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Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 for Home Defense?
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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?


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1 posted on 12/29/2008 8:12:39 AM PST by gOOsefmalOOsef
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

870


2 posted on 12/29/2008 8:17:26 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

Both are good choices......I am partial to the Remington, though.


3 posted on 12/29/2008 8:17:39 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

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.


4 posted on 12/29/2008 8:17:55 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

Pictures, pictures, pictures


5 posted on 12/29/2008 8:18:41 AM PST by bmwcyle (McCain had no honor when he failed to defend Sarah Palin, Leno was not enough)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

Check back later bump! ;-)


6 posted on 12/29/2008 8:18:59 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here. ;-)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

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.


7 posted on 12/29/2008 8:19:10 AM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

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.


8 posted on 12/29/2008 8:19:17 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

Binelli NOVA.


9 posted on 12/29/2008 8:20:09 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: PreciousLiberty

FWIW, I once saw a shoot-out from Soldier of Fortune magazine....nearly every shooter chose the 870.


10 posted on 12/29/2008 8:20:30 AM PST by Loud Mime (Things were better when cigarette companies could advertise and lawyers could not....LM)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

I like the safety placement better on the 500.


11 posted on 12/29/2008 8:21:00 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

The 870 gives you 7 rounds, the Mossberg gives you 8.


12 posted on 12/29/2008 8:22:05 AM PST by PasorBob
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

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.


13 posted on 12/29/2008 8:22:16 AM PST by ScottinVA (All I needed to know about islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: freedomlover

bump for later


14 posted on 12/29/2008 8:23:11 AM PST by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef

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


15 posted on 12/29/2008 8:23:53 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom Mr. Obama, are you aware that Sarah Palin took on her own party’s establishment in Alaska a)
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To: Loud Mime

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.


16 posted on 12/29/2008 8:24:01 AM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: tgusa
The Remington is a better made shotgun but both will last several lifetimes with reasonable care. I've never been a fan of Mossbergs but I know they work well enough.
I would suggest looking around for a Japanese made browning A-5. No longer in production but plenty are still around. Its heavier, but I like the elevated barrel (humpback) for aiming. I don't think the A-5 has been militarized as much as the 870 has tho.
17 posted on 12/29/2008 8:24:02 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: bmwcyle

http://world.guns.ru/shotgun/sh04-e.htm

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/shotguns/model_870/model_870_express_synthetic_7-round.asp


18 posted on 12/29/2008 8:24:08 AM PST by PasorBob
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The 870 gives you 7 rounds, the Mossberg gives you 8.

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.

19 posted on 12/29/2008 8:26:06 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: gOOsefmalOOsef
In the finest FReeper tradition, I'll be the first to say "Get both"! 8^)

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.

20 posted on 12/29/2008 8:26:17 AM PST by AngryJawa (SOCIALISM SUCKS)
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