Which Mossberg 500 to purchase for home defense?

Which Mossberg 500 to purchase for home defense?

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    Which Mossberg 500 to purchase for home defense?

    I think I am going to go for a Mossberg over a Remington even though I can get a Rem 870 express for $275 after rebate. It looks like the Mossberg 500 has a bunch of different variants/configurations to choose from.

    So which one of these should I purchase?

    Mossberg 500 12 gauge 20" barrel with black stock and a comes with a pistol grip $279
    Mossberg 500 12 gauge 18.5" barrel with just the black stock $279
    Mossberg Maverick 88 I think it has a 18.5" with Black stock $199


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    Just go with the Rem870 express for $275


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    I'd go for the 18.5" barrel, with the normal stock.

    PG stocks for shotguns are way over-rated due to their "tacti-cool" look, but are not nearly as functional. You should still get a good capacity of 5+1 or so.
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    The answer is....yes.

    Thier all good to go, but I'd also take buckeye's advice and go with a standard stock as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    I'd go for the 18.5" barrel, with the normal stock.

    PG stocks for shotguns are way over-rated due to their "tacti-cool" look, but are not nearly as functional. You should still get a good capacity of 5+1 or so.
    Thats what I was leaning towards.

    What about the other 500 variants?

    On Mossberg's website they have a few labeled as persuader models. I don't know what a "persuader" model offers vs a regular 500.

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    Go for the shorter barrel (18.5") so that you can maneuver well within the house and get one with a regular stock. The Mossberg safety is conveniently placed on the receiver, so if you use a pistol grip, you won't be able to access it so easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joepa150 View Post
    Thats what I was leaning towards.

    What about the other 500 variants?

    On Mossberg's website they have a few labeled as persuader models. I don't know what a "persuader" model offers vs a regular 500.
    The "Persuader" models are really just the HD models. Normal 500's come with longer barrels, and sometimes wood forends and stocks vs. the black synthetic. If you go on the website, and click on the "500 special purpose models" and click through them until you see the one that says: 500 Persuader/cruiser 6 shot, that is the one I would recommend. Or if you want the similar 8 shot, with a 20" barrel. But stick with a normal stock, and you don't need any fancy muzzle attachments.
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    Just came back from the gun shop. I compared a Rem 870 express, Winchester 1300, Moss Maverick, Moss 500, Moss 590.

    They all were nice and not much different in looks and feel. Mossbergs were a bit looser but as long as it goes bang for a a very long time I am cool with that.

    I think I may get the Maverick or the Mossberg persuader/cruiser model in 12 gauge.

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    Just came back from the gun shop. I compared a Rem 870 express, Winchester 1300, Moss Maverick, Moss 500, Moss 590.

    They all were nice and not much different in looks and feel. Mossbergs were a bit looser but as long as it goes bang for a a very long time I am cool with that.

    I think I may get the Maverick or the Mossberg persuader/cruiser model in 12 gauge.

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    Don't get a Maverick. They are not set up as well as the 500. The controls on the 500 are well thought out and much more intuitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Don't get a Maverick. They are not set up as well as the 500. The controls on the 500 are well thought out and much more intuitive.
    Plus the Maverick kicks like a Mule!!!!
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    Now for the minority opinion.
    For H/D, get the shortest legal barrel. 18 1/2 "
    Then consider a .410. Yep.
    Less recoil, so you stay on target.
    Lots of ammo choices due to the popularity of .410 handguns.
    Your other family members may be willing to shoot it.

    Consider the humble .410 buckshot. 5 pellets, the size of a .38, all traveling at roughly 900'/sec.
    Now consider the 12 Ga. Buckshot. 9 pellets, the size of a .38, all traveling at roughly 900'/sec.

    For H/D distances, you don't give up much, and you gain a BIG reduction in recoil.

    Mossberg actually sells a H/D model, it has a vertical foregrip, but I don't think that's a big deal.

    For me, I like the safety on the Mossberg over the 870.

    I have both the 12 ga. and the .410 in the Mossberg 500 pump, and I'd rather practice with the .410.

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    I just bought a Maverick 88 last week ... $199 ... 20" barrel, synthetic stock ... 7+1 capacity ... decider for me was both the price and the higher capacity.
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    Just remember that you cannot use the safety on a pistol grip Mossburg without removing you hand from the grip. As stated just get the normal stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tacman605 View Post
    Just remember that you cannot use the safety on a pistol grip Mossburg without removing you hand from the grip. As stated just get the normal stock.
    That's not totally true. I have two. You do have to rotate your wrist up and take your palm loose from the grip (but not let go)
    I figure the safety is coming off well before I need to fire.
    On the 870, you cannot see the safety. To me, it's not in a natural place, and you have to lay the gun on it's side to see it.
    Yeah, with practice, it gets easier, but in a panic, I can see forgetting it.
    It's just a matter of preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alachner View Post
    Plus the Maverick kicks like a Mule!!!!
    Just out of curiosity, what makes the Maverick kick more than the Moss 500 or a Rem 870.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guns and more View Post
    Now for the minority opinion.
    For H/D, get the shortest legal barrel. 18 1/2 "
    Then consider a .410. Yep.
    Less recoil, so you stay on target.
    Lots of ammo choices due to the popularity of .410 handguns.
    Your other family members may be willing to shoot it.

    Consider the humble .410 buckshot. 5 pellets, the size of a .38, all traveling at roughly 900'/sec.
    Now consider the 12 Ga. Buckshot. 9 pellets, the size of a .38, all traveling at roughly 900'/sec.

    For H/D distances, you don't give up much, and you gain a BIG reduction in recoil.

    Mossberg actually sells a H/D model, it has a vertical foregrip, but I don't think that's a big deal.

    For me, I like the safety on the Mossberg over the 870.

    I have both the 12 ga. and the .410 in the Mossberg 500 pump, and I'd rather practice with the .410.
    I have seen the .410. I have to agree with you. I just don't know if my only shotgun should be the .410.

    Also I haven't shot a 12 gauge in many years (shoot more 20 gauge and and 28 gauge when I go for the occasional trap/skeet/sporting clays). Last week I shot a Remington 870 express. I was really surprised how low the recoil was compared to how I remember it was last time. I have shot more over/under and side/side shotguns. Maybe a heavier pump action shotgun reduces the recoil.

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