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  • Remington 870 Express w/7 shot (has extended tube)

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    Which Shotgun for my last purchase...

    Well I'm trying to fill the last hole in my collection and then take a break for a while. I decided it will be a 12 ga shotgun, 18 - 18.5". I'd thought abotu 20 ga but due to ammo limitations, I'll stick with 12. This will be a very simple dedicated HD shotgun period. I have other shotguns for hunting. Will be a pump and must be as economical as possible. I don't intent to do any mods other than to possibly clamp on a surefire LED on the mag tube and that's it. I'm going to be really tight on cash for the next year or so, so I want to spend as little to get it as possible and to keep it as simple as possible.

    At present I'm considering three choices:

    Remington 870 Express Synthetic with 7 rounds
    Good: It's all I need, buy it, clamp a light to the tube and I'm done
    Good: It's an 870
    Good; At some point I could put on one of Remingtons newest recoil pats that's supposed to really help w/recoil
    Bad: The most expensive at around $350 in my area.
    Bad; I think you have to take off the mag tube clamp everytime you disassemble the weapon

    H&R Pardner Pump Protector 6 rounds
    Good: Less expensive at $200 or just under
    Good: Has a good reputation
    Bad: 1 less round but that seems minor for me
    -some will say it's bad because it's made in china, let's not go there. Tell me what isn't?

    Norinco
    Good: Probably a bit cheaper than the H&R although I think they're made by the same folks
    -Comes with Ghost Sights but not sure I even want Ghost sights


    I did consider a Maverick but the one I held I really didn't like the feel or the finish compared to the 870 express. I have NEVER held a H&R or the Norinco. I've kept my eyes open locally for used shotguns like I'm looking for but have almost never found one. They must not be something many people get rid of.

    Now I have a number of H&R rifles and I love them. They're cheap, fun, accurate, etc.

    So, I'm gong to shoot this a handfull of times a year with buck and slugs and it's going to be a defensive gun. If I could get hunting barrels for it then I might do so later in life but I just don't anticipate doing so.

    So for a guy strapped for cash but wanting to fill this niche, which would you recommend? Or is there an option I'm missing?

    Thanks guys for the help!

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    I'd go with the 870. I have the same model you are mentioning and its a fantastic basic home defense shotty. I put a pistol grip buttstock on it and it is now complete. I don't know much about the others you are considering, but you maybe getting what you pay for at $150 less.

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    No poll needed, the 870 is the better shotgun.
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    Of the 3, the 870 wins hands down. The 870s of today are not what they were even 20 years ago. The finish is poor, the fit is so-so.

    If I were you I wouldn't count out the Mossberg 500 and the Benelli Nova, both with 18" barrels.

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    Another vote for the 870. I love mine!

    However, since firing the 12 gauge Saiga with 10 round magazine, I gotta get me one of these if for no other reason just to keep my AK-47 from getting lonely.
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    If you straped for money.. maybe a different barrel on one of your hunting guns would be fine..??

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    is the 870 a semi or pump?
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    870 more after market accessories and replacement parts just in case something does break which i have never had happen
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrLewall View Post
    is the 870 a semi or pump?
    They are pumps
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    I myself am in the market for a good semi 12ga with a 7 or 8 rd cap..I think Remington has such a model but I do not know the mod #..am I correct?
    "Brains before Bullets"

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    Add me to the 870 crowd. I've owned two in my lifetime and both are extremely durable and reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrLewall View Post
    I myself am in the market for a good semi 12ga with a 7 or 8 rd cap..I think Remington has such a model but I do not know the mod #..am I correct?
    Yes, they offer the 870HD Express and the Police model. The police model is a little better built, but the express model is a lot cheaper, but still a solid performer.
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    The Remington Express 7 shot is literally 6 in the tube with 1 chambered. Funny but with handguns you always talk in "6+1" and everyone knows what you mean but in shotguns they always seem to give one number which is the full capacity.

    Guess the 870 is far more popular? I'd have thought someone would have the H&R pardner pump because of the cost? Hmm...

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    I have the synthetic 870 express magnum/7 shot....love it. GREAT HD gun

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    I voted for the Norinco, but didn't really mean to. If you are cash strapped, it is a fine option though. I have 2 870s (one Police and one Wingmaster) and they are great guns. That said, I came across a deal on a Norinco shotgun and it is a fun toy. Not as well made, not as high quality, but it will launch the shells where you point it.

    So, go for the 870 unless you just can't afford it- if that is the case then go ahead and look at your other options. For a dedicated home gun, it should be fine.

    (Note, this is all from a recovered Mossberg addict)
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