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chase012798 10-23-2013 02:56 AM

500$ to spend on a shotgun
Id like to buy a tactical shotgun any recommendations?

Rick1967 10-23-2013 03:02 AM

Mossberg 500. Great shotgun. Lots of custom parts available. You can really make it yours.

SSGN_Doc 10-23-2013 03:15 AM

There is really not that much that is really required to make a shotgun tactical when you really get down to it. Sure there are a lot of doo-dads that can be put on a shotgun, but the essentials of the tactical shotgun remain pretty basic.

A chambering that gives you a variety of loads to choose from that have loads that will meet a 12-18 inch penetration range.

An action type that can be operated without unshouldering the gun. Pump or semi are most popular.

A way to get extra ammo onboard to be able to switch loads if needed and ensure that ammo is available if you just grabbed the shotgun.
Extra ammo capacity is nice because shotguns are not the easiest things to reload quickly. 5-6 rounds is probably a good amount and some shotguns will hold up to 9-10 rounds.

Retention and a way to free your hands can be important so a sling should be on a shotgun.

A light for target ID at night is nice.

Fancy sights are nice but a bead has been getting the job done for centuries.

If you look at the used shotgun market you should be able to find a shotgun that can be used tactically for under $500.

McCakie 10-23-2013 03:17 AM

For 500 bucks (plus tax) you can get a mossberg 930 at walmart that's already half way to what ya want

DrumJunkie 10-23-2013 03:24 AM

I recently got a Mossberg 590 Special Purpose 9 shot. I'm very happy with it. The 500 is a good one as well.

sputnik1988 10-23-2013 03:44 AM

I would also recommend a Mossberg 590 or 500. The 500 is a cheaper leaving money for customization, but the 590 comes in a pretty sweet configuration right out of the box.

jord1985 10-23-2013 03:55 AM

My LGS has the mossberg 500 marine magnum for $500

deathkricket 10-23-2013 04:19 AM


Originally Posted by chase012798 (Post 1410449)
Id like to buy a tactical shotgun any recommendations?

Right out of the box a Mossberg 590 is your best bet all around, 930 SPX is also a good choice and as stated is half way there. A 500 is another very good choice for $250 you have lots of cash to add things to it. If you go with a Mossberg I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

John_Deer 10-23-2013 05:07 PM

I would like to know the difference between a tactical shotgun and sporting shotgun, other than a bunch of plastic.

tigerbeetle 10-23-2013 05:20 PM

If that is what you want... first off, get a 20 gauge. You are not defending charging grizzly bears in your house. You can get a Mossberg, or several others for way under $500 at Academy sport stores. Enough money left over to get a S&W .40 cal., or Taurus PT-111 in 9 mm (almost).

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