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Good question, I think it would depend on what it's used for.

For pheasant hunting I like mine as bare as possible so they are light enough to carry for extended periods of time.

For trap I really like an adjustable comb and center bead for alignment.

For home defense my preference is an extended tube for increased capacity and a short (18.5") barrel for easier movement in tight quarters.
 

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Without a doubt... a butt stock shell holder. I keep one on every weapon I have... including my .30-06. But especially the single shot shotguns - that's a no-brainer. If you're hunting, you need access to extra shells... and quick/ready access at that.
 

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"Must have" for H/D? Tactical? Hunting? Trap? or all (lol)?
Yeah, that does sorta leave it wide open for interpretation, doesn't it... lol
 

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for dove hunting you just need a shotgun that "fits", and a vest with pockets full of shells.... the only accessory I want on a bird gun is a sling for those long hikes across the field. For SD, same thing... a (short) gun that fits, and five rounds in the tube should take care of the immediate needs. If it fits, it will put the load where you're looking.

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A buttstock shell holder, other than that I like them bare, no gadgets, lights, bells or whistles for me.
Yep! Gotta agree. The less I have to keep up with the better. But a buttstock shell holder on a shotgun is almost a necessity in my book. Beats poking 2 holes in a coffee can, running a string through them so as to sling it across your shoulder and carrying shells in it like I did as a kid. LOL Ahhhh the good old days.:)
 

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I saw it on Son of a Guns last night too. Pretty impressive.
 

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Side saddle for me. I've trained with it for years. It's intuitive as far as I'm concerned. Light, perhaps. I'm more of a pistol guy for HD anymore though. And I do have a light mounted on that.
 

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I just have a shell holder and a Streamlight TLR-1s on my Mossberg since it's mainly for HD. Nothing fancy. Just keeping it simple.
 

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if i had the $ i would totally get this!!! https://www.xrailbyrci.com/
It's ridiculous. It would add so much weight to the front of your gun it would be exhausting to handle it. After 10 minutes of lugging it around you'll have had enough of it. It looks good, but it's a solution to a non-existent problem.
There's no doubt, it's a show stopper, and it's ideal for trick shooting, but it has no practical purpose and it would lead to an incredible expense of ammo to be happy with it.
If you have the money and decide to get it, great for you.
Keep your eyes on gunbroker.com for the next year or so, and see how many of these end up for sale because the guys that bought them get tired of them, or need the money for other more important or more valuable things in their collections.
I guess I'm just an old man that's wasted enough money on toys and trinkets. I've decided practical accessories have a bit more value. Over my lifetime I've given away thousands of dollars worth of stuff I though was ideal (Especially for my AR-15), but after a short while it sits around collecting dust or taking up space. And that includes dozens of holsters, a few guns, and plenty of gun accessories, including grips, scopes and a few lasers too.
I've discovered that less complicated and lighter, is usually better.

Most members here are also members on other forums. Have you ever sold any of those types of accessories, because you discovered it isn't nearly as cool as you thought it was, when it was on somebody else's gun or you saw it advertised? Or you've seen somebody else post an item for sale, because it didn't fit their needs either? That's what happens to most of the stuff that looks so great, or has top notch advertising programs.
I'd rather buy a great gun once, than buy all the cool looking accessories in the world.

Just my $.02 for the evening.
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Pump shotguns already have a most intimidating accessory , the sound of the action cycling. A TAC-Star Side Saddle is the only thing I've added.
 

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of course, i think it's cool but realistically impractical and would be heavy and expensive. and wouldn't buy it unless i win a powerball along w/ other ridiculous guns and accessories but i learned early the hard way spending too much on stupid stuff in my early 20's, I'm 29 now and thank God i grew up a bit and simplified my life.

as far as tactical accessories, I'd defiantly go with w/ a light, ext mag, side saddle and a recoil pad or good stock
 

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My HD 870 came with an extended mag. I put on a Knoxx stock, a barrel-mounted light, and a Mesa side saddle with a Tru-Glo red-dot on the rail. I'm pretty happy with it.
 
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