Beatin' A Dead Horse...

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Slimslam, Mar 25, 2003.

  1. Slimslam

    Slimslam New Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    SE Michigan
    Mossberg or Remington? The more I research, the more opinions I get, the more indecisive I get. Some folks swear by a Mossberg or a Remington while others swear at them. IF I were to buy a 12 ga for skeet shooting and home defense purposes, should it be a Mossy or a Remy? I found a used Mossberg Model 88 for $245, a used Mossy Maverick for $225, and a used (fully rifled) Remington 870 for $275.
  2. warpig

    warpig Guest

    It does not matter between the two. Get the one that fits you the best.

  3. skiingfool1974

    skiingfool1974 New Member

    Mar 24, 2003
    They both make good shotguns, so the choice falls down to which one feels better for you. I have an 870 that I love, but friends have the 88 that they love as well.

    Oh wait, if you are using it for home defense and skeet, you want a smooth bore, not rifled like the 870 you found. If the only 870 you can find has a rifled barrel, then you'd need to replace the barrel (not that cheap).

  4. Boomatic

    Boomatic New Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    Home defense and skeet is a tough dual purpose to meet, IMO. I prefer a home defense gun to be short barreled (18") & hi cap. For skeet, 26" is preferrable. I guess a 26", although not as maneuverable, would work. My only advice would be to stay away from the lower level, economy models (express, etc.) While some are fine, others are not. The consistency is better in the standard and up models.

    Of course...just my opinion.
  5. Dagger

    Dagger New Member

    Mar 24, 2003
    new york
    i just got a brand new mossy maverick 88 for 225$

    it feels real nice, has good balance, i like it. i was also looking at a Rem. also felt great, so i would say pick the one you like best and go with it.
  6. WyomingSwede

    WyomingSwede Guest

    I have a maverick 88 that I cant seem to wear out...but I favor a couple of 870's also. Like you said...go with the one that fits you best.

    But remember two things:

    1) There's always room for one more...

    2) They dont eat...

  7. warpig

    warpig Guest

    Swede, you should join a couple sporting clay teams and hunt doves,pheasant,duck,goose and grouse.:)

    A guy can go broke feeding a shotgun:):)

  8. WyomingSwede

    WyomingSwede Guest

    I meant they dont eat hay or have to be let out in the middle of the night.

    They dont talk back either.

    Mine do eat a lot...but I reload. are inciting a lot of history with that last remark.

  9. warpig

    warpig Guest

    I reload also Swede. Got my sporting clay loads down to around $2.50 a box. My magnum pheasant loads are costing me $3.50 a box to reload.

    I have a Mec Grabber for my main 12 ga loader and 3 Lee Loadalls for 12 ga specialty loads and 20 ga. Also another Mec for 16ga.

    Gary's in SF is the cheapest on reloading components in eastern SD.

    3 Lees in NE is cheapest on primers though. $1.80 per 100 when bought in bulk. Me and some other guys split up big orders to get this price.

    Get all my hulls for free. I have 5 or 6 50 lb dog food bags full of hulls:D
  10. WyomingSwede

    WyomingSwede Guest

    I need to get down to Garys in the next couple months...I am low on shotgun stuff. I use two mecc loaders, have never messed with a Lee loadall...seemed too they hold up??

    Have you tried reloading any of the new tungsten/plastic or other speciaty shot? Is the price higher than a moose's arse??

    They want a war price for five rounds of that stuff. For that kind of money I can stick with steel and let them in close.

  11. warpig

    warpig Guest

    I want to get started loading hevi-shot. All the non tox is spendy. I have been buying some hevi-shot for geese so I do need to start reloading it to save some $$$. My Dad wants to load steel. He bought the steel kit for the Grabber to do it. I won't let him convert the Grabber cause I like to leave it set up for the large amounts of sporting clay loads I do. It would be a pain to be sonstantly changing it over.Thinking about buying a Mec Steelmaster.

    The first couple years I was doing it I did it all with the Lee Loadalls. They are very SLOW. My Lees don't have the primer feed. I was doing a box an hour that way.:( When I got the Mec Grabber I went up to 10 boxs a hour:D

    The Lees hold up good enough. I have loaded thousands and thousands in just one of mine. They are a good cheap way to get started. I leave my Mec set up for the sporting clay loads and use the Lees for short runs of other loads. For instance I load some spreader loads that use the disk insert and that would be hard to do with the Mec.

    The Lees are good for hand loads and experimenting.:(
  12. WyomingSwede

    WyomingSwede Guest

    Thanks piggy. Let me know when you get your hevi-shot priced out. We could get some large orders on it. I need an excuse to head to Yankton anyway.
    I have the Mecc with the steel conversion. Never had any problems with Meccs.

  13. Jack Ryan

    Jack Ryan New Member

    Mar 25, 2003
    SW Indiana
    Moss vs Rem

    I own several Remingtons, 870's and an 11-87. I also own a couple Ithicas.

    Just the other day Walmart put a couple Mossberg full camo turkey guns on sale for $214 and I was gettting tired of being ribbed about how great they were and half the price of my Remingtons so I bought one.

    Well I've been doing some head to head testing of these guns and the all the chokes I have for them. I'm not even done yet and I can tell you I'll never buy another Mossberg at any price.
  14. warpig

    warpig Guest

    I feel your pain with the Mossberg Jack.

    I know a guy who actually threw his off a bridge.
  15. Boomatic

    Boomatic New Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    I want to go to Yankton just to see the drive up beer joint!
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