I’ve been an 870 fan for a long time. Preferring them over the Mossbergs, even though I’ve used 590’s as my Patrol Shotgun for some time… 870’s just seemed more rugged and smoother. Mossbergs have never been known for being smooth operators. But they do slick up nicely with a little work and use.
Today I put a lot of use into one. With the intent of purposefully abusing it, and my shoulder, to see which would break first.
I fired at least a hundred shells, all high brass, mixed of Buck, Slug, and various birdshots most of that being #5 and #6 hunting loads. I grabbed the shells blind and loaded them in no order. Just a random mix, with no purpose, other than to find any failure in the gun.
What I found instead was an even greater respect of the Mossberg design, and the design of the Magpul stock. After so much abuse, my shoulder and my shotgun remain just fine. The recoil absorption of the stock is amazing. It made the session quite tolerable. I really do like the Mossberg’s shell lifting mechanism over that of the Remington. Much easier to load and unload. This is a clear advantage over the 870 mechanism. And with the Magpul stock, a clear advantage in the position of the safety as well.