I have a Tac-Star on my 870, I'm not familiar with the Mesa.
So far I'm happy with the Tac-Star
This is a discussion on 870 Sidesaddle within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I am going to buy a sidesaddle (4rd) for my 870. I've narrowed it down to a TacStar or Mesa. Does anyone have experience with ...
I am going to buy a sidesaddle (4rd) for my 870. I've narrowed it down to a TacStar or Mesa. Does anyone have experience with either? At Midway the Mesa is $60 and the TacStar $27, is the Mesa worth the extra money?
I have a tac star too. Doesnt the Mesa fit the express models without any mods?
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I also have the TacStar model. It does require a smaller fore end than comes on the 870 Express model, but I too have been satisfied with mine. I am not familiar with the Mesa model either.
You may be happier getting the Wilson Combat version. It's the same as the Tacstar, but uses button head Allen bolts instead of flat heads with sharp edges.
I've recently read two shining reviews of this product Shotgun Page by guys with lots of rounds fired; one with the carrier in place for 10 years.
I have a el cheap-o Uncle Mikes butt stack pouch , so either is better than mine.
I've heard favorable things about the TacStar
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I've got a Tac-Star on my Mossberg, has worked well, seems to be high quality. Don't know that I'd spend the money for something fancier..!
.40 is fine.
IIRC, the Mesa is made from aircraft aluminum and as Sixto said requires no mods to attach. Have only heard good things about Mesa Tactical products.
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The Tac-Star I purchased in December came with Hex screws, not flat heads, so they may have changed the parts that come with it, I'll take some pictures when I get home.
The one thing I like about the Mesa units is the model that comes with the rail, my 870 has an upgraded front sight and I've been wanting to put a Ghost Ring rear similar to what's on the FNH, and the Mesa would allow me to do that with out drilling and tapping my receiver.
I have the TacStar on my Mossberg. The 4-round is just about perfect. The plate that holds the shells is polymer but it screws to an aluminum plate that attaches to the gun. Quite solid.
I wouldn't pay $60 for one. It replaced the neoprene buttstock holder that was ripping one loop at a time.
Tac-Star is the way to go. I got it on two remington 870's. never had any problems with them. we put them on the office shot guns.
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