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Old 05-10-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default 18 1/2" shotgun

I have been looking at HD shotguns for something to keep for home defense and as something fun to mess with at the range. I like the Winchester sxp and the stoeger coach gun but I can't decide on one. Any advice will be appreciated.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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Winchester 120, 1200, 1300, Defender. Strongest, fastest actions made.

Remington 870. The gun all other pump guns are compared to.

Mossberg 590 or (second choice) 500. Solid, affordable, many accessories available.

No experience with the SXP. Would not consider a double barrel to be my first (or second) choice (sorry Uncle Joe).
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I agree with the 130,1200, and the 1300s in my opinion they are the best pump guns ever made.....but the sxps are good guns also as far as a new pump gun I would go with a sxp.or benelli nova
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Let's not leave the Mossberg 590A1 out of the loop of consideration.
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i like double side by side shotguns but they are NOT for home defense. while they can be used for such in a pinch, if i had to buy a defense gun first i would not choose a double.

my doubles come out for cowboy action shooting clay shooting and small game hunting and thats about it. thats all they are really good for.
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If all you want is a home defense 18.5" barrel shotgun, consider the IAC Hawk 982 ($200 new), a Rem 870 clone. I picked one up and am very pleased. Did a lot of research, and while a clone this shotgun has very consistent good reviews. Some reviewers state the 982 has features that are better than the 870. The Hawk can use nearly all 870 parts, but not the barrel.
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+1 on the IAC Hawk - big fan of mine
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Everyone had given you some great options. I have one pump 12 ga. That I use for everything...Mossberg 835...however based on your listed guns...I want a coach gun bad...I would go for that one...but I would not be likely to use it for HD.

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Uncle Joe really put some bias against the double but they were used for years. 2 very fast shots is a very compact firearm. A 20" double is a lot shorter than an 18" pump. I would not get one with exposed hammers/snaggers. Especially good if you have a situation where it has to be kept unloaded. Very useful as a survival weapon. You can keep shot in one barrel and heavier shot or a slug in the other. Now if it is crowd control, I'll take a pump with an extended mag. 2 is company, 3 is a crowd.
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