Time to buy a shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by mirage01, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. mirage01

    mirage01 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    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!
     

  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    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. ;)

    JD
     
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. Snakedriver

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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.
     

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  7. doctherock

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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.
     

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  8. cddbrowns

    cddbrowns New Member

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

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  9. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Guess I should note that ht Mossberg 500 Persuader cost me $279 at Big 5 Sports.
     
  10. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    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 870....it'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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  11. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Never had any issues with either of the 500s i got. (3 of them)

    Heres a photo of one...

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  12. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Same here. In the market for a shotgun.
    Keep oscillating from Remington 870 to
    Mossberg 590 A1 and back and forth.
    Need help from you guys what is best ...
    what is best ... Oh, damn, what is best ...:confused:
     
  13. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    I have forbidden myself from going to local Sportsman's Warehouse shotgun gun counter section only. I sniff or touch at another Remington 870 it will be purchased. :D
     
  14. PanBaccha

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    :) BigCountry02 ... Hint taken ... thanks! :) :)
     
  15. mirage01

    mirage01 New Member

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    I'm looking for a home defense weapon that I take the to range once in a while for some trap shooting.

    What do people think of the 500 Persuader? Is it that much different than a regular 500?

    Some people mentioned that the 500 is limited as far as upgrades go? Is this true and if so how come?

    For the upgrades I want to do: sling, Picatinny rail, shell holder, and heat shield, how hard is it to add these to the gun? Should I get a specific version of the 500?
     
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  16. ninjatoth

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    I don't think you can go wrong with a 500 or a rem 870.The Mossberg is meant to be more of a tactical gun,as where the 870 is meant to be more of a sportsman's gun.The main difference on a 500 is the safety controls,aluminum reciever and absent loading gate,as where an 870 has a classic safety location,steel reciever and loading gate.The steel reciever sold me twords the 870 when I made my choice between the two.
     
  17. Werminator

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    I have had my 870 for more than a decade and it has NEVER dissapointed me. I actually got the 870 express package deal with the shot barrel and a smooth bored slug barrel. I can tell you that if you can get the whole thing as a set you can save some cheddar. Infact I bought it back then for over a hundred bucks cheaper than it can be had for now and if you add the price of the shotgun plus the slug barrel it is a hefty difference in buying together vs. buying as pieces... etc...
     
  18. willshoum

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    Shot Gunner.....

    Go with the one that doesn't fail, because they all produce the same result. DEAD MEAT......Moss 500:eek::D
     
  19. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    I've seen more failures of all sorts from a mossy 500 than a rem 870
     
  20. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    The 870 is by far probably the most customizable shotgun around. They've been around forever and for good reason. Very low failure rate and most police forces in the U.S. use the 870. The moss 500 is heavily used as well. I like the weight of the 870 a little better even though the two are comparable. Don't have a pic but my 870 sports ATI collapsible stock with pistol grip, a hand gripped forend with rails and a side saddle for extra shells. In the process of finding a better deal on an extended magazine tube. Its great fun to shoot for sure.