinking 12 ga and 18" bbl. comments?

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Old 01-23-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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I've owned Mossbergs & an 870, the 870 wouldn't cycle without me beating it against the ground. My 500 cruiser is light & reliable, I don't recommend the heat shroud as they add weight & seem to be more of a marketing tool.

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You would not do poorly with either of your main choices. Having not had the pleasure of your acquaintance, am assuming that you can shoot well with a 12 g. If you are not comfortable with the recoil of a 12, look at the 20. A shorty shotty is sort of the standard gun, due to ease of handling in close quarters, but a longer barrel sacrifices little, allows you to get some sporting use from the gun, and avoids the Rambo/Terminator/Road Warrior image. At up close and personal distances, the spread of shot differs only a bit between an 18 and a 28 modified. A pump does offer a smidgen of an edge in reliability, assuming you will not short stroke one in times of elevated adrenalin.

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I believe this has been beaten to death more than once.

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I believe this has been beaten to death more than once.
Did a search and found a few discussion threads. I am leaning towards the Remington 870 now (I like less parts).

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Something tells me you didn't look hard enough.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/mossberg-500-vs-remington-870-vs-benelli-nova-11583/
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/home-protection-shotgun-80/
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/home-defense-weapons-21343/
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/home-protection-shotgun-231/
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/remington-mossberg-33532/
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f26/goodbye-my-mossberg-hello-remington-maybe-19803/

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the mossberg 500 is very versitile and can be multi-tasked with easy simple barrel changes to include rifled slug barrels and muzzle loading. they are good quality for a nice price. extra barrels are easy to find. im not sure what the 870 has to offer along those lines.

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He does have a point, this has been talked about several times. It really boils down to preference. I prefer the mossberg. Downfall is the plastic trigger group, but it has an ambi safety and is a great gun. 870 has a longer stroke, but is built like a rock. At least he didn't ask which is better, .40 or .45?
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