Home defense shotguns

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Devglei, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Devglei

    Devglei New Member

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    Hi all,

    Me and my family have been discussing purchasing a shotgun. We don't hunt, so we're looking for a general shotgun that we can fire as a hobby and keep as a home defense weapon.

    I know more about handguns and rifles than I do shotguns, so I'd like to hear your opinions.

    I was looking at the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870, both look interesting. Ideally, price range should be $150-$300. Preferably, I'd like some room for modifications, such as adding a flashlight (and pistol grip, if that's recommendable). I'm not really certain at the difference between 12 and 20 gauge, though I understand 12 is more common, but 20 is tamer to fire.
     
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  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    for what you are wanting to use a shotgun for, either one of those would work, as both are proven performers, both also have lots of aftermarket support in parts and accessories. the 12 is more common and the 20 is tamer because it is a little smaller than the 12.
     
  4. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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  5. Jon12312

    Jon12312 New Member

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    Honestly I would go with the remington 870. Its a little bit more $ but it will never let you down. I have a synthetic 870 12 guage for home defense with an 18.5 inch barrel and if something goes bump in the night theres nothing else I would rather grab to protect my family. For a pistol grip v.s. Stock opinion I have a knoxx stock on mine and it was the best investment I have ever made. I wouldnt go with a pistol grip for a few reasons... 1. If SHTF at 3 in the morning you will most likely be a little groggy and you adrenalin will be pumping, and belive it or not you cant just point and shoot with a shotgun you have to aim to some degree. 2. A shotgun kicks pretty good and it is even worse with a pistol grip. Dont get me wrong I love pistol grips and own some but for home defense it just doesnt seem to be the best option for me. Hope this helps, any more ? On the 870 just send me a message id be glad to help!
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Either the Mossberg 500 or the Winchester 870 will fulfill your needs quite nicely.

    As far as pistol grips, they look cool, but they can be painful. A regular stock coupled with an 18.5" barrel is pretty short and a whole lot easier to shoot.
     
  7. Devglei

    Devglei New Member

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    Ah, sorry for the confusion. I didn't mean "pistol grip" per se. Perhaps rifle grip is the term I'm looking for?

    These two M500s caught my eye:
    2-MS50420 - Mossberg 500 Special Purpose Tactical Pump-Action Shotgun 12 Gauge 20" Barrel 6 Rounds Adjustable Stock Matte Blued Finish
    47809 - Mossberg 500 Special Purpose Persuader Pump Action Shotgun 12 Gauge 20" Barrel 8 Rounds Synthetic Stock Blued Finish

    The first of which having the 'rifle grip' I'm referring to. Is there any advantage to one over the other? The second one has extra capacity, but going from 6 to 8 isn't a particularly large jump. The first one also has an adjustable stock, which seems like a handy feature.

    Is there anything here that warrants spending the extra $90?
     
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  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    price is not bad on either one, but i like the regular stocked one and personally wouldn't spend the extra $90 for the other stock as if you really wanted that type, you could probably get it aftermarket much cheaper. plus i do like the extra 2 shell capacity of it too.
     
  9. lonewolf101

    lonewolf101 New Member

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    12ga. pump with buck or #6 shot.
     
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  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    The Mossberg 500 or Remmy 870 will do the job. I personally lean towards the Winchester 1200/1300 line.
     
  12. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Either the Mossberg 500 or the Remington 870 will fit the bill. If you go with the Remington 870 I recommend you get an Express Magnum, which will give you more versatility.
     
  13. dmp

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    saiga. hands-down. Easy to handle, smooth-firing. Intimidating. The 20 gauge is very slick. IMO, it's the best shotty i've fired for 'blowin' stuff up'. I prefer my 1100 Classic Trap for trap and skeet. But for HD? The saiga all the way

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLUfPHRSZ0M]Saiga 20 gauge with 8 round steel mag, slow motion - YouTube[/ame]
     
  14. NOVA

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    OP's suggested price range would rule out my setup - 500 Mossberg with Sure Fire flashlight and Spec Ops Recoil Supression stock.
     

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  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    another good choice would be the Winchester SXP Defender 12 ga. bought mine for $280 +tax, NIB. synthetic stocks and 5+1 capacity. shoots great!:D even the wife likes to shoot it and insists it stay in the bedroom for hd, because lots of nights i work.
     
  16. DaveShooter

    DaveShooter New Member

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    Get ya an Ithaca 37 any ga will do with 7and 1/2 birdshot. Tha is what we or some use here in Ohio