Whats the best shotgun?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by psymmonds, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. psymmonds

    psymmonds New Member

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    I'm looking at getting a pump action shotgun for home defense, but also one I can skeet shoot with. Anyone have some suggestions?
     
  2. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    The biggest debate on the pump 12ga is the Remington 870 vs mossberg 500. Both have an endless supply of accessories. They are both extremely reliable. You can not go wrong with eater of these. Both used by military and law enforcement.

    I have a 870 in 3 1/2" after thousands of rounds I have never had a problem. A buddy of mine has a 870 3" he keeps in his toolbox. We usually shoot skeet every other Sunday. He has never cleaned it not even once since he bought it about 5 years and 4,000 to 5,000 rounds ago. It has never had a ftf or any other problem. He dose have minor surface rust due to leaving in in his truck toolbox and never cleaning it.
     

  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    870 or mossberg 500 would do well. They both have long barrels available for your skeet/trap needs and are easy to swap out.
     
  4. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    Browning BPS...if you're a lefty and want bottom eject. Smooth as silk and reliable.
     
  5. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I agree with either Rem. 870 or Mossberg 500......................
     
  6. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Also gotta go with moss 500 or rem 870
     
  7. Gone_South

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    I have the Moss 500 for HD & have used my brothers 870 hunting. Both are really good guns.
     
  8. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    A question for you shotgun people. My cousin just bought the 870 express w/26" barrel. It jammed on him 4 times and he said twice he had to take it apart to get the rest of the shells out. Any ideas of what's going on? They own shotguns, pistols, and rifles so they're not new to firearms.
     
  9. lbwar15

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    Well the ammo should not be the problem an 870 will cycle anything unless there is a problem with it. Is he working the action properly? If you do
    Not open the chamber all the way before racking it shut it might jam. Just bc it ejected the empty shell dose not mean you opened the action all the way.
     
  10. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Can't go wrong with a Mossberg 590A1.
     
  11. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    I have an rem 870 brother has a mossberg 500. No issues with either one.
     
  12. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Along the line of the Browning but less expensive but just as good of quality is the Ithaca 37. They are now back in production. They are also a bottom eject with different models available.
     
  13. cakoo2008

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    I agree with this but I shoot both and though the moss is a bit heavier i like it better due to the ergonomics. The safety and slide release are in better locations.
     
  14. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    Different? yes; better? not, for me and lots of others - like 10 million. Try them both and see which you prefer. It is your money after all.
     
  15. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Back in production? Yes. The same animal? NOT EVEN CLOSE!
     
  16. Buckethead47

    Buckethead47 New Member

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    i think you might have it backwards. my 12 ga 870 is heavier then a 500 with comparable features. the 500 has an alloy frame vs the steel on an 870.
     
  17. cakoo2008

    cakoo2008 New Member

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    No, My Moss 500 is way heavier theN the Rem 870. or at least the ones i shot at work. Ive got a winchester defender that weighs about the same as an 870 IMO. And as far as the locations i spoke of, how do you figure that the location of the slide release on an 870, in front of the trigger guard, and the safety, on the back of the trigger guard are more user friendly then on the MOSS 500. THE SLIDE RELEASE IS ON THE BACK LEFT under THE TRIGGER GUARD AND THE SAFETY ON THE TOP BY YOUR THUMB MEANS MUCH MORE FLUENT OPERATION.
     
  18. totallyfrozen

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    Look into a combo (i.e. a gun that comes with interchangeable barrels). You can keep the short barrel on it for HD and put the longer barrel on for hunting/skeet.

    I'm pretty sure Rem makes an 870 model like that.

    Just my 2 cents
     
  19. elfmdl

    elfmdl New Member

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    Check to make sure the shells are not splitting. If they are the ammo is bad and it will jam up the gun.
     
  20. Buckethead47

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    thats odd your 500 weighs more than an 870. i never seen that before. and i like where my safety and slide release is on the 870. i also like how quick i can have my 870 torn apart then back together.