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:
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.
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.
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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