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Old 04-10-2013, 11:08 AM
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Default 1st Shotgun Purchase - Remington 870 Magpul

I've been searching for a home defense shotgun and finally ordered one today after receiving an in-stock notification.

I purchased the Remington 870 Express Tactical Magpul. I know I could have saved some money buying the non Magpul express model but I like this out of the box set-up with the Magpul accessories, 2 extra round capacity, optics rail, choke and I can probably learn a little from the included Art of Dynamic Shotgun DVD that comes with it.

Now I need to do some research on 12ga shotgun shells, I've never purchased any and only have a basic understanding of the different types.

I would appreciate some suggestions on what to buy for the range (from Walmart?) and what a good HD round would be. Any helpful links to educate myself would also be appreciated.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:16 AM
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For practice and familiarization:
Any bulk 12 gauge birdshot, 2-3/4 inch #8 or #7.5. The winchester bulk pack stuff at Wal-Mart seems to have more problems for more people than anything else. Estate has been good to me, as has Federal Top Gun and B&P shells.

For defense work:
4 buck - 000 buck or slugs, depending on your surroundings, proclivities, beliefs, what you learn and what patterns well out of your shotgun.

Favorites seem to be the 00 buck Federal LE flight control load or the 1 buck Federal flight control.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:12 PM
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Shoot a bunch of 3" Magnums for pratice....
Its fun

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Old 04-10-2013, 1:38 PM
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For practice, I used to stock up those Remington Gun Club Target Loads (2-3/4, 1-1/8 oz) before the recent ammo frenzy. They are nice ammos, cycle well with the 870, and are reloadable.

I just checked the Cabela's website -- it has some #9 in stock and #8 backorderable. Sold per case (25 shells per box, 10 boxes per case.)
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Old 04-10-2013, 3:58 PM
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Buy the bird shot packs from walmart. These are the 7-1/2 or #8 size shot. Recoil is light and enjoyable. The HD stuff will beat you up and your wallet if you spend all day at the range shooting it.
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Old 04-10-2013, 5:30 PM
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Originally Posted by weber_2 View Post
Shoot a bunch of 3" Magnums for pratice....
Its fun
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Old 04-10-2013, 6:02 PM
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Fun gun to shoot --- Enjoy!
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Old 04-10-2013, 9:17 PM
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If your within driving distance of San Jose
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Old 04-10-2013, 9:45 PM
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Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated.

I went ahead and ordered a bunch of 3" Magnums for practice

But really, I know what I'm looking for now and will start the ammo hunt. It seems that even shotgun shells have not been spared from the panic.

And thanks feeder, that skeet class sounds like a good idea. Just not sure about showing up with a short HD shotgun.
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Old 04-10-2013, 9:50 PM
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I recommend taking a good shotgun class.

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