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Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by simplyrob, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. simplyrob


    Mar 8, 2010
    AZ, USA
    hiya gt. planning on buying a 12ga shotgun this weekend. have it narrowed down to the rem 870 express or a benelli nova. any advice? looked at them both today, kinda leaning towards the nova, weighs nothing and takes all sizes of shells. had a mossberg 500 years ago but sold that. looking to spend under $400. can i still upgrade the sights and all that jazz on both? thanks.
  2. Jon_R


    May 3, 2009
    Central Florida
    I have a 870 and it runs great I don't have experience with the Nova. If you think you will want to tinker with it and make customizations the 870 parts and options compared to the Nova is probably night and day.

  3. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    I went with the Benelli SuperNova Tactical since I wanted a 12 gauge pump for mostly home defense/SHTF type duty. (not a hunter) It had all the features I liked like the 3 lug rotating bolt head, mag stop button, jumbo safety forward of the trigger, chrome lined barrel & chamber, built in sling studs, polymer armored reciever, comfort tech stock, and the ghost ring sights...all for $450. A little pricey but its a gun that will last a lifetime and its just nice to own a Benelli shotgun lol.

    I have owned both Remingtons & Mossbergs and now I am ready treat myself to a nice Benelli for just an extra $100 over what the Remington with GRS sells for.

    If you plan on ever swapping out the stock, I'd pass on the Nova since the stock is built into the reciever and cannot be removed. Thats why they made the SuperNova.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2010
  4. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Both great guns. More accessories for the Rem. The Nova is more weather resistant and can fire 3.5" shells if that matters to you. Either will serve you well.
  5. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    Remington model 25077 comes with 18.5" bead sight barrel with fixed Cyl bore choke, Remingotn LE 2 shot extension, speed feed LE forend and Remington Synthetic stock. You can find them most anywhere for around $350 to $370.00
  6. I have the above mentioned 870. Great gun for under $370. Any questions or accessories needed contact aippi at
  7. I shot a Nova, it was a decent gun, but there just is so much more available for the 870.

    If you are happy with the way the Nova comes and don't want to modify it then it can be a good choice. If accessory availability has any place in your decision making process the 870 is tops, followed by the Mossberg 500.
  8. simplyrob


    Mar 8, 2010
    AZ, USA
    i did a little more research, and found that the scottsdale gun club offers a Nova tactical (basically the nova with grs) for $399. looks very similar to what mix posted above. of course, also found a mossberg 500 tactical for $300 delivered. maybe i should quit looking and flip a coin? one of my closest friends swears by his 870, he recommended that. i appreciate the weight of the nova, i think its only about 7lbs. its also easy on the eyes. a pistol grip isnt important to me at all, but i would like a sling, but, i suppose that can be put on any shotgun. hell, maybe i should just go into the man for a bit and get all 3!
  9. conpro


    Mar 21, 2009
    I just purchased a 870 25077 and love it. I added a sling and a knoxx stock and am waiting for the ups as we speak to get my tacstar 6 shell holder for it, great gun i paid 307.00 for mine and i see them around here sometimes for 299.99 on sale. After adding all my accesories i will have a total of $491.00 in it which isnt to bad for the gun an all accesories.
  10. Sheepdog Scout

    Sheepdog Scout Behind you!

    Jan 23, 2010
    Who knows?
    Yeah, buy a Mossberg 590a1
  11. dlupchurch21


    Jan 31, 2010
    I recently upgraded to a Benelli Nova for a Turkey Gun. I chose the 28 in barrel model. So far it has shot good, is a breeze to disassemble and clean, and handled all size loads very well, even the cheap winchester target loads while clay shooting. I paid 400 for mine, so you may have to budget a little more for accessories if you choose the nova. I also own an 870 which has been a relaible gun also. Either is a great choice
  12. dosei


    Mar 22, 2005
    Upstate SC
    Main downsides to the Nova:
    Stock & receiver are a single unit, you cannot change all.
    Many have been disapointed in the Nova action's lack of smoothness.
    The SuperNova was Benelli's response to the Nova's shortcomings.
  13. TECH51


    Mar 28, 2010
    Maverick88 167.00 new from academy, Breacher barrel new from Pro Patria 170.00 used forearm [Mossy 500] 35.00 and 80.00 on sling, mount, laser/combo, 5 shell holder and cool but useless stuff. Priceless
  14. boozer


    Jul 24, 2007
    Hilltop, USA
    My brother has a 25077 870, I like it so I just bought a 81201.

    I didn't see it on Remingtons site. Their photo of 25077 looks different than my brothers, the stock and forearm are the 81198 "Tactical" type, as is mine. Must be a production streamline thing.

    Got it for $299. Good deal.
  15. Spen84107


    Feb 17, 2003
    SLC, UT

    I would probably NEVER change the stock, but knowing that I COULDN'T would drive me crazy.

    I'd either front the extra cash for the SuperNova, or stick with 870. (I stuck with 870)
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2010
  16. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    Good call. I am buying a plain jane Mossberg 500 for $150 tomorrow. It looks like this. I have 2 shotguns already but I just have to have this one at that price.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2010
  17. simplyrob


    Mar 8, 2010
    AZ, USA
    im waiting for a day i can roll to sgc and look at their inventory, maybe compare a few. sold a pistol today and balled out at work, so, i actually have more $ to spend than previously stated. not enough for a spx or a fabarms, but, the supernova is now an option too. thanks guys for the priceless info above.