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Which one do you prefer

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by IhRedrider, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. IhRedrider

    IhRedrider Not a walker

    Mar 28, 2011
    Like the title says. Which shotgun do you prefer, if you could only have one?

    Please include a brief explanation why.
  2. cyphertext


    Jan 6, 2004
    If I am limited to one, I'm going to go with my Remington 870. Many different barrels available to suit whatever your needs. Since I have 2 of them already, I have two barrels, a 28" barrel with Rem chokes for hunting and a 18.5" barrel for HD.

  3. officerjohnson


    Sep 26, 2010
    Mossberg or Remington, I could use either one and be perfectly happy. Handle them both and pick the one that feels better to you.

    I like that you can get a parkerized Mossberg cheaper than a parkerized Remington. You get more for your money with the Mossbergs, that not to say that they are any better
  4. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Mossberg 535 with 4 barrels:
    18 1/2 cylinder
    20 choked turkey
    24 rifled
    28 inch vent rib w/ choke
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  5. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    For what purpose can I only have 1 shotgun? Trap, skeet, sporting clays, quail, ducks or are we talking self defense? Are interchangeable barrels part of the question?

    In terms of self defense, there's a lot to be said for the Remington 870. But I still prefer my Benelli M4.

    The M4 seems to eat anything including light target loads and there is no concern for short-stroking under stress. It just lays down an awesome amount of fire power. Interrupted strings of fire, like inserting a slug in the middle of firing 00 buck, is trivial with the M4. It isn't necessarily a problem with the 870 but it is easier with the M4.

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  6. IhRedrider

    IhRedrider Not a walker

    Mar 28, 2011
    It looks like the pumps are first choice so far. Any more auto supporters out there?
  7. Bullman

    Bullman Deranged Deputy

    Oct 11, 2003
    SW Virginia
    I am a Mossberg man just for the control locations, I prefer the thumb safety on the location of the action release on the Mossberg. The Remingtons are outstanding shotguns also and if the control locations there are what you get used to initially then the 870 or 1187 will make you a fine shotgun.
  8. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    Remington 870. Multiple role capacity, durable, reliable, easy to work on, parts availability.

  9. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    While 870 is the golden standard I'm finding the controls location a bit problematic at times. I have a really cool M37 Ithaca Defender with 20" barrel and 7 shot capacity. It's a bit too long though and controls are located exactly in the same spots as on 870. Nothing big and I may actually order 870P soon, but certainly for me, more natural location for the slide release would be behind the trigger guard. For this reason I'm going to give a try to this shotgun soon. If I will like it, there will be no need to order 870P. :wavey:

  10. azbuckeye


    Jan 15, 2011
    On the beach
    Remington 870 for me....I've owned several during my lifetime and have never had an issue, or failure with any of them.
  11. 870 all the way.
    Proven track record, reliable, more aftermarket parts and customize
    options out there than any other shotgun.

    Some other very good shotguns out there to choose from, but
    I'll stick with my 870's. Hunting, Police/Military, or Home Defense,
    there's an 870 to do the job.
  12. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I would be happy with either my Vang Comp 590a1 or my Benelli M4. Both are exceptional.
  13. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    Mossberg. (500 or 590 will do) 50 years of reliability. Battlefield proven with the USMC. Dual extractors, ambi safety button, slide release behind the trigger guard, shell elevator is NOT spring loaded and retracts into the receiver when loading ammo.

    Is it the best? No. But then again no "one" shotgun is the best for every person and every task.

    Here is my plane jane 500. Paid $150 used
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  14. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    I'm officially a broken record at this point but I always gravitate back to a Rem 870, Winchester 1300, and a Browning BPS... I have shot a Beretta auto tactical shotgun before, and it was a lovely experience...
  15. I'd go Mossberg 500 as well.


    Although I also own an 870 and would be happy with that as well.
  16. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    The Mossberg's pictured above is just how I like a Defense shotgun... All business with no curb feelers, fender flares, etc... Although I would like to add a light on mine..
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  17. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    So, here we are with no more consensus than the last time this was discussed (about a week ago). We run the gamut from a $150 used Mossberg to a $1500 new Benelli with a bunch of 870s in the middle.

    All will work for self defense; take your pick.

  18. denn1911


    Oct 14, 2010
    New England
    For a pump, the Rem. 870 gets my vote. For an auto, Benelli gets my vote. Reliability, ease of operation, accuracy and parts availability are some of the reasons that I would go with them.
  19. Bowtie

    Bowtie NRA MEMBER

    Dec 18, 2004
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011