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  1. #11
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    As stated, Remington 870 Express series or Mossberg 500 series.

    Varying models available

    I have an 870. Quite satisfied.

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  3. #12
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    Mossberg pump action -- 'hopefully I never have to use it.
    "Don't let the door hit ya where the dawg shudda bit ya!"
    G'day and Glock
    GATEWAY SWIFT WING ST. LOUIS

  4. #13
    Yeah, I'm going to chime in and say the Mossberg 500 (or variant thereof) in 12 gauge. I got mine relatively cheap - $175 used at a local gun shop.

    Load it ONLY with #00, #1, or #4 shot. Or maybe some of the home defense mixed loads mentioned earlier, but I'm not too familiar with those. You can find a lot of info here on shotshells: Shotgun Ammo and more Shotgun Ammo! ShotgunWorld.com is Your Best Source for Shotgun Info on shotgun ammo. Notice that using #00 shot is like emptying an 8 round magazine of .380 into a person with one pull of the trigger. This is why a shotgun is an excellent choice for home defense.

    Some folks have mentioned using a smaller bore like a .410 or 20 gauge in order to "not send projectiles zinging through walls" - but the reality is that if the round has enough punch to get 12 inches of penetration (minimum recommended for a lethal shot)...then IT WILL go through drywall. The only remedy for this is SHOT CONTROL. You still have to aim (or technically get a bead with) a shotgun; it doesn't let fly a massive cloud of knockdown power and death like you see in the movies. At close range, the spread of shot is only a few inches. If you're doubtful...go to a range, set up a human-size target at 10ft to 25ft and look at the patterns.

    Hope this helps! :)

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    thanks for all replies

  6. #15
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    Ammo
    00 buck
    Federal Tactical LE Reduced recoil 8 or 9 pellet with flite control wad. 1100 FPS app.
    Federal Tactical LE 9 pellet buckwith flite control wad 1300 FPS app.

    Any of the above pattern pretty well.

    Don't use the reduced recoil in a semi auto. Unreliable cycling (No first hand experience)

  7. #16
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    Last year for HD I bought a Baikal (Russian) 12 ga. Double barrel Coach Shotgun for $220. Main reason I got this was the price and I just like doubles, especially Coach guns w/20" barrels. I added a 5 shot buttstock shell holder, refinished the stock, and it now looks totally COOL! Loaded with 00 Buckshot, it rests by my headboard ready for use. On the nightstand is either my 9 MM or LCP 380. On the wife's nightstand is a SP101 .357. At the foot of the bed is our 90 lb. pitbull. What am I afraid of? Not much.

    Now, I agree, the majority likes pump shotguns for Home Defense, and the 870 or Mossberg 500 would be good choices. Some like single shots. Some like semi-autos.

    Point is, get what YOU LIKE in either 12 or 20 ga. and it should serve you well. A shotgun is the best weapon going for HD, but anything is better than nothing. Go to your LGS and check out the eye candy. If one gets your attention, handle it, ask questions about it, and I guarantee you will find one that grabs you.

    Good luck on your hunt and stay safe.

    BTW, welcome to the forum.

    "A free people should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from anyone, including their own government. ~ G. Washington

  8. #17
    Got my wife a Charles Daly 20 ga. pump with a youth stock. This is basically a spin-off of the Remington 870. I love this gun with the short stock and barrel. It's easy to carry and handle and a very reasonable price tag. Also, cleaned up my 30+ year old Rem 1100, removed the plug, added a 5 shot shell holder and now I just need to find a shorter barrel and add a tube extension. This gun has only jammed 1 time in 35 yrs and thousands of rounds (a cheap #9 field load after several weeks in the woods without cleaning). The 1100 stays beside the bed stuffed with #4 buck.

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