GUN Defense Shotgun Recommendations

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  1. bpa00

    bpa00 New Member

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    I've always been a hand gun kind of guy... but have been obsessing lately about getting a tactical/defense type shotgun. It seems that the top three choices of affordable shotguns are:
    Winchester 1300 Defender
    Mossberg 500 Persuader
    Remmington 870 (model??)

    Any recommendations, or are all of these about equal??

    Unfortunately, the guy I buy my guns from says these kind of shotguns are really hard to get right now... I'll probably just go w/ which ever model becomes available first, unless there is a major reason to go with one or the other (or not to)...
     
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    AR-15
     
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    Those are too scary... I'm afraid it might jump out of the case and kill me in my sleep!
     
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  5. This. Really.
     
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    I'd go with either the 870 or the 500, I've got both and I'm happy with them.

    The 870 Express models are supposed to contain more of the cheaper plastic or composite parts than say the 870 Police model, but if you aren't going to shoot it a lot that shouldn't really matter.
     
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    My Moss500 is great.

    I guess to me the 870 is more of a hunting shotty.
     
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    for home defense get a semi auto shotgun, or AR15.

    11-87 or bust.
     
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    Remington 870 express magnum. It is better built than the mossburg. I really dislike the placement of the safety of the mossberg on the top of the receiver, the 870 has a traditional safety placement.

    Placement of the safety on top of the receiver means you have to greak grip on pistol grip stocks to engage and disengage the safety. Which is stupid. It is also a design flaw as if the safety loses tention over time from lets say years of use, recoil from firing the gun can turn the safety on and off. In general it is a bad idea to but slide switches run north south on the gun. The burris fastfire sight made the same mistake. Certain engineers need to get their asses kicked. The mossburg has a history of making really odd, non traditional shotgun with design flaws. Such as the one without the ability to accept extention tubes.

    As a alternative the browning 590 IIRC is pretty interesting. No shell lifter to catch your thumb. Very easy shotgun to finger load.
     
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    My "under the bed" gun is an 870, so I guess that gets my vote.

    Mine is an 18" Express model with a bead sight. I added a Wilson mag-tube extension and mounted a TLR1 light and that is about it.
     
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    My 870. Even had the 18" barrel modified for choke tubes
     
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    in on this
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    Honestly? Get any of the ones you listed where the controls make sense to YOU.

    FWIW, I use a 870P.
     
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    love my pistol grip 500 18.5" 8+1 for HD
     
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    Best of both worlds. You get to stay a handgun guy, plus you get to spray intruders. Win/Win

    Fill it up with some #4(5 pellets) or some OOO (3 pellets) and you can seriously do some damage.

    I've got mine alternated with #4 and .45lc, thinking that should make a proper mess of things if I ever have a malicious intruder.
     
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    I shot one of these this weekend! I thought the .45 long colt would kick more than the .410 did, but even with birdshot, the .410 shells have more recoil, weird
     
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    BUT, you have to admit that the recoil is pretty minimal.
     
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    993kgt building an airplane whee

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    feels a little less than a .357 mag on a full size revolver :cool:
     
  21. That's the worst of both worlds. .410 is balistically inferior to lots of things, and having it in a low capacity handgun really isn't going to help you much in a HD situation. You're way better with a carbine or 12 gauge or even a regular semi-auto pistol.
     
  22. Ford4Life

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    I wouldn't use a 410 for defense.

    Either the 870 or the 500 will work fine, like Bunny said, depends on where you like the safety. I got the 870 because I wanted the 18" barrel and you couldn't get one on a mossy 590.
     
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    Web nazis prevent me from viewing gun related sites at work. :(

    Taurus Judge?? They definitely look "interesting"...
     
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    I've noticed no one has mentioned the Winchester. Are they junk?? I've seen a few of them for sale locally...
     
  25. If you're concerned about an attack by rabbits and snakes, the .410 would be a good choice. If you're worried about bigger animals, pick something else.
     

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