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Gnote
01-16-2006, 8:43 AM
Sorry, didn't mean to yell at the top, just wanted to get your attention.

For those of you who have a shotgun (or shotguns ;) ), what do you use it (them for)?

I am curious because I got into shotguns at first for home defense but my first turned out to be for Trap shooting and when I get an urge to get another, it is an urge for another Trap or sports clays. I think I've resigned myself to using a pistol for HD.

I just wanted to know what others do and hear your stories. The reason I wanted only those that own is because I had a different reason for getting one than I do now after owning one. Yes, more will come, maybe even on for HD.:D

Thanks.

50 Shooter
01-16-2006, 8:54 AM
I use my Benelli Super90 M3 for everything, people laugh when I say let's shoot some clays. After they see it in action they tend to not laugh so much.;) It's gets better when I (try) do my Tom Knapp impersonation. http://www.tomknapp.net/

booknut
01-16-2006, 9:18 AM
I originally got my Winchester 1200 w/18 1/2" barrel from a friend, while living in Fairbanks, AK. I paid him $50 for it and took it home :D

I carried around for bear defense when we used to go berry picking.

It's now for home defense :rolleyes: locked up in the safe!

I plan on doing some work with it to make it all nice-n-purty someday.

I did buy a new barrel so I could go shoot skeet/trap with it.
Never shot either before, but Fortuna has a pretty active club from what I understand.
Someday I may get out there and figure out what skeet/trap is all about.

I'm sure it's not addicting! :D

grammaton76
01-16-2006, 9:48 AM
Shotguns just aren't me, although I do recognize that there's not a single better longarm to have for home defense purposes. That's why I've got a Mossberg M590 in the safe. I take it to the range every now and then to throw birdshot at targets, just to stay familiar.

WallySparx
01-16-2006, 10:51 AM
i've only used my mossy 500 for sporting purposes. i've had the luxury of never needing it for HD, but it sits underneath my bed ready to go (5+1, filled to the brim) should the need ever arise.

anotherted
01-16-2006, 3:20 PM
M590 - Hd - Ub - 24/7 - 8+1 - 00

Have since fixed the bent specter gear forward sling mount;)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/TeddyJ/Mossycopy.jpg

Im happy it has a bayo lug!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/TeddyJ/Bayo.jpg

Stanze
01-16-2006, 3:46 PM
Home defense. I have a Maverick 88.

The http://www.theboxotruth.com (http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot6.htm) site is making me have a re-discovered respect for 12 gauge Deer Slugs.:eek:

Gnote
01-16-2006, 3:57 PM
Home defense. I have a Maverick 88.

The http://www.theboxotruth.com (http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot6.htm) site is making me have a re-discovered respect for 12 gauge Deer Slugs.:eek:

Very cool. Sounds like one has to rethink the whole slugs for HD thing.

I like their lessons learned. Very Tao of Pooh simplistic.


1. Shooting stuff is fun.

2. Bullet resistant Polycast is bullet resistant. For some bullets. Not so for others.

3. Handguns are handguns and rifles are rifles. Once again, enough said.

4. Shotgun slugs are awesome. Tman and I discussed how we are continuing to gain respect for the 12 gauge slug.

edbon9
01-16-2006, 8:43 PM
my first shotgun was a beretta 1201FP for home defense, my second was a beretta 391 field grade for 'hunting' (that's the one tallengr shot at panoche :) which I used a lot MORE for trap :) after that I bought mostly trap guns (beretta 391 target paralell, Browning XT combo (since sold, too heavy for me, too light for tallengr :-) ), and an old Renato Gamba single (still shooting it), plus a franchi 12/20 ga combo that's my skeet/sporting clays gun :) yeah clays are addictive and 10 flats go soo quick when you are having fun :)

82a1
01-16-2006, 9:38 PM
Well, I only have one shotgun (a Benelli M4 w/pistol grip and Eotech), and usually just use it for target practice (mostly w/slugs). My shottie is more of a tactical type, so I don't plan on shootin clays with it. The main reason I got it is for HD, but it's also really fun shooting at the range. :cool:

housefull
01-18-2006, 2:37 PM
Benelli M1 Tact. Most impressive firepower I think I've ever handled. I think I'd look kinda funny walking up to the skeet range with this::eek:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y95/housefull/guns/MVC-586F.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y95/housefull/guns/MVC-589F.jpg

double_action
01-18-2006, 3:32 PM
I only have one shotgun right now, a Browning Auto-5. Not great for home defense, but great for hunting.

acegunnr
01-26-2006, 2:07 PM
I bought my Mossberg 500 combo at Big 5 for $219. It came with an 18" barrel for home defense and a 28" barrel for trap/skeet/sporting clays. I've seen it on sale for as low as $199.

cnyankee
10-11-2006, 8:20 PM
why wasnt hunting part of the poll? i have a stoger o/u and beretta xtrema2 with k/o. i use both for skeet and hunting. actually i use the beretta and let friends borrow the stoger.

mow
10-11-2006, 8:25 PM
Im happy it has a bayo lug!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/TeddyJ/Bayo.jpg

HAHAHAHAHA!:D

Is that Peanut butter on your sweet bayo? :eek:

Pokey
10-12-2006, 12:17 PM
I use my Benelli Super90 M3 for everything, people laugh when I say let's shoot some clays. After they see it in action they tend to not laugh so much.;) It's gets better when I (try) do my Tom Knapp impersonation. http://www.tomknapp.net/
+1
I broke mine out at a sporting clays match, you should have seen the looks. What was funny was guys with $10,000 over/unders asking me if they could try it.:D :D

Pokey
10-12-2006, 12:23 PM
Benelli M1 Tact. Most impressive firepower I think I've ever handled. I think I'd look kinda funny walking up to the skeet range with this::eek:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y95/housefull/guns/MVC-586F.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y95/housefull/guns/MVC-589F.jpg

Careful, keep a close eye on the receiver using a side saddle. The receiver is aluminum and the holes can egg out from the pins being battered. I took mine off for that reason.

VeryCoolCat
10-12-2006, 1:16 PM
I use my FN TPS for home defense only and I use 00 Buck from 3"(15 pellets)

mailman
10-12-2006, 1:21 PM
My 870 has all the goodies but I still use it to shoot skeet all the time!

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anotherone
10-12-2006, 2:34 PM
What? No selection for hunting? I use my shotguns alot for trap and skeet and just recently purchased this benelli SuperNova for this hunting season.

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e7/kphga1977/P1010003.jpg

I enjoy hunting ducks, geese, doves, quail, rabbit, squirrel, and have been playing with the idea of hunting pigs with slugs recently. Shotguns are the ultimate multipurpose hunting gun.

Scope
10-12-2006, 6:40 PM
I use mine for shooting clays. Shouldn't hunting be on your list of things-to-do with a shotgun?

GW
10-12-2006, 9:47 PM
I have a Vang Comp 590 that I also take to Sporting Clays

It does fine except on the high tower Just too far for an 18 1/2 inch barrel

ldivinag
10-13-2006, 8:19 PM
tacti-cool HD for me only... nothing like pistol grip, adjustable stock and THE HULK green finish...

oh wait... if and when the 3-gun match bug does bite... ;)

Recon
10-14-2006, 12:48 PM
Hey everyone, just got here and saw this shotgun dealie, so I thought I'd chime in...

Right now, my shotgun is a Mossberg 590 Persuader. 12-gauge, all-steel receiver, top tang safety, trigger housing and heavy 20" barrel, bayo lug, rubber recoil pad, ghost-ring sight with red ramp, synth stock and forearm, cylinder bore (no chokes, please), and up to 3" chambering. I have 50 shells on hand at all times, 25 of which are Remington Reduced-Recoil 8-pellet 00 Buck (say that 5 times fast), and 25 of which are a mix Rem/Federal hollowpoint Foster-type rifled slugs. The rubber pad cuts recoil but good with the Fosters, and the ghost-ring is a Godsend for extended ranges. Overall, I'm very impressed with my humble Mossy and it's gonna stay for a while.

TonyM
10-14-2006, 8:23 PM
M1014.

I use it to make target materials dissappear. I don't like rifles for HD, eaiser to navigate hallways with a good handgun. In a SHTF scenario, I'd definately have it slung over my back.

http://www.picturesbytony.com/Benelli.jpg

Leon_DeGamme
10-21-2006, 5:40 PM
Careful, keep a close eye on the receiver using a side saddle. The receiver is aluminum and the holes can egg out from the pins being battered. I took mine off for that reason.

I am wondering if this would apply to most aluminum (Mossberg 500) shotgun receivers out there using a fully loaded sidesaddle. I guess the guns recoil would cause the pins to push forward with the extra weight on each shot, eventually causing deformation of the pin hole. Yet, I notice alot of people use these "side saddles" and nobody until now has mentioned it. Any ideas?

Black Majik
10-25-2006, 9:52 PM
I use my Benelli Super90 M3 for everything, people laugh when I say let's shoot some clays. After they see it in action they tend to not laugh so much.;)


Uhhh.... +1.

I did better with the M3 w/ ghostring sights than I did with my 28" Wingmaster! :D :o




To the question, I tend to use my shotguns mainly for clay shooting, particularly trap. My 18" Wingmaster stays home for HD duty. I don't do much shotgunning though.

50 Shooter
10-25-2006, 10:32 PM
Glad you liked it.:)

We need to get out to the... umm... spot and do some more shooting. :cool:

rayra
10-27-2006, 12:58 AM
'Both'
Bought a Mossberg 500 Combo package from the get-go. Been a while since I mounted the long barrel, though.

NSR500
10-27-2006, 1:29 AM
M1 Super 90 Tactical primarily for Home Defense.