As some of you might know, I've been contemplating an HD shotgun again......I've over-ridden the urge on the PT1911 until this is done. I've been up in the air about the 870 express 7+1 and the Mossberg 500 or 590. No more....I'm dead set on the Remington, and got a good price from my local dealer on the 7+1 bead sights Express model of $299+tax. However, I saw an 870 Tactical at another dealer this week for $439. The two were side by side and the only difference I saw was the smaller tactical synthetic forend which I like a heckuva lot more than the swan style, full length forend on the basic 870 pump. I'm wondering if it would pay to get the regular 870 express 7+1 and swap forends, or whether the 'tactical' model is worth that much more with no change in sights or stock other than the forend. How hard would it be to swap, and would I be better off buying the tactical up front rather than the HD model and finding a tactical forend and swapping? Anyone done this swap? Roughly a $100 difference for me after taxes. Thanks.