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18.5" 5+1 vs 20" 7+1

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by CTfam, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. CTfam

    CTfam DREAM BIG.

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    That is the question... What do you prefer and why? Are you really getting that much of a more shorter and lighter shotgun with the smaller model? Would you rather have the extra rounds?

    Buds Gun Shop has the Mossberg Maverick 88 for $195 (20" 0r 18.5") and that is just too good of a deal to pass up. I already have a 500A 20" (Knoxx stock, Power pack, TLR-1) but I think my shotgun philosophy is changing... I want the smallest, lightest shotgun I can get for HD. Since this gun would only be used indoors I want a wieldy little boomstick.

    Anything outside or SHTF I'll grab the AK.

    Thinking about ditching the 20" Mossberg and taking the side saddle off for a light weight 5+1 Maverick + Spec-Ops.

    What do you folks prefer?
     
  2. MBG20

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    with an extension from MAX100 you can get 18.5 & 7+1...
     


  3. Puppy

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    An additional 1.5" of length, for an additional two shells?

    Personally I'd take that tiny bit of additional length to get those two additional shells in the magazine without any hesitation.
     
  4. mixflip

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    Its all just preference. Here is my mindset and choice.

    I like my mag tubes to be flush with the barrel (my personal choice not based on practicality) and on the practical side I like the extra ammo. Shotguns are inherently slow to reload compared to magazine feed handguns and rifles so more ammo, even just +2, does play a bigger role in the combat/HD shotgun world. In my opinion of course. Shotgun experts may disagree?

    I am fairly strong still (late 30's) so I dont have any issues with the mentioned extra weight.

    As for length, to me there is no noticeable difference between wielding a 18.5 vs 20" barreled shotgun in my house. If I were in a car maybe? I will probably never own a super short, pistol grip only, 18.5" barrel,4+1 shot shotgun?
     
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  5. aippi

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    Shorter is better for HD use. That extra 1.5 inches is not an issue untill the last inch of it hits a corner of a wall as you try to turn to address a threat. Hall ways and doors are not friendly to long guns so having a long gun that is as compact as you can have is the best option.

    I can not even try to come up with any scenerio in my home when a couple of shots will not eliminate a threat. With this said, the extra ammo is not essential to an HD weapon.
    If there is ever a break down in civil order, I have other weapons that will move from the gun safe to my bedside.

    You are right on track with what I tell my clients about using a shotgun for HD. You came to these conclusions based on your own expirience with your current weapon and should go with what you have decided to do.
     
  6. Cajun

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    It is all personal preference.
    I just picked up an 870 with 20" and 7+1. I personally think this is the optimum mix for me and only plan on changing the sights as the rifle sights on it are difficult to pick up in less than optimum light.

    I shoot and practice and train so that if I do need to use it only one shot will be necessary( hopefully that never even happens), but having 8 and not having to fumble a reload to get that is comforting. I will start practicing my reloads, but I really see that as more of a SHTF, EOTW scenerio, and like aippi says I have other options for that.

    Maybe a shorter stock than the Choate that is on there, I will be able to judge that as I get more shooting time. .. what was the OP question again?

    Ultimately, anything you have will work for HD.. practice and practice with what you have. KISS is best.
     
  7. RMTactical

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    I prefer the shorter barrel. If 5 loads of buck won't do the job, will 7?
     
  8. I started with a 20" 7+1 and went to a 18.5" and 6+1 along with a youth length stock. Shorter is better indoors.
     
  9. Glockdude1

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    I have already placed my order with Max100. I hope to have my new extention soon.

    :cool:
     
  10. hogarth

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    I have a 590A1 w/18.5 in barrel in 5+1 configuration and a short LOP Hogue buttstock. I'm a small guy so I like the shorter length, and the shorter length also makes it more maneuverable, in general, especially indoors. Also, the weight of a shotgun should ideally be between your hands, so having and extra 1.5 barrel plus two shells puts more weight up by the muzzle, which could make it a little slower to get on target. I should also add that I have a Surefire LED forend on mine, which is a bit heavier than stock, so I really don't want any extra weight up by the muzzle.
     
  11. CTfam

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    Thanks for weighing in guys. A lot of good points here. I agree with RMTactical. If 5 rounds of 00 buck doesn't stop the threat than it's just not my day.

    To be realistic I can't see any encounter in my tiny house taking place any further than 15 feet. If the threat is outside I'm not going out there and I'm not shooting from indoors. I could probably get away with a PG pump but I would like the option of shouldering the weapon. Maybe the Copstock folder???

    I think I'm going to stick my Knoxx Spec Ops on an 18.5" Maverick 88 and call it a day. Also, ditch the extra ammo hanging off the side. Cool thing is I can pull all the gear off my 500A and it will fit. TLR-1 w/ mag tube clamp, Meprolight night sight, Knoxx Stock.

    If society crumbles (any more) I will just sleep with the AK out of the safe.

    After lining the two up side by side. My rifle is shorter, lighter, higher cap, less recoil, further range, etc etc etc...
     
  12. CTfam

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    Another thought. Having the Spec Ops on the 500A is not the greatest set up due to the safety location. I love the location of the safety on the Maverick 88. Right in the front of the trigger guard where it should be! That combined with the $195 price tag AND the fact that it will fit all of my afftermarket goodies makes it a win in my book.
     
  13. hardeyes

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    Hello;

    I like my Benelli's with an 18" barrel, It just balances better for me. As to shell capacity, I believe that if you shoot 2, you should plan to reload 2 asap.

    I also believe that if you're in a Gunfight with a SG, and have fired the 3 to 7th round, Everyone involved is either going to be going down (out of the fight), moving to get out of there, or seeking cover, to return fire.

    Capacity, 7 vs 8 vs 9 etc, in a SG to me is not something that I stressed about.

    I train to shoot & reload my Benelli's, and to carry extra shells with my SG. I know that I can stand off everything but a SWAT/Military invasion with my home defense SG.

    What do I prefer; My Benelli's with GSR, regular capacity, and a way to carry extra shells, other than good training, that's probably all you'll ever need.

    hardeyes
     
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  14. Reswob

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    I've been thinking about this lately (will be picking up a new gun of some sort as my b-day/tax refund present to myself), and decided if I'm going to buy an 18.5", why not just go the extra 1.5" for the 20? Then I thought, as long as I'm getting a 20", might as well be the 590 and get 8+1 instead of 7+1.

    So, if I decide on a pump shotgun, it's going to either be a 20" 590 or a 14" 590 AOW.
     
  15. GAFinch

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    I had a 20" Mossberg that I ended up selling. My next purchase is going to be an 18.5" 870 or Pardner, despite the ammo decrease. My long term HD solution is an AR anyway.
     
  16. CTfam

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    I hear that. My shotgun is just my "get the hell out of my house or die gun". If there is looting or riots a rifle is better in every way.

    I'd still rather have a pump handy than any one of my pistols.
     
  17. mixflip

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    People over look the Maverick 88 but it really does have the optimum fire controls in my opinion too. (if you ever run a pistol grip stock)
     
  18. RMTactical

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    If you're worried about gangs of bad guys, maybe you should look into an AR15 for HD. Same goes for if you think they would be wearing armor.

    That said, when the shots start getting fired, many BG's flee ASAP. That doesn't mean that they won't shoot back. I am just saying that you won't likely come across a gang of BG's that will sit there and fight it out to the last man. BG's tend to prefer easy pickens and a shotgun wielding homeowner is not likely to fit that description.
     
  19. mixflip

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    Good point. 1.5 inch difference between 18.5 and 20" or 2 extra rounds or not... really doesnt matter in the grand scheme of things. As for gangs? Not really worried about gangs but just a bad guy with a buddy.

    Its all preference. Both setups are devastating and effective either way.
     
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  20. I like the balance and feel of the 18.5" barrel.