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I only get to buy firearms a few times a year due to work, and happily one of those times is approaching. I've had my eye on the Mossberg 930 SPX for several months now, and it is among the top contenders for purchase while I'm home (unless I find a good deal on a Sig 220 SAO).

Pretty much aside from shooting a Benelli M1014 a couple of times and taking one apart once, I have no experience with autoloading shotguns. I've heard that some of them have reliability issues when you get into low brass/high brass shells, or with some lower powered shells. How does the Mossberg system do with a variety of shells? How reliable is the system? If I purchase this weapon it will certainly go into the stable of HD weapons (after a period of checking to make sure it all works of course). And I don't want to spend my money on something that I can't use for its intended purpose.

So autoloading shotgun gurus and folks who own this shotty, any wisdom to share?
 

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I cant answer you questions off the top of my head, but the shop we stopped at when you hung out with me has one on the shelf. I can look for you and report back tomorrow if you want.
 

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If you aren't too busy during your shift I'd appreciate it SIXTO. I need another HD shotty like I need a hole in my head, with a 500, 870 and Coachgun, but that one just looks so cool. And I do want to get an autoloader. I know what they were going for in Columbus last time I was in Ohio was pretty reasonable, and have friends that should be getting me a report back on it.
 

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I cant answer you questions off the top of my head, but the shop we stopped at when you hung out with me has one on the shelf. I can look for you and report back tomorrow if you want.
Let us know what you think...
 

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Definitely let us know. I am considering a new shotty too. Its down to the
870, 590, 1187, or 930
 

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I didnt have time to stop in the shop today, It was a very busy shift. 6 arrests a couple of crashes, one hit skip and a burglary, both solved. Thats another thread though...

Anyway, I did handle it a few days ago and I liked it. It seemed well built and balanced really nice. Thats tough to do with a short barreled long mag auto loader. I didnt tear it down and really look at it, but I will. I have to swing by the shop in the morning, I'll investigate it further and report back. I'll try to find one to shoot, I think I know a guy who owns one.
 

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Hey, if you are actually busy during a shift for once, I completely understand. If ya gotta make a stop tomorrow anyways, thats cool, and I still appreciate you taking the time to do this. I know what a huge sacrifice it would be for you to have to try to find a neew kind of shotgun to shoot and learn about.
 

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BuckeyeLCPL I have a 930 (not spx) with the same gas system. It has been 100% for me for about 3 years. It has eaten a bunch of high brass hunting loads and some low brass dove and quail stuff. No problems.
 

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Thanks for the input timmy, out of curiosity, how much does it tend to reduce recoil, a noticeable amount over a similar pump action? Or about the same, not that I have an issue with shooting 12 gauges, but it could aid with quicker follow ups.
 

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I'd say about 20%. But that is just an unscientific opinion. It helps some. I like my 930, it has been a very solid hunting gun for me. Some of us can't afford those fancy scatter guns like ole money bags Sixto. : )
 

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Thanks Timmy. I'm in the same boat as you as far as the whole "no money for fancy shotguns" thing goes. I'll probably go handle one while I'm home, and then it will probably leave the store with me, unless SIXTO or someone else come up with a solid argument not to.
 

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I really cant come up with a good reason not too. I still havent shot one, but from what I've seen so far, it looks like a solid gun. I'd have to agree with Timmy's guessamation, 20% is a pretty fair guess on any gas operated semi auto.
The Mossberg's guts seem to be pretty close to the 1187, it should cycle high and low brass without a problem.

And yeah, I have some nice shotguns... but my current favorite is the CZ 720. It has the second smallest price tag in my collection too!

I was just out shooting clay with it today, and I like it even more.
 

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Well, I'll go handle one again while home, and probably end up buying it if its at a decent price. (Out of curiosity, did you notice the price your shop has them for?

I should get more sporting shotguns I suppose, since I really only have my one o/u, but I tend to be more on the "tactical" side of things these days.

Anyways, heres another question for ya sixto, I guess the closest competitors in the tactical auto shotgun area would be a Remington 1100, Benelli Supernova or M4/1014. Although it would appear I'm getting more stuff for my money with the Mossy. Got any input on those models? I know how much you love your Remington shotguns...
 

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Well, I'll go handle one again while home, and probably end up buying it if its at a decent price. (Out of curiosity, did you notice the price your shop has them for?

I should get more sporting shotguns I suppose, since I really only have my one o/u, but I tend to be more on the "tactical" side of things these days.

Anyways, heres another question for ya sixto, I guess the closest competitors in the tactical auto shotgun area would be a Remington 1100, Benelli Supernova or M4/1014. Although it would appear I'm getting more stuff for my money with the Mossy. Got any input on those models? I know how much you love your Remington shotguns...
Well, I say this without ever have shot one, but I think dollar for dollar, the Mossberg is a better buy here. I dont like the 1100 for tactical use (it has the wrong gas system, the 1187 has the right one) but it does make a fantastic sporting gun.
The Benelli M4 is nice, but it is far overpriced. I never cared much for the Nova line.
 

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The M4 is nice (although I'm not a huge fan of the buttstock on it), but its way out of my price point anyways. The Nova's I've always though looked kinda goofy, but Benelli is a big name in shotguns, so its worth a look. Good info about the Remingtons, thanks.

Well, I've got about two weeks to talk myself out of it or try to come up with something better, but this shotty has had my attention for at least since I saw one back after deployment.

If I get one and you haven't gotten to shoot one yet, maybe I'll let ya try it out.
 

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Thanks for the input timmy, out of curiosity, how much does it tend to reduce recoil, a noticeable amount over a similar pump action? Or about the same, not that I have an issue with shooting 12 gauges, but it could aid with quicker follow ups.
How does it compare to adding a Knoxx stock?
 

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Love my SPX. I've put about 200 through it (various shotshells) with narry a glitch.
 

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Well, I lasted under 72 hours in Ohio before I went and bought one, found a pretty decent deal on it too. It is the model with the normal buttstock, as pistol grips and Mossberg safeties don't go too well together. Now to find time to go shoot it, so I can give a range report. I'll get some pics of it up later.
 

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I'll be at the range from 0900 to1300 or so tomorrow...
 
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