Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review

rythomas0704 posted one more interesting review on Remington 870 Forum. This review is about Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review for Remington 870:

Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review
Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review

I originally planned on buying the Tacstar Side Saddle because the price was way more appealing ($26) compared to the Mesa Tactical Side Saddle ($70)

Reviews on the Tacstar were so so and reviews on the Mesa were great. However I was going to take the risk and go with the cheaper of two as my finances are a little tight lately. However… the day I placed my order my boss gave me a bonus on my check and the tacstar was not in stock… ahhh how the stars sometimes align and the 870 Gods smile on you and say “Hey… you have the extra money, you know you want to get the better one. Now is not the time to skimp on your shotty fool. Get the Mesa… GET IT RIGHT NOW!!!!”

So I hit add to cart and never looked back.

Now… it did take longer than 3-5 days to receive from the supplier, that is my ONLY gripe. Ordered it on the 8th and got it yesterday.. the 16th. It shipped on the 9th. So took roughly 7 days… no biggie there was a weekend in there somewhere.

First thing I noticed was the heft… it is a little heavier than the Tacstar I assume as the Mesa is ALL aluminum… no plastic whatsoever. This is awesome. The finish is great and the fit is even better. This thing would work for you even if you have the stock fore-end which on most models rides up onto the receiver when you pull the action back. The Tacstar 6 shell would mean modifying or replacing of your fore-end from my understanding. Also… the Mesa has an area that leaves your serial number visible which I really like. You will also notice in the pic that the holder has a rubber tube installed that helps hold your shells in place. Now the cool thing is that they also send you a different one. The extra one allows a little more grip on your shells making it harder for them to fall or move… also harder to put shells in or take them out… but not much more. I replaced the black one with the extra white one shortly after installation. Also… Mesa will send you replacements at any time FREE OF CHARGE!!! That’s really cool.

Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review
Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review

It came with all necessary hardware and even a self adhesive rubber backing to prevent marring of your finish. Installation was easy and fit was perfect. After installing it also fixed the movement in the trigger group. The only thing I did was remove the detents in the group in order to install the bolts.

Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review
Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review

It holds my shells well and looks awesome. They stay put after 10 rounds of Max 00 Buck through my 870. I am 100% pleased and give it 8/10. It lost a couple because the cost is rather high and can make it prohibitive to many. However, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the highest quality shell holder they can find. Looks great and works awesome.

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8 thoughts on “Mesa Tactical 6 Shell Side Saddle Review

  • 19.02.2013 at 12:42
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    You made a good choice and saved yourself some money in the long run. The tac star side saddle seems to come lose after firing around 100 rounds and the threads on the placement screws literally get ripped out stripping the screws and the metal plate that connects the side saddle to the receiver. You cant go wrong with a mesa tactical side saddle because the design and quality are far more superior. All in all, good choice sir.

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    • 02.03.2013 at 22:59
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      Yeah I have actually heard the same about the Mesa. I hear a little loctite goes a really long way… be it with the Mesa or Tacstar. ;)

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  • 19.02.2013 at 12:43
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    Good review, I personally have the TacStar model on my 870 Exp.Tactical, I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever. Picked it up in the store took it home and installed in two minutes. Fit is fine but my fore end does not override the receiver so I can’t speak to that. I almost complained that $25 was a high price but I guess I saved a few bucks for other parts and accessories….

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    • 02.03.2013 at 23:01
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      Yeah… the Tactical model has a shorter fore end that doesn’t hit the receiver. You got lucky there ;) I hear the Tacstar is a good holder… especially for the price. Like I said in my review, it was my first choice but being out of stock and me having absolutely no patience to speak of when it comes to my guns I went with the Mesa. Never looked back.

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  • 19.02.2013 at 19:58
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    I also have the Mesa Tactical 6 shot sidesaddle on an 870 Express Tactical. I love it and would not replace it.
    I have had it for almost a year and at least 800 rounds have gone through the gun with it on. The only gripe I have had with it is that on one day after putting 65 slugs, about 20 buckshot (00), and 50 target loads through the gun, the screws that hold it together came a little loose. These aren’t the ones that hold it to the gun, but the ones that are removed to change the rubber backing. When this happens, you will notice that the shells are not held as tightly. I have not put any Locktite on them yet, but I would recommend it.
    After every day of shooting I check all the screws while cleaning the gun and this is the only time I noticed them come loose.

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    • 02.03.2013 at 23:02
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      Yeah… I heard that was the ONLY problem… but almost all holders get loose after time. I would recommend a little bit of the blue loctite to keep them secure.

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  • 20.02.2013 at 18:26
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    Great review. I have this same one and I love it. What sold me was the fact that it was all aluminum and you could still see the serial number. I put some thread locker on the bolts when I installed it and it has not come loose yet. I think you will be happy with it.

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    • 02.03.2013 at 23:03
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      Already happy with it. ;)

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