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Old 10-02-2012, 01:41 AM   #1
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I'm looking into buying a stoger side by side coach gun, 20g or 12g. Ive never owned a side by side, any comments would help

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What are you going to use it for?

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Home defense

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Home defense / skunk gun
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I just traded for a 20 gauge. The Stoeger is choked improved and modified. It will have tighter patterns than a cylinder bore. I will probably use 2 3/4" #3 buckshot for home defense. 9 pellet 00 buck is available and so are 1 oz slugs Nice very short shotgun.

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Nice shotgun, but I would advise against it for HD if for no other reason that it only has 2 shots and you are out. A better choice would be a pump action gun like the Mossberg 500 or a Winchester 1300. More capacity, plus you have that distinctive sound from racking a shell into the chamber. Some disagree but I believe that this sound will cause even the most stalwart bad guy to crap himself and beat a hasty retreat from your home. The downside is that you have to clean up his piss and crap off of your floor, but that is easier to clean up than blood and much easier to deal with than killing someone.

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forget the stoger find a 311 much more dependable

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Nice shotgun, but I would advise against it for HD if for no other reason that it only has 2 shots and you are out. A better choice would be a pump action gun like the Mossberg 500 or a Winchester 1300. More capacity, plus you have that distinctive sound from racking a shell into the chamber. Some disagree but I believe that this sound will cause even the most stalwart bad guy to crap himself and beat a hasty retreat from your home. The downside is that you have to clean up his piss and crap off of your floor, but that is easier to clean up than blood and much easier to deal with than killing someone.
dmn you forgot the 870 express
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One quirk about side by side doubles. They have to fit for you to shoot well. I am pretty much the same size as the guy they fit guns too at the factory so I can usually pick up a rifle or shotgun and it fits. A lot of people have trouble with doubles because of poor fit. The Stoeger 20 gauge fits me perfectly.

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Using the Stoeger coach gun as a hd shotgun is just fine. It can be handled by a dwarf. One shot and the perp will go down from either being hit, or a heart attack. It'll handle even more than one intruder. You can cause a crowd to scatter with one shot. Wouldn't you? Just don't try to turn it into a Swiss army knife with all kinds of junk like flashlights and laser sights, or other gizmos. Stoeger is a well made gun and if I didn't already have a Winchester '97 riot I'd get one like others I know. The 20ga is pleasant to shoot, but 12ga always does the job, even using bird shot.

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