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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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

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Fathead00 said:
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.
Check to make sure the shells are not splitting. If they are the ammo is bad and it will jam up the gun.
 

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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.
 
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