Written on: 29/10/2004 by Airgunfun (3 reviews written)
Dependable - feed it anything, it does not jam.
Synthetic butt stock and fore end - No frills and no dents to worry about.
Heavy trigger pull but not important if a grizzly or black bear is bearing down on you. You won't even notice.
I have owned Remington 870's, Winchester Defenders and Browning BPS's. To be totally honest, on occasion all of the above have had feeding problems. I now carry a Model 500 "Mariner" using 12 gauge slugs for protection against four legged predators in remote areas of BC, Canada. The 500 has been fed many different brand names of slugs, birdshot and buckshot without a problem. I require a firearm that is reliable and the Mariner fits the bill.
Just a note to everyone out there who packs a 12 gauge for bear protection. Leave the pistol grip at home or for Hollywood. Butt stock only. The pistol grip shotgun in the bush is a bad idea, rapid aiming ability is just not there. Yes, it makes your shotgun look nasty and you can shoot from the hip but that will hardly matter to an attacking bear or cougar. The reality is, you might only get one shot off at a charging animal, so you must be positive your aim is dead on. Use slugs (out to 50 yards max), If buckshot is all you have to defend yourself against charging teeth and claws, make sure it is 000 (very close range only) and remember its spread in the vicinity of fellow campers and hikers. People diving for cover amongst a wounded bear is a scary sight indeed.