Overview of the Sidesaddles for Remington 870 Shotgun
Updated review of Sidesaddles for Remington 870 Shotgun. In this review: TacStar, Mesa Tactical, S&J Hardware and Shellshield sidesaddles.
There are some other sidesaddles but I didn’t have a chance to try them yet.
Sidesaddles on pictures below: S&J Hardware, TacStar, Mesa Tactical, ShellShield:
This overview of the most common sidesaddles available on the market today. I have tested several the most popular sidesaddles for Remington 870 shotgun:
These sidesaddles are well known and very convenient to carry additional ammunition on your shotgun. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The purpose of this overview is to compare these sidesaddles.
Advice: use Loctite on screws to be sure that your equipment stays in place under heavy shotgun recoil.
TacStar Sidesaddle for Remington 870
TacStar sidesaddle is ammunition carrier with plastic shell holder on aluminum mounting plate. It is easy to install, installation takes just several minutes. Be careful and don’t overtighten screws because this may bind the reciever and jam up the action or action will be stiff. Also, if you overtighten screw you can easily strip the screw and you won’t be able to fix it without buying a new sidesaddle.
TacStar sidesaddle holds shotgun shells reliably but it is still easy to take them out.
This sidesaddle is inexpensive and you can use it without any problems for a long time. Of course it is not as durable as the metal sidesaddle but it still a good choice.
Installation of the TacStar sidesaddle on Remington 870, video:
S&J Hardware Detachable Sidesaddle
This sidesaddle is the easiest to install and remove. Installation takes less than a minute and you are ready to go.
It is lightweight and detachable which means that you can have several loaded shell carriers in your pocket. When one becomes empty you change it with a loaded one.
S&J Hardware sidesaddle holds shells reliably and allows you easily take them out even during the cold weather. It’s not a secret that TacStar and Mesa sidesaddles are not that convenient when it’s cold outside.
It attached to the receiver using sticker which attaches reliably but you will have to cut unstuck corners after about a year of use.
This sidesaddle is not as durable as the other ones but it has many advantages.
Installation of the S&J Hardware sidesaddle on Remington 870, video:
Mesa Tactical Sidesaddle
This is the most durable and reliable sidesaddle available on the market today. Mesa Tactical sidesaddle is made of aluminium which makes it indestructible. It is low profile and looks fantastic!
One of the good features of this shell carrier is that it doesn’t hide the serial number.
There are many different versions of this sidesaddle. There are 4-round, 6-round and even 8-round shell carriers.
There is 8-round version of the Mesa Tactical sidesaddle:
This is the most expensive shell carrier in this overview but it is worth the price.
Installation of the Mesa Tactical Sidesaddle on Remington 870, Video:
Tested it and it looks like very good alternative to other well known sidesaddles.
This sidesaddle has two rubber tube inserts (Mesa has one) and holds shells reliably.
ATTENTION: Shell Shield 6 round shell holder is little longer than Mesa sidesaddle and it will not work with some forends, Hogue, for example. It will work with Speedfeed forend:
Installation is very simple and straightforward. Installed on the receiver by replacing the two take pins with screws. But I had to cut my Hogue forend to install it. The sidesadle is made of metal and looks very reliable. Shell Shield sidesaddle doesn’t hide the serial number of your shotgun.
I have tested it on the range and really liked it. It holds shells reliably but enables you to reload shotgun fast.
Highly recommended for home defense or tactical shotguns. Shell Shield sidesaddle is durable and holds shell reliably but enables you to make reloads fast.
More information and ordering: http://www.cdmgear.com/shellholders.html
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