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What shotgun for $500?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by blaster_54738, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. mixflip

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    Hammer forged barrels? Dang it I thought I covered everything. That is good to know, thanks. Now I have to add that bit if info on the video as a pop up annotation.
     
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  2. mixflip, great looking gun and as always great video's. But my number one shotgun for home protection is my 930 SPX. Went to the range yesterday for fun shooting and of the four boxes in the low brass Federal 100 shell value pack we get at Wal-Mart I shot three boxes from my shoulder and the last box from my hip. Guess what. Your correct, not one malfunction. Good luck with your new shotgun and keep posting your videos. Count to date, 350 shells shot, malfuntions 0
     

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  3. ScrappyDoo

    ScrappyDoo Tacticool brah!

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    frank and mix, quick question. Do either of you have an , dare I say, Upgraded? barrel for the 930 SPX? I don't mean upgraded as in better... I mean, maybe, bigger/longer for different applications? I want to use my 930 as my tactical shotgun / HD weapon but also my "primary" shotgun ... and seeing as it's my only shotgun and it seems the next I purchase will also be a tactical model (The Benelli) and I'm not buying a new barrel for THAT mofo, I'd like to consider and maybe get some ideas/options for buying a new barrel for the Mossberg so I can increase its versatility...

    Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks gents.
     
  4. ScrappyDoo I have the factory installed 18.5 barrel only but I see no reason why you would not be able to put any Mossberg 930 barrel on your SPX. The only difference between the 930 SPX and a field grade 930 is the finish, sights, magazine 2 shot extension and Picatinny rail. You should be able to remove your SPX barrel and slip on your hunting barrel, the finish will be different and you may have to go with a shorter magazine spring and end cap depending if your limited to the number of shells your gun can be loaded with when hunting in your state. You would also have to remove the rear ghost ring sight, but there should be room to look down the picatinny rail to the front bead of your hunting barrel. Hope this helps. mix may have more information.
     
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  5. mixflip

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    I am not 100% sure but I just looked at Mossbergs catalog magazine and there are tons of 930 hunting gun variations for duck, dove, turkey, ect. Since th eSPX is essentially based off a semi-auto hunting gun I dont see why any of those barrels wouldnt fit the SPX. Call or email Mossberg before you actually buy one just to be sure.

    The only issue I can see is that your SPX has ghost ring sights. If you swap in a hunting barrel with a vent rib and bead sight. You will have to remove your rear ghost ring sight (which is easy) and either go with a holosight mounted on the picatinny rail or remove the picatinny rail all together and go 100% hunter style.

    Also as Frank mentioned, you will probably need to buy a standard mag cap and a shell limiter dowel (or make your own if you are cheap like me) just to keep the Game Warden happy.
     
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  6. blaster_54738

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    well here it is.

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    now just to order the Nordic +2 extension and top rail for maybe an eotech and it'll be done
     
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  7. blaster-54738 Great looking gun thank you for posting your pictures and I wish you the best of luck. Stay safe.
     
  8. After owning Mossberg 500s and Remington 870s I would choose the Benelli Supernova as my next shotgun purchase.

    I.M.O./E. Tactical stocks are for combat only and I would choose the conventional stock for fexibility.
     
  9. Apocalypse_Now

    Apocalypse_Now Molon Labe

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    My bedside gun is a Mossberg 500 18 inch that I have been shooting and beating the h#ell out of for 25 years. No disappointments
     
  10. mixflip

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    Nice choice! Mine was a little tight at first but it smooths out after breaking it in.

    I love the comfort tech feature in my stock and I dont think I can justify swapping it out.

    I am on the hunt for a mag extension myself. I think I may go with a TacStar so I can beat it up a little and not cry if I scratch it. Nordics are works of art.

    As far as a top rail? I am probably going with a Mesa Tactical rail & side saddle combo. Expensive but wont get stripped threads after years of use so its worth the extra bucks I think.
     
  11. SiNNiK

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    Nordic is who I went with, except I got the +3 due to a brain fart.

    Glad I did though, once I send my barrel to King Armory for their Breach/Brake job, it'll even things up nice and pretty and I'll have 7+1 capacity.

    I also got Nordic's teflon coated follower, nice although I wish it came in different colors.

    Don't forget the barrel clamp, even though you probably won't need it for +2, they have a little rail that attaches to it for a spiffy place to mount a light, or a cup holder, or something.
     
  12. SiNNiK

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    Just curious, why would you "go for it" on the side saddle and cheap out on the mag extension?

    Also, some guys were having problems with side saddles on the SNT's where it was stripping out the threads in the receiver, I forget what the problem was, but it seems like it was a specific brand of side saddle and the screws were wrong.

    I'll try to find it, anyway what they did to "fix" it was to drill out the holes on the top of the receiver and install steel inserts.
     
  13. SiNNiK

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    One more thing, the action in the SNT is long but butter smooth.

    It's probably, for me at least, the most exciting thing about shooting the SNT is working the action and loading another round.

    I just picked up some 3.5" Remington Mag Express 00 Buckshot for the next range trip, just because I can.

    :)
     
  14. blaster_54738

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    I was looking at the Mesa rail/saddle combo and thats what worried me was the weight applied to those small holes. i dont know how tight the shells fit in the holder but could yanking one out cause any problems?
     
  15. SiNNiK

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    This was the problem.

    I hope I can link the source without getting in trouble.

    Link.
     
  16. mixflip

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    Maybe I dont fully understand the Mesa setup, but I thought the mesa side saddles mount in the reciever pin holes with non-walking pins. Essentially a bolt with flared nuts on both ends.

    How is anything getting stripped in the reciever?
     
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  17. IBreakStuff

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    Rem 870P, or Moss 590A1. Built to last and huge after market support.
     
  18. SiNNiK

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    The holes tapped into the top of the receiver. There are little plastic pieces that you pop out (from the inside) in case you wanted to mount a rail (or a side saddle that utilizes them), those are the ones that were getting stripped.
     
  19. mixflip

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    Oh ok so the whole system works by bolting down the tiny top screws and no trigger housing pins? That sucks! Looks like I wont be getting the Mesa combo.
     
  20. SiNNiK

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