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Help choosing a tactical shotgun!

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by k_pem, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. k_pem

    k_pem Pierce county, WA New Member

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    Hey im looking to buy my first tactical shoty. Was looking primarily at the mossberg models. I really want a 18.5" barrel, capacity i dont care so much about, i like the parkerized, price is huge if theres a big difference. My plans with it are to go pistol grip with folding stock get an extended top rail with red dot, flashlight under tube, and id like to try and find a rail for the front grip so i can put on a foldable vert handle.

    Anyones .02 on which shotgun would be best? Im thinking 590A1 parkerized 18.5 but how hard are these to come by?

    Any info would be greatly apprectiated
     
  2. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    I had a Mossberg 500 that was my first pump shotgun that I used for bird hunting for many years, putting several thousand rounds through it. I purchased an 18 inch barrel for it for woods deer hunting which I never used for that purpose. Eventually the trigger housing broke, which is made from plastic in commercial guns (it is metal in military spec guns) and the action would not lock up as a result. So, by this time I had other shotguns and decided I would make a "home defense" gun from the Mossberg. I got a new trigger mechanism/housing and a new magazine spring from Brownell's which are easy to install yourself. Then I found a Mossberg manufactured adjustable ghost ring sight on the web and had a gunsmith install it on the action and the 18 inch barrel. He also stripped the paint off and anodized the receiver. He also put sling swivels on it. Made a pretty handy little gun that is very reliable. Down side is the conversion probably cost me more than I paid for the original Mossbrerg in the first place. I like it, but still prefer my 9 shot FN SLP, which is an awesome semi auto tactical shotgun.
     
  3. itgoesboom

    itgoesboom Hillsboro Member

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    Lot's of choices out there, not many bad ones.

    I have had a Mossberg 500 for the last 14 years, and it's never missed a beat. No idea how many shells I have put through it.

    I like the Rem. 870's as well, and if I was purchasing a new 12ga, good chance I would pick one of those up.

    Something to remember, Mossberg has their safety on the top rear of the receiver, which is a great location if you are using a standard stock. But it's a bad position if you decided to get a stock with a pistol grip on it, like the Knoxx stocks.
     
  4. USMC Doc

    USMC Doc Portland Area Member

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    The Mossberg is really nice but I prefer the action of the Remington 870. It just seems smoother. Nothing beats the realiability and psycological inpact of a pump shotgun.

    A long time Deputy, who worked the seediest beat (because he liked it), told me that he could walk into a barroom brawl, fire a rounds with his sidearm and get about 1/2 the crowds attention. If he racked the shotgun he got everyones attention.
     
  5. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    I vote for the 18 inch 590a1.. mostly because I have one.. they are hard to find unless you head over to gunbroker...
     
  6. k_pem

    k_pem Pierce county, WA New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the replys! I happend to go to the gun show today and walk out with a brand new H&K FP6 hahaha got good plans for this one as well. Holds 7+1, 20inch barrel unfortunantly but i didnt find it a problem. Its already upgraded with rails and obviously the extended mag tube. I thought it was a good deal anyway.
     
  7. zerooption

    zerooption Beaverton Member

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    Picture :D
     
  8. k_pem

    k_pem Pierce county, WA New Member

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    will do as soon as i figure out how to lol i just today added a pistol grip and a tactical front grip along with a light setup (unfortunantly, light is coming tomorrow) ;)
     
  9. k_pem

    k_pem Pierce county, WA New Member

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    This is my shoty as of tonight. Still more to come on this bad boy! :cool: haha cant wait to finish it up

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  10. UncalledForGabe

    UncalledForGabe Aloha Or. Member

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    In my experience, the Mossberg tends to loosen up after a while. Forearm slop is one of my pet peeves. Surprisingly enough, my Norinco 870 copy is holding up much better than my 500. Benelli's are a good choice too.
     
  11. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    Benelli M1 is really nice but too high on price. I would buy stoeger (I think that is how it spell) it same company making M1 for cheaper price $450 at bimart 18" barrel with pistol grip.
     
  12. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Winchester Defender "speed pump." :D
     
  13. TANSTAAFL

    TANSTAAFL Downtown Seattle Member

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    I absolutely love my FN SLP and have nothing but great things to say about the weapon. (I also own 2 converted Saigas) Dis/assembly is so easy, I clean the bolt every time it is taken out. While tactical, I actually use it for trap out at Renton Fish & Game as well. Two friends who have shot it have subsequently bought it a few months later. If a gun action could be made as smooth as glass, the SLP would be it.

    Tactical (3 Gun?), home defense, hunting and trap the SLP is something to look into. I don't mind the 590, I have used and like it--but use the SLP just once and you'll be sold.
     
  14. SVT-ROY

    SVT-ROY Tigard Resident Beretta guru

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    +1 Rem 870

    The moss ain't bad but I've had both and choose the 870.
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  15. spider

    spider Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I shoot my mossberg a lot more then my 870, its a bit lighter then my tact out 870, but for accessories and interchangable mag capacity. id get an 870, here's mine
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    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Just check out the Benelli M4 that they used on Deadliest warrior for SWAT. It was beautiful.
     
  20. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    some four shotguns, two Mossburgs, an 870 and a Win 1300. For home/RV defense I chose the Win 1300. The action is short and smooth plus it works great with the ½ size Aguila rounds I use. I have 13 rds. loaded and the saddle has an add'l five 00's in it in case I need to "reach out" further with more power. I wish there was a Vang Comp barrel for it though!