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Old 01-18-2013, 06:12 PM   #21
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Well after a good bit of consideration, I think I'm going to go with a Mossberg 500. Everywhere online is sold out of basically every gun I've looked at and the local Walmart has the Mossberg 500 for cheaper than I've seen it anywhere else on the internet. Seems like a good buy at $249.

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Good choice I loved mine then I upgraded to a mossy 835 but I put about a thousand round thru it with on a mouth with out a problem
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Cool. I'm kind of tempted to get the Mossberg 930 Tactical, but I can just tell it's going to cost several hundred dollars more.

It looks like the 500 comes with a 28" barrel though. I can't seem to find a good place to buy a 18" barrel for it. Any suggestions?
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Cool. I'm kind of tempted to get the Mossberg 930 Tactical, but I can just tell it's going to cost several hundred dollars more.

It looks like the 500 comes with a 28" barrel though. I can't seem to find a good place to buy a 18" barrel for it. Any suggestions?
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Buy the best shotgun you can afford. You won't go wrong.

At the time I bought my first shotgun, it was a Mossberg 500 AVG in 12 gauge. I've since acquired a Winchester Model 12 in 20 gauge.

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I had been looking online, but it was way more of a hassle than it should have been. Maybe because of the recent thing of everyone buying up all the guns online. Surprisingly, Walmart sells the Mossberg 500 and 930, but they don't sell barrels by themselves. If I want the 18.5" barrel, I have to get the 930. The 500 apparently only comes with a 28" barrel.

This gun is primarily for home defense, so I'm thinking I should probably just spend the extra money and get the 930.
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I'm sure someone has said this but I'll say it anyway. Get a Mossberg Maverick 88, great gun for the money. People say that they suck but I think those are people who have never shot one. Mine was my first gun and I love shooting it.
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I still shoot my grandpa's mossberg 500ab and he's been in the ground for a while now. My dad shot it for about twenty years before me. It wasn't an expensive shotgun when he got it and it's lasted forty years or so and one of my kids will probably be using it when my shoulder can't take it any more...lol. It is a bit of a shoulder bruiser, but things have come a long way with ported barrels and recoil pads and all that stuff these days. I just haven't upgraded because I like the thought of taking a duck with the same hardware that my gramps did half a century ago almost.
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I had been looking online, but it was way more of a hassle than it should have been. Maybe because of the recent thing of everyone buying up all the guns online. Surprisingly, Walmart sells the Mossberg 500 and 930, but they don't sell barrels by themselves. If I want the 18.5" barrel, I have to get the 930. The 500 apparently only comes with a 28" barrel.

This gun is primarily for home defense, so I'm thinking I should probably just spend the extra money and get the 930.
Walmart sells a combo with a 28" barrel and a 18.5" barrel. It will not be in stock. You will have to order it. Ask the clerk for the catalog. You will have your gun in a few weeks. The combos usually have a little nicer wood and it's cheaper than buying the gun and the barrel separately. Buds Gun Shop usually has decent prices on barrels. They have a nice website. You might find the barrel you want used on ebay.
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Hello All!

I have been shooting for a while with my father and various friends, and I have finally decided to purchase my first shotgun. It's primarily for home defense, and I will use it occasionally for skeet and target shooting. I'm planning to get an 18-18.5" barrel, 12 gauge.

My question is: Is it okay to buy an inexpensive shotgun (~$200-250), or should I go for a more expensive shotgun (~$500-600)? I don't have too much money to spend on it, but at the same time I don't want to throw away $250 on a shotgun that will be junk and not reliable. After all, if someone breaks into my house, I need to feel 100% confident that when I pull the trigger, the gun will fire.

I'd really appreciate anyone's thoughts or guidance on the subject.

Thanks in advance,

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many inexpensive guns are not "cheap." this is a good start, but thoroughly research any inexpensive firearm you are looking into.

you might be surprised, sometimes inexpensive can outperform expensive, but certainly not always. there is a TON of info out there on virtually every firearm made. take your time & do your research and you'll likely be happy with the results.

good luck.
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Thanks again for all your help in this thread, guys. I'm proud to report that I bought my first shotgun yesterday. A Mossberg 590. Got it at a shop for $500, which I think is a surprisingly good price considering it was literally the one of the last shotguns still available for sale in my city. I put about 50 rounds of bird through it yesterday. I'm very happy with the purchase and glad that I chose Mossberg over some lesser know, lesser quality brand.
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