Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 Stock Review
The previous review of the Choate Remington 870 MK5 Pistol Grip Stock and Forend was very interesting to me. There are not many reviews of Choate products and that was surprising because their products are very popular and well known.
Thanks to Choate Machine & Tool for the stock for review.
Choate Machine & Tool is one of the oldest companies which manufactures lots of different parts and upgrades for firearms. Remington 870 owners may know the company for the magazine extensions they produce.
This stock has a very unusual look which is similar to the thumbhole and Shurshot stocks, but with many differences too. I’ve heard complaints about the look of the stock but I’ve heard the same complaints about the Magpul SGA stock. Some people like how it looks while others don’t. Either way, the features are very good and extremely useful. I was really surprised about how good it can shoulder.
The Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 stock comes with a long bolt and additional screws inside of the stock. You will need them when removing spacers to make the length of pull shorter. It is possible to remove 2 spacers to have 13.5 inches in its length of pull. It is not for fans of the short LOP Hogue stock which is just 12 inches, although it should fit most shooters. On the other hand, shooters with longer hands can have one of two spacers installed for a longer length of pull.
Also, you can remove the standard recoil pad to install a softer buttpad by Limbsaver. It makes shooting even more comfortable.
Installation is extremely simple, and takes just several minutes. There’s nothing special about it. Just remove the old stock and install the new one using one bolt. That’s it.
One of the interesting features of the Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 is that you have an adjustable ammo carrier inside of the stock. This is the first time that I have seen such an interesting configuration. It is not only possible to load the stock with ammo but you can also adjust how strong it holds them. Just use a screwdriver to adjust each of the shell holders. You can tighten the screws on the side to make the shell harder to pull out. If the little rubber ring gets worn, you can take the screw out and rotate the ring to get a new surface. I wish the receiver mounted shell holders had such feature!
It is possible to load ammo from the top or from the bottom. Both ways work fine; just choose what is more comfortable for you.
The shell carrier is a must have for any home defense or tactical shotgun because this feature has huge advantages. For one thing, it is easy to load a shotgun from this holder. However, it is not as easy as from the sidesaddle but it is still pretty good nonetheless.
This stock has a really thick pistol handle which makes it extremely comfortable to grip. The stock is pretty heavy which actually makes the balance good. The Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 stock is rock-solid and I cannot imagine what you need to do to break it.
The design of the Choate stock is very similar to certain rifle stocks, so it may be a good idea to install this stock on a Remington 870 with a rifled barrel. You will be able to get a more stable shot when using this stock as rifle shooters do. So, this stock is good not only for home defense but for hunting as well.
The pistol grip could have a container because it is just empty and without a cap from the bottom. It could be a good place to store something like batteries.
It is easy to shoulder this stock because it fits right where you would expect it to be. Transition and shooting from the weak shoulder were easy as well. Cheekweld is good with my rifle sights but could be too low for shotguns with high ghost ring sights or red dot/optic sights.
The cheek piece which Choate makes for the Sniper and Varmint stocks will also fit the MK6 is you are looking to put an optic on you Remington 870.
Personally, I like the design of the Choate Remington 870/Mossberg 500 Mark 6 stock and it is comfortable to use it. Overall, with all the advantages and disadvantages of the pistol grip stock, I like it. It is a well-made product which has some very nice features. And with a built-in shell holder, this will be the perfect stock for home defense.
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