View Poll Results: Which is the better HD/SHTF Shotgun?

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  • Remington 870 Express Tactical 7 shot

    41 66.13%
  • Mossberg 590A1 Special Purpose 9 shot

    21 33.87%
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    Remington 870 Express Tactical 7 shot vs. Mossberg 590A1 SPX 9 shot?

    I'm about to purchase a Shotgun for Home Defense and SHTF (if ever necessay).

    I've narrowed it down to the Remington 870 Express Tactical 7 shot (6+1)




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    the Mossberg 590A1 Special Purpose 9 shot.



    Both seem like excellent choices for HD or SHTF.

    The factual differences between the 2 are cost (the Mossberg is between $60 - $80 more expensive), the capacity (Mossberg carries 2 more 2 3/4" loads) and length (the Mossberg is a 20" barrel and is 2 1/2" longer in OAL).

    I've heard that the Remingtons are more reliable and it seems like the shorter length of the 870 tac would be better in the house. The "tacticool" side of me likes the 2 extra shells the Mossberg would be able to carry.

    Just wondering if any of you all have personnal experience between the two.

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    I recently obtained an 870--wilson combat version --- after a dog alert one night and I realized that my handgun and a flashlight wouldn't cut it.
    I've owned a couple of 870's and also a couple of mossbergs.They both fired every time I pulled the trigger. They were typical, off the shelf hunting guns.
    If push comes to shove--I think my 870 can get me out of a bind with 7 rounds. JMO !!
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    I own the tactical 870 and would not trade it for the world. Ghost ring sights , 18.5" barrel, and the Remington reliability. Put a side saddle and u have 6 xtra rounds handy
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    LOL...right? Speedlace's Avatar
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    Down to personal preference IMO. Go handle and shot both to see what you like.

    Oh yea, Mossberg 590A1 for me.
    Last edited by Speedlace; July 23rd, 2009 at 06:14 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedlace View Post
    Down to personal preference IMO. Go handle and shot both to see what you like.

    Oh yea, Mossberg 590A1 for me.
    +1

    Both are excellent shotguns.
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    870 because it looks nicer. You'll be equally happy with both.

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    Don't let capacity be a deal-breaker...a Choate Rem magazine extension will fix you right up at about the cost difference between the two. I have a extension on mine that holds 8 total in the magazine tube. That length of extension is even with a 22 in. barrel.
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    Like both but to chose but had to have one it would be the 870 built tough.

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    It would be hard to go wrong with either.

    The only thing you might consider is the safety placement. The safety on the Mossy is on top, which is nice with a traditional stock, but if you ever go pistol grip, the Remy has one next to the trigger guard.

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    I've been eyeballing the 870 express for a couple of weeks now. Good to hear they're gtg. I think budsgunshop had them for 345. Is that a competitive price?

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