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I'm interested in buying another Remington 870 12 ga. with the 18" barrel for a home defense weapon. I was also considering the Mossberg 500. I'd like to hear what you guys are using, as well as mods, and most importantly pictures of your set-ups. I'm open to other suggestions as well. So let's hear it guys !! Thanks in advanced as well .. ;)
 

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I'm interested in buying another Remington 870 12 ga. with the 18" barrel for a home defense weapon. I was also considering the Mossberg 500. I'd like to hear what you guys are using, as well as mods, and most importantly pictures of your set-ups. I'm open to other suggestions as well. So let's hear it guys !! Thanks in advanced as well .. ;)
For a pump gun the 870 is in my not so humble opinion the best there is. The Benelli Nova is also a fine choice. I hate Mossbergs. My first pump was a Mossberg 500 it had an annoying habit of failing to extract. It would leave shells stuck in the chamber when I fired slugs or buck. I had to use a cleaning rod to knock them out. I later purchased the nickel version of the 500 and it had the same problem. Sorry skip the 500 and get the 870.
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For a pump gun the 870 is in my not so humble opinion the best there is. The Benelli Nova is also a fine choice. I hate Mossbergs. My first pump was a Mossberg 500 it had an annoying habit of failing to extract. It would leave shells stuck in the chamber when I fired slugs or buck. I had to use a cleaning rod to knock them out. I later purchased the nickel version of the 500 and it had the same problem. Sorry skip the 500 and get the 870.
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Benelli NOVA Tactical and a 5 shell stock sleeve. Ghost ring sights but for HD I think a bead front would be quicker in close quarters. I also hate Mossberg for similar reasons. I have nothing bad to say about the Benelli Nova other than recoil can be severe with 3" or 3.5" shells.
 

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Benelli NOVA Tactical and a 5 shell stock sleeve. Ghost ring sights but for HD I think a bead front would be quicker in close quarters. I also hate Mossberg for similar reasons. I have nothing bad to say about the Benelli Nova other than recoil can be severe with 3" or 3.5" shells.
I prefer Ghost ring but I admit in close range with buck a bead will work. I have actually started likeing my Benelli M4 quite a bit. I still like my 870 but the Benelli is starting to be my favorate.
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I love my 870, but I think I need to give Remington a call. The gun has developed an intermittent problem with hard extractions. It was flawless when I first bought it, so I don't know what happened. I swapped the barrel to the 18" and it was still doing it, so I think it just needs to go back. I still love it though, and have put many rounds through the pipe. It always goes bang, just not click-click every time after.



 

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I have a 870 that I got for hunting and I decided I wanted something good for home defense as well. Rather than dish out a ton of money for a specialized home defense shotgun, I bought a 18.5" smooth barrel and a 2 round extension (for a total of 7 rds) for my current 870. If I remember correctly the barrel was $125 and the magazine extension (and the gunsmith work to get rid of the magazine dimples so it would work right) was about $50.

In 1 minute with no tools I can convert from my hunting gun to my home defense gun. Unless I'm hunting, it's in the home defense mode.

The only issue I may have is if I have a life or death pheasant hunting situation in the dead of the night. :lol:
 

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I have both a remington 870 Tactical(stock w/pistol grip) in 18 inch barrel and a 500 mossberg mariner in the same size. I like them both, but the mossbergs controls are more user friendly in my opinion because you dont have to take hands off the gun to release the safety or hit the slide release.
 

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I have both a remington 870 Tactical(stock w/pistol grip) in 18 inch barrel and a 500 mossberg mariner in the same size. I like them both, but the mossbergs controls are more user friendly in my opinion because you dont have to take hands off the gun to release the safety or hit the slide release.
I don't have to take my hands off the gun to release the safety on my m4 or the action lock release. I am not sure why you have to.
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i have had a mossy 500 for about 8 yrs now.bought at a pawn shop..looked like it hadnt been fired but i wasnt at all knowlegable about firearms.it has eaten thousands of rounds, from practice/cheap loads to Buck and slugs. never a single problem, even with the sub-par cleaning and maintaining i did with it until i got my XD and then an AR and learned to clean things correctly.i like the mossy because for me it has been the XD of shotguns.very little maintainance required, of course that doesnt mean treat it bad, just the reliability has been perfect thus far.if SHTF and while moving out of the city and to the mountains(if necesarry, likely be at home riding it out and protecting my fam and supplies) an encounter goes bad and end up having to use the mossy 500,XD and AR(yeah i know it would have to be pretty thick to need them all but maybe there are several encounters)the AR would be the first to be stripped and cleaned.the mossy would be second and then the XD.

crap...sory for the novel!i vote mossy 500, but im a little bias:rolleyes:
 

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I have a Mossberg 590 Mariner and it is one hell of a shotgun. It eats just about anything I feed it except Sellier and Bellot. It doesn't like the cases of those shotshells. It takes Federal, SuperX and all manner of domestic shotshells. It likes Brennekes and lots of others. The only ammo that I have trouble with is S&B. Pat was probably short stroking his!! LOL!

They now make this gun in a 500 Mariner which is smaller but marine coated. That is a good alternative but I do like my 9 shots out of the 590! I also have the Knoxx Spec Opps stock on it which knocks down at least 75% of the recoil. I can't say enough about that miracle.



Great gun for home defense!
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I have both a remington 870 Tactical(stock w/pistol grip) in 18 inch barrel and a 500 mossberg mariner in the same size. I like them both, but the mossbergs controls are more user friendly in my opinion because you dont have to take hands off the gun to release the safety or hit the slide release.
First things first. If you're in a situation that requires the use of a gun, why isn't there already a round in the chamber with the safety off? I keep my 870 loaded with the safety on. If the situation is so fast that I cannot take time to release the safety, I should be using my XD.

Next, do you have really small hands or something? My hands are small, but I have no problem reaching the action release or the safety on my 870.
 
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