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I need to get an all around good cheap shotgun and i cant decide between a Remington 870 express or a Mossberg 835 ulti mag. I like the ability to shoot 3&1/2 with the mossberg but i wouldnt use it much.
 

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I am not a fan of the 500 either but they do seem to work fine for those who have them. I prefer the 870, I don't have experience with the 835, but if you want 3.5" capability I know the 870 used to have one in the express model. I want to say it was called a Super Magnum, I have a 3" it is called the 870 Express Magnum. Another one that will come in 3.5 is the Benelli Nova.
 

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Mossbergs are loose. I don't know about them being loose quite like THAT... never employed those kind of services myself. Awww....who the hell am I kidding!? I married one! Glad that's done...

Anyway, yeah, They's be loose... But they work. Mine served me well for over ten years until I had to sell it due to ex induced financial difficulties.
 

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If you need a good cheep gun, a Maverick (by mossberg) model 88 is a good choice. I believe they are made in Mexico. I got one for 200, NIB. It's definitely not as good as an 870 or 500, but it works and is cheap.
 

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AK's are "loose" too; it keeps them working in poor conditions. My Mossy 500 has been chugging along since the late 1970's; i bought it used in 1995; it will still work very well.

If the forestock rattle bothers you, a little ductape will quiet it.
 

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I got hawk 982 a while back for 150 bucks it was a great shotgun and most parts were interchangeable with the 870 the only thing that anoyys me is how hard it is to get a shell in the tube
 

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Mossberg actions are no "looser" than any others. The bolt slides forward and locks into a recess in a barrel extension. Common approach. 870 has the same lockup. The forearms and dual action arms have intentional play. Certainly the Model 500 does. Their other models, less...
 

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springfield45wv said:
I need to get an all around good cheap shotgun and i cant decide between a Remington 870 express or a Mossberg 835 ulti mag. I like the ability to shoot 3&1/2 with the mossberg but i wouldnt use it much.
I bought a mossberg 500when i was 10 years old i am now 44 and it is still my only shotgun and i love it a good gun will last forever if you just take care of it
 

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I own both, either will work very well as a hunting firearm. I prefer the 835 for hunting. However, there are very few after market products for the Mossy, whereas, the 870 has loads of OEM options.
 

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I actually just recently sold an 835 ultimag It was a decent looking build, had two barrels with it for rifled and smooth bore. They don't seem to hold near the value the 870 does over the years, though I don't buy guns to sell so that isn't so much a bother to me. Talking about the "looser" point, yea the action is a little sloppier on the Mossberg but not enough to sway me away from having one. I also have an 870 Express Magnum with two barrels and it's a good looking build as well. Both of them were hunting versions, no tactical stuff. Either one will serve it's purpose well. Of course, if you want to shoot something big I have a double barrel 10 gauge for sale!
 

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Got any pain-killers to go with that?
 
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