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Which is your favourite:

  • Remington 870

    Votes: 21 53.8%
  • Mossberg 500

    Votes: 14 35.9%
  • other shotgun

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your fav?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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I have both and enjoy them equally but I voted for the 870 because there seems to be more accessories available for it.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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I love my Ithaca 37.
Had her sense I was 13 she never failed me.
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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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then a Remington 870 it is, when i have the money :(
 

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The 870 just for the fact I like where the safety is located. For me it is quicker to engage/disengage.
 

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Given a choice between just the 870 and the 500, I'd go with the 500. I've had more than a few and I have beat the heck out of them and they keep coming back for more. And the safety is, to quote Jeff Quinn, "right where God intended them to be."
 

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I have shot the 870 quite a bit while working security. I like my 500 better. It isn't tactical, has the long ported barrel, and looks good. Nice heft eats up the recoil like a dream.
 

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I bought a Mossberg 500 on consignment; looked good (walnut stock), felt good, price good.

Then less than a month later I won a Mossberg 590 in an expo drawing; looks good (synthetic stock), heavier, more shot storage.

Tuff choice between the two.

I tried a Remington and thought it was way too heavy for what it was.
 
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