kellory wrote:The 870 is a nice weapon, but you may want to check out the Mossberg 500 as well. It has interchangeable barrels, that swap with one hand twist nut (no tools) and will do all you have asked for. I have a smooth bore (field barrel for small game and birds, with a rifled sabot barrel for deer. If I run short of sabot rounds, I can swap out for the smooth bore, and run rifled slugs. It is a 5 shot pump, with bead sights, (as well as the scope and sight through mounting rings) and I like mine quite well.
I don't need a tool to change mine, it just unscrews. I know Mossbergs are good as well, though, so keep them in mind for sure.
My previous 870, I had the 18" rifled slug barrel. The combo I have now has the smoothbore shot barrel and a smoothbore slug barrel, with which I use rifled slugs. Each that I have used liked Winchester ammo, for whatever reason, not Remington or Federal, etc. So whichever you pick, obviously run some rounds through to see what it prefers as you're sighting it in.
An additional piece of info was that when this gun was given to me, I was unsure of what to think of the smooth slug barrel. But I am hitting tight groups at the same distance as my rifled barrel. I didn't expect that to happen when I got it. (Anyone have any insight on this? As far as slug barrels?)
Anyway, I am sure both shotguns are good, try them both out.