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A guy I know is looking for an "assult" shotgun for home protection, and wants to trade his SKS, I'm unsure which I want more...

I'm not that familiar with SKSs but I built my shotgun and know it inside and out.

Here's the SKS


And here's my shotgun
 

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What do you want to use it for? The SKS would be better for ranges beyond 40 yds. For home defense the shot gun is best. The SKS is good to about 200 yds. as far as accuracy. I have a Yugo SKS, arguably the best one made, but it only shoots 2-3" at 100yds. with the iron sights, and because of the removeable bolt cover, mounting a scope is virtually a waste of money. The SKS is a fun gun to shoot, much cheaper to shoot, and a good deer rifle for ranges greater than your shotgun. It all depends on what you want it to do.
 

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I didn't know Maverick was Mossberg? I know they sell for about $125, but for shooting someone in your house what else do you need? lol
 

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yea they be mossbergs, I sell the maverick home defense version new for 169,after looking at his pics closer I see his has a top tang safety , mavericks are on the trigger guard
 

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I've seen the Maverick at Dicks Sporting Goods real cheap. They looked ok for home defense. I was considering one to park in the closet. Are they not good for home defense?
 

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i think the maverick is supposed to be an economy version of the m-500s and 590s. i carried a 590 in Haiti and a 500 in iraq. can't go wrong with a mossberg.
 

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there ok there just not built as tough, H & R makes for the same price as the maverick that to me is a little better.
I have an H&R Topper in 20ga. It was my first shotgun many years ago, but it's a break-action single shot. They make a pump?
 

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i think the maverick is supposed to be an economy version of the m-500s and 590s. i carried a 590 in Haiti and a 500 in iraq. can't go wrong with a mossberg.
I have several Mossberg firearms from 30+ years ago. I like them all - they were not expensive, but they are still shooting fine! I have a 50+ yr old Ithaca Mod. 37 Featherlight? that has satisfied all of my extremely limited shotgunning needs. Full choke, 30" barrel - good turkey gun. I was looking at something shorter for strictly defensive purposes - I like the Mossberg Mod.500, but maybe the Maverick would be better suited for something that will hopefully never get used.
 

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they make several pumps guns but there home defense one is made almost like a remington

Do you know the price range, and are they comparable in your opinion to the Mossberg 500?
 

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I sell the home defense one for 169 same as the maverick, there other pumps I sell for around 199 and up.
They can hold there own with the mosssberg. They only come with one choke like the remingtons as mossberg gives all three. They are also a little heavlier then the other two.
 

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I sell the home defense one for 169 same as the maverick, there other pumps I sell for around 199 and up.
They can hold there own with the mosssberg. They only come with one choke like the remingtons as mossberg gives all three. They are also a little heavlier then the other two.

That's a steal! The chokes are a moot point for home defense-
 

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You should get a New England Pardner Pump, check out my photos. Got one last year for $180 new. Good for home defense cause it's barrel is only 3 in longer than the 5-round mag tube, with no choke. Got mine in 12 gauge.
 

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You should get a New England Pardner Pump, check out my photos. Got one last year for $180 new. Good for home defense cause it's barrel is only 3 in longer than the 5-round mag tube, with no choke. Got mine in 12 gauge.

Yes I might do that - I always liked H&R (now NEF)
 

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If you have a Mossberg 500, replace the plastic top tang thumb safety button with a metal one. Especially if you plan to use it for home defense. The shotgun is little more than a club if the safety breaks and jams. The metal replacements are harder to find now but it's worth the effort... and it will last forever.
 

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FWIW, a bit of tactical planning for a pump or auto shotgun- If your primary load is a RED hull, make the first shell you load in the magazine a different brand/color- like green. When you get excited you may not pay attention to the number of shots fired, but when the different color hull ejects, you know it is time to reload. You can also do this with the SECOND shell you load- when that shell ejects, mag is empty, weapon is not.
 

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If you're losing or gaining anything it's not going to be much.

I can't really tell from the picture if that SKS has a detachable mag, but it looks like it does, and in the case of an AWB you'll no longer be able to purchase them (unless you go through a private party, iirc).

It looks like they went with Tapco furniture, which is on the cheap side, but gets the job done. That means they may have also gone with a cheap red dot. Find out who makes it and let us know, that could easily be an extra hundred dollars on the gun, or maybe only twenty.

If the magazine isn't detachable, I've heard bad things about most of the high caps. iirc, you'll either want to stick with the stock ten rounders or I think one of the Tapco twenty rounders also work well.

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c3shooter: I haven't heard that before, but it sounds like a good idea. Thanks!
 
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