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Old 02-17-2009, 7:23 AM
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Default HD Shotgun for the wife

I'm entertaining the idea of a HD shotgun that my petite wife can shoot with confidence. Right now the only thing she will shoot is her .38 Special and the Ruger .22. She doesn't like my XD.45. Too much kick. That being said, I think the best thing for her in HD would be a tacticle shotgun. But I'm afraid she wouldn't like the kick of a 12 g. I've never shot a 20 g. Are they a little softer? Would they be OK for HD? Price is an issue right now as I just put together my AR and you know what that did to the pocket book. Thanks for all the input.
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Old 02-17-2009, 7:36 AM
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dont forget the .410...personally i used a 12 ga, but maybe others can chime in for the use of .410 for HD...
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Old 02-17-2009, 9:22 AM
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Remington recently changed the name of their youth 11-87 20 gauge but that is a great choice for smaller framed people that are recoil sensitive.

I think it's a 21" barrel and has screw in chokes. If you have kids they could grow into this gun.
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Old 02-17-2009, 6:31 PM
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Get the Remington 870 Express 20 Gauge in 18" . Put on a 12" stock for shorter trigger pull or consider a Knox CompStock which will help even handle the recoil further.

Most importantly is after you have it for her, she then needs to practice, practice and practice some more until she can operate the shotgun in the dark. Also may consider adding a Surefire Forend as well.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:04 PM
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A 20 gauge is fairly manageable, but it kind of depends on the setup. I would suggest a pistol grip, which, when combined with a buttstock, helps lessen force against the shoulder and cheek.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:53 PM
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If the 410 is the gun the operator can operate with confidense then that is a great choice. It wouldn't make any sence to have something they can't use.
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