I apologize for the above partial post. I hit 'post' instead of 'preview,' and when I went to try to edit it, the server was giving me a hard time logging on. Sorry about that. Here is the full version of what I intended to say:
Having had a Mossberg 500, and currently owning an older 870, (May '80) I can say hands-down, that I prefer the Remington. While the Mossberg just felt 'chinsy,' and cheaply made, the Remington is unquestionably a quality weapon. Everything about the operation is smoother, and the controls are (subjectivity) better thought out on the Remington platform. The Remington is the only of my firearms that deserves a name.
How does this tie in with what George was saying? The difference between the quality, soothness, and feel being what it is, for me a Remington would be a better choice, even for a hacksaw 'SBS' modification.