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mirage01 07-10-2011 07:31 AM

Time to buy a shotgun
I've mostly been into handguns but it's time to step up to a shotgun. So I'm looking for some advice. Right now I'm leaning towards the Mossberg 500 because it's within my budget range.

Eventually I would like to do some upgrades like a picatinny rail, strap, and shell holder. Is there anything I should know about doing these upgrades? Any recommendation on brands or types?

Also anything I should be looking when shopping for the shotgun? I know there are a bunch of different 500 models so I'm not really sure which one to get. I know I definitely want a 12 gauge with a 18.5" barrel. When examining the gun anything I should be sure to look out for?

Thanks in advance your help.

CHLChris 07-10-2011 07:52 AM

Is this for home defense? My main criterion when I sold my 500A blued and opted for a newer 590A1 parkerized with front bead sight, was magazine size. I wanted as many rounds as possible. I installed a UTG rail on top and put a cheaper BSA red dot. Mine has 8 rounds and the mag tube extends all the way to the end of the barrel.

I had a side saddle on the 500A, but in order to clean the gun I had to remove the side saddle. Now I just have a neoprene shot shell holder (probably Uncle Mike's?) and it doubles as a soft cheek weld spot.

I wanted a stronger finish so I went with the 590A1. Since I was going with a red dot on a rail, I didn't spend the extra money for options with full-on iron sights.

The only problem is that the 500A had a modified choke and mine has no choke. The buck shot spreads pretty quickly, but this is just for hallway protection and maybe out to my yard. It is perfect for my needs!

Dillinger 07-10-2011 09:27 AM

My shotgun experience consists of some training From my father (RIP Dad, I love you) and what I have picked up around my time in the shop.

The basic pump action shotgun is a fantastic weapn system. Literally anyone can pick it up, rack a round, and do some damage.

So, right. You asked abut shotguns, but didn't mentioned new or used.

Both the 870 and the mossy 500 have a 7-11 aftermarket! Add ons are everywhere and the only limit is your mind and what you can realistically hold up to bring on target in a SHTF scenario.

I believe EVERY house should have some form of a shotgun in it. It's not a scalpel. But sometimes you don't need a scalpel, you need a chainsaw. ;)


Virginian 07-10-2011 11:42 AM

I believe you are limited with what you can do with magazine capacity with a 500 because of the design, but on the other hand what you can't defend against with it as it is built I don't know.
Remington and Mossberg DOMINATE this market.

hawkguy 07-10-2011 06:38 PM

my vote is a mossberg 930. i have the 18.5" home security model. semi auto shotguns are a blast, and it will certainly do for home defense. imo semi autos also shoot way softer and are easier to get bad on target. my 930 was under $500. and you can get mag extensions to increase your capacity if you want. i'm about to add a wood stock to mine and then it should be looking sweeeeett! the spx is also a model to think about, if you like tactical looks.

another option is a double barrel coachgun.. great looking and great for home defense. i know pumps are popular, but i've had one and i personally wasn't a fan.

Snakedriver 07-10-2011 06:50 PM

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Too many options and choices, so I did the right thing and got both. The Mossberg 500 is on top and the Remington 870 is below it. The Remington is 6+1 and the Mossberg is 5+1. Both function flawlessly. While it's true that modifications of the Mossberg are somewhat limited and the Remington's options are almost limitless, the basic guns are very functional "as is". Both are widely available used at pawn shops and gun stores for $200-$300. With either one you'll be happy with your choice and either will make a perfect HD gun for around the house.

doctherock 07-10-2011 06:55 PM

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My Mossberg 500 holds in the tube and one in the chamber and I can let the rounds rip at a high rate of speed. I added the ATI adjustable stock with pistol grim for better ergonomics. I put a shell holder on the check rest for added shells. I will say this style is a pain if you shoot alot as the screws back off. If you wondering on the mount I am a lefty.

cddbrowns 07-10-2011 06:56 PM

IMO, this Mossberg 500 SP is the best one I have bought. Shoots well, handles well and is just an all around awesome shotty.

doctherock 07-10-2011 07:00 PM

Guess I should note that ht Mossberg 500 Persuader cost me $279 at Big 5 Sports.

TimL2952 07-10-2011 08:00 PM

Shotguns are what I have the most experience with, nearly 10 years.

I have shot both MANY times and have owned the Remington 870....why just the's better. lol

just my opinion but I've seen a few mossy 500's drop shells from the tray because newer shooters dont give the gun a full rack backwards and forwards....this could get you killed in a bad situation.

+theres just so much more you can do with the 870s...get a solid stock one with a pistol grip, a side saddle for +5 shells on the receiver and the extended mag tube and your set for shotguns.

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