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Mossberg 930 SPX Opinions?

BigslugBigslug Senior MemberPosts: 8,458 Senior Member
I'm helping a relative shop for a new HD shotgun. Wrist deterioration issues have rendered his old standby pump action less than ideal, so we're looking at semi autos.

This is going to be a sit-until-needed weapon, so, as cool as it is, a $1500 Benelli M4 is pretty hard to justify.

I'm somewhat familiar with the 1187 and its gas system. Not so much with the Mossberg semi autos and theirs, but I like what I've seen of their pumps.

Thoughts?
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,174 Senior Member
    I've got no great issues with Mossberg semi-autos, the ones I have seen certainly worked, but I would probably troll the used gun racks for an 1100 or an 11-87 first...
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,458 Senior Member
    To the deafening sound of crickets. . .

    Looks like I get to play Captain Kirk on this one. I'll report back once I get my mitts on a display model. Hopefully, the shop will let me perform a minor tear-down.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,287 Senior Member
    I have to agree with Jayhawker. Depending on price, the used Remington would probably get the nod. Impact has them for just under $700 with the sights and all the doodads.

    For the price of the loaded 930, you could get the short barrel 14" M590 and still have money for accessories.
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    I have a 930 and I couldnt speak better of it. It has been dropped in brackish water in 13 degree weather, used as a crutch to get me out of mid thigh high pluff mud. I have abused this gun, and she keeps coming back for more. Never once had a jam, even though the oil was damn near frozen solid. Mine is just the plain 930, but it came with the 28" and 18" barrels. Field and security combo I believe they called it.
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Anything about the tear down you might have a question for let me know (doubt you will, but the offer stands) I take mine down till it is a box of parts once a year. It needs it by that time too.
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    I will throw a rock into the water here, if wrist problems are an issue, perhaps other arthritis conditions not mentioned, perhaps a carbine of some type might work too, less recoil, perhaps a laser too.
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,458 Senior Member
    That's the intel I'm after, Sir George. I'm curious about the overall simplicity / idiot-proofness of things. In comparing Mossberg's pumps to Remington's, I appreciate that Mossbergs magazines, shell latches & ejectors are held in with screw threads or pressure from other parts, as opposed to less accessible rivets, stakings, and brazings. On a semi auto, I'd appreciate gas system components that can't be assembled backwards, and would prefer to avoid rubber o-rings as a system-sealer.
    WWJMBD?

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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,458 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    I will throw a rock into the water here, if wrist problems are an issue, perhaps other arthritis conditions not mentioned, perhaps a carbine of some type might work too, less recoil, perhaps a laser too.

    Thank you, but no.
    WWJMBD?

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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    No rubber O rings. The seal much more robust. Also on dissembly things tend to just fall apart to to speak. I absolutely LOATHE rivets. If I get a chance later I'll break it down and show you what I'm talking about.


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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,458 Senior Member
    Oooooooh! Pictures! :worthy:

    I've been studying on the exploded view on Mossberg's website, but the detail is such to only be helpful if you have a gun in front of you, or already know your way around one. I'd be grateful. Thanks!
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,458 Senior Member
    Expect a range report in a couple weeks. We went shopping and the deal was done tonight. For a gun that I have zero range time with at this point, I am VERY impressed so far.

    First impression- the gun is STOUT. Looks like they went with the slightly thicker barrel pattern of the military 590's. Parkerized also. I'm a sucker for Parkerizing.

    The gas system got a few more spacers than I'd like, but it's a simple matter of just laying stuff out in the order you found it. No rocket science.

    They stuck an oversize charging handle on it as standard. Nice touch.

    For the bolt lockup and extractor arrangement, they basically copied the Remington 870, which is about as simple and bombproof as it gets.

    They put a Picatinny rail on top of the receiver and then mounted LPA ghost ring sights on it. If you aren't familiar, these are extremely nice - probably about $150 worth of sights on this thing.

    The trigger mechanism has a "cocked gun" indicator on it. There's a little stud that protrudes into the inside-front of the trigger guard when the hammer is cocked, making it easy to tell by feel if you remembered to chamber a round or not.

    I really like that the unloading process is accomplished entirely with the bolt release. No reaching inside to fiddle with shell latches.

    So, pretty slick. I'll do a write-up once I get a chance to heat it up.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • cappy54cappy54 Member Posts: 269 Member
    I own one since it fisrt came out and can tell you that it has been ran thru the ringers and no problem. Gun will shoot anything you feed it, during my classes it has out shot guns of twice the cost and left people in shock. The gun is smooth shooting with almost no persieved recoil, since i have been shooting this gun i can honestly say that more than 7 students have purchased aMossberg 930 SPX. I highly recommend it to anyone.
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