Originally Posted by AsmelEduardo
Canis, if you want a "budget" shotgun.... go for a Maverick 88, is exactly the same Mossberg 500, in matter of fact, Mossberg owns Maverick... for less than $300 you can find a brand new Maverick 88 with 18" barrel....
What you have to look when buying a shotgun for home defense? a 18"-20" barrel... you need a short barel because it's easier to use INSIDE the house, more than 22" barrel will be dificult to maneuver in a hallway.... about the ammo... I like 23/4 buckshot #00... I think that is more than enough.
I own fairly expensive semi-auto rifles, pistols, and shotguns. I also was given a Maverick 88 for doing a favor for a friend. I truely consider the 88 as good,or better than any other firearm I own for home defense. It is simple to use, hard hitting, without over penetration, and cheap. There is also not much to fail mechanically with a pump gun.
For a budget-minded home defense gun, it is very good. The sound of a shotgun action is also the universal sound of "TURN AROUND AND GO AWAY".