Shotty fo HD Rem870 887 Mossberg500/590???

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  1. Z1232K

    Z1232K Heavy Hauler CLM

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    First, I am a newbie to shotguns, so please go easy.

    There are so many choices, what should I be looking for?

    Here are some I found...

    870 Express Tactical
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    887 Nitro Mag Tactical
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    Mossberg 500/590
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    What do you guys think? I have 2 pistols and 0 long arms.

    As much as I'd like to think that my 17 or 32 could do the job(home defense), I'd rather not leave it to chance.
     
  2. Tactical black

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    I'm a fan of the 870 I have the marine magnum and it works great. but that 887 looks pretty nice never shot one though
     

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    870 IMHO is a better quality firearm......Mossy is generally the cheaper of the two......both are very popular and can get the job done.
     
  4. Z1232K

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    I really like te 887 too, but have read alot of really good reviews and a lot of bad as well. Which is part of the reason for this thread.
    I' rather hear it from you guys than some random Joe Blow off the internet.
     
  5. chowHound

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    can you not put a shorter barrel on a Rem 1100 or 11-87?

    semi auto would be kinda nice and it could be used for trap/skeet and hunting too....?

    edit: whoa, that was my first post.
    :)
     
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    Can a pump not be used for trap and skeet???
     
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    i was having the same dilema a few months back. i handled the mossy and it just felt put together badly. i have never shot one. and there are many who swear by them, it just felt loose to me.
     
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    I have and 870 Police that I bought off gunbroker a few years back. I also have another 870 that I hunt with. I've never had any experience with the Mossberg pumps, but I'm sure you won't be making a mistake if you get an 870. I would stay away from the 887 though simply because it has a 3.5" chamber, which will make for a longer slide stroke and a half inch longer gun. You really want a short, handy shotgun for home defense. Granted the half inch of extra length is probably negligible, but do you really think you'd ever shoot 3.5" shells in it. Lastly, I find it curious that Remington rolled out an 870 with a 3.5" chamber after they debuted the new 887. It makes me wonder a little bit about the 887.

    Lastly, you may want to look at the Benelli Nova and SuperNova. I have a Benelli SuperNova, and I prefer the 870. The Benelli still needs some breaking in though, but I have a hard time making myself shoot it as long as I can shoot my 870. Also check FNH (though I can't find the model I'm thinking of on their website right now, there are some on gunbroker.)
     
  11. Z1232K

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    Although trap and skeet would be fun, this gun will serve one purpose....to protect the family.
     
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    "There's few instances where a civilian has the ability to utilize & deploy the most powerful and capable devices available to them against an armed assailant. Home defense is one of these. Always observe effectiveness when planning home protection." <-This was what I wrote for my facebook status one day. Friends thought it was kind of strange,:) but I thought it might get some of them thinking about "what if?".

    I like my 870's-
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  13. Sw1tch

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    Go with the 870. They're dead-nuts reliable, proven through decades of use, and the Express Tactical looks pretty neat to boot.
     
  14. ronin.45

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    I like the 870 but the 590 is a great gun too. I have no interest in the 500 or 887.

    And please don't call it a shotty. I feel like I'm playing Call of Duty everytime I hear that term.
     
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    I have a Mossberg 500, it's been flawless since 1984.
    If I had to replace it I would get a 590. I just prefer the tang mounted safety
    over the safety the 870 has on the trigger guard. Mossberg did it right!
     
  16. Jason D

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    The 870 is the gun all others are gaged by.
    I would look at their synthetic 870 with extended magazine before I bought one with that crappy ass breaching barrel on it.
     
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    You cannot go wrong with either. Personally, I wouldn't bother with the "tactical" or whatever models, just get the basic 870 for like $330 or the 500 for a few bucks less.
     
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    870 or 590, I got both and really like both but prefer the feel of the 870. pick which feels best to you then go with it, you can't go wrong either way
     
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    Another one telling you 590 or 870. I went with the 590 as I picked it up LNIB in trade. After having shot it awhile, I agree with others that I really like the tang mounted safety better than the Remington 870's. Mine has the speed-feed stock and ghost ring sights. 13 shells onboard is no joke! :supergrin:
     
  20. Boats

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    Get the 590, which is a combat shotgun from the ground up. The 870 is a bird gun masquerading as a fighting shotgun.

    Specific criticisms of the 870:

    The Express is a cheapened version of the Wingmaster. Most buy the Express.
    The safety is crossbolt found on a hunting arm compared to the ambidextrous tang safety of the Mossberg.
    The 870's action lever is placed in an inferior location.
    The 870's shell lifter gets in the way of rapid reloads and even with hundreds of hours of practice it only has to get in your way once at the wrong moment.
    Changing the tube mag capacity of a 870 is a major PITA.