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This is a discussion on Best Shotgun for HD within the Shotguns forums, part of the Armory category; I too had issues with my wife's "Little" Mossy, but those have been since dispensed with LONG ago. It will at times fire magnum slug ...

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Old September 15th, 2010, 11:40 PM   #16
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I too had issues with my wife's "Little" Mossy, but those have been since dispensed with LONG ago. It will at times fire magnum slug ammuntion almost equal to what the 870 does with a slightly distinctive voice and no apparent problems after wards.

Frankly either weapon is quite durable enough for me and and I am one of those kinds of people who remember the old steel barges when gas was .26 a gallon. Man those were the days. Not like the thin plastic crap that is out there today.

Yes, you need to practice regularly with the shotgun. I fired mine at 25 yards, wife at 20 and that is way way longer ranges than what we would expect in a home defense situation. When bad guy is three yards down the hall from the doorway... it is a HUGE target and you cannot miss because if you do, he wont take but two steps to sink a knife into you by the time you rack.

Aim every time. And the round will get there where it needs to be every time more or less.

With enough practice, your sight picture (Particularly the 870) will fall into place automatically without thinking. The flat top of the reciever combined with the big bead at the end of the barrel which happens to be a exact or nearly so focus length for both of my eyes and the target slightly blurry.... BOOM hit. Not just hit, killshot.

I will point out one more item. Actually two.

Shotguns are for keeps. LEAVE OUT THE ROCK SALT YOU DUMMY! The bad guy does not know that.

And STOP buying the cheap ineffective birdshot ammo that is stacked by the pallet in that walmart. It will only enrage bad guy and motivate him or her to crush you like bug.

And frankly some people actually need that pain or sting as it were to actually start functioning at a much higher level of violence directed at you.

So, stop fooling around, use manly ammunition and drop the threat.

I recall a video somewhere on You tube where a 870 with magnum slug made a 240+ yard hit (In a indoor range no less)
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Old September 16th, 2010, 08:02 AM   #17
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My HD shotgun

Remington 870 With M4 stlye stock, slug barrel 22", door breaching choke red dot sight, picatinny forend and flashlight extended to 8+1 extension tube. Note: when putting an extension tube on a Remington 870 you have to file down two knobs in the orginal tube. I mainly have about 250 rounds mostly 00 buck, slugs and door breaching rounds. Down side pretty heavy weapon but weight also reduces recoil. This shotgun was redone from when i had a folding stock and just a sawed off 18" barrel. If i was gonna do it again I would skip the red dot and go with ghost ring sights, also would put on Knox recoil reduction m-4 style butstock with that would also equip a side saddle. You can also see my other shotguns from left to right Steoger over under, stock remington 870, and a browning gold hunter all 12 GA.

I have experience with a mossberg 500 thats what we carry in our infantry unit. For me it comes down to where you want your saftey Remington 870 is on trigger guard and mossberg is on top of rear . also when adding an extension tube to mossberg no filing nessacery.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 09:22 AM   #18
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That is a BEAUTIFUL 870. Just enough of whatever is necessary in home defense. Nothing wasted and nothing blingage.

If you don't mind asking, what suppliers and parts specifically did you use to built thta 870 according to your Service experience?
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Old September 16th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Shane' post='271880' date='Sep 16 2010, 04:02 PM
My HD shotgun

For me it comes down to where you want your saftey Remington 870 is on trigger guard and mossberg is on top of rear

The Mossberg safety is the most user-friendly, and ambidextrous for our southpaw brethren.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by JeffWard' post='271622 View Post
Remington has now sold over 10,000,000 870 shotguns.

This is not a fluke...


Very happy with my stock 870 Tactical 8+1. Looks great next to my old 870 Wingmaster.
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Old September 17th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #21
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Mossberg for me, I shoot lefty and the tang safety is more user friendly. You cant go wrong with either though
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Old September 17th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #22
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I have a 1992 Remington 870 Police.....after countless rounds, never a failure of any type. I need to redo the finish at some point, but it is functionally perfect as far as I can tell. The trigger started out a little rough, but its short and crisp now. The police version of the 870 is hand built with some upgraded parts over a standard Express model. I have nothing against Mossberg. In fact, I've been tempted a few times to buy a 590A1, but I'll never give up my 870P.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:02 PM   #23
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I have an 870 Express with 3 barrels, including an 18" cylinder for home defense. I load 4 shells of 00 in the magazine, and leave the chamber empty. I agree with the poster that mentioned practicing with the same ammo and range you might need to use at home. It IS possible to miss with a shotgun at close range.

I use the same gun with a 26" barrel and skeet Rem-choke to shoot skeet. I am very comfortable racking off rounds quickly.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 07:19 PM   #24
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I found this Mossberg 500 at Cabelas for under $500 out the door. 18.5 barrel, 7+1, and 120 lumen light built into forend. Light will go momentary on, always on, or strobe.
It just has a bead sight, but is really accurate. I've ran 7 1/2 bird shot, 00 buck, and slugs through it and recoil isn't bad at all.
I wish buck shot was cheaper, cause I love watching the steel plates fly when you shoot them.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 06:02 PM   #25
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I like mine. Hundreds of rounds through it, from birdshot to slug...never an issue.

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Old June 3rd, 2013, 07:49 PM   #26
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Mossberg vs Remington is an ergonomic question as pointed out. Both are great shotguns. That being said I've used Mossberg for 20 years and would purchase another based on familiarity.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 03:02 PM   #27
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Remington 870 Tactical in 20 ga. 7+1 My wife handles it well and it will handle anything we need to...
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Old January 21st, 2014, 05:25 PM   #28
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I personally am a fan of the 870. We own 2. They are my first choice for HD.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:20 PM   #29
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The best shotgun for HD is a a LaRue 308
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Old January 21st, 2014, 09:14 PM   #30
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I have the Mossberg 500 Persuader/Cruiser with the 18" barrel. I almost went for an Ithaca Model 37 for my home defense shotgun, but for the price of a Mossberg, i couldn't resist.

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