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Home defense shotgun in 20 ga?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by twoclones, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    The girlfriend has been itching for a KSG shotgun but I'm tired of waiting for them to make one. It's like waiting for the lever action .500 S&W promised by Wild West Guns... :( So I'm thinking about buying a home defense shotgun in 20 gage with pistol grip and short {not NFA} barrel.

    Can/should I buy one off the shelf or would I be better off to buy parts and assemble one? Is pump action the best way to go?
     
  2. bulzeye

    bulzeye scappoose Member

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    I wouldn't recommend just a pistol grip. you should look into the Blackhawk or knoxx stock. I would just look at mossberg's or remington's
     
  3. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I'd buy a Remington 870 pump and put a Speedfeed IV-S stock on it. It has a pistol grip and buttstock an is a shorter LOP, 13". 20ga is just fine for in home defense. For a shotgun, I think Mossbergs are just a little underbuilt, unless it's a 590, but they do work. You won't be sorry with a 870 though. I also would definatly go with a pump over semi-auto for HD, unless you buy something high end in a semi, like a Benelli. I don't think semis are as reliable, and not well suited for HD. I'd buy a 18-20" model with mag tube extention if you can find one, it seems cheaper than parting together.
     
  4. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've been sizing up the Remington mod 870 Express Tactical to give to the girlfriend for Christmas but it's not available in 20 ga. and I think 12 ga. would be a bit much for her. :(
     
  5. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    How big is she? My GF is about 5'6" - 110lbs, and she shoots my 870 Police 12ga pretty easily with 2 3/4" buck and low recoil slugs. Let her practice with cheap birdshot and keep it loaded with some good buckshot. If she ever has to use it, she won't know the difference. Also, I honestly think the Tactical 870 isn't worth the extra cost, unless the looks are worth it to you. A standard 870 HD with an upgraded extractor and a tritium front bead is all you "need". If you do go with an 870, have a smith, or yourself switch out the extractor with a police one. They are machined, not cast, they don't fail.
     
  6. 19 Adam

    19 Adam rural Clackamas County, Oregon Active Member

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    I bought my wife this 870 20 gage tactical with Knox stock two years ago for our anniversary and she loves it. It was a great deal and there are still some around.

    Remington 870 Express Tactical SpecOps Pump 20 Gauge - Shotguns for sale at CenterfireGuns
     
  7. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    Got my daughter a mossberg 500 20g. Came with long and short barrels and stock with pistol grip to. All interchangable. Works well.
     
  8. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    A mere 5' 0" with a very low tolerance for pain yet not to be messed with. When living in another state, she fired 7 shots at an intruder who busted into her bedroom. Five hits, two misses, zero regrets.