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GatorDude 02-01-2014 04:26 PM

Considering a Shotgun for Home Defense
Lately, I've been considering a shotgun for home defense. A shotgun seems like an affordable and effective option. However, since I'm on a tight budget, I'd probably go for something used. Here are some of the key considerations that I'd look at in choosing one:

A Guide to Buying a Shotgun for Home Defense

What do you guys look at when choosing a home defense shotgun? Any particular models that would work well on a budget? Do you think a double-barrel model would be worthwhile? I'm thinking that a double-barrel would be super quick to load and deploy. But, there is that trade off in being limited to two shots.

clr8ter 02-01-2014 04:41 PM

Check out the shotguns from Turkey that Buds has. They look pretty good, hold at least 4 rounds, and the most expensive one is under 300 bucks. The basic model is only $180.

glockcoma 02-01-2014 04:47 PM

There's quite a few affordable options on the market today, the mossberg maverick 88 comes to mind. Just a cheaper version of the mossberg 500 series shotguns. Jus do a lil research and you can find them for around 200-240 bucks, and just because there cheap doesn't mean there not quality. There's also the H&R pardner pump thats a Remington 870 clone that could be had around the same price point maybe a lil cheaper than the maverick 88. Just depends on what style platform your looking for. Me personally I would check out the maverick 88 because I like the mossberg platform.

ninjatoth 02-01-2014 04:51 PM

The regular Mossberg 500 itself isn't even that much, I have seen them new for less than $300 many places, around $290ish.

SSGN_Doc 02-01-2014 04:53 PM

Used Mossberg 500 or Remington 870. There are other budget guns out there, but finding fully compatible replacement parts or support is a touch harder.

clr8ter 02-01-2014 05:07 PM

Well, the one that was Slightly less than 300 was the marine model. All nickel, inside and out, rail, sights, pistol grip. Admittedly, parts availability might be a good question to ask.

glockcoma 02-01-2014 05:11 PM

I just checked the H&R pardner is 187 at buds.

Axxe55 02-01-2014 06:55 PM

check out the Maverick Model 88. for a perfect HD/SD version, either the six or eight shot magazine tube. pretty much the same shotgun as the Mossberg 500 and many parts like chokes, barrels and stocks will interchange on the M88. it's owned by Mossberg.

i am on my second one and highly recommend them as an inexpensive option for a good solid shotgun. mine has had several thousands of shells gone through it and it's still going strong.

string1946 02-01-2014 07:09 PM

I just got finished reading about American Tactical's TAC -SX2 semi-automatic MSRP $380 and TAC-PX2 pump MSRP $300 and they look promising for a tight budget but never seen one in person.

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MisterMcCool 02-01-2014 11:20 PM


Originally Posted by SSGN_Doc (Post 1496120)
Used Mossberg 500 or Remington 870.

Sound advice. Double guns hold two shells; fine for hunting, inadequate for defense.

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