I was lookin at the 870, feels nice, i think it even comes in a synthetic stock.Sure.
Used Remington 870 or Mossberg 500. Both should be around $250-$300 in very good shape.
Not so much for shooting clays in competition - but for just going to the range and banging out a few boxes of shells, they will treat you right.
I'll second that, my father-in-law shoots 3" shells from his 870 all the time. Don't forget about the 870 Express Super Magnum, which shoots everything from 2-3/4 up to 3-1/2" shells interchangably. Not that you need a 3" or 3-1/2" shell to kill your target. In my opinion, the only thing magnum shells are good for is kick the buck out of your shoulder. If I can't kill it with a 2-3/4, I probably won't kill it with a magnum. I'm sorry I just don't think (as well as know) you don't need a magnum shell to shoot the head off a turkey.
Not on the 870. It comes out of the box able to shoot 2 3/4" and 3".. the 1100 semi-auto is 2 3/4" only, but that's a totally different shotgun.
I forgot to mention that the Mossberg 500 shoots both 2-3/4" and 3" shells while the 870 is 2-3/4" only. That is all.
I was thinking the same. The question though is how tough is it to swap the barrel? I don't have much experience breaking down shotguns.Not on the 870. It comes out of the box able to shoot 2 3/4" and 3".. the 1100 semi-auto is 2 3/4" only, but that's a totally different shotgun.
Anyway, for home defense, you want a short barrel. Acadamy Sports carries the 870 and sells short barrels on one of their aisles. Get the 28" barrel for trap, then change it out for the 18 1/2" home defense barrel and sit it next to your bed when you get home. done!
As mentioned in the post above, it is VERY easy to do. I won't go into the details, since he already did... but, if you can change your shoes, you can change the barrel on an 870. Shoes may be faster, if they are slip-ons or velcro. Otherwise, the 870 is quicker to do....The question though is how tough is it to swap the barrel? I don't have much experience breaking down shotguns...
Shotgun home defense, to me, is short barrel (easy to swing in tighter spaces) smooth bore for large buckshot (never bird shot in home defense).