Need some advice...swap a 870 Express Magnum HD for a Mossberg 500A?

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    Need some advice...swap a 870 Express Magnum HD for a Mossberg 500A?

    Hello to the wisdom of the DC!

    Here's the deal:

    I was at my LGS this morning and they had a Mossberg 500A on sale used for $265. It has the extended mag tube (7 shells of 2 3/4"), a heat shield, collapsible stock, pistol grip, side saddle on the stock (6 rounds), 2-point sling, and a ridiculous (and I mean ridiculous) scope-flashlight-laser combo on top. It's in pretty good shape. I currently have a stock Remington 870 Express Magnum Home Defense doing HD duty. It has nothing done to it. It is just as it was in the box.

    I am thinking about taking the stupid scope stuff off and maybe putting it on my son's plinking .22 just for him to enjoy.

    If I do that, what do you think of the deal? I think I can sell my 870 for probably $225 on the local internet classifieds (yay for Craigslist being dumb), and if I do I get basically a pistol grip, collapsible stock, and side saddle for $60, plus the scope for my son. But does that sound reasonable to you? The Mossy comes with the original stock as well.

    Thanks for the input!
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    You are trading a hunting shotgun for a purely tactical one - is that what you want?
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    I have another 870 Express Super Magnum that I hunt with. This Remington is the Home Defense model, so it has the short barrel, no choke, extended mag. So it is a purpose-built HD tool as well. And I wouldn't hunt with it because I have a hunting shotgun.
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    Sounds like a good deal. Go for it.

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    Go for it. You already have a hunting shotgun, so get the Mossberg to have a great home defense tactical shotgun!!!!
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    Since you already have an 870, go for it.
    I have the mossy, it's great, but someday I may get the 870 too.

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    I personally like the 870 better than the 500 but thats just personal opinion. If you want it go for it.
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    I would keep the 870 if it were me but this isn't my deal.
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    It sounds like a good deal, but since you have an 870 for hunting, and you've been used to running an 870 for HD, you'll want to get in some training with the Mossy, before you stash it away in the corner for HD.

    The pistol grip on that 500, be sure you work the safety a bit, in the store - to be sure those ergos are acceptable for you.

    And be sure you can get a good cheek and sight-picture with that stock.

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    You know--you've got a better HD shotgun already. Sure, the mossy has one more round...but all the tacticrap junk on it really doesn't do much to improve functionality.

    And this isn't a mossy/remmy thing, either; I own both a 500 and a 870, and actually slightly prefer the mossy.

    If it floats your boat, go for it. I wouldn't, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinistrMalic View Post
    I have another 870 Express Super Magnum that I hunt with. This Remington is the Home Defense model, so it has the short barrel, no choke, extended mag. So it is a purpose-built HD tool as well. And I wouldn't hunt with it because I have a hunting shotgun.
    I have the same HD shot gun and for the price, I'm very well satisfied with it. I thought about trading for a real fancy one but, ended up putting a five shot saddle on the receiver and Surefire forearm and light on it. Then again, it's nice to improve your collection.

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    The two hunting shotguns I've used for 25+ years both have their safeties at the rear of the trigger guard. If you're used to that and using it is absolutely instinctive, the tang-mounted safety of the Mossberg may take some getting used to.

    My deer rifle is a Ruger 77, and its tang safety drives me nuts. Too easy to snick off when carrying the gun at a port arms position... but I like the gun otherwise too much to replace it.
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    I'm a Mossberg fan but if it were me I'd keep the 870.

    Two reasons:

    1. The 870 is a proven commodity for you and you would be trading it in for a used gun you know nothing about.

    2. A pistol grip on a Mossberg is like a screen door on a submarine. The pistol grip will completely throw off the ergos of the Mossy. Mossys are set up for a standard type stock.

    I'd keep the 870.
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    If you do the trade, with the safety on the Mossberg, I would keep it in "cruiser mode" at home.
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    Thanks for the wisdom, everyone! I think at the end of the day I am just going to keep my 870 and look at getting the side saddle for it that I want instead of going through the rigamarole of learning a new HD shotgun. It's a good deal, but not a smart one for me.
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