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Old 03-03-2013, 1:07 AM
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Two years ago I bought a Mossburg 500 pistol grip for HD. Since then I have bought a Remington 700 .308 for long range shooting fun and I love it. A ruger LC9 for HD and range shooting and I love it also. Before the elementary schools shooting I bought my first AR15 and this thing shoots so awsome and so precise. I get excited thinking about the next time I hit to range with 1000+ rounds once this Ammo hoarding craze dies out.
Anyways I hate shooting my Mossburg at the range. Its just so unenjoyable to me that in my head it doesnt appeal to me as a goto weapon in an HD situation. Sorry if this sounds immature but would I regret it?
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Old 03-03-2013, 1:16 AM
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I bought a Mossberg 500 Combo kit after someone broke into my Apt. This was mid 80's, I still have it. To me Shotguns are boring unless it's dynamic usage, like Trap. I rarely use it. That said, it's the only gun I keep loaded full time & my primary indoor defense. I dont wanna shoot neighbors, if I have to fire it. I won't grab an AR unless I absolutely have to & I love my AR. I vote for keeping the 12 gauge!
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Old 03-03-2013, 1:19 AM
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Pistol grip only? (as in no stock?)

Get a real stock for it and you will appreciate it more.
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Old 03-03-2013, 1:25 AM
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i say keep it..id rather have it then say ..what.. 300$ you would get if you sell it
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Old 03-03-2013, 1:30 AM
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Buy a real stock then buy the bill jeans or magpul DVDs, then take a combat shotgun course. The end.
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Old 03-03-2013, 1:50 AM
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I bought a Mossberg 500 Combo kit after someone broke into my Apt. This was mid 80's, I still have it. To me Shotguns are boring unless it's dynamic usage, like Trap. I rarely use it. That said, it's the only gun I keep loaded full time & my primary indoor defense. I dont wanna shoot neighbors, if I have to fire it. I won't grab an AR unless I absolutely have to & I love my AR. I vote for keeping the 12 gauge!
Good first reply! Your right about the new AR making my 500 seem boring.

Also I do have a collapsable stock sitting together in its case. Good thing it takes just one Allen key to change them.

And your probably right I will regret selling it like my last pistol I sold. I felt like a sitting duck once I got home from the FFL.
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Old 03-03-2013, 3:22 AM
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What are you shooting with it "at the range"?

I would not sell.
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Old 03-03-2013, 6:15 AM
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Learn to shoot it in a defensive fashion (in a class would be best), Practice with it enough to be familiar with it and what you learned in class. You will soon see it as a go to defensive weapon.

Do get a good full stock for it!
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Also try different loads.... Get a better feel for it.


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Think about it this way...if you had to use a weapon in SD, which would you rather lose as evidence and possibly never get back? A shotgun is easily and inexpensively replaced.
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Old 03-03-2013, 7:04 AM
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Don't sell. One of the best hd weapons ever. Not worth enough to worry about anyways.
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Old 03-03-2013, 7:13 AM
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Think about it this way...if you had to use a weapon in SD, which would you rather lose as evidence and possibly never get back? A shotgun is easily and inexpensively replaced.
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I feel the same way about shotguns. They just don't do it for me and I find them rather boring.

But for HD the shotgun is the one to have. Just leave it in the safe when you go to the range. Problem solved!
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Old 03-03-2013, 7:26 AM
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Think about it this way...if you had to use a weapon in SD, which would you rather lose as evidence and possibly never get back? A shotgun is easily and inexpensively replaced.
Second that. I have an old High Standard Riot Gun that I paid $100 for. If, God forbid, I had to use it for home defence, I could care less if I ever get it back.
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Agent Orange nailed it.

OP you should go clay shooting. It's by far the most fun you can have with a shotgun.
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Two years ago I bought a Mossburg 500 pistol grip for HD. Since then I have bought a Remington 700 .308 for long range shooting fun and I love it. A ruger LC9 for HD and range shooting and I love it also. Before the elementary schools shooting I bought my first AR15 and this thing shoots so awsome and so precise. I get excited thinking about the next time I hit to range with 1000+ rounds once this Ammo hoarding craze dies out.
Anyways I hate shooting my Mossburg at the range. Its just so unenjoyable to me that in my head it doesnt appeal to me as a goto weapon in an HD situation. Sorry if this sounds immature but would I regret it?
Do you need the $150-200 a used Mossberg will bring?
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:58 AM
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Think about it like this. You get 200 for it and spend it in a week then you start regretting it. Keep it if you don't need the money. Also it's boring if you're not doing much with it. Shoot some clays or take a class with it and you'll appreciate it more because you'll be using it the way it was made to be used. But you're right if you take it to the range an shoot paper targets with it it'll get boring fast.
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Old 03-03-2013, 2:28 PM
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I'd keep the shotgun, if you do any kind of camping. Doesn't look like you have any other decent gun to defend against a bear I sold a Mossberg pistol grip 12 gauge years ago. I regret it because it would have been a good closet gun. Although, I have other defense and hunting shotguns, it was nice to have one that was cheap and that I didn't mind throwing around.
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Two years ago I bought a Mossburg 500 pistol grip for HD. Since then I have bought a Remington 700 .308 for long range shooting fun and I love it. A ruger LC9 for HD and range shooting and I love it also. Before the elementary schools shooting I bought my first AR15 and this thing shoots so awsome and so precise. I get excited thinking about the next time I hit to range with 1000+ rounds once this Ammo hoarding craze dies out.
Anyways I hate shooting my Mossburg at the range. Its just so unenjoyable to me that in my head it doesnt appeal to me as a goto weapon in an HD situation. Sorry if this sounds immature but would I regret it?
Gotta have something to fight your way to your pistol / AR when you need to a 12 guage is a good choice for that.

I have a Escort 12 guage pump as mine

and I have 1911's, a 308 and a couple AK's to get to when if ever need be
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Get a stock on it and start shooting bird shot at the range and stop shooting 3" magnum loads. Out of all my semi autos I still love shooting clays with my 500
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If you don't enjoy it. Sell it. Doesn't matter what anyone else's reasons for keeping it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 4:05 PM
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If you decide to buy a shotgun next year it will be registered.
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Old 03-03-2013, 4:11 PM
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I'd rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it
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You dont need to have the best aim with a shotgun. Just point and shoot. The buckshot will do the work.
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Get a standard buttstock for it and take a defensive shotgun class. I wouldn't recommend a collapsable stock because often the collapsable stock is at a different (usually lower) angle than the standard buttstock. This causes a different sight picture and can cause issues with getting a proper cheek weld and maintaining a sight picture that will put rounds where you want them. The gun will end up beating the hell out of you if you don't have a good cheek weld.

You do need to aim a shotgun, I suggest you pattern your shotgun at various distances between 5 feet and 20 yards, and take a class. I learned a ton when I did.

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You will regret it. Ditch the grip and get a stock for it. Take it to the range and realise how much fun it is to shoot. I am waiting to get a used one and looking forward to shooting the heck out of it.
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def keep it. remember, if used in your defense it will be confiscated for minimum 1-2 years. so its cheap, effective, and you wont miss it. its not about liking it, its a useful tool for its purpose. #2 or BB wont pen. very much and will be enough to work, (birdshot: #7 or 8 is pepper flakes stay away)
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You dont need to have the best aim with a shotgun. Just point and shoot. The buckshot will do the work.
Please tell me you are trolling. Op or anyone reading this.... do not take this advice. It can get you killed.... it can also get innocent people killed... dont do it
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Get a standard buttstock for it and take a defensive shotgun class. I wouldn't recommend a collapsable stock because often the collapsable stock is at a different (usually lower) angle than the standard buttstock. This causes a different sight picture and can cause issues with getting a proper cheek weld and maintaining a sight picture that will put rounds where you want them. The gun will end up beating the hell out of you if you don't have a good cheek weld.

You do need to aim a shotgun, I suggest you pattern your shotgun at various distances between 5 feet and 20 yards, and take a class. I learned a ton when I did.
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dont do it, keep it. if its for HD then keep it for HD. you can miss with both but i like have 9-15 different projectiles flying towards the perp at one pull of the trigger like a 00 buck shot could do for you.
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A pump action has a very recognizable, loud sound.

A "home-defense" weapon should also be a deterrent. Like a German Shepard. It barks really loud warning you not to come over the fence. If you do, you get bit.

If you rack a shotgun, I would imagine that sounds just like "freeze mother******" in every language known to man. This might persuade an intruder to leave.

I don't know if dropping a slide or flicking off a safety would be as noticeable of an audible deterrent.

(Personally, I would not want to have to shoot someone. I would like to give them the opportunity to GTFO rather than be at the business end of a 12 ga.
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Its a great HD weapon with a distinct sound. Even if you don't take it to the range it would be your best defense against any intruders with the least amount of collateral. If it doesn't have a stock get one and keep it.
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