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Old 11-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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I want a shot gun for a for shtf but i dont want 3 different types of barrels. Whats a good length thats not to long for home/ personal defense or to short for hunting/ clay shooting. And im thinking of 12g in a mossy or 870

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:15 PM   #2
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How close can you get to game and how far off will you start shooting at a home invader?

One thing i like about my Mossberg is the easy barrel change; it came with a 28" for birds and such; i added the 18.5" for HD. I guess it would be a cool feature if you could detach the last ten inches of barrel for home use, but that seems unlikely.

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actually either the Mossberg M500 or the Remington M870 would be good choices. both can have the barrels changed out pretty quickly. i'd go with an 18.5-20 for SD and a 26-28" for hunting and clays.

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Im thinking 20 in barrel? You guys think thats a good happy medium? Can u shoot slugs out of any barrel?

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And more of an outside home defense

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Slugs can be most accurately fired from a rifled barrel, but can also be safely fired from an "open choke" or "cylinder bore" barrel.

Why slugs? I've always thought of slugs as more of a deer hunting round.

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Slugs can be most accurately fired from a rifled barrel, but can also be safely fired from an "open choke" or "cylinder bore" barrel.

Why slugs? I've always thought of slugs as more of a deer hunting round.
Theres alot. ALOT of deer here in wyoming so i figured id ask about the slugs.. i have a 308 for touching way out there but, i want a gun i can grab and have every thing i need
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Theres alot. ALOT of deer here in wyoming so i figured id ask about the slugs.. i have a 308 for touching way out there but, i want a gun i can grab and have every thing i need
If you are going to be shooting that many slugs, and for deer hunting, you might consider one of the purpose-built slug barrels with rifle sights and rifling. http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/21581 You could probably find a model that came with that barrel.

This combo might suit you better: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Shotguns/Pump-Action%7C/pc/104792580/c/105537780/sc/104803380/Mossberg-Pump-Action-FieldDeer-Shotgun-Combos/706421.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fshoot ing-shotguns-pump-action%2Fmossberg%2F_%2FN-1102348%2B1000004061%2FNe-1000004061%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BBRprd1367704%26WTz_st %3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU&WTz_l=SBC%3BBRprd13 67704%3Bcat104803380
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See if you can get a 24" 20 ga. That should work.

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See if you can get a 24" 20 ga. That should work.
I have to agree with Blueguns on this. 22 to 24 inches is a good "do all" length, and a 20 or 12 gauge will suit your needs very well.
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