Help me choose a shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by yzf128r, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. yzf128r

    yzf128r New Member

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    Hello everyone, I'm looking for a shotgun that will be used for target shooting and home defense. I have no intentions of hunting with it. I'm looking for something with a tactical look that can be easily customized. I would like to put an adjustable stock and pistol grip in it. I'm looking to spent $500-$800ish. I'm considering the mossberg 500 and Remington 870. I'm kind of leaning towards the Remington because it has a little higher shell capacity. What are your thoughts? Is there another gun I should be looking at? I'm open to any suggestions, and appreciate any feedback.

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  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    The customization options are nearly endless for either the Mossy or the Remy. You just need to decide which appeals to you. Do you like the safety control located just behind the trigger or on the top of the receiver?

    I cut my teeth on Remington shotguns, so that tells you my preference of the two.

    Please stop by the introduction section sometime and share some information about yourself.
     

  3. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    Target Shooting? What targets? Mossy 500 with HD barrel and 28 inch barrel is the way to go. I figure you mean clays so you'll need that longer barrel.
     
  4. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    I have an 870 brother has a 500. Either one is a fine shotgun for the intended purpose.
     
  5. yzf128r

    yzf128r New Member

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    By target shooting I mean a variety of targets. I will mostly run slugs through the gun. My local indoor range allows shotguns w/slugs, so I spend a lot of time there during the rainy season here in Seattle. When it's not raining I do some outdoor shooting in the mountains where I shoot anything from paper targets to home made ballistics gel heads. I would like to try my hand at skeet, but it won't be my primary target.
     
  6. readygirl

    readygirl New Member

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    If you do a search there is a lot of info on this subject, but i prefer Mossbergs, could be because i was raised on them, and put hundreds of rounds thru them every week at the trap range. Some tactical Mossy advantages
    1 - due to its location, you can operate the safety without taking your finger off the trigger

    2 - shell lifter stays in the up position, making it easier/quicker to load or clear

    3 - sounds way meaner when you rack it than the remmy does .... LOL
     
  7. yzf128r

    yzf128r New Member

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    By target shooting I mean a variety of targets. I will mostly run slugs through the gun since my local indoor range allows shot guns with slugs. I spend a lot of time there since it rains so much here in Seattle. When it's not raining I shoot in the mountains at anything from paper targets, milk jugs, to home made ballistic gel heads. I would like to try my hand at shooting skeet, but it will not be a common target for me.
     
  8. weapon

    weapon New Member

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    You can't really go wrong with either as both are good shotguns and there are tons of aftermarket accessories for both including barrels of various lengths and ones intended for slugs.

    For whatever it's worth, I have a Mossberg M590 that I've shot a lot over the last ~15 years and it has never given me any trouble whatsoever. I added a slightly larger safety on it and it is just about perfect as a tactical shotgun.
     
  9. yzf128r

    yzf128r New Member

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    Sorry for posting twice. I'm still getting used to the app on my iPad, lol. Anyone have any experience with the mossberg 590? I think that might be close to what I'm looking for.
     
  10. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    I'd rather lean toward the Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge shotgun for both target and home defense.
     

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  11. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

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    5+1 18.5 inch mossberg 500. Not a fan of loading up guns with "tactical" stuff but if that's what you want, the 500 is hard to beat.
     
  12. steadyshot

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    +1 Both are good, the Mossberg is like a rock and will last a life time.

    The accessories for the Mossberg are a little less expensive than they are for the Remington.

    However the main reason I gave the Mossberg a +1 is because over the last 10 years or so, the quality of Mossberg's have went up. While the quality of Remington's has went down.....

    JMO....
     
  13. GaryGlock

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    I wish I got one of these when I got my mossberg. It was 20$ more but I wanted the *tacticool* looking shotgun. Now I want a regular stock on it.
     
  14. msup752

    msup752 New Member

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    Mossberg and Remmington make great shotguns. I've shot both.
    It is higher in your price range but the FN semi auto in all its tacticool glory is MSRP of $850 and an excellent defensive, offensive and just fun shotgun.
    I almost picked the FN over the Benelli M4 but I could afford the price difference at the time and, well, it's a Benelli!
     
  15. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    I Likes my Remington's.
    1100s and 870s.
    Interchangeable barrels.
    Extended mag. tube on one.