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Official Shotgun Review of the Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870

Before you buy make sure you look at these Side by Side Stats, Reviews and Comparisons of two All American Shotguns!

Mossberg 500 Summary:

Over 10 million sold, and over 50 years in the field, the 500 is not only the most prolific and reliable shotgun in the world, it is also the most versatile shotgun platform available, with a model to fit every season, every application—and every user.

Dual extractors, positive steel to steel lockup, twin action bars, and an anti-jam elevator ensure smooth operation. 10 year limited warranty.

Mossberg 500

$267.99 - $359.99

Mossberg 500 All Purpose – Base model 500, Standard Finish, Wood or Synthetic Stock

Mossberg 500 L-Series – All the key features of the standard 500 in a left handed platform

Mossberg 500 Duck Commander - Synthetic Realtree Max 5 Stock, OD Green Finish, Tru Bead dual color front fiber optic sight

Mossberg 500 Turkey - Mossy Oak Break-Up Inifinity Synthetic Stock, Barrel Finish matches Stock

Mossberg 500 Waterfowl - Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades or Advantage Max 4 Stock and Barrel camo patterns

Mossberg 500 Slugster – Integral Scope Base Cantilever, 24” Ported Barrel, Fully Rifled Bore

Read 19 Reviews of the Mossberg 500

Remington 870 Summary:

With over 60 years in the making, Its solid, dependable action makes it America’s favorite, and continual upgrades make it the most advanced, well-rounded family of pump shotguns around. Like all Model 870 shotguns, it features a receiver milled from a solid billet of steel for maximum strength and reliability. The twin action bars prevent binding and twisting so that you'll always have the chance to get off a second shot. 2 year limited warranty.

Remington 870

$289.99 – $379.99

Remington 870 Express – Base model 870, Standard Express Finish, Wood or Synthetic Stock

Remington 870 American Classic – WalnutStock, Engraved with Gold Fill, Ventilated recoil pad and spacer, White Diamond Cap, High Polish Blued Finish

Remington 870 Wingmaster – Twin action bars for non binding action, More barrel and choke options for this model than any other 870, Available in 12GA. 20GA. 28GA. & .410 bore

Remington 870 Classic Trap – Twin action bars for non binding action, Receiver milled from solid steel, Fancy American Walnut Monte Carlo Stock, 30” vent rib barrel, 3 Rem Chokes included

Read 22 Reviews of the Remington 870

Side by Side Comparison of the Mossberg 500 vs. Remington 870

Mossberg 500 Stats:

Action Pump Action, Fore-end release

behind the trigger guard, Tang Safety on top of receiver
Barrel 20/22/24/26/28" Vent Rib Barrels

plus 24" Slug Barrel Options
Capacity 6 Rounds
Chamber 3” Chamber - Shoots 2 3/4”

Shells & 3” Shells
Sights Fixed Bead Sights
Gauge 12 GA, 20 GA, .410 Bore
Choke Accu-Set or Full-Fixed Chokes
Trigger Pull 8 lbs 5 oz

Remington 870 Stats:

Action Pump Action, Fore-end release in front of trigger

guard, Cross bolt Safety
Barrel 26”, 28” Vent Rib Barrels
Capacity 4 Rounds
Chamber 3” Chamber – Shoots 2 ¾” Shells

& 3” Shells
Sights Fixed Bead Sights


12 GA, 20 GA
Choke Modified Rem Choke
Trigger Pull 5 lbs

The Accuracy

The Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 are both very accurate pump-action shotguns.

The Magazine

Mossberg 500 has a 6rd magazine tube. Remington 870 also has a 4rd magazine tube.

The Stock

Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 are both offered in Wood Stock or Synthetic Stock.

The Sights

Both Shotguns have Fixed Front Bead Sights

The Trigger

The Remington 870 has a lighter factory trigger pull than the Mossberg 500 but there are replacements for that.

Mossberg 500 Trigger Spring Kit

Remington 870 Trigger Spring Kit

The Barrel

Mossberg 500 has a 24”, 26” or 28” vent rib barrel and Remington has a 26” or 28” vent rib barrel

The Weight

Overall Mossberg 500 weight is 7.5lbs and overall Remington 870 weight is 7.5 lbs.

The Safety

Mossberg 500 safety is near the rear of the receiver on the tang. Remington 870 safety is a cross bolt safety in the trigger guard.

The Shell Lifter

Another noticeable difference between the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 is the shell lifter. The Mossberg 500 shell lifter stays up nearly all of the time allowing the shooter to easily reload. The Remington 870 shell lifter stays down and must be pushed up before loading another round. There are aftermarket modifications you can make it stay up.

The Extractor

The Mossberg 500 has 2 extractors on the bolt and they can be easily replaced. The Remington 870 has 1 extractor on the bolt and requires a gunsmith to replace the extractor.

Here are two great American Shotguns that are available in many different configurations. How do you decide between the Mossberg 500 or Remington 870? They are very similar in a side by side comparison, so handle both shotguns before you buy and see which one feels more natural for you.


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Don't forget, both The Mossberg Shockwave and Remington 870 Tac 14 now come in 14 " barrels. Do you know if the trigger pull has been modified in either?
pgrbull May 1, 2017 7:57 AM