home security


January 17, 2003, 12:53 PM
I need help deciding which way to go on this issue. I have decided to add a shotgun to my small collection. I want it for home security and not for hunting and I'm not anxious to spend more than necessary as my real love is pistols. Can anybody make some suggestion as to Manuf. , action type ect. your help would be much appreciated. Thanks:confused:

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January 17, 2003, 03:18 PM
Pump gun as they are reliable.

ANY OF THE BIG FOUR. (Right Dave?)

Remington 870
Mossberg 5 something
Winchester 1300 Defender

But the Winchester Defender is the best? IMHO


January 17, 2003, 03:20 PM
HS/LD and I would recommend the Winchester 1300 Defender and Dave McC would recommend the Remington 870. Both are very good shotguns and can be had for about the same amount of $$$. I recommend reading this section some more since this question has been asked about 5 or 6 times in the past week or so. There is abundant information on the merits of each.


Al Thompson
January 17, 2003, 06:53 PM
Actually around here 1300s go for quite a bit less than 870s or 590s. Not unusual to find them for 225 or so. Where the 870 really shines in the police trade-ins and that supply seems to be drying up. :(

Killjoy, I'd get a good stock 1300/5xx/870 and a bunch of ammo. Start with the cheap stuff from one of the "marts" and really get to know your shotgun.

And do a search here and www.thefiringline.com for lots (!!) of information.

Dave McCracken
January 17, 2003, 08:30 PM
I prefer the 870,but any of the Big Four will do.

Handle an example of each and get the one that FEELS best.

And mine the Archives,TFL is a marvelous resource...

January 18, 2003, 12:42 AM
Winchester 1300 Defender. The others can be considered...

...as a second shotgun that you can work on when you get bored with the Winchester's reliability.:neener: :evil:

(It's a good thing Dave doesn't know where I live.:D )

January 18, 2003, 01:45 AM
Mossberg 500 pump 18" barrel. very reliable. :cool:

January 18, 2003, 06:43 PM
anything from a single barrel to an all out "TACTICAL" shotgun will work for 'defender su casa '

I like the Mossberg, others preferences will vary.

Dave McCracken
January 18, 2003, 09:08 PM
Blades, run 8-10K shells through that 1300 and get back to me on how it went. Thanks...

Killjoy, having a shotgun for HD means having to shoot the thing. And shooting gets addictive, if there's ANY shotgun useage in the last 40 years that wasn't fun, I've managed to forget it. The good news there is that the more fun you're having the better you shoot.

Buy the shotgun of your choice, and as long as it's a Big Four pumpgun, nary a quibble will you hear from me.

Get a lesson or two from a qualified instructor, and use up ammo. Shoot clays, game, silohuettes, tin cans, landfill rats, whatever. A few K of shells down the road, you'll be deadly and having lots of fun. Enjoy!

January 18, 2003, 09:42 PM
I'll 2nd V-fib for an economy model.
And like Dave said, send lead down range!:D
Get used to your shotgun.

January 18, 2003, 11:30 PM
Remington 870 or a Mossburg 500/590 series.

January 19, 2003, 12:07 AM
Pump, simply cause they be cheap!

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