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Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by UrbanOps, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. UrbanOps


    Jan 5, 2007
    I am totally new to shotguns. Went with a friend today and shot his 870 Express Mag at some clays. I absolutely had a BLAST! Now I HAVE to buy one.

    I would like for this to also be a HD shotty as well. I am having trouble deciding between a semi and pump.

    So far in the pumps I've looked at the 870P, 870 Express Tactical, 887 Nitro Mag tactical, Mossy 500 and 590. Any others I should look at?

    For the semi's: 11-87P, 1100 Tac4 and the Mossberg 930 SPX. Any others?

    I would really like to keep this under $1000. As I stated, I'm new to these and not sure really what to look at or what I really NEED.

    Any direction is greatly appreciated!
  2. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    For an HD shotgun (sorry, I can't stand that term 'shottie'. . . too 'hood' for me!), I would get a Remington 870.
    Express. Express Tactical. Express HD. Wingmaster. 870P.
    No matter how you spell or say it. . . . . 870.
    18-1/2" barrel. 2 shot extension. (Either Remington or Wilson's. Vang aren't bad, either, although I don't own any Vang's.)

    Personally, I have NO USE for a Mossberg. None.
    No, wait. Mossberg(s) make good oars in an emergency.:whistling:
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011

  3. mainegunner


    Mar 5, 2005
  4. deserttactical45


    Jan 17, 2011
    I have a Benelli super nova tactical and its awesome works great. I would go with a Benelli or a remington both are great shotguns especially Benelli if you want a semi auto. Stay away from Mossberg
  5. UrbanOps


    Jan 5, 2007
    So it sounds like the 870, as I figured ya'll would say. Any reason to get one 870 over another (ie P over express tactical)? Same question for an 18.5 barrel over a 20"?
  6. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    You said you were shooting clays. Is that what you want the weapon for. The features of the weapon need to be selected based on the intended use of the weapon. What do you want this weapons main use to be?
  7. UrbanOps


    Jan 5, 2007
    Mainly home defense, however, I would like to be able to go out and shoot some clays (no competition or anything, just for fun)
  8. WhiskeyUnicorn

    WhiskeyUnicorn Mall Ninja Extraordinaire

    Nov 13, 2010
    Savannah, GA
    I've both the remington and the mossberg and they both work fine. If I'm using a pistol grip stock I prefer the remington cross safety. Sporting stock I prefer mossberg. This is why my Wingmaster has an AR Stock and grip on it and my mossberg has the factory stock
  9. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I have extensively used the Mossberg 590 and the Remington 870, and have a healthy respect for both. It is a Ford/Chevy thing, in my opinion. There are differences though. I think the 870 action will always be a bit smoother, and I think the Mossberg 590 is slightly faster to load.

    I've been a combat shotgun instructor for quite a while, and my experience has shown durability to be equal. I have found that the Mossbergs pattern slightly better, though the difference is minor and inconsistent.
  10. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    LOL @ Stay away from Mossberg.

    The 590 A1 is the only one to pass the military's torture test , that's why it's the military's pump shotgun. The Benelli Supernova tactical is basically the other choice, I would trust my life and my family to a 590A1 or a SNT.

    My Mossberg 930 SPX is basically the best firearm I have, out of everything, that's what I would defend my family with. It's amazing. You won't go wrong with the 2009 Shotgun of the Year.
  11. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Scrappy, about half the US Military uses the 500, which did 'not' officially pass.

    Another 1/4 uses the Remington 870, which the US mil has used for decades as well as the Ithaca 37 and Winchester Model 12 at various times.

    Our armory was Mossbergs in the shotgun racks. We had few to begin with.

    If you want a multipurpose gun, a basic 870 Express Magnum with the 5- shot magazine tube (to accept bird barrels) would do fine.
  12. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    + A BUNCH OF ONES TO WHAT MR. MURPHY SAID. Go 870. But whatever you do avoid the 887. It is not an 870 and it is not going to be around long.
  13. 590A1. I use my 20" 590A1 with GRS to shoot clays all of the time and it can do it, just not at long ranges. It's also set up for HD.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2011
  14. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    I'd use any of those for HD, except for the 887. For clays I'd wouldn't bother with a 2nd barrel and just find a used pump shotgun with a longer barrel...they sell for cheap either online or at a gun shop that caters to hunters.
  15. ctfireman


    Feb 13, 2010
    Bridgeport, CT
    I'm a mossberg kinda guy.