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    870 Sidesaddle

    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?

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    I have a Tac-Star on my 870, I'm not familiar with the Mesa.

    So far I'm happy with the Tac-Star

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    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.
    Is it just the screws that are different? If so, a trip to the hardware store might be cheaper than a order in to Wilson.

    Edit; the Wilson is only a couple of dollars more anyway...
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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Is it just the screws that are different? If so, a trip to the hardware store might be cheaper than a order in to Wilson.

    Edit; the Wilson is only a couple of dollars more anyway...
    IIRC, the Wilson bolts aren't threaded along the full length- that just means they are easier to push through. The flat heads on the Tacstar are pretty sharp, and cosmetically, get pretty rough, pretty fast, like most flat head screws. I also put a nylon shim under the bolt heads on my SS, to reduce the abrading on the receiver. Not a necessity, but keeps the resale value, and reduces the chance of them rusting in place.

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    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.

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    Here a pic of my Tac-Star purchased Dec '07.

    The screws are pretty well rounded and are of the hex variety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Here a pic of my Tac-Star purchased Dec '07.

    The screws are pretty well rounded and are of the hex variety.

    That is similar to mine, which I purchased six or so years ago.

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    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.

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    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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