Remington 870 or Mossberg 500?

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Jerryboy, Nov 30, 2012.

Which is your favourite:

Poll closed Dec 3, 2012.
  1. Remington 870

    21 vote(s)
  2. Mossberg 500

    14 vote(s)
  3. other shotgun

    4 vote(s)
  1. Jerryboy

    Jerryboy Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2012
  2. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2012
    mountains of wv.
    winchester model 12 12 ga.

  3. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2011
    I just have more confidence in the 870. not based on anything but personal preference. but if a new shooter is with me I like him/her to have a 500 so I can look over with a glance and see the tang safety.
  4. goofy

    goofy Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    I love my Ithaca 37.
    Had her sense I was 13 she never failed me.
  5. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver Active Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    SW. Florida
    I have both and they both perform very well. I've never had any problems with either. While the 500 can often be found at very reasonable prices, the 870 is much easier to customize and has a wider variety of aftermarket accessories.

    The safety on the 500 works better for me as it is easily accessed with the thumb on the back of the receiver. The 870 has a safety button down on the trigger guard and can be somewhat difficult to find. I grew up hunting with a 20 ga. 500, so my familiarity with operating the 500's safety could just be old muscle memory, but it feels natural.

    I'd say you'd do fine to get either one.
  6. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I have both and enjoy them equally but I voted for the 870 because there seems to be more accessories available for it.
  7. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I also like both but with the 870, there are more mods and custom parts and the round capacity is upgradeable where on the 500 it is not (without buying a whole new front end anyway)

    so 870 gets my vote
  8. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver Active Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    SW. Florida
    For comparison, both guns outfitted for HD duty in 12 ga.. The Mossberg 500 is on top. The Mossberg holds 6 shots as is and the Remington holds 7 shots with the +2 magazine extension.

    Attached Files:

  9. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    SW PA
    Same here, had mine since 1968.

    Also have the semi version, the Model 51.

    Both have been great, never a problem with either. My only complaint with the 51 is that you can't shoot lower power loads.

    Between the 870 and 500...I'll take a 870 over the 500 because I think the 870 is built better. But, I have no experience with the new 870's since Remington's quality has dropped in my opinion since they changed ownership.
  10. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    At one time a friend of mine had a 500 12 gauge 3". With 2 3/4" shells it was fine. Fire a 3" and it unlocked and ejected the shell. Too much shell for the gun. I decided then they were unsafe. Maybe he just had a defective gun. Those things do happen. But it worried me.

    I have had, at different times, two 500s in 20 gauge. Got one in 1980, hunted with it for a year, and then traded it off for a 12 gauge SxS. Got the other one in a multi-gun deal a couple of years ago, and sold it within a week.

    Just don't like 'em.

    Got two 870s, a 37 and a 97 Winchester. But no more Mossberg shotguns for me.
  11. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
  12. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i have both, and actually prefer the 500. i did lots of clay target shooting and the slightly looser action of the slide in the 500 made for faster reloads for that next shot.

    i'm the limiting factor on accuracy when holding either gun.. the rem is more $$

    your call.
  13. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    My son has an 870 and a 500. I have a Mossberg 535. I like my 535 the best. I used to shoot trap with it and never had an issue.
  14. Jerryboy

    Jerryboy Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    then a Remington 870 it is, when i have the money :(
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun Mossberg 500 tactical or Remington 870 tactical Mar 25, 2013
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun Mossberg or Remington Jul 6, 2007
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun Mossberg man's gonna try his luck with a Remington... May 4, 2007
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun Need help with Remington Rolling Block rifle Dec 10, 2016
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun Remington 141 from may 1940 Dec 9, 2016