View Full Version : Best Shotgun for the money?

10-27-2004, 09:43 AM
OK people, lets here it. In your opinion what is the "best" shotgun for the money. I will give some specifics so please try and stay within them. Pump or autoloader?

Required: 12 gauge, pump action(autoloader if the price is right), rugged, reliable, not a hang over the mantle gun

This gun will be used for small game (squirrel, rabbit, dove, quail, duck) and maybe deer. I have no preference of stock other than I like the cammo synthetics and I'm concerned about a wood stock on a gun I know I will abuse in the woods. What length barrel would be appropriate? I do more small game hunting in the woods than duck blind hunting. Should I go with a 3.5" chamber or stick to 3"?

What are your thoughts on these few:
Remington 870 Express Combo - with shot barrel and slug barrel
Benelli Nova camo
Mossberg Model 500 Sporting or 835 Ulti-Mag/Combo

Please let me know what you think, any and all info is appreciated and I don't care if you think you might be a little off topic as long as you give me an honest opinion.

Thanks a ton guys and gals,

10-27-2004, 10:37 AM
I would go with the 870, or the Mossberg, either one is a rugged, dependable, inexpensive shotgun....


Daryl (deceased)
10-27-2004, 10:57 AM
I agree with rockin'.

I had one of the 870's a few years back. I never had any problems with it functionally, but I never could get used to the straight stock. I'm used to a stock with a little more drop in it, and finally sold it to a friend who needed one to help with the dogs that were killing his emus off.

Also had one of the Mossberg 500's with an 18 inch barrel. I really liked that one, but someone finally talked me out of it. Wouldn't mind picking up another one of these days; they're good shotguns.


10-27-2004, 11:19 AM
What about the combos? Is it worth the money to get the extra rifled barrel? I use slugs every once in a while but not often. Will it hurt a rifled barrel to shoot regular shot from it on occasion?


Daryl (deceased)
10-27-2004, 11:35 AM
If you shoot slugs, it wouldn't hurt to get the extra barrel. That's a choice that only you can make, and it will likely depend on your intended use.

It won't hurt the rifled barrel to shoot shot from it, but you'll most likely get a donut shaped pattern with a hole in the center.

Good luck!


10-27-2004, 11:49 AM
I have an 870 with a Hogue forend and stock. A slug barrel, a regular bird barrel, and a cylinder bore barrel. My shotgun has never let me down and I abuse the heck out of it. I might buy an auto some day but anytime I hear of people spending lots of money on a shotgun I tend to think they're crazy. That's just me though.

10-27-2004, 12:07 PM
Thanks AzKiote, that is exactly what I was wondering about the slug barrel.

For my hunting, I don't think it is worth the money to get an autoloader. So I tend to agree with you teddy12b.


10-27-2004, 12:18 PM
I own a Model 500 and I gotta tell you, for the price it just cant be beat. I would like a new shotgun, either an over and under or auto, but only for the quicker second (third) shot on foul. Mossbergs are gonna be $150 cheaper, so you got to ask yourself if what you are getting with the 870 is worth 150 bucks. You don't have to get a combo, you can shoot a slug out of a smooth bore too. Or you can wait and get the extra barrel with either of them later. You don't really need 3 1/2 " shells for ducks, but it would be nice to have the option of using 2 3/4 up to 3 1/2 if you chose to hunt something else later. My Model 500 is a one gun for everything solution for me, cause I cant really afford others right now, and it works fine, for all but slugs which I probably couldn't expect to shoot more than 50 yards with, if that.

Of course if you get the 870/835 Ulti Mag Combo, you wont have an excuse to get something else later. http://www.thehunterslife.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gifNor would you really need to. If your strapped, Model 500.

10-27-2004, 12:37 PM
Can someone tell me what the deal is with the ported barrels? They look like they are ported a few inches from the muzzle. Is this common on new shotguns, b/c I don't know If I would like it or not. Any thoughts?


10-27-2004, 12:48 PM
It's simple about ported barrels. They are made for Girly Men! Just kidding, it's supposed to reduce the recoil, and help keep the end of your barrel down for quicker sight alignment on a second follow up shot. They actually seem like it would be pretty nice for the people that shoot the magnume loads especially.

10-27-2004, 12:54 PM
I noticed that most of the magnum 3.5" guns had it and wondered why. Now I know. I bet it helps recoil for 3" shells too though.


10-28-2004, 08:32 AM
I have two old 870's that have proformed well for me. My 12 ga. 870 has slug barrel and has been drilled and tapped to mount a Burrus 1 3/4x5. This old gun holds slugs in about a 4" group at 100 yds., that is good enought for white tails.

I have an old 870 in 16 ga. that I use for other small game animals. I do prefer the 870 over the Mossberg as the 870 has double guide rails on the pump and seems to work a little better.

I feel that either one would be a workable field gun for you.

10-28-2004, 09:59 AM
My vote would be for the Rem. 870 it has never let me down during any firefights with them Oregon Grouse or Turkeys!

My 2 cents


10-28-2004, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the input. I have used the 870 almost exclusively b/c that is what I was able to borrow. One was synthetic and the other wood stock. I think that is probably what I will look for.

Thanks again,

Marvin Donnell
01-26-2009, 10:28 PM
RE: Best Shotgun for the money? I still have an 870 that my dad bought when I was young (am now above retirement age) and just about everyone in my family, brother, son, nephew, son-in-law have all used it. My dad wore a barrel out over twenty -five years and replaced it. To my knowledge, this is the only thing we have ever done to this shotgun and it still works great! Mossbergs are great also. Consider the length of trigger pull on the stock because fit will make a great difference.MD

Marvin Donnell
01-26-2009, 10:35 PM
:yes: Remington 870's are really hard to beat for purchase price, performance and overall dependability. I have one that has been in my family for around fifty years and I still use it . Mossbergs are great shotguns also, but I actually believe that will al the above shotguns being servce-ready, the factors of overall weight, length of pull and personal feel prior to purchase are the most important.MD

01-28-2009, 05:07 PM
I have a mossberg 535 all terrain.came with a 28" vent rib+3 chokes and a 26" rifled,sighted slug barrel.the reciever is drilled for scope mounts.about $350.also they have brought out a new camo,synthetic combo with a cantalever slug barrel(26") and a 24" turkey barrel.I think it's around$400.check it out at mossbreg.com