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Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 ?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Gasoil4ever, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Gasoil4ever

    Gasoil4ever Glock Frog

    Nov 14, 2006
    Generally speaking what are the main differences between a Remington and a Mossberg when you compare more or less equivalent versions (Tactical, Marine etc)

    The Remington seems from what i see more expensive, where does the price difference come from ? Is there some real quality differences ?

    (sorry shotgun noob question...)
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2011
  2. Dasglockenspiel


    Jan 20, 2011
    Generally speaking, the to systems are very reliable. Some prefer the trigger guard safety button that the Remy has which serves Rt Handers well. The Mossy on the otherhand has the safety on upper back of receiver so is neutral relative to left hand vs right hand. The Mossy still functions after being driven over by a Hum Vee, I would imagine the Remy could do the same.

    They are both built inexpensively yet are very reliable.

    Pick them up and handle them and see which seems to be the best natural fit for you before you buy. I have two 500s that function flawlessly....and would likely say the same about te 870.


  3. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Safety and release positions. That's it.

    You may have an issue with the safety on a Mossberg, or the release on an 870. Both issues can be overcome by practice.

    A Maverick 88 is the best of both worlds.

    I'd be happy with either gun. Flip a coin. They are both excellent. differences are trivial / non-significant to all but seriously experienced shooters who have a preference.

    Price difference comes from the name Remington.
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  4. dc2integra


    Oct 3, 2009
    They are both build with reliability in mind.The safeties are the main difference between the two.The mossberg is lighter and has dual extractors.I personally went with the mossberg for those same reasons.
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  5. They are both great guns I have shot both I like the mossberg cause its definatley a lighter gun but I prefer the remington 870 for reliability cause I've hunted with it for years and has never done me wrong.
  6. Check them out in person. The mossberg feels cheap compared to the 870. Both are sturdy guns.
  7. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Being a lefty, I like the Mossy's safety. That's why I own an 870! Don't ask.
  8. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    I never tried Mossberg 500, but I will. I love 870, but own Ithaca M37 Defense.
    My best advise for You is to rent each model at the local range or ask around (maybe your friends own those) and give each shotgun a try. Try to work the safeties, cycle the action, point and shoot. This is the best way to figure out which model You like the best. With 870 You have a couple more options to go with - You have Express quality level, Wingmaster quality level and Police quality level to choose from. Mossy in this regard is pretty much one dimension shotgun.
  9. alexanderg23


    May 13, 2009
    NW AR
    Remington is BA, moss is not
  10. brausso


    Mar 7, 2010
    Puget Sound
    I have a police 870. Nothing bad to say about it. I'm negotiating a purchase right now for a mossberg 590 special purpose NIB. I love the 9 shot capability
  11. Ferdinandd


    Feb 17, 2008
    I have both, and prefer the 870 with SF PG shoulder stock - the M500 safety is difficult to use with that stock type. Both are excellent shotguns and are reliable and robust. I like the loading port on the M500 over the 870 though - it's faster for me to load and doesn't have the risk of having a loaded shell get stuck on top of the carrier, jamming the action. The 870 is heavier since it's all steel, while the M500 has an alloy receiver. Shoot both of them and pick the one you like.
  12. Gasoil4ever

    Gasoil4ever Glock Frog

    Nov 14, 2006
    I am a lefty to. Can you release the safety on your 870 with your left thumb or is there a lefty conversion kit ?

    Thanks for your feedback guys !

    Now you give me a serious dilema...

    Even if after reading you guys i consider both will do the job 100% fine and will be comparably reliable :

    I am a Lefty ----> Mossberg ?
    I like good looking / quality stuff ----> Remington ?

    Unfortunately there are no local shooting range in Cameroon, nor there is a Local Gun shop... i have to set up my mind on the net before i order it through DHL...
  13. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    Mossberg 590a1 is the best answer, in my opinion. It has a thicker and stronger barrel and receiver than the 500, and dual extractors for total reliability in extraction. Combined with controls that are perfect for both left and right handed shooters, it is as good as it gets in a pump action combat shotgun.
  14. Alderak


    Mar 27, 2008
    decided against a 2 shot gun?
  15. Gasoil4ever

    Gasoil4ever Glock Frog

    Nov 14, 2006
    Eh eh :agree: i didn't realise they had a version that could be perfect for what i am looking for : 590A1 Mariner 6 shots : 18.5" heavy barrel, Marine coat (humid sea side environment), 6 shots. All i need is to get a pistol grip, Ghost Ring sights, a forend w/ tactical rail (for a lamp) and here is my baby !!! :50cal:

    Considering i can get a 6 shots shotgun i guess i am going to go this way first.

    Can beat the safety of a empty barrel + 6 shots below for night use. No risk of unwanted shot if the barrel is empty. On top of this the "creecccc-creeccccc" sound when loading is the first warning for the goblin intruding my home at night which is something that can happen if you are a foreigner here. :steamed:

    But once i'll be comfortable with the paper work + customs i'll get a SxS cause i started really liking them after doing some much research on them :supergrin: :2gun:
  16. G19freak


    Nov 26, 2001
    Thats 6 shots TOTAL---if you leave it with an empty chamber, you'll only have 5.

    Put a shell holder cuff on the stock to carry extra ammo.
  17. Gasoil4ever

    Gasoil4ever Glock Frog

    Nov 14, 2006
    I am thinking of adding :

    - Ghost Ring sights
    - front picatinny rail + tactical lamp (for HD)
    - Hogue pistol grip for HD, Tactical stock for outdoor fun / clay shooting
    - shell holder cuff
  18. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Yes - especially if you are NOT using a tacticool stock (no pistol grip + stock)
  19. Gasoil4ever

    Gasoil4ever Glock Frog

    Nov 14, 2006
    Good to know !
  20. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

    Jan 16, 2010
    My vote is Mossberg, imho they're awesome. There is a huge list of Mossberg's I want to own and they're many that are similar, redundant, and I'd not needf them but I'd do it anyway.