Buying my first shotgun. need help please!!

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by minusthebear777, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. minusthebear777

    minusthebear777 New Member

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    ive been wanting a firearm for home defense. as of now i only have a cheap mosin nagant m91/30 and i fear ever having to use that inside (or anywhere near) my house because there are houses all around me( i live in L.A.). since most of the handguns that ive been looking at are a little out of my price range right now, ive decided to get a shotgun. ive been looking at the escort shotguns mp-2 12 ga pump, with rails on the top of the receiver and the forend, rear adjustable ghost ring sight and an adjustable fiber optic front sight. it has a synthetic matte black stock with shotshell holder built in(holds only two shells). and also, the reason why i was drawn to this one, it has a pistol grip. also a neat lookin breeching muzzle and heat shield...anyone have one of these who may want to give me a review or may have suggestions? thank you!
     
  2. big_blue79

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  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    personally i don't care for a bunch of crap all over a shotgun. IMO for a SD/HD shotgun, it's just not needed. i like them simple and uncluttered. pump 12 ga. Mossberg 500 or 590, Maverick 88, Winchester SXP, Remington 870 ect. ect. with an 18-20" barrel and 5-8 round tube will work just fine. i also prefer a full stock and don't care for wrist breaking pistol grips. load it with some good quality loads of your choice and call it a day.

    here is my simple and uncluttered Winchester SXP Defender with an 18" barrel and 5 shot tube, with a buttstock shell carrrier.
     

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  4. minusthebear777

    minusthebear777 New Member

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    big blue: my ideal price range for now is at 400, max.

    Axxe: yeah, i agree, simple is better in my opinion. but i gotta say, it would be cool to put a nice tactical sight on it and a light on the forend just for kicks! the mp-2 is actually priced at around $320, which is a good number right now as well
     
  5. minusthebear777

    minusthebear777 New Member

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    p.s. thats a nice setup you got there.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i paid about $359 for mine NIB, + tax. about $7 for the shell carrier. i have shot several hundreds of rounds through it with nothing more than cleaning and oiling with not one problem to date. i also have a Maverick 88 with the 26" barrel, that i bought used for about $120. it's not a bad shotgun for an economy version of the Mossberg 500 and is made by Mossberg.
     
  7. minusthebear777

    minusthebear777 New Member

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    nice. thanks for the input!!!
     
  8. tonydewar

    tonydewar New Member

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    damm them sound bad azz as can be. but can you handle it? o wait what am i thinking there is no better gun than cheep mossys or remingtons so long as you hang enough crap on them but how are you going to stop the zombies at 100 yds?
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    With a $400 budget you should have no problem finding a good Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 Express.
     
  10. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

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    A plain jane walnut furniture 5+1 Mossberg M500 from an auction with a $5 9 LED AAA flashlight attached to the barrel (I mainly added it just for s***s and giggles anyway and will probably end up taking it off) with a barrel clamp, which came with my other shotgun is what I use, and have no real desire for anything more. It was a $200 setup. If that. I'm not 100% sure how much the gun was. I'm not going to use a $500-1000 shotgun loaded up with a bunch of crap when a cheap, auction gun will do the same job and just as, if not more reliably. Especially when the gun will just get taken as evidence in the event I have to use it. And I won't cry if it gets scratched or banged up a little. Bottom line, get something cheap and reliable like a Maverick 88, Mossberg 500 or Remington 870. In my opinion anyway.
     
  11. gmaster456

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    Like the setup!
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    thank you Gmaster. it's a sweet shooting shotgun and even the wife enjoys it. i like simple and uncluttered. i did the tactical type shotgun years ago, and found that this works better for me. has what i need and nothing i don't need.
     
  13. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Man I like Remington 870s as a first choice. But the *Mossberg Tactical Shotgun with 18.5" barrel with Muzzle Break, Tac Stock and extras, is only around $439.00. I believe it would be the ticket for you!!! I would suggest your take a serious look at it over something else that you probably in the end will not be happy with. Mossberg makes a heck of a fine shotgun and reasonably priced for the quality and options on this one. You could also get other barrels for it later to do other hunting with :D
    Only advise from me if you would happen to buy a Remington 870 don't buy any express models. This due to barrel accessibility.

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  14. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I thought this is just a problem with the new Express models with one piece extended mag tubes. The older Express models will take any 870 barrel.
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    another point on my shotgun rig is, it wouldn't matter whether it's a Mossberg 500 or 590, Remington 870 or any other brand of pump, this would be my choice of style for one used for SD/HD. simple is better.
     
  16. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

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    Agreed 100%!
     
  17. WebleyFosbery38

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    For self protection at home, a nice 16 gauge isnt bad either, your target is likely pretty close and its easy to keep on point during multiple engagements! Any decent pump with a shorty slug barrel is a great choice. Home invasions happen real quick and you dont want to be swinging a long piece around inside your home. The slug barrel will be just fine for the distances your talking and the least muzzle sticking out, the less there is for the perp to grab for.

    You can get a nicely broken in Mossberg or Ithaca pretty cheap and choices for barrels if you want to experiment. You really dont need the jingle and glitz, it wont help, your not even likely going to get a chance to aim and the aggressor wont be any more impressed by it!
     
  18. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Mossberg 930 SPX
     
  19. gmaster456

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    I would only use a 16 gauge for HD if I didn't have any other shotgun. What's the point in trying to track down a 16 gauge pump, and pay the premium for it and the lack of ammo options, when a 12 or 20 gauge will get the job done for cheaper? Not to mention a lot more ammunition choices.
     
  20. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if you already had a 16ga, then by all means it would be fine for SD/HD use. i would never go looking for one for the purpose of SD/HD use as they tend to be getting rare and obscure now. with the availability of 12 and 20 ga, and the their price point, personally i wouldn't even consider looking for a 16ga. i have only seen two 16ga's in the last ten years for sale!