I Need Your Opinions

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Aenima, May 9, 2010.

  1. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Im going to be 18 really soon and as soon as I am, im buying my first shotgun (yay XD) and I need to know what you think will be good for me to have. Im going to use it for self defense basically. Ive shot a 500 tactical mossberg which I really like. Easy control and not to bad of kick. But Im interested in seeing what you guys think. If you could tell me why I want your opinion-gun id be happy :D Thanks.
     
  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Having a shotgun for self-defense is great. But if this is your first shotgun, I'd buy something I could have some fun with as well. Shooting clays is a blast, and there are several guns that would be great for SD and clays.

    Pumps are great for SD, but would be the third choice for clays behind a double gun or semi-auto. So I'd recommend you take a hard looks at some O/U's, side by sides, and some autos. They're typically more expensive but can pay back in fun.
     

  3. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Plenty of choices out there, that is for sure. When I turned 18, I bought a Mossy 500A, and it came with 3 chokes. I still use that same gun for hunting deer, turkey, shooting clays and HD. They are affordable and there's plenty of aftermarket and mfr stuff available for good prices. Oh, I should mention that mine is over 20 years old, and I have no clue how many thousands of shells have been through it, both 2-3/4" and 3". Shot and slugs.

    If you can afford a brand new one, a Remmy 870 with 2 barrels is always a winner.

    As far as the fancier o/u and side-by-sides as well as the semis can come later in life, should you even see a need. Jmo.
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Awh....get what you want!

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  5. Biohazurd

    Biohazurd New Member

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    Any mossberg will do you fine. Ive owned many of them in many variations.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i started out with 20gauge single shot i bought for 50$. but im a huge mossberg shotgun pump fan got a 835 and a 590.
     
  7. NPD5946TSW

    NPD5946TSW New Member

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    The sound of a pump gun pretty much says "Go Away" in every language. The mossbergs and remigtons aren't too pricey. As for sizes and gauges, you should shoulder some to find one that fits you!!! Remember, this is your present to yourself for making it to 18.... you will treasure this gun for life! Be sure to shop around, and get your hands on as many as possible before buying one ;-)
     
  8. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Thank you guys. I was really thinking something like the 500 tactical, but the remington 870 is just a classic. I really like the size and handleing of the mossberg..i just need to try a lot of them out lol.
     
  9. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Mossy 500...all you need for HD in my opinion. Reliable, field-tested and inexpensive...Does one thing and does it well.

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  10. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    I myself like the Mossberg 500 mariner, its stainless and believe it holds 9+1.
     
  11. i just got my new rmmington 870 and its great :D
     
  12. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Thats the one I shot and I loved it. A lot of people like them. the 870 was also recommended..ahh I wish I could just test shoot like 300 shotguns.
     
  13. ta1588

    ta1588 New Member

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    Remingtons are great, mossbergs are great most others are pretty decent too. A pump shotgun is pretty hard to screw up. I would definitely co-sign with the mariner or a marine magnum from remington. stainless is wonderful for keeping away rust and they hold a lot of shells.
     
  14. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Really..I havnt been recommended that. I actually havnt heard of one before lol. hrmm..any other reasons to co-sign with them besides shell capacity and keeping rust off?
     
  15. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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  16. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Alright man, ill keep that in mind. Thanks :D
     
  17. ta1588

    ta1588 New Member

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    that is a great deal, I ran across that the other day. not only that...they're damn sexy. My local gun shop had one for $225 a couple months ago and I'm kicking myself for not getting it. It had a pistol grip which I'm not 100% fond of but I could have changed that for cheap! They also had an SKS at a real good price I wish I had snagged too...but that's off the topic.
     
  18. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    damn lol..I bet a SKS would be nice :D but im starting to think the mariner would be a better choice than the 500. Hrmm..Thanks guys XD now its time to do some research.
     
  19. orangello

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    I've been very happy with my Mossy 500 for a decade and a half or so now. I have the 18.5" barrel for home defense & a side saddle shell holder. I also kept the barrel it came with for hunting, 28" modified choke. Mine was the $100 pawn shop gun i picked up on the way to a dove hunt. I don't remember it ever jamming.
     
  20. ta1588

    ta1588 New Member

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    When it's all said and done I love my Pardner Protector. It was $250 brand new tax and all from dicks and it's a champion. Only thing about it is the weight! But it's very very solid. That being said I still sternly reccommend a mariner or marine magnum for the reasons I gave earlier.