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Old 08-12-2011, 4:38 PM
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Default Mesa Tactical Shell Carrier: 6 round vs. 8 round?

I'm planning on adding a Mesa Tactical shell carrier to my 870. Are there any pro/cons to having one or the other?

The obvious "pro" to the 8 is the 2 extra shells, but I was wondering if anyone can tell me from personal experience why they prefer one over the other. Do the extra 2 shells on the 8 get in the way, in any way?

BTW, I have a Speedfeed fore end, NOT the long Express fore end.Thanks in advance for any responses.
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Old 08-12-2011, 5:12 PM
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As long as it doesn't prevent your forend from being operated, why not have the 2 extra rounds? My forend wasn't the deciding factor for getting the 6 shell version, it was the fact that i have a reflex sight mounted up top, so the 2 furthest front shells would have only been able to be stored primer side down. But if you don't run any additional optics up top, I see no reason why not to get the 8 shell version.
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Old 08-12-2011, 6:45 PM
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I have the Mesa tactical 6 shell version on mine,I don't see a problem with 8.Just more weight,It might not be too much but if you have a lot of attachments it does add up.
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Old 08-12-2011, 7:14 PM
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Well if you get the 8 you can always leave two empty and only carry 6. If you get the 6 you can never carry 8.
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Old 08-12-2011, 8:10 PM
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As long as it doesn't prevent your forend from being operated, why not have the 2 extra rounds? My forend wasn't the deciding factor for getting the 6 shell version, it was the fact that i have a reflex sight mounted up top, so the 2 furthest front shells would have only been able to be stored primer side down. But if you don't run any additional optics up top, I see no reason why not to get the 8 shell version.
I guess my ultimate concern was if anyone has ever had issues with the length of the 8 round version getting in the way of the forend as it gets racked. I won't be running optics so sight picture won't be an issue. I'm not concerned about the weight either.

It sounds like the 8 rounder is the way to go. Again, thanks for responses!
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Old 08-12-2011, 8:48 PM
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There's no problems with a mesa tactical 8 round side saddle I have one on a 870 and have no doubt that if there were problems mesa tactical being the company they are would not sell them. You just need to be sure you have the right forearm for any side saddle, you have the right one if it doesn't overlap the receiver while racking.
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Why not just ziptie a whole nother shotgun on there?
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What type 870?
I have an 870 magnum express with a Mesa Tactical 6 shot shell carrier and the fore-end of my shotgun had to be shortened to accommodate the carrier. You might want to contact Mesa Tactical to be sure about this re your gun.

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Old 08-12-2011, 10:04 PM
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Funny, when I'm asked it's been 4 or 6. 8 seems a little impractical to me. 6 fits perfectly (loaded with 4-00 and 2-Slugs), although on the verge of being too heavy. If I need more than 6 in an HD situation then I've got bigger problems.
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Funny, when I'm asked it's been 4 or 6. 8 seems a little impractical to me. 6 fits perfectly (loaded with 4-00 and 2-Slugs), although on the verge of being too heavy. If I need more than 6 in an HD situation then I've got bigger problems.
I think you already got bigger problems at 3+ rounds
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:39 AM
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The 8 round carrier can conflict with some sling attachment points, the kind that sandwich between the receiver and stock/grip.

I would recommend the 6.
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Why not just ziptie a whole nother shotgun on there?
Ziptie? Pfft.

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The 8 round carrier can conflict with some sling attachment points, the kind that sandwich between the receiver and stock/grip.

I would recommend the 6.
This is great insight, thanks! Between this and the other comments regarding forends, I'm most likely going with the 6.
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Old 08-22-2011, 5:07 AM
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The Speed Feed LE forend allows you to use the 8 and it is no different then using the 6. No issue what so ever, none, notta. However, if you find yourself in a situation that can not be delt with with 13 rouds of 00 buck then 15 just aint going to matter. Keeping the weapon light and easy to deploy is going to assure the out come more then two extra rounds will.
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6-shot with PA micro up top for me. 8 seems like it would get pretty darn crowded on there...

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The Speed Feed LE forend allows you to use the 8 and it is no different then using the 6. No issue what so ever, none, notta. However, if you find yourself in a situation that can not be delt with with 13 rouds of 00 buck then 15 just aint going to matter. Keeping the weapon light and easy to deploy is going to assure the out come more then two extra rounds will.
I never understood the logic that "if you can't do it with X number of buck, you're not going to do it." If you feel more comfortable with more ammo, then carry the extra two rounds. It's your shotgun and you're life. It can't hurt, and the extra weight is negligible. At work I'm often stuck in situations holding a 12 pound Benelli M4 for hours. I'm no body builder, but I suck it up and do my job. If you're pulling your 870 out in a home defense situation, I promise you won't feel the weight of two extra shot shells.
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Old 08-22-2011, 8:53 AM
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I have a few of the six shots on my remmies, I think they're the way to go. With a nice .45 with NS to supplement. (This combo goes great with the new US palm quick depoy vest)
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Old 08-22-2011, 9:55 AM
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6-shot with PA micro up top for me. 8 seems like it would get pretty darn crowded on there...

Thanks for posting that pic. Now it's pretty clear how much real estate it takes up. Thanks!
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im happy with my 8 on my mossy 500 - practice the loading everytime your @ the range. you dont want to fumble it in an emergency

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I have the 8 shell b/c my Mossy can hold 8 shells & I leave her unloaded with the side saddle loaded up with buck, slugs & birdshot. I keep it handy if it goes bump in the night. I dont mind the extra bulk or weight (go work out fatties) PLUS the most recognizable part of ANY pump is working that action. If anyone hears that and still sticks around is either an idiot, a drugee or a combination.

I LOVE my mesa side saddle -> I also put a light on mine using another Mesa product I picked up from Ammo Bros. I hope this helped
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I have a 6 shell holder on my Supernova Tactical & I LOVE IT!!!!

Go with whichever you like
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Well how many rounds does you Remy hold ? If it holds 6 in my opinion 8 is a bit redundant I'd get the 6 shell version this way theres no confusion with motor memory / for training purposes or in a HD situations - this way your not messing with / fumbling with extra rounds or with any extra weight and you can load that bad boy in the dark you don't have one more thing to worry about in a high stress situation when the holder is empty and that last shell is in you know its loaded you don't even have to count its ready to rack and go yo !!!

Side not if this is for HD though and not just range use you might have a problem out of the gate / be defeating your purpose of even having it since if I remember correctly from reading my instructions on my Mesa Tactical SureShell carrier ( sold it so I can't confirm ) you aren't supposed to store it for long lengths of time loaded because it wears out the rubber inserts that hold the shells in food for thought .
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Haters - the Mesa shell holder should be unloaded over night at least once a month to let that strip breath. However, on the newer ones the strip is a different material and this may not even be necessary. Mesa is on this forum and may post in about this.
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My 18.5 inch 870P carries 6 in the tube and a six shot side saddle gives me a full reload worth at a good tradeoff in weight. My gun has a SureFire fore end on it so it's plenty heavy as it is.
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I got the 8rd side saddle on my 870.

I had to cut down the forend to make it fit. No big deal. Done in 5 min w/ a hacksaw.

Only downside with the 8rd saddle, it sticks pass the back of the receiver alittle.
I tried installing one of those Sling attachment that "sandwiches" between the rear of the receiver and buttstock and it wouldn't fit becuz of it.

It's not shown in these pics but I have GG&G sling attachment on the mag tube and another attachment on the Specter buttstock shellholder.

6 in the tube, 1 in the chamber, 8rds on the saddle and another 5 on the buttstock.

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One of the nice bonuses of the Mesa Tactical 6-shell holder w/ rail (the one I posted above) is it comes with a QD sling attachment point at the rear. It's hard to see in that pic, but it's right by the rear-most shell.
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The 8 round carrier can conflict with some sling attachment points, the kind that sandwich between the receiver and stock/grip.

I would recommend the 6.
I was going to mention this as well. The 8 round places the side saddle just over the seam where the stock meets the receiver. I was used to a GG&G sling point on mine but after picking up the 8 shot I had to ditch it (The 8 round was picked up at a steal so I had to keep it!). I have since had to use a simple webbing/"D" ring combo wrap on the comb of the stock.
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For anyone else interested, someone posted this install video a few days ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNWbePMGcno
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