Need recommendation/help choosing HD shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Poink88, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Mossberg 500

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  2. Remington 870

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  3. Other (please post)

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  1. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Hi,

    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?

    Thank you,
     
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  2. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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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.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  4. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    I believe this has been beaten to death more than once.
     
  5. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Did a search and found a few discussion threads. I am leaning towards the Remington 870 now (I like less parts).

    Thank you.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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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.
     
  7. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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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? :D