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Thinking about a shotgun, recommendations?

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Old 01-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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Thinking about a shotgun, recommendations?

I'd like something versatile, one I could put a 26 or 28" barrel on and throw a choke in and go hunting, get home, swap the barrel for a 18" or 20" rifled barrel and use it for HD. I'd like some versatility as far as furniture goes, but that's not absolutely necessary. 12GA is a definite.

I've looked at Remington 870 Express, Mossberg 500, Mossberg 535, some NEF models.. Just looking for advice and recommendations. I'd like to stay under $500, Remington sells a combo at Cabela's with a 26" field and 20" rifled barrels
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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I would tell you the 870 is the way to go, but that is due to the fact all I've ever (and will ever) owned is Remington shotguns.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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I would tell you the 870 is the way to go, but that is due to the fact all I've ever (and will ever) owned is Remington shotguns.
I would tell you 500 is the way to go, but that is due to the fact all I've ever (and will ever)own are mossberg shotguns.

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Anyways. They are both good guns. The only reason I choose the mossbergs over the Remington's is the position of the safety. It's on top where your thumb goes on the mossbergs. I feel it's better located there. Don't know why I care about that since I never use safety's anyways.
Now since I chose the mossberg in the firstPlace I have stuck with it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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You can't go wrong with a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 combo model. The Mossbergs will be a little less expensive.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:19 PM   #5
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Weird. I could have posted this same topic. My next purchase will be something along the same line.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:48 PM   #6
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I would go 870. Some complain about plastic parts on the 870, and the same can be said for the mossberg. I've had a plastic safety on a 500 break, and I have had 870s with some pretty terrible fit and finish. NEITHER is perfect, but both are great guns for the price.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Yea you really can't go wrong with either one. I would just suggest which ever one you pick, if you get more, stay with the same brand since the safetys are in different places.
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I'd like something versatile, one I could put a 26 or 28" barrel on and throw a choke in and go hunting, get home, swap the barrel for a 18" or 20" rifled barrel and use it for HD. I'd like some versatility as far as furniture goes, but that's not absolutely necessary. 12GA is a definite.

I've looked at Remington 870 Express, Mossberg 500, Mossberg 535, some NEF models.. Just looking for advice and recommendations. I'd like to stay under $500, Remington sells a combo at Cabela's with a 26" field and 20" rifled barrels
Definitely go with 870 tried and true shotgun. I've owned one for many years and havnt had a single problem with it whatsoever. There are also more upgrades available for the 870 IMO. If it's good enough for the military it's good enough for me.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:38 PM   #9
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I've owned both; I prefer the mossberg...but that doesn't make the 870 a bad choice.

One thing, though--you don't want a rifled barrel for HD; you want a smoothbore. Rifled barrels make an annulus (donut) pattern with buckshot.
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Definitely go with 870 tried and true shotgun. I've owned one for many years and havnt had a single problem with it whatsoever. There are also more upgrades available for the 870 IMO. If it's good enough for the military it's good enough for me.

Um--the military uses Mossberg 590's and Benelli M4's the last time I checked...
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