View Full Version : Looking for an all-purpose shotgun

February 24, 2008, 03:53 PM
Excluding concealed-carry, of course.

I'd like 5+1 rounds of 2 3/4 shells, in the shortest possible pump action chassis. An 18.5-20" barrel would be ideal as long as it satisfies my 5+1 requirement. Must be a 20 gauge, please don't try to convince me to go to 12. I have my mind set on 20.

Summary: 20 gauge, 5+1 rounds with the shortest overall gun length, pump action.

One additional requirement, and it is every bit as important as the other three: this cannot be a "tactical" looking gun. No black stocks with stainless barrels. No pistol grips. I'm looking for a nice wood stock shotgun with blued steel.

My dad's shotgun is a Remington 870, and it is the only shotgun I've ever used. I'm partial to the 870 for that sentimental reason as well as the widespread acceptance of the 870 as a smooth, reliable shotgun. That being said, I would not be adverse to a Mossberg 500, but I'd prefer some variation of the Remy 870 if I can find it.

I've been looking through Remington's website, but they just don't quite seem to offer the exact gun I'm looking for.

Father Time
February 24, 2008, 04:13 PM
Remington 20 gauge "youth model" will have short wood stocks. Buy a repacement barrel (they don't cost much) and you can have a 18" or 16" barrel.

February 24, 2008, 04:21 PM
I don't know how much smoother the 870 could be than a 500. In my sledge hammer is fine mentality I find my 500 to be jist fine. many are available in wood finish. I bet the field security combo would be the mossberg offering for you...the 12 gauge model #54169 comes with a 28 inch and 18.5 inch barrel in wood finish plus a pistol grip. I don't know the 20 gauge model # but sure they will tell you in an email...

February 24, 2008, 04:22 PM
Would that barrel replacement on the Youth model still allow 5+1 shots, Mr. Time?

Father Time
February 24, 2008, 05:42 PM
It holds 5+1 unless you are using 3 inch shells then its only 4+1. Barrel repacement won't affect the capacity of the shotgun.