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What Shotgun Should I Buy?

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I need your help deciding what shotgun to buy. The features I’m looking for are:

1. I prefer a tactical style over a hunting style. I’ll be using it mainly for home protection, range shooting, and the occasional clay target shooting.

2. I want a base model shotgun that is extremely customizable.

3. I want to be certain that there are lots of accessories that are readily available for it.

4. I’m looking to spend less than $500 since it’s a base model shotgun and I want to do all the extra work to it myself.

Let me know what you think on the poll below. I need it before this Saturday (7/11/15) so get your votes in before that. Thanks in advance!

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Start date 2015-07-05 19:42:21
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What Shotgun Should I Buy?


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I'm just an average guy who enjoys guns. I don't care much for the political debates or the stereotypical "gun guy ego", I just enjoy shooting. I want to make shooting fun, accessible, and safe for anyone out there who wants to get involved. From absolute beginners, to advanced shooters, I have respect for all and hope we can learn from each other.

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  • I was in the same boat recently when looking to buy a shotgun. I narrowed it down to the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870. They honestly are pretty similar and either would be fine, but I ended up setting on the Mossberg 500 because I liked its ergonomics a little better. I liked the location of the safety and how easy it was to hit with my thumb on the 500, and I was not a fan of the carrier being in the way when reloading on the 870. While doing my research I also ran into a number of people that mentioned the quality of Remington has gone down since it was purchased in 2007 by Freedom Group. They suggested that if I wanted an 870 that I should search for one manufactured before 2007. I am not sure how much truth there is to that but it’s something to keep in mind.

    The only real down side to the Mossberg 500 that I ran across was that the trigger group was made of plastic while the trigger group on the 870 is made of alloy. If that matters to you there is always the Mossberg 590 that has a metal trigger group.

    Both have a lot of options for customization. Here is what mine looks like:

    My friend has an 870 and I have shot his and he has shot my Mossberg. I don’t really see a whole lot of difference.I would suggest you just go out and hold each of them and pick whichever one feels better to you.

    • Thanks for the comment, Ryan. Yeah, that’s probably the two models I was choosing between as well but I was curious to hear what everyone else thought. The 500 seems to be the crowd favorite among all the votes. I wasn’t aware of the plastic trigger group though. But let’s be honest, it’s not like I’m taking it across the desert to war. I’m taking it to the range in my car haha. I’m sure the trigger group will be just fine.

      Anyway, thanks again for the input. I love the way you kitted yours out. It looks awesome! What kind of stock is that if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Hey Dan! Thanks for the interest. The book actually doesn’t go live until tomorrow morning (Sunday, July 26 2015). I’m actually writing a post on it now and I’ll also make a video for it tomorrow on the Green Light Shooting YouTube channel with the link so be watching for that. Thanks again!

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