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Old 05-26-2012, 03:05 AM   #11
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I've shot both the Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500 quite a bit. Never been a fan of Mossberg guns.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:38 AM   #12
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In terms of moding it, find what you like. 270 bucks goes a ways. all it mostly is a choke tube mag extender and the 18.5 barrel.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:59 AM   #13
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Mossberg all the way. However 270 bucks is plenty of room to work with to make an 870 tactical.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:06 AM   #14
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There's nothing tactical about an unreliable 870. They don't make them like they used to.
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I happen to have a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870. There are nice features about both and some features that some may like better than others.

If you compared the most common models or introductory level models liek the standard mossberg 500 and the 870 Express in their Home defense models, then the similarities would be:

-Both have 18.5 inch barrels
-Both have plastic trigger guards and polymer furniture.
-Both have different sighting options as different models in each manufacturers catalog but both of the basic models come with bead front sights.
-both come with blued finishes, The Remington has a bead blasted texture before bluing which makes it a more matte finish, while the Mossberg is a gloss finish.
-Both have dual action bars to help prevent binding and twisting when operating the pump.
-Both have similar bolt locking designs.

Differences:
-The Remington has a steel receiver while the Mossberg has an aluminum receiver.
-The Mossberg slide release is located behind the trigger guard making it possible to operate the slide without having to move the shooting hand and it is easily operated right or left handed.
_The remington slide release is forward of teh trigger guard and requires a right handed shooter to move his weapon hand off the grip to operate it.
-The Mossberg safety is on top of the rear of the receiver, again where a right or left handed shooter can operate it easily. (It is not as easy to operate though if you opt for a pistol grip of any kind.)
-The Remington Safety is a button at the rear of the trigger guard,that is easy for a right handed shooter to disengage buta bit more difficult for a lefty.
-The Remington teds to ba a shade easier to take down for cleaning.
-The Remington has a single extractor while teh Mossberg has dual extractors.
- The Mossberg ejection port is slightly more generous and makes port loading a bit easier.

Both are good solid shotguns that have good track records with police and the military.

Shooting both side by side I found tha tthe Remington shot slightly larger patterns than the Mossberg. The Remington has a better trigger. The Remington is better at putting slugs at point of aim, but seemed to show a preference for Foster type slugs, While the Mossberg seemed to shoot Brenneke and Foster slugs about the same.

If you want to "Tac out" a standard 870 and are wondering if you can keep it within budget I would need to know what you consider "Tac'd out", and what features you consider "Must haves".
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I just ordered a Knoxx Generation II stock. 80-95% less recoil.

Better practice time when your shooting 3-gun all day.
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Agreed. This comes down strictly to personal preference. Both guns have advantages / disadvantages. I own 2 Mossberg 500s - it came down to the safety / slide release for me. You can change internal parts and upgrade components easily with both; but at the end of the day the 500 is much easier ( for me ) to manipulate / put on / off safe than the 870.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:11 AM   #18
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Well I bought his gun for 100 bucks and still went out and bought the 870 tac. (wife not to happy ) lol but oh well heres a pic of the newest member of the fam. Thanks for all the advise guys
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Here is what I use, it`s a Winchester M12..........
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If you can, spend a little more money and get a Remington 1100 semi auto
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