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Old December 22, 2010, 03:07 PM   #1
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Looking for a Good SD shotgun. Need some suggestions

Im looking into getting a SD shotgun. I recently (within the past year) have bought a G19, Magpul AR, and now im looking to get a SD shotgun. I have an idea of what i want and a certain price range. Here is what im wanting

18" Barrel
6+ Shell Capacity
Pump
Composite would be best i think
Easy to put upgrades on (availibity)
Be able to shoot slugs and breaching rounds

Im looking to keep this around 500 dollars if possible.

If you could post some options and maybe some pics of your setups would be nice. Thanks a lot
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Old December 22, 2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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Mossberg or Remington will get the nod 98% of the time, followed by other pumps and a few semi's, most of which have been legally altered
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Old December 22, 2010, 10:40 PM   #3
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any specific type? what about upgrades?
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Old December 23, 2010, 01:47 AM   #4
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Mossberg 930SPX works perfect for me. May be a bit over your $500 limit but would highly recommend it. Last I checked it was in the $600 range. Mine was hard to get with a long wait a year ago.
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Old December 23, 2010, 07:26 AM   #5
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Benelli Supernova, new around $450 - 500, you can find them with 7+ 1 magizne tube, the Supernova will take the 2 3/4', 3' and 3.5' rounds, it overall is a good solid choice.
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Old December 23, 2010, 08:42 AM   #6
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Rem 870 Tactical 6+1 in 12 or 20ga right from the factory, very dependable and a hugh assortment of aftermarket parts available. Mine has over 500 rounds through it and not one single glitch. It has an 18" barrel and will serve you well for a lifetime, and well within your budget.
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Old December 23, 2010, 09:12 AM   #7
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Pardner Pump?

Before any gun snob scoffs at my suggestion hear me out.

I have a H&R Pardner Pump with carbon fiber dip and 18" barrel. I bought the Pardner then put a tactical sling and sidesaddle on the gun and have $250 in it so far. That leaves you $250 in your budget to add tactical light, etc.

I know it is not a big name gun like Beretta, Remington, Mossberg, etc. but it has been super dependable for me so far. I made the decision to buy it based on 2 major criteria points.

1) Low cost. Notice, I didn't say cheap. The gun feels good and I didn't want to put $500 in a gun that would stand beside my bed and get shot very few times a year.

2) The majority of 870 items will interchange with the Pardner.

Now you have my thoughts/position on this, for what it's worth.

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Old December 23, 2010, 09:18 AM   #8
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TenWheeler, Did you price the 500 before buying the Pardner from China/Turkey?

The Mossberg is just now gettin' up to that $250 mark with inflation...

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Old December 23, 2010, 09:34 AM   #9
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Why pump? I like the mossberg 930spx and the benelli m4 as autos, both have good systems. The best pump I could think of is the 1200 ranger series, they can still be found on gunbroker. An older 870 would do fine if you don't mind modifying it. I'm not a supporter of the mossberg 500, not my cup of tea.
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Old December 23, 2010, 10:50 AM   #10
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another one to consider

Hawk 982, I believe it is made by Norinco, it is basically a Remington 870, built like a tank, I bought one a while back, 5+ 1 magazine tube, 20' barrel and ghost rings $210 brand new. That is not bad

here is a basic picture of one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Norinco_HP9-1.jpg
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Old December 23, 2010, 01:33 PM   #11
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Wow thanks for all of the options here guys. Im going to have to look into all of these. I dont know why but im not really a semi auto shotgun guy. I own one for birds but theres something about hearing that pump that gets me going. Might be enough to scare away a bad guy if need be.

Pictures anybody?

Like you have mentioned im interested so far in the Benelli Supernova Tactical, Mossberg 500's, and the Remington 870.

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Old December 23, 2010, 07:06 PM   #12
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I know it is not a big name gun like Beretta, Remington, Mossberg, etc.
big name like Mossberg does not mean expensive - Mossberg is about as inexpensive as you can get, it is US made, and if given a smidgen of care, will last a long time
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Old December 24, 2010, 03:12 PM   #13
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You can't go wrong with a Remington or a Mossberg. However, if you're a left-handed shooter, the Mossberg's safety is easier to operate.
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Old December 24, 2010, 05:31 PM   #14
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im not a real fan of the remingtons for some reason. ill stick with the Mossberg or Benelli.

Looking for used mostly because of the price.
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Old December 24, 2010, 05:49 PM   #15
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MAVERICK...FTW
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Old December 24, 2010, 09:13 PM   #16
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Maverick?
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Old December 24, 2010, 11:02 PM   #17
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I might just stick with a mossy 500, extremely versatile....and upgrades are widely available can be a lot of fun!
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Old December 25, 2010, 10:14 AM   #18
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yea im leaning more towards the mossberg right now. the benelli would be nice but its at the top of my price range. id rather go with a mossberg for 350 and spend the other 150 on ammo or upgrades
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Old December 25, 2010, 11:06 AM   #19
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870 Marine Edition, looks cool plus its good in the elimates
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Old December 25, 2010, 11:11 AM   #20
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You can buy a 500 field gun (26 inch barrel with accu choke threads) with nice lookin' wood stocks for WAYYY under $350. Then buy you a 18 inch barrel for around a hundred. Now you have a choice of keep the long barrel for hunting or sports and the short for HD setup. Or you can sell the NEW 26 inch for near a hundred.

The reason I suggest this is that a short barreled 500 in simple plastic is nearly a hundred bucks more than a field gun for no other reason than the supply and demand thing and the gullability of the "tacky-cool" crowd of buyers.

Heck, I often see the field and short combo for the $350 of a short barreled gun.

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Old December 25, 2010, 11:52 AM   #21
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Mossberg 590 # 50668.

Add a light and you're done.
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Old December 25, 2010, 11:57 AM   #22
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You can buy a 500 field gun (26 inch barrel with accu choke threads) with nice lookin' wood stocks for WAYYY under $350. Then buy you a 18 inch barrel for around a hundred. Now you have a choice of keep the long barrel for hunting or sports and the short for HD setup. Or you can sell the NEW 26 inch for near a hundred.

The reason I suggest this is that a short barreled 500 in simple plastic is nearly a hundred bucks more than a field gun for no other reason than the supply and demand thing and the gullability of the "tacky-cool" crowd of buyers.

Heck, I often see the field and short combo for the $350 of a short barreled gun.
Or even less. Like here for instance:
http://big5sportinggoods.shoplocal.c...20135&offerid=

The Mossberg 2 barrel set is one of the great all time bargains. However, the OP specifically asked for a dedicated HD gun.
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Old December 25, 2010, 01:21 PM   #23
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H&R Pardner Pump Protector

Sorry,

It's an all steel tank of an 870 clone made in China. (but so what isn't?) It costs about $229.95 at most chain stores, and on sale between $179-199 occasionally. Nearly all Remington 870 accessories/toys/parts fit, with exception of barrels. (but they will with a shim)

Glad I bought mine. BTW, this gun has a little hump at the back of the receiver so it looks different from the 870, the Hawk industries clone doesn't have the hump if you like.
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Old December 25, 2010, 01:49 PM   #24
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However, the OP specifically asked for a dedicated HD gun
I do realize that... thus my suggestion to sell the 26"... so he sells it for $80 and has a "dedicated" hd gun for $200... Leaves a bunch of money to break in his AMERICAN MADE MOSSBERG with a bunch of ammo and still be in his original budget for just the gun alone...

And if he keeps the long barrel, he is one crank of the retainer screw away from a respectable gun to practice point shooting at clays or game.

And he can always supply fresh protein sources if need be.

As for me... I have a 20 gauge with 18 inch barrel and it is my only HD firearm as well as my primary hunting gun... No long barrel and cylinder bore do give me handicap points for hunting but I know the gun's and my own limitations...

I am VERY satisfied with my abilities with this gun but it took many years, thousands of rounds of ammo and, yes, even the dreadful PGO grip, AR style stock before it ended up with a traditional stock configuration.

3 phrases come to mind... 2 are from Dave McC and one is ancient...
BA/UU/R (or similar) = BUY AMMO, USE UP, REPEAT
Know your gun like your tongue knows your teeth.
and finally...
Beware of the man with one gun... he likely knows how to use it...

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Old December 25, 2010, 04:19 PM   #25
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Both the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 will fit the bill. I have one of each in 12 ga. and they both work flawlessly. While both sport 18 1/2" barrels for HD duty, they both also have longer barrels that can be installed in less than 5 minutes if I want to do some hunting with either of them.

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