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Posted: 4/19/2007 8:53:18 AM EDT
I want to get one of these shotguns for home protection but not sure which to get. I'm hoping someone on here can tell me with no bs which I should depend on to protect my family and myself.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 10:20:16 AM EDT
Either one will do you well. If your a lefty I give the edge to the Mossberg. Don't get into all the extras, just a base 500 or 870. If you get serious about competition or other things later look at add ons.

This months American Rifleman also has a great article on the Mossberg has used by the military.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 4:35:21 PM EDT
The Mossberg Model 500 has a cast aluminum receiver with stamped and plastic internals.
The Model 500 has a history of breaking the plastic safety.
Other than that, you can expect a service life of "about" 50,000 to 75,000 rounds.

The Remington 870 has a forged and milled steel receiver and heavy duty steel internal parts.
The Remington doesn't break anything.
The service life is "about" 250,000 rounds.
Link Posted: 4/19/2007 5:22:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 12:08:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 12:09:28 PM EDT
The Remington is built much tougher.
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 12:39:08 PM EDT
If this comparison is going to be tacked, could the topic be modified to include the 590 series from Mossberg, i.e., 870 vs. 500/590 (as well as the correct spelling of "[d]ifferences")?
Link Posted: 4/20/2007 1:38:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 3:47:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2007 3:49:07 PM EDT by XSentinel]
Great comparison. However I would like to see a comparison between the regular 500 Mossberg (50411) Special Purpose Persuader/Cruiser and the 870 Express Synthetic because I think that the budget minded consumer would be looking in to these two models most.

Questions I would have would be:
1. Looks like the Mossberg 500 standard holds 5+1 and the 870 holds only 4+1?
2. How easy/expensive is it to change out the plastic safety of the Mossberg and replace it with a steel one?
3. The 870 can come with a mag extender but can it be removed easily? Does it come with everything necessary to remove it or would I have to buy a different spring etc...?

#2 is very important to me because I had a 500 way back when and I got rid of it when the plastic safety broke.

I am now looking into getting another shotgun for general use and I have narrowed it down to one of these because I would use it for home defense and possibly hunting. So since I may use it for hunting it would be nice to have something that I can just simply change to a different barrel and off I go.
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