Remington 870 Mesa Tactical 6 Shot Sidesaddle Review
I purchased this Mesa Tactical 6 shot side saddle fairly soon after getting my 870 Express Tactical. I did a fair bit of research on what was available and decided that even though the Mesa unit costs a little more than some of the others, it should last a lot longer.
The sidesaddle is made completely of metal and uses a rubber tube as a friction material to hold the shells in place. It installs on the receiver by replacing the two take down pins with Chicago screws. The drawback of this is that you need an Allen key to take the firearm apart for cleaning. However, I always need a pin pusher anyways, so I just added the key to my tool kit.
The side saddle works very well. I load the shells from the bottom so I can do weak hand reloads. I find that with a little practice is it quite easy. I can actually put my thumb of my weak (left) hand against the end of the saddle as I wrap my other four fingers (with a shell) under the receiver to drop into the ejection port. This makes it easier for me to reload from empty without looking at the firearm.
The screws that hold the saddle onto the firearm are fairly small, so you cannot tighten them as hard as you can. However, the only time that I found them come a little loose was after a day of around 60 slugs and a large number of bird and buck shot. However, just add a little Locktite to the screws when installing and it should be fine.
Overall, I really like this side saddle. It is very durable, holds a good number of shells without infringing on the forend, and is not too heavy to affect the firearm handling. I recommend this accessory to anyone with an 870 who wants ammunition close at hand, whether it is for hunting, competition, or defense situations.
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