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Remington 870, Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590 A1

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by 3000fps, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Which of these would you GT'ers recommend for home defense? I don't have a shotgun currently and would like to add one to my collection.
  2. honestly you really cant go wrong. the 590A1 is gonna be longer and heavier than the 500. the 870 is probably the easiest to mod out to your hearts content. I own all 3 and all are great.

  3. D3S3RT_P3NGU1N


    Feb 29, 2008
    You really can't go wrong with any of them. Go to the store, handle them all and pick the one that you like best
  4. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    Had all three and the 590a1 was the best of em' for HD. However if you want a multi purpose shotgun that you can use for HD and hunting look no further then the Remington 870, with a quick barrel change it can go from HD duty to dove hunting.
  5. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

    Jun 15, 2011

    I love the 6 shot 18.5 inch mossberg 500.

    For a little more length and weight you can get an 9 shot mossberg 590.

    The only real operating difference I've heard in the 500 vs 870 is the 500 has dual extractor claws, where as the 870 has one.

    I'm sure the 870 is a fine shotgun, you'd be served well with either one IMO.
  6. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

    Jun 15, 2011

    Mossberg 500 can do the same as you mentioned too. I have an 18.5 inch barrel for SD and a 28 inch barrel for hunting.
  7. Boats

    Boats Not Assimilated

    Dec 22, 2002
    Somewhere in Oregon
    The Mossbergs are fighting shotguns that can be modified for hunting.

    The 870 is a bird gun that can be modified to fight with.

    I think the Mossbergs use a better control layout. The safety is better located and more easily manipulated. The action release is in a better location. The shell lifter gets the hell out of your way for rapid reloads.
  8. Glock40man


    Feb 1, 2011
    The Midwest
    I've never had a problem with any of them as far a function goes. However, I did encounter a finish issue with my newest 870. But, Remington took care of it. I still prefer a 870 over a 500 or a 590. It's just personal preference. You really can't go wrong with any of them IMO.
  9. John Biltz

    John Biltz

    Jul 27, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Personal preference is really what it comes down to. I like Mossberg 500s because I grew up with a double barrel and I like the safety up top where my thumb sits. It just seems right to me.
  10. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    You don't want to miss Winchester SXP Defender and Ithaca M37 Defender here. Out of the three mentioned I prefer 870. Most popular shotgun with the police departments across the continent and for a good reason.
  11. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    Never in my life would I buy a Mossberg of any kind.
    I've seen a couple that was used for a couple seasons of trap shooting.
    Loose as a goose is one term that comes to mind.

    I would pick the 870 hands down.
    In fact I have.
  12. Boats

    Boats Not Assimilated

    Dec 22, 2002
    Somewhere in Oregon
    Well, you went and got yourself a bird gun after all, but this is a thread on defense shotguns. Remington gets by on inertia and ever cheapening the 870 rather than building actual fighting shotguns.

    The Remington's shell lifter/loading barrier is a self defense disaster waiting to happen.
  13. Boats

    Boats Not Assimilated

    Dec 22, 2002
    Somewhere in Oregon
    Tell me, do you also drive an old Caprice or Crown Vic too?
  14. Luvdux


    Feb 20, 2012
    The Remington 870 is the best pump ever made... There I said it. There are some old winchesters out there that are better but not still in production.

    My buddy had an old Remington that was so full of salt and sand from duck hunting that he had to hit the butt on the ground when he pumped. He killed many a duck with it the last week of that season. End of the season he broke it down did a few nights work on it re blued it and traded it and 150 on a moss berg auto loader, dicked around with that hunk of junk for a few years, finally gave up, sold it for 400, and bought a new 870 for 300. Wish he kept the mossberg, more ducks made it to my side of the blind. I'm a beretta benelli guy but still take out the 870 sometimes to remind myself what a real American shot gun is. Every child should have 870 20 gauge growing up and get a 12 gauge for thir 15th birthday.
  15. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    I do agree that the Express models leave much to be desired.
    My thinking though was picking a gun that I could shoot a lot and not have it shoot itself loose.

    I would hope the Mossberg 590A1 that advertised itself as being a gun picked for military service is better quality wise to the older 500's. To be fair to Mossberg. Having their shotguns used as trap guns can take a hell of a beating in just a season. I just can't imagine investing in a gun that would be work out in 5 thousand rounds or so.
  16. AK74play


    Jun 26, 2010
    I prefer the 870 because of it's more precision build, BUT that precision will stop it in it's tracks under adverse condition when the Mossberg will still be running BECAUSE of it's looser tolerances. For hunting both will result in the same outcome. I have several Mossberg 500's around here that have been purchased for as little as 25 bucks with cracked wood and cosmetically really trashed. Slapped on some artificial furnature and in a couple cases, Hogue pistol grips and forends and they still run absolutely 100% no matter how bad you treat them. For Home defense they will all serve you nicely, but if you add neglect and abuse the Mossy wins hands down. Price is the icing on the cake.
  17. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    I've owned both, gave theMossberg to my Son-in-Law

    Recently replaced the 500 with a mint '69 Wingmaster! :supergrin:
    Added a mag extension & a 18.5" barrel.
  18. Hmm I should have added a poll. It's about 50/50 LOL
  19. terdog


    Mar 4, 2012
    Isnt the BENELLI AUTO the new military choice? :poke:
  20. III_M1KE_III


    Feb 14, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    My recommendation....Remington 870.

    The 870 reciever is machined out of barstock steel, while the Mossbergs are built out of aluminium. I prefer to have the explosion that is occuring inches in front of my face to be enclosed in steel. My personal preference.

    The safety of the 870 is in the trigger-guard which allows you to upgrade to a pistol-grip stock and still be able to reach the safety while keeping your strong hand on the grip. The mossberg has a safety on the top of the reciever which can be difficult to access should you ever change the stock.

    Also, the Remingotn 870 trap door stays in the downward positon at all times minimizing foriegn objects from lodging into your magazine tube. The Mossbergs trap stays upward which allows for easier reloading....but is prone to objects getting into the magazine/reciever. I prefer reliability over convenience.

    Both are fine weapons, however, I'm partial to the 870 which I also happen to own.

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012