View Full Version : Mossberg 500 vs remington 870

02-07-2013, 07:28 PM
Im looking for a home defense shotgun that holds 8 rounds (or 7+1)
One of my friends has his doubts about the mossberg, but i'm not sure he knows anything about it.
The only requirements i really have is
12 gauge
pump action
m4 style grip/stock
8 rounds
<$450 or ideally <$400

it needs to have or be able to accept the pistol grip stock

I only mentioned the remington and mossberg because i know nothing about any other shotgun.

02-07-2013, 09:27 PM
first ill address the m500 vs rem870:

its lighter
can be cheaper (esp the maverick 88 version)

fixed barrel and tube lengths mean the always have to match, mag tube :7 shells = you must use longest barrel. want to ddown grade to a shorter barrel, you must also change mag tube, thus lowering capacity. this also means you can not add an extended tube for added capacity
safety is on the top of the handle, making it odd to manipulate if you are using a pistol grip

Rem 870:
Pros: Barrel is independent of mag tube, you can have an 8+ shell capacity on a short barrel
Cons: Heavier

overall both are really good shotguns, decent entry price (unless you go for the maverick, that beats the rem 870, but its less features and you cant replace the foregrip) both guns have a wide array of upgrades/mods, and mag pul is finally releasing furniture for the m500.

02-08-2013, 04:05 AM
Have you seen a Mossberg 590? My fiance gave me a very nice one for christmas that I believe was around your price range. It has a 20" barrel so it is slightly longer than minimum length. It holds 9+1 2.75" shells and 8+1 3" shells. Mine has a fixed heavy barrel for slugs/sabots but the normal barrel is not threaded from what I understand. It has ghost ring sights on it as well. They have several different models some of which have that adjustable stock and pistol grip standard in addition to built in rails on the foregrip.

As far as I can tell, This (http://www.mossberg.com/product/shotguns-pump-action-590a1-special-purpose-590a1-6-shot-9-shot/51668?u_field_prod_shot_stock=Synthetic+%28Black+-+SpeedFeed%29@293&u_field_prod_sight_type=Ghost+Ring@229&u_field_prod_capacity=9@0&filterNodes=2272,2273,2274,2275,2276&filterNodes=2273,2275,2276&nodeRef=2273,2275,2276&redirect=1&lastnode=1&filterNodes=2276) is what she got me. It feels very nice. The action feels sort of weighted but I have hardly used it so it has not really had time to wear in.

02-08-2013, 04:08 AM
From what I have seen and handled, both shotguns are very similar. They have a ton of different models with different features and they seem to be of similar build qualities. When people compare 500s vs 870s, they tend to compare a low end model to a high end model which completely skews the results.

02-09-2013, 08:36 AM
I was checking out buds gun shop... all rem870's are out of stock.. the only thing they have is the m500 :lol:
I might go to the gun show next week and see if i can find something exactly how i want.

Im betting all the prices are still outrageous. buds gun shop is the only site i know of that didn't change prices.

02-11-2013, 02:00 PM
What are they priced at? I would not spend over 300$ on a new one.

02-12-2013, 01:47 AM
i have a m500 with twin pistol grips. its cute.

02-12-2013, 09:46 AM
What are they priced at? I would not spend over 300$ on a new one.

The mossberg is around $340 new @ budsgunshop.com
That is what they were priced prior to sandy hook.. well ($308 before)
< 300 for a new one? you sure? If so, point me in the right direction :lol:

02-12-2013, 11:59 AM
Luckily Charlie Sheen has stepped in now, everybody can breathe easy.