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Are all 930s The Same?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by E-Money, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. E-Money

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    I recently found an interest in tactical shotguns and started down the 870 / 500 path. I liked the Mossberg setup better, so I started focusing on them. BTW, I’m new to shotguns (at least purchasing/owing one).
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    I came across the 930 SPX but before buying I decided I wanted something I could also shoot sporting clays with. So I went with a 930C package from Bud’s that comes with both an 18.5” and 28” barrel:
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    So my question is, is this no different than the SPX other than the ghost ring sights, rail, capacity, etc? Is a 930 the same no matter what barrel/stock/sights/etc is? Does it all come down to the customization aspect that makes them different?

    I'm hoping this is a good starting gun for me. I didn't want to spend a lot, and it seemed to fit the bill ok.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jon_R

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    It looks the same as my SPX other then no Ghost Ring setup and no extended mag tube.

    I am pretty sure internally they are the same gun. I can't think why Mossberg would make them different. The SPX label is just like a trim level for a Mossberg 930.
     


  3. mixflip

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    You are correct. The basic receiver and internals are the same. Same concept as a car or truck that is sold bare bones, then upgraded with different trim level packages.

    Now just keep in mind, if you ever decide to build your own SPX with GRS, it may be more expensive than buying one off the shelf? Why? Because the GRS are worth $200 plus you'd have to pay a gunsmith about $100/$200 to drill and tap the rear picatinny rail and silver solder on your front sight.

    The good thing is that you dont really need GRS. All they do is allow you to hit targets out to 100 yards with slugs easier and faster. Not really needed at all for close range work.
     
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  4. Jon_R

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    I think all the 930s are drilled and tapped so to convert it after the fact would be a little cheaper.

    Add this rear BAR11W $133
    http://www.precisionsights.com/Product/BAR_product_page.html

    Buy this front $72
    http://www.precisionsights.com/Product/SG_product_page.html

    Then get a smith to put the front sight on. ~$50 maybe.
     
  5. Z71bill

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    I may be in the minority - but I don't want ghost ring sights on my HD shot gun -

    I have considered buying the same gun as you from Buds - get a mag extension and call it a day.
     
  6. Jon_R

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    Unless your HD plan includes the possibility / need of making 50-100 yard slug shots I don't think they are needed either but I don't think having them makes the shotgun any less capable for short range buckshot. I bought mine because it looked cool and is fun to shoot. If I used a shotgun for HD I would use my 590 or 500 Mariner or 870.
     
  7. MavsX

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    i think ghost ring sights look pretty sweet. That being said, i don't have anything on my mossberg 500
     
  8. mixflip

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    GRS make the shotgun a little bit more practical for SHTF/Katrina type situations so you can have the option of devastation close range firepower and 100 yard shots in one gun. Having them doesn't hurt short range performance in my opinion.