Thinking about a shotgun, recommendations?

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  1. Jan 18, 2013 #1
    taylorjr

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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

     
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    scott_ff65

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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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    billxdm

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    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.

    Haha

    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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    seawolfxix

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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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    Gealousy

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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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    chupacabrachus

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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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    thestinker

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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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    Monster87

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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.
     
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    Cuda66

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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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    Cuda66

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

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