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Best home defense shotgun

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by zweasle, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. zweasle

    zweasle Marysville Wa. New Member

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    I have been looking for a good "home defense" shotgun. I was looking for a pump, I think semi-auto is kind of pricey, and I like the “scare Factor” when you action a pump in an other wise quiet house. Lol
    I was leaning toward the Remington 870 or the Mossberg 590. I like the Mossberg that it holds 9 shells, not sure what the Remington can hold. I’ve shot both and I like both of them, but I’m not sure if there is something out there that is superior to these or if I’m missing something. Price isn’t to much of a factor, but I don’t want to spend an arm and leg if I don’t have to. I want something that’s reliable and easy to clean and shoot.
     
  2. ejmpnu92

    ejmpnu92 Hillsboro, Or Active Member

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    I have a mossy 590. I like it. Now, is it the best? For me, yes because I own it. I might say the same thing if I had a Remington. Everytime I have shot it....it has gone bang and that is pretty much all I am concerned with.
     
  3. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    590 & 870 are both great HD shotguns, but the idea of scare factor when cocking a pump shotgun is way over rated.
     
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  4. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    zweasle, I've been doing research for a similar purchase. I will likely purchase the Benelli Supernova Tactical, with the ComforTech stock and the Ghost Ring sights (model 20155).


    I researched the Remington 870 and it seemed that perhaps newer models were not as good (tendency to jam). I dunno. It did come up though in my research, whereas the Benelli seemed to have no complaints.

    As an aside, the recommended ammo seems to be a 9-pellet (00 buck shot) shell.

    Peter
     
  5. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    the benelli supernova tactical is a mighty fine looking and shooting piece of machinery. i kinda wish i never sold mine
     
  6. CJ1089

    CJ1089 Aloha, Oregon Marveling at the world.

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    LOL, it may be over rated but it worked for me once. Would be thief heard it and ran, never got a good look at his front side.
    On the other hand, a would be assailant looked down the barrel of a 357 mag and held his ground for a few (~15) seconds before rationalizing a retreat.
    So I guess the only generalization to make is that generalizations cannot be made.

    OBTW, I have a Mossy 500. Either shotgun is as good IMHO, to me they border on identical in form/function. The safety is in different locations so I would recommend getting the one with safety in the more natural position for you. I am a leftie and the mossy works better for me.
     
  7. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Poor? Mossberg 500
    Rich? Benelli M4 with ext titanium tube; SBR; collapsed stock;

    Kind of like golf and golf clubs though. Skill more important than the device.
     
  8. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have six shotguns, the one I have set for home defense is a Win 1300 Coastal Mariner, folding stock, loaded with 12 Aguila minishells. No worries about corrosion and the 1300 is the only pump/auto recommended for use with the minishells. I take this shotgun in the MH when we go and there's less chance of overpenetration with the miniswhells but still good at short range (over 1200 fps) plus I can load 12 rather than 5.
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Used Maverick 88 if poor. I sold mine for $125 to a friend who needed it for a trade.
     
  10. madmax

    madmax woodburn Active Member

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    I use and build 870 supermag HDs, say hello to the zombies with 3.5" shells
     
  11. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I have a stock 870 express HD. I've taken a couple of shotgun classes and am impressed with the skills of good shotgun operators. But I feel like I am missing something. I really cannot imagine clearing or moving through my house with a long gun. How do you more experienced folks see using your shotgun in a HD situation, other than defending a safe room?
     
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    spider Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    get a speedfeed chicken head grip, I prefer the mossberg since it's a bit lighter, but here was my HD gun

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    Since then its evolved into this

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    The stock I have on there can get really close to the pistol grip, so if you can shorten up the stock, making it down your hallway should be easier.
     
  13. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Is that an AR stock, and how is it adapted? Pardon my ignorance...
     
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    8ball29 Oregon Coast Member

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    spider Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link!
     
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    8ball29 Oregon Coast Member

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    Damn, that's a hefty price for that adapter. I like it, but I wouldn't by something like that when it costs half as much as the gun.
     
  18. Aero Denezol

    Aero Denezol Salem Active Member

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    I really like the 870 "home defense" (tactical) BiMart has for approx $312 on sale.

    I used an 870 Express for a long time before switching to the .357. But, like someone else said, had I gone w/ Mossberg from the outset I'd probably be a Mossberg fan. They must be highly comparable, it seems to be 50/50 Remington/Mossberg out there.
     
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    H2O MAN Georgia - USA Well-Known Member

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    Mine is the HK/Benelli M1 Super 90 Combat that I purchased new in '93.
     
  20. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    The one you have put at least 500 rounds through without a malfunction. The brand is insignificant.

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