+1 here, the 870, especially an older model, will last. The Mossberg won't. There have been more 870s produced than any other commercial firearm in history so I understand. Finding a cheap used one shouldn't be hard.As musch as I liked my Maverick 88, I love my 870 Express Magnum more--I think I would cough up a couple more bucks for an 870 express over a mossturd. IOMA. If available that is. Seen more than one 500 that had to be slammed open to free an empty in a duck pit, with factory loads.
Just feels better...