Mossberg 500 vs. Remington 870

Mossberg 500
Remington 870

Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 are the two most popular pump-action shotguns in the world. While both have a proven track record after decades of use in the military, law enforcement and hunting, there are some differences between the two.

The Mossberg 500 has an aluminum receiver which makes it lighter, while the Remington 870 has a steel receiver. The safety on a Mossberg 500 is right behind the receiver, which allows for faster firing and helps left-handed shooters more compared with the Remington 870 where the safety is a little button behind the trigger guard and on the right. The price of a Remington 870 is generally $100 to $150 higher than the price of a Mossberg 500.

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Mossberg 500

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Mossberg 500

Remington 870

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Remington 870
Designer Oscar Frederick Mossberg L. Ray Crittendon, Phillip Haskell, Ellis Hailston, G.E. Princkney
Effective range 40 m 40 m
Weight 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) to 7.5 (3.4 kg) empty 7.0 lb (3.2 kg) to 8.0 lb (3.6 kg)
Price About $300 About $400
Cartridge 12 gauge, 20 gauge, .410 bore 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge, or .410 bore
Muzzle velocity 403 m/s (1,325 ft/s) for 12-gauge, 2¾", 00 buckshot load, 475 m/s (1,560 ft/s) for 12-gauge 437-grain rifled slug 1550 ft/s
Length varies with model 37.25 in (946 mm) to 50.5 in (1,280 mm)
Barrel length 14 to 30 inches (350 to 762 mm) 18 in (460 mm) to 30 in (760 mm)
Place of origin United States United States
Effective range 40 m 40 m
In service 1961–present 1951–present
Manufacturer O.F. Mossberg & Sons Remington Arms
Action Pump-action Pump-action
Feed system 5 to 8 rounds; internal tube magazine 3- to 8-round internal tube magazine
Sights Bead sights Bead, twin bead, adjustable open sights, or ghost ring (all iron sights). Also cantilever and receiver-mounts for scopes
Variants Model 590, Model 590A1, Bantam Wingmaster, Express, Marine, SPS, SPS-T, XCS, TAC, Super Mag,MCS

Contents: Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870

A member of Armed Response Team (ART) raises his Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun during a security drill
A member of Armed Response Team (ART) raises his Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun during a security drill

edit Design Comparison

The Mossberg 500 is intended for use in harsh and dirty conditions, and so was designed to be easy to clean and maintain. It has a dual action bar, a single large locking lug, a magazine tube below the barrel, and a slide release to the left rear of the trigger guard.

The Remington 870 has a bottom-loading, side ejecting receiver, tubular magazine under the barrel, dual action bars, internal hammer and a bolt that locks into an extension in the barrel.

The reviewer in the following video explains why he thinks the Mossberg 500 has a more ergonomic design than the Remington 870:

edit Receiver

One of the biggest differences between the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 is the receiver — the Mossberg 500 uses an aluminum receiver and the Remington 870 uses a steel receiver. The Mossberg 500 also uses more plastic parts that bring the cost and weight down for the shotgun.

edit Barrel

All Mossberg 500s have interchangeable barrels. The barrel length varies from 14 inches to 30 inches.

The Remington 870 has a barrel length between 18 inches and 30 inches.

edit Effective Range

The Mossberg 500 has an effective range of 40m, and a maximum range of 50m for shot and 70-80m for slugs. The Remington 870 has an effective range of about 40 m, and a maximum range of 50m for shot and 70-80m for slugs.

Here is a playlist of the best videos on YouTube comparing the Remington 870 with the Mossberg 500:

edit Cartridge

The Mossberg 500 can use 12 gauge, 20 gauge, and .410 bore cartridges. The Remington 870 can use 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 guage or .410 bore cartridges.

edit Magazines

The Mossberg 500 has various magazine capacities. The basic model holds five 2.75 inch shells and is called a six shot model. It is also available with extended magazine tubes that holds seven rounds.

The Remington 870 can hold between 3 and 7 rounds.

edit Weight

The Mossberg 500 weighs between 5.5 lbs and 7.5 lbs when empty. The Remington 870 weighs between 7.0 lbs and 8.0 lbs. The use of steel in a Remington 870 adds to its weight. Aftermarket parts used to customize these guns may change how heavy the gun ends up becoming.

edit Price of Remington 870 vs Mossberg 500

At Walmart in some states, the Mossberg 500 costs approximately $210, while the Remington 870 costs $300. In general, the Remington 870 is $100-$150 more expensive than the Mossberg 500.

edit Popularity

The Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 are the two most popular pump-action shotguns in the US but the Remington has a larger market share. The Remington 870 is the most widely used shotgun by the US public for sport shooting, hunting and home defense. It is also used by law enforcement agencies and militaries around the world.

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Comments: Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870

Anonymous comments (3)

April 5, 2014, 11:05am

500 or better yet 590A1. Being left handed and a natural tendency to tilt the gun inwards my chest during charging action the 870 would hang up as the shell would want to fall out. With the Mossberg and Its elevator never a problem. Ive had 870's that would lock up with 2 3/4 shells but shoot 3" fine. The 500 doesnt care. Eats what you feed It. No more 870's for me!

— 173.✗.✗.203

August 6, 2013, 4:57pm

I use to own a mossberg 500 but no more! remington 870 all the way now! I jack a pump shotgun hard shooting fast.Broke the plastic trigger housing on the mossberg 500.It only has one pin at the back holding trigger housing in.The 870 is steel and has 2 pins holding the trigger housing in.And on top of all that Mossberg would not send me the housing to replace.We did not have computers or the resources we do today.So many years ago I said screw Mossberg! And bought a remington 870! I've nerver regreted it! I love my 870! plastic Mossberg junk will not hold up if you really use a shotgun hard!

— 216.✗.✗.85

April 5, 2014, 11:09am

You dont like plastic parts. Gdt a Mossberg 590A1. The 590 uses plastic as the 500 does. 590A1 meets mil spec reguirements with metal trigger and safety. Thicker barrel and uses better method for barrel cap.

— 173.✗.✗.212


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