Budget shotgun for range use/home defense

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by La_Porta, May 2, 2018.

  1. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

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    The 870 is a good choice. Yes, it's a bit heftier, but that will help with felt recoil. Some of the light guns will kick your head off!
     
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  2. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member Supporting Member

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    I vote early 870 with steel receiver and chambered in 3" as this allows use of the shorter 2 3/4" inch shells and sometimes they will feed the even shorter 2" defense niche rounds.
    While some may claim it to be heavier it is harder to destroy and the options for the 870 are endless.......from bird hunting to full out tactical....if you lean that way.
     

  3. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I opted for the SuperMag with 3 1/2" chamber. Imagine a bad guy taking 1 3/4oz of lead shot
     
  4. tedwitt

    tedwitt Well-Known Member

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    Get her a Judge.
     
  5. TigerLeo

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    I kind of wanted to get one of those circuit judge carbines.
     
  6. La_Porta

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    Definitely noticed the heft of this model vs the Winchester Defender that I checked out in the store, but better for recoil for sure. I'm taking it out to the range this Friday to give it a run-in.
     
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  7. La_Porta

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    Well, took it to the range today. Being my first own shotgun, and having used my brother-in-law's 20 gauge for skeet, I was, shall we say, taken aback by the recoil from the 12 gauge! Staff helping me with stance helped, and I was well on target about 30 feet out. Shoulder is sore this evening...but at least I got the thing out and gave it a go. I can't imagine how much more I'd have felt it with a light synthetic model.
     
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    Every time you feel that shoulder stiffen up... Smile! I do every time!
     
  9. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Get a Limbsaver. I have several shotguns that are no fun to shoot unless I use one of these. A well made and designed shotgun tame the recoil of a 12 gauge shotgun. My Beretta Black Onyx and Remington 1100 can be shot all day long with no problem with recoil.
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    https://www.cabelas.com/product/LIMBSAVER-AIRTECH-SLIP-ON/1996400.uts?slotId=1
    These things slip on the stock and really work. I can shoot my Mossberg 535 with magnum loads all day.
     
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