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scottyso
02-25-2009, 5:15 PM
I'm looking for a shotgun for home-defense. The following things are important to me.

- Reliability
- Simplicity - something that is simple to use
- I'm only 5'10" ~150, so make sure its something I'll be able to wield!

I don't need any bells or whistles. I'll never be shooting skeet or hunting with this, I just need something that I can use to defend myself.

I've heard a lot about the Remington 870, is this a good choice?

97F1504RAD
02-25-2009, 5:43 PM
The 870 is a great choice. Either that or a Mossberg 500/590 series

Check Big 5 for deals on both

5150Marcelo
02-25-2009, 5:44 PM
M1S90

rrr70
02-25-2009, 5:45 PM
Mossberg 500 with 8 rounds tube

B.D.Dubloon
02-25-2009, 6:00 PM
BIG 5 special (Mossberg 500 w/18.5 and 28 inch barrels) FTW. Cheap, and there are a lot of aftermarket parts, like maybe a recoil reducing stock for you.

BDD

AlexBreya
02-25-2009, 6:01 PM
870 12g, 10 shell tube. its long, but managable. (I'm 5'11", only 145, and its easy for me to handle)

swerv512
02-26-2009, 5:17 AM
i just bought an 870 express synthethic and i have no complaints- especially for the price i bought it for. remington all the way.

AMC
05-02-2009, 2:11 PM
You guys really need to eat more

The 870 would be a great choice.

5aa12
05-15-2009, 9:11 PM
You guys really need to eat more <----:rofl2:

870 or Mossy 500

bambihunter
05-18-2009, 2:33 PM
Benelli's are really soft shooting. If you can buck up for one, I'd get a M2.

scidx
05-18-2009, 7:16 PM
Mossberg and Remington are the mainstay. Mossbergs have a more simple trigger mech. Remingtons have a stronger receiver. Mossbergs have dual extractors. Remingtons have less parts (the small ones). Mossbergs parts are easier to replace. Remingtons are less likely to need spare parts. It's really a toss up with comfort of controls and price-point. In my humble experience, they both last a long time through constant abuse. Whatever you get, make sure you can handle: the length (recoil can be tamed through stocks/ pads/ light ammo), the price (defense rounds are getting expensive), and please get something with dual action bars.

frigginchi
05-18-2009, 7:24 PM
IAC Hawk 982
*Robust
*Reliable
*Inexpensive ~$200
*Comes with GRS
http://www.iacshotguns.com/982pump.html
http://www.iacshotguns.com/images/982.gif

angryasian
05-24-2009, 12:50 AM
Soft shooting has a lot, if not all to so with the load. any shotgun would probably do. Mossbergs are more difficult to put back together, but youtube can show you how to do it. I like the 870's because they just feel right. but winchesters and mossbergs are just as reliable

angryasian
05-24-2009, 12:51 AM
and if you want a cheap shotgun, try pawn shops

Tonk
08-26-2009, 7:45 AM
Scotty So.......I love Remington 1100 semi-auto's and their 870 pump guns but for my home the last dozen years, it has been the "MOSSBERG 590" pump gun with Ghost Ring sights on the rear, as the shotgun for defense. This shotgun is tuff and will take lots of abuse. However, more important, it is very dependable and a NO-NONESENSE type of a weapon. It goes BANG when you pull the trigger after working the slide prior. THE 590 gets my Vote!!!;):cool::cool:

Sheepdog1968
08-26-2009, 8:03 AM
There have been many good posts and I can't add much to the Rem vs Mos debate. Have you ever shot a 12 gauge? When I was young the recoil didn't bother me. As I've gotten older it does. If a 12 gauge does bother you, I'd consider putting on a Knoxx recoil reduction stock (the one that does still look like a rifle stock). It reduces felt recil by something like 40 percent. Another possibility is to go with a 20 gauge shotgun. Many will complain about this. I had read somewhere that a 20 gauge had the same power as a 44 magnum.

den888
09-11-2009, 8:33 PM
870 is a great choice and reliable.

bobbydoedoe
09-26-2009, 5:39 PM
1 name to know: Benelli

Henry Hill
09-26-2009, 5:41 PM
I think If you are going with a mossberg, go with a Mossberg MAVERICK 88. Its half the price... Its basically the same exact gun as a 500.... I love my 88

HalveNaught
10-06-2009, 9:48 AM
I too am shopping for a first weapon and thinking teh shotgun would be a good choice for HD. Waht do you guys think about buyin gused, I found this:

http://www.gunsinternational.com/Mossberg-Home-Security.cfm?gun_id=100085342

Is this a good deal?

LG1980
10-11-2009, 11:51 PM
My personal choice - FN SLP - 12 Gauge semi - ok enough for me to wield and I'm a chickidie. Not many people go outside the usual Remington and Mossbergs, though both are cool (I'm waiting to get a mariner myself, since it's got stainless steel and good for places with salty air or water, and btw, if you live on a boat or near the ocean, that might be a good choice for you) in my humble opinion.

Jerry X
10-16-2009, 9:05 PM
I vote Remington 870.

Mason McDuffie
10-16-2009, 9:18 PM
870 all the way.

ArticleTheFourth
10-18-2009, 9:20 PM
My personal choice - FN SLP - 12 Gauge semi - ok enough for me to wield and I'm a chickidie. Not many people go outside the usual Remington and Mossbergs, though both are cool (I'm waiting to get a mariner myself, since it's got stainless steel and good for places with salty air or water, and btw, if you live on a boat or near the ocean, that might be a good choice for you) in my humble opinion.

Ditto on the stainless if you live near the sea and I like the FN SLP, but my wife likes the Beretta 1201FP 12 gauge tactical:

http://www.thegunzone.com/1201fp.html

It weighs 6.3 lbs as a 6+1 - that's 1.3 lbs lighter than the SLP 6+1. It has rifle type sights and chrome lined barrel and she likes the way it swings and shoots.

Don't know if it comes in stainless ; just a another couple of opinions.

whatmeworry
11-06-2009, 7:34 PM
My vote goes to the 870

BroncoBob
11-06-2009, 7:48 PM
870

N_S
11-09-2009, 7:01 PM
Basically it's Remington 870 vs. Mossberg 500.

But there are actually tons of good pumps out there.
The Chinese 870s are OK and somewhat cheaper.
The Maverick 88 is a discount Mossberg 500, just some of the parts are made in Mexico. But reportedly it works fine.
The Winchester 1300 is excellent in the reliability department plus it has a very smooth action but it's out of production.
Winchester 1897s and Model 12s survived two world wars.
Ithacas are fine, especially if you're left-handed (since they eject out the bottom)
And pretty much any pump-action worth it's salt is just as good used as it is new. So shop around and you could find a Remmy or Mossy for 150-200$ on a good day.

At least that's what I've heard everyone say when it comes to pump-actions.

roadwarrior1971
11-25-2009, 6:23 AM
I used to have a mossberg pump and I dumped it after I noticed some nicks in the receiver from cycling shells out. Now I got an 870 and I'm happy.