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dracphelan

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Decisions, Decisions used 870 or new 500
« on: November 09, 2008, 03:58:31 pm »
This will be my first shotgun. I am looking at a shotgun for trying out sporting clays, possibly hunting, possibly 3-gun competition, and home defense. Since this might mean switching out barrels for different purposes I am looking at either a used 870 (no express) or a new 500.

I went to a couple of stores yesterday (Cabelas and some local places) to look at used shotguns. Since I can get a new Mossberg 500 for $209 with a 28" ported barrel, I was thinking $150 for a used one. For a used 870 I was thinking $200-$250. Unfortunately, nobody else seems to think this. The stores did not agree with me. THe cheapest I could find was a used 500 for $199.

We have a large gun show coming up Thanksgiving weekend. Do you think I should  just go for the new 500, or try to find a used 870 at the show?

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions used 870 or new 500
    « Reply #1 on: November 09, 2008, 04:07:50 pm »
    Well personally I shoot better with my 500 than I do with my friends 870, but you couldn't go wrong either way. About the gun show, the last time I went prices were not any better than usual, but there was quite a bit of selection. I bought my 500 used at a pawn shop for $75.00 about a year and a half ago and it was and still is in great shape.

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions used 870 or new 500
    « Reply #2 on: November 09, 2008, 05:35:20 pm »
    Unfortunately, the pawn shops in my area stink. The majority don't even deal in firearms.

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions used 870 or new 500
    « Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008, 01:32:29 am »
    As always, try several of each model and buy the one that fits you best. If you find yourself developing a preference for either the 870's or the 500's safety, then buy that one.  :)
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    Re: Decisions, Decisions used 870 or new 500
    « Reply #4 on: November 11, 2008, 09:17:25 pm »
    As always, try several of each model and buy the one that fits you best. If you find yourself developing a preference for either the 870's or the 500's safety, then buy that one.  :)

    There you have it.  "Fit" means everything in shotties.  If the 870 had the same safety as the 500... ooh baby.

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    Re: Decisions, Decisions used 870 or new 500
    « Reply #5 on: December 04, 2008, 11:07:22 am »
    Only other thing would be that left handed folks are much better served with the Mossberg. I would also switch the plastic safety to steel if I got the mossberg.

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