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Which do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by mpow66m, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. mpow66m

    mpow66m NRA,GOA,SAF

    Sep 9, 2009
    What shotgun do you prefer for an all purpose shotgun?

    1)Benelli Super Nova/Nova Pump
    2)Remington 870
    3)Rem. 1187 Semi.
    4)Benelli M4
    5)Mosseberg J.I.C.
    6)Saiga 12g semi.
    7)Double Barrell coach gun
    8)The Judge loaded w/ .410 00 Buckshot(not a SG,but o well)
    9)Bolt action single/multi shot SG
    10)Lever action like Grand Pa's
    11)The Shot gun mounted under my AR/AK rifle
    12)I dont shoot a Shotgun because they hurt and are loud.

  2. sambeaux2249


    Dec 4, 2006
    ALL Purpose? Of the choices listed, it would have to be a Remington 870.
    It's the only one you have listed that can easily switch from hunting, to home defense, to slug gun and back again.

  3. GLShooter


    Jan 3, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Actually my choice is my M1 Super 90 with screw in chokes. Not having that option then I go with my 870 Police with screw in chokes. It works well for about any job and has proven itself on everything from rabbits to pheasants over the year. That 20" barrels are not as limiting as many feel they are.

  4. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    Now that I have personal experience owning Remingtons, Mossbergs and Benellis I have come to the conclusion that my personal favorite is my Benelli SuperNova Tactical 12 gauge pump. Its not perfect but dang near it for me.

    - 12 gauge ammo is versatile, slug, 00-buck, birdshot, non-lethal, taser, grenade ect. (maybe in a SHTF scenario I could get my hands on some grenade ammo lol)
    - polymer armored receiver (like a Glock mag)
    - 3 lug rotating bolt head (like an AR rotating bolt head)
    - chrome lined barrel (like most high quality rifles)
    - load gate locks in the up position when loading shells so it doesnt bite your thumb (like Mossberg)
    - safety button is located forward of the trigger (like my Ruger 10/22. I heard some Winchester shotguns do to? I hate bending my finger back behind the trigger)
    - slide release is located forward of the trigger (like Remington)
    - safety button is over sized from the factory (no need to buy aftermarket)
    - trigger guard is over sized from the factory (for gloved hands)
    - comes with a recoil reducing buttstock (no need for a limb saver)
    - custom angled gel pad buttstock pads are availble from Benelli for left or right handed shooters
    -Ghost ring sights for taking 75 to 100 yard shots with slugs
    -shell lock feature to be able to load a specialty round without emptying the magazine (if you want to drop in a slug when your loaded up on buck only)
    -easiest field strip I have ever seen on a shotgun. (no individual loose bars to fumble with like a Mossberg)
    -built in sling studs (no need to buy aftermarket)
    -take down punch tool built into the mag end cap
    - Benelli offers a 5 year warranty vs 1 year like most others

    I'll never say its the best shotgun for everybody but its perfect for me personally. I will say its pricey though. Mine cost me $500 after background and taxes which is alot for a shotgun but probably par for the course in the tactical shotgun world?

    Switching it to a hunting barrel is not cheap either since Benelli barrels are just as expensive as a whole gun. This probably knocks it of the list of being truly an all purpose shotgun.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2010
  5. stopatrain

    stopatrain Lifetime Member

    Aug 28, 2005
  6. I love my Beretta 1201, but for an all-purpose gun the 870 wins in a landslide for me.
  7. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    Best all purpose? Has to be the 870. There are over 110 barrels offered for the 12ga version on the Remington parts list alone and more made after market for the 870. Change barrels and you have a different purpose weapon. Most any pump shotgun accessory made today includes the 870. It is the most versitile platform to start with.

    Note: I made this point on another site and some clown jumps in stated that there were just as many barrels for the Mossberg pump. So I went to the Mossberg parts list and found only 12.
  8. Out of the list, Remington 870.
  9. GlockPride

    GlockPride Glock 23

    Aug 21, 2006
    Just OK
    Definitely 870. I own three!
  10. Wow, 100 different barrels. That is a lot.

    I know Mossberg's web site only lists 12 different 12 ga barrels for the 500, but if you look at all the various finishes and some of the silly barrel attachments Mossberg makes a lot more then 12 different types of barrels for the 500 shotguns they sell. They also make shotguns in 12 ga, 20, ga, and .410. But their web site only lists 12 ga and 20 ga barrels. For instance on the 20 ga they only list a 26" all purpose barrel and 3 different slug barrels. But if you look at their bantam shotguns they have 20", 22", and 24" 20 ga barrels available. Mossberg lists 35 different barrel variations of their hunting Model 500's if you order the whole shotgun. They don't seem to list all of the barrels for sale on their web site.

    Does Remington make a Muzzle loading black powder barrel for the 870?

    How about a Line Throwing Conversion kit?

    Mossberg makes both of those for the 500.

    And out of the 100 Barrels that Remington makes what can the 870 do that the 500 can't?

    Anyhow to answer the OP's question, off the list of shotguns you listed the Benelli Supernova would give you the option of 3 1/2" shells, so it would probably be the most versatile. But any of the pump action shotguns like the 870, 500, Nova/Supernova, or the old Wincherster 1200/1300's are all very versatile shotguns that can handle a wide range of hunting or self defense tasks by simply changing barrels.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2010
  11. IndianaMatt


    Jul 8, 2008
    870. Some time ago (before I bought the Remington) I had a Mossberg 500 for about a year or so. While I found the fit and finish comparable to the Remington, the Mossberg didn't perform as well and was prone to jams and malfunctions.

    I use the 870 for HD as well as skeet, and its as reliable and utilitarian gun as I can fathom.

    Remington 870: the Glock of shotguns.
  12. DHart


    Nov 16, 2002
    Any 870, 500, 590, 1300 that is "prone to jams and malfunctions" has a repairable issue going on. All of these guns are exceptionally reliable and none of these models are any more reliable than any other.
  13. ACE31


    Jan 22, 2008
  14. Puppy


    Nov 12, 2006
  15. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Of those listed - only the 870. That is not a list of "all around" shotguns IMO.

    My favorite all arounder:Mossberg 535 ATS Turkey in 22"

    22" is long enough to hunt anything except long range birds and short enough to use indoors. Change the choke to tune for anything including slugs.

    Want to make it even more all around? Add a rifled deer barrel
    More? 28" field barrel
    Mostly indoors? 18" security barrel
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  16. mpow66m

    mpow66m NRA,GOA,SAF

    Sep 9, 2009
    ''Ithaca:supergrin: ''

    Dam forgot that one!
  17. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    Don't forget Mossberg makes barrels for the Remington 870!
  18. DOG33

    DOG33 Senior Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    I will go with the trusty ole 870