Skip to comments.Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 for Home Defense?
Posted on 12/29/2008 8:12:39 AM PST by gOOsefmalOOsef
Hello Fellow Freepers!
I am young and a bit naive when it comes to firearms but am interested in a good home defense shotgun. As I am well aware many of you have experience in this area I was wondering what recomendations you might have to Remington 870 express vs the Mossberg 500?
Both are good choices......I am partial to the Remington, though.
Oh man have you started one now.
I have both and dont think you can really go wrong with either as far as RELIABILITY.
However just IMHO if you decide to use a pump for home defense, don’t shoot anything else like a autoloader or double barrel for any period of time. You want the bang-PUMP action to come automatically to you when crunch time comes.
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The Rem 870 design has been used for decades by military and police. There are a ton of aftermarket items for it as well.
I vote(d) 870.
That’s almost a theological question ....I have used Remington shotguns since the about 1960 and have never had a problem. In fact the first shotgun I bought for myself was a Remington 870, and I use it to this day.
FWIW, I once saw a shoot-out from Soldier of Fortune magazine....nearly every shooter chose the 870.
I like the safety placement better on the 500.
The 870 gives you 7 rounds, the Mossberg gives you 8.
I have an 870 full-choke pump and am very happy with it. Just the mechanical sound of the pump action is an attention getter for any intruder.
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A buddy of mine has a recording of the sound of racking a pump shot gun hooked up to his door bell I love it
I have an 870 myself - I love that shotgun.
I am planning to get a Ruger 9mm for home protection. I always thought you’d scare off the bad guys if they heard the shotgun being racked. CHP friend says, yeah, but if they’re armed, it also tells them where you are.
If you ever need more than 2-3 for home defense purposes, 7 versus 8 rounds won't make much difference. Besides, it's more weight further out that makes the weapon that much harder to handle.
They're both fine weapons, but it comes down to personal ergonomics. Which one shoulders better for you? Do you like the Mossy's thumb safety on the tang or the Remmy's safety on the trigger guard? What mag capacity do you feel you need? etc., etc.
My decision was for a used 870 Wingmaster as a base followed by an 18" aftermarket barrel and a +2 magazine extension.
Think twice before buying a Ruger 9mm. I shot mine a total of 2 times before it had to go into the shop bc the clip would not go in.
Personally, I would buy a CZ or a Kimber.
I love guns and I own a few. But exactly what kind of marauding zombies does one need to expect at their door to make significant difference between 7 or 8 shots.
What exactly do you have in your home that is going to make these zombies attack you.
I know they go for brains and all....
(Really, I am kidding. Kind of....)
I forgot to mention that it is still in the shop! 2 months and counting.
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After 10,000 or more shells, the 870 will feel like an old friend, and will shoot like it's wired to your brain.
Interesting you should mention the Browning A-5 - I owned and used one for years but eventually sold it because it was just too heavy. I switched to a Remington 1200 in 20 ga for my bird gun.
The only sound the bad guys need to hear is "BOOM!".
“However just IMHO if you decide to use a pump for home defense, dont shoot anything else like a autoloader or double barrel for any period of time. You want the bang-PUMP action to come automatically to you when crunch time comes.
I concur completely. When I was young I shot a pump a lot, but at times when things got exciting, as they always do when hunting things like doves or ducks, it was not uncommon to fire and then attempt to fire again without pumping a new load in. With ducks and doves that can be embarrassing, but in a life or death situation it could result in very bad consequences. I would be more inclined to recommend a double barrel as the first line of defense, backed up by a pump. Two shots at close range from a good load will buy plenty of time to pick up your backup.
Having actually been in a gun fight, I would opine if you are on round 8, you are going to die.
Ignore everyone else, and listen to me alone!
Both are good. If one or the other is substantially cheaper and in good shape, get that one.
If they are the same cost, pick whichever one feels best in your hands. If you can, before you buy, find some folks who have them and get them to take you shooting, so you can try them out.
And don't tell me Jedi mind tricks don't work on you! You'll hurt my feelings! ;)
I believe the Mossberg 500 will probably be cheaper, if you get a stock weapon. Get one that is gussied up for “tactical” use, ie, an ugly black gun, and it's going to cost more. Remington's 870 might possibly be a bit higher quality, or so I've heard. I've owned one of each, but a long time apart, and I'd be happy to have either kind. Especially right now. Mine was gussied up with the folding pistol-grip stock in black plastic, but the original forearm grip in beat up walnut. I think someone ran out of $$ while playing with it. I got it in a three-corner trade long ago, and it's long gone. I liked them both.
Oh yeah - whatever you buy, get thee to the range and practice with it until the manual of arms becomes second nature. The range is the place to make and correct mistakes like short-stroking the action or forgetting to snick off the safety.
The question of what to use as a home defense weapon is a question of who is going to use the weapon.
If you are a young strapping male a a shotgun could be appropriate.
If you are a young petit female a pistol may be more appropriate.
Being able and confident in handling the weapon when the need arises is more important than hitting power.
If the only use the shotgun will be put to is home defense I would recommend shopping around and finding an used shotgun at a good price. Either would be a fine choice. Make sure that you buy one with as short a barrel as you can find with an open choke or slug barrel.
If you may choose to hunt with the weapon you may want to put out the money for a new weapon. If this is a possibility you may want to buy an extra barrel to suit your hunting needs.
sounds illegal where i live.
Oh man, that's a CLASSIC!!!!! LMAO!!!!
If it was a Belgian A-5, you might want to see if you can buy it back. In nice condition, they’re going for $1200-$2000 and much more for the really nice ones.
They don’t even get to hear that, just a momentary blinding flash.
I love it when a post starts like this.
I am a Remington believer. Ran a Trap area at a camp one summer, and the 870 was solid. Receiver is milled I believe, but much stronger than other brands I have seen. My brother got a good 870 recently, with the larger mag extension to the end of the barrel. Nice gun! It will last forever.
“but I like the elevated barrel (humpback) for aiming.”
Tweedy is not going to be robbing you, so aiming is not required with any shotgun at close range. Just point it at the intruder and squeeze off.
That is only important if they want to kill you personally. To the average thug on the street that sound says "Why don't you go bother the Liberal hopplophobe down the street?"
Just my preference. I'd advise you check out both and see which is a better fit for you.
I am not weak minded but Jedi Mind tricks tend to work on me!
For the purpose, I’ll take a Saiga 12 any ol’ day.
If a raghead can run it....
Ya ain’t gonna shoot skeet professionaly with a Saiga..
But 10 rd. mags do heck on bowling pins (or whatever)
It's actually 8 and 9 shots with one in the chamber. My point was for self defense purposes, there really is no distinction between the two. I have an old double barrel that I can fire twice without reloading loaded with 00. That delivers 18 .32 caliber slugs in less time than I can blink.
That’s the other dilemma. My wife is not a big fan of guns and has a fear of them. I understand fear in terms of safety is good but I also want her to feel comfortable firing them and practicing. I was thinking that for her I might get a 9mm pistol or possibly a 9mm carbine. Something with little kick that she can practice and feel comfortable with.
My thoughts EXACTLY. That is what I have. Wouldn’t
trade it for anything.....
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