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Best HD Shotgun?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by rick458, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. rick458

    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

    Jan 31, 2003
    La Porte Texas
    Simple enough.
    What, in your opinion is the BEST home defense shotgun?
    looking at Benelli M2, Nova, Montefeltro (yeah i know not HD but they are SWEET)
  2. longhair


    Aug 18, 2008
    If you hunt, then which ever gun you use. It's familiar and you have no learning curve. For me, it's a double. It's a gun I've hunted with for decades. I am comfortable with it, I know it like the back of my hand.

  3. rick458

    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

    Jan 31, 2003
    La Porte Texas
    Dont even own one. I shot an Auto 5 once (those kick like mules)
  4. rick458

    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

    Jan 31, 2003
    La Porte Texas
    Is a 590 Double action rod or single like a 500?
  5. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay

    Jan 24, 2005
    I can't go check, because I sold it. Had to downsize due to arthritis in the neck. I now have a semi-auto 20 gauge Ithaca, but always thought the short barrel 12-gauge with 9 rounds was ideal.
    I'm thinking it was single slide, but not certain. Very reliable, though. I spent plenty of time at the range, shooting reaction targets with slugs and 00 buckshot. Great fun, and never a hiccup.
  6. Brisman33


    Jun 10, 2003
    AA12 fully automatic shotgun :supergrin:

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  7. rick458

    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

    Jan 31, 2003
    La Porte Texas
    Rick I DO know that my Brothers in arms used M590s for serious social purposes
  8. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    There are several decent shotguns that 'can' do HD duty, but, for my $$$, there will always be a Remington 870 on duty.

    I've owned a couple Mossberg 500 shotguns.
    I had some issues with the one that I depended on. Mossberg repaired it (twice) and the issue remained.

    I prefer Remington 870. :thumbsup:
  9. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    Pretty much any of the respected names will work as long as you are comfortable with it and shoot it well... I like Rem 870, Win 1300, and Browning pumps but that is not saying there isn't a truck bed full of other ones that will do the deed... You could just take any ol hunting shotgun, buy an 18.5-20 inch barrel for it and it would pull double duty in fine fashion... Anything from a 20 ga. up will have surplus ability to stop a would-be villian...

    I have all the pumps that I need, but just to satisfy my urges the next scattergun purchase I make will probably be a coach gun of some sort... I already have a couple long doubles, but the squaty short barreled one just move and point oh so well...
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  10. I'm predisposed to mossberg... I have 4 mossberg shotguns - 3 500 series and a 930 spx... guess I just like 'em?
  11. I recommend this. I also recommend you shop around and get one as cheap as possible...under $200 is totally realistic. People often buy HD shottys and load them up and shoot them once or twice and then it just sits for can pick up nice ones on the Want Ads here or I found a nice 870 for $199 at a pawn shop a couple of years ago.
  12. chrisf608


    Dec 3, 2011
    Any 18 to 20 inch 12ga would do the job. If its just for HD
  13. Homechicken


    Jan 31, 2005
    My 590SP is double. Can't say its the best because I've not had an ocassion to test the theory, thankfully, but it has been thoroughly reliable.
  14. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010
    Apartment/Condo or Single Family home? Hahahahahahahaha

    Benelli's are great from what I've seen. If you have the money, the M3 or M4.

    I'm acquiring a Saiga Tactical 12. It will have 2 10 round, 1 12 round, and 1 20 round mag. That and an FN Tactical Pump 12 Gauge are coming this week.

    Right now, most of my shooting has been with my Mossberg 930SPX. For the money, it's a good gun. I enjoy shooting it more than my pistols. No reliability issues with it. I did wonder why I only held 5 in the mag but everyone helped me trouble shoot that.


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  15. bear62


    Feb 5, 2005
    Rocky Mountains
    I feel comfortable with my Mossberg 500 Persuader ........
  16. Mossy 590A1....18" barrel...easy to maneuver around in the hallways
  17. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    don't know if is the best, but I have a Remington 870.
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  18. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Wilson Scattergun. Add me to the 870 list. Not sure that is the best but I am sure it will do the job.
  19. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

    Apr 25, 1999
    upper mid-west
    I have an old M12 in the corner of my bedroom - it holds 7 rounds.

    If I were looking for something to replace it I'd go with the 870 too. Very rugged and you can buy them cheap. I subscribe to a dealer from TX that routinely has used 870's (Wingmaster, not Express) for under $200.

    They're great as is or, for <$200, cut the BBL, extend the mag and add tactical stock - go mod. A HD shotgun doesn't need to be pretty - just functional.