buy a shotgun. everyone should have one for the "farm". Period.
I love my mossberg 500 but I do also like the 870s. I get 7 in the tube+1 in the chamber w/my mossberg. mossberg is well worth the money. I had originally wanted the remington 870 police magnum, but I had trouble finding it so I went w/the moss way back when. I would now choose mossberg500 over the remington. It does seem more user friendly with the safety as only one example. Also food for thought: I never hear bad things about mossberg 500s so maybe someone can start now? I have always heard great reviews about 870s while also hearing bad reviews to boot.
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