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Currently, I've got a Mossberg 590 (heat shield, speedfeed stock, bayonet lug, and I added a Tac-star 6 round sidesaddle.) I love that gun, it's dead reliable, but this is what I lust after:
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I kind of partial to my Stoeger Coach gun in 12 gauge. Simple and quick. And I can dump the expended rounds and reload almost as quickly as racking the slide back on an 870.
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If you think you may want to do some hunting or sporting clays, you should consider getting the Rem 870 with the 26 or 28 inch barrel and buying an 18 inch barrel for home defense. The barrel swaps quickly without tools. And if 5 rounds of 12 gauge 00 buck is not enough, then maybe you should look for a grenade launcher.
If you have never tried sporting clays ... its a blast in more ways than one. And its good practice. For example, you may learn that when you are in a hurry to chamber the next round you have a tendency to short stroke it. Not a good thing - means a missed bird in sporting clays - means real trouble in a HD situation.
Recently, my son picked up a Rem870 Magnum with an 18.5" barrel and extended mag. It holds 7+1.
Both the Rem870 and Nova are the same length with a regular stock, but the Rem holds one more shell (2-3/4"). I think this is because the Nova will accommodate 3-1/2" shells where the Rem will hold up to 3" shells. This makes the receiver on the Nova 1/2" longer and shortens the mag tube by 1/2".
The Nova is a great shotgun, but if I had it to do over, I'd go with the 870. Many more accessories for it. I haven't found anything for my Nova beyond the mercury filled recoil reducer.
Like both Mossbergs and Remingtons. Currently my 870 Tactical is in my bedroom closet standing guard. I have put a 12" L.O.P. Hogue Overmolded(w/forend)on it and she's ready to go. Thinking about a small piece of rail for a SureFire,but that's it. Keep It Simple! Good Luck with your choice!
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My 870 Tactical 7+1, 18" barrel, pistol grips, and folding stock for transport work for me.
get a Remington 870 Express shotgun, make sure you look at the serial number and the last suffix has an M that means it can handle Magnum 3"-2-3/4" shells. You can always switch the barrel later and get a shorter barrel.
I like the Mossberg 500/590 over the Remington 870.
I also have a CAI 12ga coach gun that I love. I don't think you could go wrong with any of them.
Get thee to a a gun store and pick one out . :)
Just keep it simple dont fall for all the pistol grip stocks and super duper mag tube extensions...just get a decent shotgun. I DO try to keep for HD the barrel length at 20" or LESS though that would be my only real stipulation
I would go with the Mossy
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I consider a Remington 870P to be a reasonably-priced upgrade from the Express. I don't have a link to the actual parts that are upgraded, but the better QC and s-m-o-o-t-h-e-r action are worth it, to me. With all the staked internal parts, better QC is particularly important, IMHO. If memory serves, the main parts that are upgraded are the springs. I believe the trigger guards of the 870P are now polymer, though for a while they were metal while the Express were polymer.
My older 870P is a joy. I recently purchased a Scattergun Technologies (Wilson Combat) 870, and am wishing I had just bought another 870P.