You can usually get a new Mossberg or 870 on sale from Walmart or big 5 cheaper than a used one from a pawn shop. Around here 500 combinations (two barrels ) go for 270.00 +- good luck. The mossberg 500 usually has a blued finish.
I have nothing to confirm this, but I've heard rumors that the guns sold at Wally World are not of the same quality finish that you get elsewhere, which is why they're cheaper. I've heard complaints from people about the quality of the metal finish and also the synthetic wood. I'm sure it's probably BS though; Wally World usually just has cheaper prices because they buy them cheaper from the manufacturers because they buy in such bulk.You can usually get a new Mossberg or 870 on sale from Walmart or big 5 cheaper than a used one from a pawn shop.
wow, thanks for the heads up. I have a bass pro not too far away as well. the super mag and mag are backwards compatible with the smaller shells, correct?Bass Pro is having a fall hunting sale Aug 6-22 870 express for 259 and supermags for 299. A regular express will only take 2 3/4" shells a mag will take 3" and a supermag will take 3 1/2" shells. I decided on a supermag for versatility I can shoot just about anything from light target loads to heavy turkey loads. I shoot trap once in a while with mine some of the old guys turn up their nose at an 870 but I get a chuckle when I smoke em'.
Again, thanks for all the info guys. Sorry to ask such basic questions. I've shot a bit with my friend's guns, but never actually owned one, so I definitely want to know what I'm buying.mag vs supermag refers to the shotshell.... a supermag will shoot 3.5" shells, where a mag only shoots 2.75 and 3"... I have an 870 express with a 30" vent rib barrel... I've been thinking about getting a tactical stock and forend as well as a shorter barrel. The 30" barrel is great for skeet shooting and hunting, and the remchoke chokes allow me to use a super tight turkey choke all the way up to an improved cylinder for slugs. I have the wood stock that came on it, as well as a black synthetic stock I got for turkey hunting. IMO, 870's are alot better than mossbergs. I have a 500 that my grandfather got me back when I was 8 for christmas. The gun means ALOT to me, but like all the other mossbergs i've seen, the forend is pretty loose and it does not come apart nearly as easily IMO. I think I paid about $250 for my 870 a while back, and almost bought a 20ga for my wife last month when they were on sale for $195 at a local shop.
That's what this place is all about! I received huge help and this board helped me decide to buy XD's.Sorry to ask such basic questions.
Thanks, so it's all backwards compatible. Not sure if I'll have a need for 3.5, not much into hunting yet, but the versatility would be nice.a supermag will shoot a 2 3/4, 3 and 3.5, while a mag does 2 3/4 and 3 only.
we picked up our 870 from gander mountain for around $250 (express, 26")
smokiesguy said:That's what this place is all about! I received huge help and this board helped me decide to buy XD's.