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Old 02-15-2013, 12:43 PM
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Someone suggested to new that a mossberg combo would be my best bet for my first gun in terms of versatility to price. The local gun shop can't get their hands on one but they have a Remington 887 in stock. I'm sure the price will be a little higher but they haven't let me know what the tag says. I have a 100 dollar gift certificate to this store expiring next month. Will I be at least equally happy with the Remington or should I try to get my certificate extended and hold out for the mossberg?
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:58 PM
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I wanted the 887 but the feel of the plastic coating is cheap. I say avoid it, get a standard Remington 870 or Mossberg 500.
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Old 02-15-2013, 2:16 PM
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Just get the 870 or 500.
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Old 02-15-2013, 2:24 PM
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Between the Mossberg 500 and the 870 Express I'd pick the Mossberg as I'm not impressed with the last couple of years worth of 870 expresses. I also don't care for the 887.
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Old 02-15-2013, 3:24 PM
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i hv a mossberg 500 and have no regrets.
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Old 02-15-2013, 3:29 PM
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I have a 500 combo and a Maverick 88. Both are great and wouldn't change them. However, the 870s are also pretty nice. Don't know a whole lot about the 887, but if i were to get a Remingtong, it'd be an 870.
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Old 02-15-2013, 3:38 PM
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I recently bought an 870 because I wanted a reliable pump field gun. Given its long history and the fact that I previously owned one it was a no brainer.

I looked tab the 887, and everything I could find led me to believe it has been plagued with teething issues. Not the kind of gun I want at any price.

The Mossberg 500 combo is well worth the price if you can hold out. Otherwise I'd stick with the 870 or a Winny 1300 if you can find one.
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if you want a cheap one that's for more than just home defense you need.

1. The Combo that's for sale sometimes at big5. it includes an 19 1/2" barrel and a longer barrel that can be used for skeet, trap and hunting.

2. A remington 870 and you'll need to buy a seperate longer barrel.

If you want a cheap SG for home defense the Hawk, Stevans and I think ther is one mre that you can usually find at big5. Sports authority also has some very low priced Shot Guns.
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The price tag on the 887 is $465.00 (they are selling for ABOVE msrp? is that normal for gun dealers? Remington site says $436)

Cabela's is selling them for $349


I am simply just frustrated at the timing in which I received the gift certificate

The only thing nice I see about the 887 as compared to the mossberg is that it has a 3-1/2" chamber.

Other than that, the price for the mossberg is just really hard to beat IMO. $449 at Cabelas for the combo.


Sorry about all the goofy questions. First time buying a gun, and these guys are the only shop in town and brand new at that.
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Mossy 500 is next on my list... Persuader or cruiser 12-

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Might get flamed for this but......


I have a Stevens 320. $225 from Big 5. About 300 shells and zero issues. Quiality is descent. Compared it to my cousin's Super Nova and my barell thickness is about twice as his. If you aren't tryin to spend a bunch, it's an option.
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Someone suggested to new that a mossberg combo would be my best bet for my first gun in terms of versatility to price. The local gun shop can't get their hands on one but they have a Remington 887 in stock. I'm sure the price will be a little higher but they haven't let me know what the tag says. I have a 100 dollar gift certificate to this store expiring next month. Will I be at least equally happy with the Remington or should I try to get my certificate extended and hold out for the mossberg?
Gift certs have no expiring dates in CA. It is paid for & treated like cash. Unless it is a raffle gift cert for a donation.
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Gift certs have no expiring dates in CA. It is paid for & treated like cash. Unless it is a raffle gift cert for a donation.
I understand this, but it does have an expiration date on it. It wasn't a given gift certificate, my wife won it as a radio prize. It does say gift certificate on it.


Any input on gun dealers selling for above MSRP ? Is that normal?

I know in my line of work we never do that.
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yes, the gun and ammo craze is causing the increased prices on everything.
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If they won't give you an extension then you need to buy something that's
not over priced so you can resell it later, thereby effectively getting an
extension on the gift certificate.

Big 5 had the mossberg maverick for $190.
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Bi-Mart has the mossberg combo for 299.97


Guess I need to find out what the transfer fees are.


Is that what I ask the gun dealer? "What are your transfer fees?"
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Just buy some ammo and a gun bag, or some hearing protection....things you will need anyway....with the certificate. That'll buy you some time to get the gun you want.
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Just buy some ammo and a gun bag, or some hearing protection....things you will need anyway....with the certificate. That'll buy you some time to get the gun you want.
This idea, it is good.

Thanks. I'll go down and see what they have.
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I bought a 887 nitro mag and it broke after 16 rounds. I sent it back to Remington and got it replaced with a Remington 870 super mag that gas the same recoil pad and sights as the 887. I pick it up tomarrow . Stick to the 870 if you want a Remington pump action.
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I have both mossberg 500 and remington 870, and i regret selling my mossberg 500 20ga. In other words if you can't get the 500 then get a 870, but don't settle for 887
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Just buy some ammo and a gun bag, or some hearing protection....things you will need anyway....with the certificate. That'll buy you some time to get the gun you want.
I agree with this 100%. You can always find something to spend your gift certificate on....If you can't, I can help you spend it


Head to Big 5 for the mossberg 500 combo. Plenty in stock. $399.99 right now, lil more than they used to be but it's what you were looking for in the first place.
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For pretty much the same price as a new 870, you could get 2 Pardners.

Great shotgun . H&R is owned by the same people that own Remington . Same action, robust and dependable. New 870s have been having too many problems for me to bet my life on one.
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I agree with this 100%. You can always find something to spend your gift certificate on....If you can't, I can help you spend it


Head to Big 5 for the mossberg 500 combo. Plenty in stock. $399.99 right now, lil more than they used to be but it's what you were looking for in the first place.
Actually found one across the border (15 minutes away) for 299.97


The nearest in state big 5 is two hours which would be around 40-50 bucks in gas.

At that point I think i'd be better off using the gift certificate for FFL fees and save the gas and 2 hours of driving.

I'll gladly welcome any ideas one what to use my 100 bucks for.


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I have both mossberg 500 and remington 870, and i regret selling my mossberg 500 20ga. In other words if you can't get the 500 then get a 870, but don't settle for 887
How was the 20g?

Saw the persuader on sale at turners and it was nice (and cheap).

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I just called the store across the border and they don't do interstate FFL transfers.


Question : Can I get a friend who lives up there to buy it for me, and deliver it to the dealer?
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Buy ammo with your gift card. or a sling...side saddle...ammo belt/bandoleer.

For a cheap and proven shotgun, the Mossberg 500 is the way to go. The combo pack gives you vesatlity to use your shotgun for HD or sporting.

As far as the interstate transfer, it needs to be done through an FFL in his state to a CA FFL. Unless your friend has a CA drivers license too = (Technically illegal). Your friend would have to take it to an FFL in his state, they would ship it to an FFL in CA. By the time you add the cost, it might still be cheaper to call that BIG 5 down the road and buy it there.

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Buy ammo with your gift card. or a sling...side saddle...ammo belt/bandoleer.

For a cheap and proven shotgun, the Mossberg 500 is the way to go. The combo pack gives you vesatlity to use your shotgun for HD or sporting.

As far as the interstate transfer, it needs to be done through an FFL in his state to a CA FFL. Unless your friend has a CA drivers license too = (Technically illegal). Your friend would have to take it to an FFL in his state, they would ship it to an FFL in CA. By the time you add the cost, it might still be cheaper to call that BIG 5 down the road and buy it there.

http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/Bu...te_Party_-_PPT
Okay, thanks


I just went down and talked to him, and he says he has another source delivering a truckload of guns today, and he will ask specifically about the mossberg. Going to call him monday to get details.

The only thing he has available is a turkey gun with camo finish.
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