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USMC_6062_SFMF

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I am toiling over my options for a first-time home defense shotgun. I’ve narrowed down my search to either a Mossberg Maverick 88 security or an H&R Pardner pump. I’ve read good reviews on both, and I’ve read that the Pardner is compatible with most 870 mods, attachments, and accessories. I’m curious about any thoughts on this and open to all suggestions and info.

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SFMF
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spm1us

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Lots of good people and information here. If it were me and you wanted a pump, then I would go for an 870 with an 870 second then a distant third would be a Mossberg 500/590 series. I have never cared for aluminum receiver shotguns but as the old saying goes: there's a body for every seat! The negligible difference in the cost of an 870 to the ones you mentioned is insignificant in the long run - "pay once - cry once"!  Academy sports used to have the 870 20" deer gun with rifle sights - smooth bore - all day long for $300 - if you bought it when Remington had their seasonal rebates you could save $35-50 more. If you are looking for a throw-away/disposable HD shotgun, then buy whatever you like but if you plan on keeping it I would recommend an 870. You can also find some deals on used Wingmasters at gun shops/shows and pawn shops. Welcome aboard and Thank You for your service - Good Luck in your hunt, Sam Michael Jr, Jax, FL
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USMC_6062_SFMF

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Thanks for the input, Sam. I was looking for a cheaper option, but cheaper is not always good. I will look into some local gun shops and pawn shops for some 870 options. Thanks again.
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I'll second the input from spm, although I'm not quite as narrowly focused.  There are reasons certain brands are always at the top of discussions for various things, and for decades now the shotgun at the top of the fighting shotgun world has been the Remington 870.  Others have come along that are developing their won reputations, such as the Mossberg 500 variations.  Doesn't mean other guns aren't any good, just means they don't have the history of evaluation and real-world testing behind them.  I like the H&R single shots, just haven't heard much about their pumps.  To me that suggests they haven't been that successful with shooters.  And a lot of it depends on what you want to do with it.  The more you are going to practice and work with the gun the more important quality and long-term durability come into play, which is why your pawn shop idea is good.  A quality shotgun will last generations, so a used model isn't much of an issue assuming it hasn't been actively abused.  Good luck, and I'm sure others will chime in on the topic for you.
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Well two good choices the mossburg is light easy to handle and can be found with a 8 shot magazine. The pardner from h&r is all steel and most of it is a direct copy of a 870 tactical longer magazine . but the bottom line is which one would you bet your life on . all steel receivers are nice and last forever . aluminum receiver will last almost as long based on the design. But butt stroke somebody with one and they will break . for me I ran a mossburg 500 not a 88 for 30 years its still going strong and does whatever I need it to do . but the 870 I also own will do the same thing and last long enough to hand down about 4 generations . Also if you get a chance look at the barrel on a mossburg 88 it says made in el Paso TX. It's really made in Mexico and assembled here .
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Germansheperd

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1) 870
2) 500/590
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Originally Posted by USMC_6062_SFMF
I am toiling over my options for a first-time home defense shotgun. I’ve narrowed down my search to either a Mossberg Maverick 88 security or an H&R Pardner pump. I’ve read good reviews on both, and I’ve read that the Pardner is compatible with most 870 mods, attachments, and accessories. I’m curious about any thoughts on this and open to all suggestions and info.

Thanks in advance

SFMF


I had owned a Maverick 88 for about 10 years and have been happy with it.

The Remington 870 is a great firearm but they can be pricey. If you are wanting an affordable firearm that is reliable to protect your home and occassionally practice with at the range I believe the Maverick 88 would be a good choice for you.
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Chainsaw76

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I run Mossberg 500 simply because I am left handed and that was the only production unit for lefties. With my low training level back in the day, I did not know that one could run with the safety off and the slide 1" out of battery GTG, and no one to show me. My 500's are from the 80's and are smooth and slick.

If you get a gently used but not abused 870 you should not have any problems. A good gunsmith can fix anything you cannot.

Jim

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I run Mossberg 500 simply because I am left handed and that was the only production unit for lefties. With my low training level back in the day, I did not know that one could run with the safety off and the slide 1" out of battery GTG, and no one to show me. My 500's are from the 80's and are smooth and slick.

If you get a gently used but not abused 870 you should not have any problems. A good gunsmith can fix anything you cannot.

Jim

Wait till you run a couple from the very early 1970’s

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Chainsaw76

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One of my uncles was in a hurt for a HD weapon and I sold hum my 1972 production M500. And you are right, they were really nice back then and I would like to get another. Does anyone know the SN range I should be looking for?

To be honest an older 870 would work too with some parts replacement PM added for longivity.

Jim
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Chainsaw76

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By the way, VERY nice looking SG's you have there!

Jim
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Germansheperd

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Thanks! I’m still an 870 fan but early to mid 70’s model 500s are pretty cool.
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