Remmington vs Mossberg

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Grafixx01, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Grafixx01

    Grafixx01 New Member

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    Ok, I know its probably been asked but I am looking for my first shotgun. Mainly for a home defense and general shooting use.

    I am looking at the Remmington 870 or the Mossberg 500. Can anyone tell me which may be better, advantages / disadvantages, etc?

    I know police swear by Remmington 870s and the US Military use Mossbergs. I know the difference in that Remmingtons have single extractors and Mossbergs have duals.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Old_Crow

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    I prefer the Mossberg 500 to any shotgun on the market. It's extremely reliable, very durable and much less expensive to own than a Remington. Another issue I have with the new 870's is there is to much lag between ejection and presenting a shell for battery. I constantly short stroke the 870. While recoil alone is enough to make the Mossberg present a shell for battery. People complain about the loose forestock on the Mossberg. The loose tolerances are what makes the Mossberg so reliable.
     

  3. GaryGlock

    GaryGlock New Member

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    I love my mossy. both are great guns and its a matter of preference really. Slide release and safety location are diffrent. Go handle the both of them at your LGS. rack the slide a few times, flip the safety back and forth, and buy which one is easier for you to manipulate.
     
  4. chuckusaret

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    I have a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870, both are of the same quality and reliability. The only difference is the cost IMO.
     
  5. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I have both. I think cost would make me favor the Mossberg.
     
  6. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Some of the differences:
    Receivers: Remington is steel, Mossberg is aluminum
    Safety: Remington is at the rear of the trigger guard and favors right handed shooters. Mossberg is at the top rear of the receiver and pretty much ambidextrous.
    Slide release: Remington in front if trigger guard Mossberg is behind it and easier to manipulate while keeping the firing hand on the grip.
    Pump rails: Remington rails are welded and Mossberg rails are riveted. This makes the Remington pump feel tighter or more solid.

    I like both shotguns. I don't think you would go wrong with either.
     
  7. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    My $0.02

    I would shop for a used 870 Wingmaster, it is the cream of the crop of pump guns made in the latter half of the 20th century. If the used Wingmaster has a fixed choke barrel, have the barrel cut down to 19 - 20 inches for HD. Buy a 26 inch vent ribbed barrel with Remchokes for general use, skeet, hunting, etc.
     
  8. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    It really depends, 6 of one, a half dozen of the other.

    You can't go wrong with either, I'd buy the first one that went on sale.
     
  9. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    I have both....and as most say its a flip of the coin. Either way you are getting a great reliable firearm. There are all kind of comments on here about the Mossberg being too lose...and the new 870's being poorly made. I disagree. I have not experienced any quality problems, but both gun models are made and sold in the millions so by sheer volume alone you are bound to find a fe folks who had some negative experiences.

    I have never had either gun fail me and each time I pull the trigger they go "bang!." Here is something I do that so far has not let me down. After you buy the gun have it cleaned and lubricated. I like to ensure that all the guns I own have been disassembled, checked and cleaned...new or used.

    Have fun....its great to have choices. :D
     
  10. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    I see this question all over the internet, discussed at gun shops, etc. It reminds me of the old "Lite Beer" commercials: LESS FILLING vs TASTES GREAT lol

    I have 2 Remington 870's in 12 gauge; 1 Express and 1 Wingmaster. The Express is my general purpose, don't care if it gets beat up gun; I use the Wingmaster for Pheasants. I love, absolutely LOVE the 870. Simple design, never a jam ever. Not once. And very simple to break down and clean. I bought both used; I knew what I was looking for and found mint guns at great prices. They didn't sell a jillion of these things for no reason!

    That said, I really should pick up a Mossy sometime so I can see what all those "other" folks are talking about. I'm not a fan of the safety on a Mossberg, but hey that's just one feature.....
     
  11. BRAD313

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    Get the one that feels the best in your hands its like the Ford Chevy ? Every one likes one or the other
     
  12. chuckusaret

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    I would like to add one more comment in favor of the Mossberg 500. I actually have two, my fathers 1962 that has had extensive use and has had nothing more than a bore brush/patch down the bore and wiped down with a Remington oil cloth and has never failed to fire in 50 years. I also have 500 Pursuader for HD. My 870 is a pre 1986 (fixed chock) that has failed on occassion because of a shell latch design problem that is allowed to occur when the forearm is not pulled fully to the rear or returned to full battery causing a jam. Yes as someone stated it is called "Short Stroking", I am told later production corrected the problem.
     
  13. Old_Crow

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    I have an old graded Wingmaster I am getting ready for skeet shooting. So far I am in it over $600 and I haven't seen the estimate from my gunsmith yet. He can buy a Mossberg 500 for the barrel work you are suggesting.
     
  14. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    In 1980 or 81 I paid about $160 for my 870m with a 30 inch full choke barrel. A year or two later I bought a 26 inch improved cylinder barrel for dove & quail. Somewhere about 2002 I ordered a 26 inch vent rib Remchoke barrel from Cabelas. In April of this year I had the 30 inch barrel cut to 18.5 inches. I still do not have $600 invested in the gun.

    Are you having your 870 gold plated?
     
  15. Virginian

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    The flies have called PETA because they can't get any food at all with everyone beating this dead horse again.
     
  16. gmaster456

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    Mossberg 500 hands down. At least in my opinion.
     
  17. HOSSFLY

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    Gimme 2 500's for the price of one 870 all day long ;)
     
  18. HOSSFLY

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    Gold? Must be sum Platinum involved :confused:
     
  19. Centurian22

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    Another Mossberg fan here but both are good quality. Another option is the Mossberg Maverick 88 which is 95% interchangeable with the Mossberg 500 but runs about 2/3 the cost. Worth looking into but if you can afford to swing the price of the M500 I wouldn't second guess it.
     
  20. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    I only have two shotguns now.

    A Remington 12ga 870 special field, and a Mossberg 930 Jm Pro 22". I've had two other 870's, an 1100 and a Mossberg 500.

    This is a Glock Vs HiPoint argument. HP goes bang for a cheaper price but looks like ass. Direct correlation.