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Old 08-25-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Hi Gang,

I would like to get new shotgun. I want it primarily for self defense but would also like to be able to use it in a hunting situation if SHTF.

If you could buy a gun, which would it be and what type of loads would you have for it?

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Old 08-25-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Sounds like you could make use of a Mossberg 500 pump-action 12 guage to me. I bought mine for hunting back in the mid-nineties and have since added a 18.5" barrel for home defense use. I also changed out the aging wood furniture with some plastic bits. If i want to hunt, i change out to the 28" barrel in a minute or two.

Loads is a bit more subjective; i keep buckshot in mine with a #7 or #8 for the first shell. I keep a couple of slugs handy in a "side saddle" shell holder that mounts to the side of the receiver & cost maybe $30. I was told that Walmart charges about $200+change for the standard mossy 500 with a hunting barrel; my shorty barrel cost $85~.
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I don't own one, but I'd go with the shotgun that has probably sold more than anything else... Remington 870.

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That Mossy 500 is one of the better shotguns out there for SD situations. I have a Remington 870 Express I use for that situation but it's mainly because I got a hella-deal on it. Otherwise the 500 would be in it's place. Either of the two are good for it really. Aftermarket parts are everywhere and they are not real expensive. Both are very reliable.
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Don't listen to these guys, you need a Saiga 12 ga. Built on the AK-47 platform the Saiga can be fitted with stick mags holding 5-12 rounds or drum mags in a 10, 20 or 30 round unit. Different size chokes are available from the manufacturer
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Originally Posted by billdeserthills View Post
Don't listen to these guys, you need a Saiga 12 ga. Built on the AK-47 platform the Saiga can be fitted with stick mags holding 5-12 rounds or drum mags in a 10, 20 or 30 round unit. Different size chokes are available from the manufacturer
thats a great shotgun but your going to spend about a thousand dollars on just the basics not to mention the 300-500 drum mags and the infinite aftermarket stuff i have both the 870 and the 500 and in my opinion the 870 "wingmaster" is a far better shotgun than the 500 w/ a much easier takedown /fieldstrip and sturdier lockup and could be found at any pawn/gun shop for around $150-$220 .but the express 870 i feel is about the same grade as the 500 . when loaded for s/d i keep 7 1/2 field express "high brass" in it , keeps the other people in the house a little safer but makes my point @7yrds
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Remington 870 Express 12g 18" blued, black-synthetic $332.00 SHIPS FREE

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I own 3 shottys. Winchester 1300 defender. A Maverick 88 (cheaper mossy 500), and a Benelli Nova. Any of these will do what you want. Any good pump shotgun will do what you need. So long as you get out and practice with it and are comfortable with its function and features. Personally I hate the Remington 870, however its a simple function issue with me. I am sure millions of people can't be wrong. Get whatever fits and shoot the heck out of it.

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With all the hundreds of request for info on a first shotty im surprised a higher power hasent made a sticky of some sort like the above quote here.
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Winchester 1300. Mine is the Turkey model and with a shorter barrel and changable chokes I can do anything with it. Takes 2 3/4 & 3" shells.
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