only 1 shotgun


February 16, 2012, 10:35 AM
If you could have only 1 shotgun for HD which one would it be and why? Again this is for HD only not sporting.

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Jeff F
February 16, 2012, 11:04 AM
I'm an 870 guy, so.

February 16, 2012, 11:08 AM
If money is no object then that would greatly influence my decision. I'd take a brand new 870 Police with wood furniture and rifle sights on an 18.5 inch barrel. I'd put a sling on it and an ammo carrier on the butt. No lights, no lasers, no side saddles, no pistol grips.
Truthfully, I'd be happy with 870 police, 870 wingmaster, benelli nova or supernova, or mossberg 590 or 590A1.
Right now, I keep a bone stock maverick 88 with 18.5 inch barrel and a bead for HD. And I'm not running out and buying a new shotgun.

February 16, 2012, 11:12 AM
I have less felt recoil with my Benelli SuperNova than any other shotgun I’ve ever shot. SD loads can kick some so mitigating that is important to me. This is certainly related to its weight of 8lbs and the way it fits me, but also possibly the Comfortech stock.

I like the various controls on the gun and the extra long forearm. I always felt like the 870’s forearm were too short and my hand was too far forward.

I’ve also shot it a lot and shoot it well. So for me, I’d go with a SuperNova tactical with the Comfortech stock, not the pistol grip version.

I do wish accessories like extra barrels weren’t so ridiculously overpriced. I’ve never looked but I’m sure somebody makes light mounts and other add-ons for them.

If I wanted a semi I might look at the M2 Tactical since it would likely have a very similar fit.

February 16, 2012, 11:18 AM
Either an AA-12, SPAS-15 or USAS-12. :D

Seriously though I'm really happy with my Remington 11-87 Police.

February 16, 2012, 11:22 AM
Why? It is more compact and lighter in weight than my Remington 870 hence easier to handle in small spaces within the home. Has adequate power to do the job. I can use it for quail hunting around my farm and when riding my mule it comes out faster from the scabbard when needed since it is 5 inches shorter than my 870. I can stand with it by my side holding it with it not touching the floor and swing it quickly into action. The only negative thing it has 2 quick shots and then it must be reloaded, but I an do it very quickly, since I practice with it often. My 870 stays in the barn tack room, where it belongs. Snoop

February 16, 2012, 11:39 AM

Armed 24/7
February 16, 2012, 11:57 AM
I imagine that I could get just fine with my 28" 870 Wingmaster just fine, if that's all I had for HD.

February 16, 2012, 12:15 PM
My 20 gauge Spartan coach gun. It's short and handy even with a usable stock on it, intimidating, light and quick on target, and I know it well from wing shooting with it. The fact that it's a great bird gun doesn't deter from its bedroom standby duties, but on the contrary gives me plenty of practice and familiarity with it. It's for that reason I believe a home defense gun SHOULD be one I hunt with. YMMV But, better to KNOW a gun and be well practiced than to leave it loaded in a corner for years on end, maybe put a few rounds through it couple times a year. JMHO.

BTW, it was a really good season for doves this year. I gave that thing a workout. :D

February 16, 2012, 12:17 PM
Extended tube (7+1), 12ga, 20" BPS.

February 16, 2012, 12:24 PM
I have a supernova tactical as well with ghost ring sights but chose the pistol grip model
They are kinnA funky looking but great on features. My deciding factor was that it could take 3.5 inch shells. Just for fun
I'll add I really like the short keltec if it turns out to be functional and durable I want one

February 16, 2012, 12:40 PM
I have an 870 police magnum and two 870 police Wingmasters. What more can I say?

Black Knight
February 16, 2012, 12:46 PM
While I am glad I don't have to make a choice if I had to it would be one of my Remington 870 Wingmasters. Both have 20" smooth bore barrels with rifle sights (some call them slug barrels). I got them used and these were the barrels that came on them. They seem to be the perfect length for me without being too cumbersome.

February 16, 2012, 01:21 PM
I like my 870 Police. I LOVE my old Ithaca 37. It wins on balance, capacity, and is old enough I can slam fire it to create a ridiculous wall of lead;)

February 16, 2012, 01:48 PM
870 Wingmaster, 26" barrel, does everything I need.

February 16, 2012, 01:52 PM
870, any variety, or a Benelli M4 (at 4X the price).

February 16, 2012, 02:00 PM

February 16, 2012, 03:56 PM
I'm perfectly happy with my Mav88

Dave McCracken
February 16, 2012, 04:15 PM
870, BUT.....

There's a lot of good choices out there. Any reliable repeater YOU can operate effectively and in comfort qualifies...

bubba in ca
February 16, 2012, 05:30 PM
An American made 20 gauge semi-auto with a short barrel. Seems the market place and manufactures don`t agree with me, so I might have to go 12 gauge or foreign.

Model should have been around for several years to have a track record. If they have made and sold at least 1 million guns it would be a plus because I am not fond of Rambo-Deluxe flavor of the month guns.

Right now, I have an 11-87 20 ga. but I don`t like the rifle barrel for HD and I haven`t yet psyched myself up to whack the vent rib barrell . Once I whack the barrel I need a lot more practice with it and if it works out I would buy a second one as backup.

If I felt like spending money, I would get a Mossberg semi in 12 guage/ 18 inch with LE ammo. Actually, if it worked to my satisfaction I would buy 2 identical to have a backup.

Meanwhile I`m happy with my 20 gauge Maverick

February 16, 2012, 07:20 PM
I tend to vote my bedside gun, Remington 870 Wingmaster 20GA, 20 inch barrel, extended magazine and SureFire 618 fore stock light, etc. Although if money were really no object it would probably be a 20GA Winchester Model 12

February 16, 2012, 07:33 PM

b money
February 16, 2012, 07:37 PM
870 by a long shot. Because I've always had one and I'm use to the controls being where they are. So far one has been with me on all of my Illinois deer seasons, so I use it alot. Also the fact that parts would be easy to find if something broke.

February 16, 2012, 11:21 PM
Went from an 870 to a 500 combo. Both are good shotguns but the 500 is my personal favorite.

February 17, 2012, 12:30 AM
Mossberg Mariner 590.

February 17, 2012, 12:38 AM
The super shorty but ill just say its for home defense

February 17, 2012, 01:54 AM
Ithaca 10ga semi-auto police gun with 89mm chamber and 18.5" barrel choked 0 or 1/4.

February 17, 2012, 01:59 AM
Mav 88 18.5 bbl. 5rds 00 buck. Don't get too cute or smart with your ammo. You might over think it.

el Godfather
February 17, 2012, 02:11 AM
Personally, I am not a shotgun for defense guy, but if so then it would be Xtrema-2 and if legal AA12 or USAS12.

February 19, 2012, 01:48 AM
I've got only one, so I guess the Mossberg 930 SPX.

February 19, 2012, 05:03 AM
My Stevens 12 gauge DB Shotgun Model 311D (sawed off within fed. specs)

February 19, 2012, 05:13 AM
I would keep my single shot H&R. I've done every bit of what's done to it and I'm comfortable shooting it. I've gotten to where i can eject a shell and load another one in about the time it would take to chamber another round in a pump, so why not grab for the lighter gun?

February 19, 2012, 05:54 AM
I don't hunt so my 870 is for HD only, +2 mag extension with 2 3/4" rounds.

February 19, 2012, 12:15 PM
Ithaca Model 37 riot gun is what lies under my bed for things that go bump in the night. This same gun served Dad well in Nam in 65 and 66 so I now rely on it to protect my family

February 19, 2012, 10:04 PM
One shotgun, three barrels. Mossberg 500 with long birding barrel, 18.5 HD bbl and a .50 cal muzzleloder barrel. It takes 30 seconds or less to change out. It is a gun that feels good in my hands and has been reliable as can be (once I got rid of the plastic safety).

It has killed doves, grouse, pheasants, turkey, ducks and geese with the long bbl, and I hope I never have to find out, but I presume it would hit a bad guy just as hard as necessary with the shorty. The muzzleloader bbl is just for fun, but it's deadly accurate to 100 yds, though I haven't got my best load worked out on it yet.

In my book, the best HD gun is the one you feel comfortable and capable using. For me, that's my Moss 500 wearing the 18.5 and full load of 00.

February 19, 2012, 10:43 PM
My 870 marine magnum.. Extended mag, rust resistant, built like a tank and proven action. I also have a benelli, but for HD i wouldnt trust the auto as much as the pump..

February 19, 2012, 10:51 PM
I'm a Mossberg 500/590 guy, so,,,
Matter of fact, my 500 Mils Gun is my only HD shotgun right now.

February 20, 2012, 03:24 PM
Tried the 870, 500, and ended up with a Maverick 88 that I use for both HD and trap. The 18.5" barrel was a cheap addition. Probably in the 800-1000 trouble-free round range with it so far. No fancy stocks and such needed. I got a Tru-Glo front sight bead and a stock band for an extra 5 or 6 rounds. No.4 in the tube and 00 on the stock band. I'm well satisfied.

February 20, 2012, 07:41 PM
Saiga-12 best all around shotty! imho

February 20, 2012, 07:45 PM
Benelli M3. Semi/pump convertible

February 20, 2012, 07:55 PM
I like the Mossbergs. If I had to pick one for home defense and no other consideration, I'd likely go with the 590 with ghost ring sights, 20" barrel so I can have 8+1 capacity, and I'd put a SureFire foreend on it. Likely shorten LOP to 13". Then spend money on formal classess and practice a lot.

February 20, 2012, 08:00 PM
I was set on my JC Higgins model 20 for my HD gun until I came across a Smith & Wesson model 3000 at a local gun shop.

It was a police/correction issued 12 gauge, 18 inch barrel and looks hardly used, no ware or handling marks.

February 20, 2012, 08:05 PM
Remington 870 if I had no money, or a Benelli M2 Tactical Standard (without the PG stock or GR sights) if I did.

February 20, 2012, 10:04 PM
I would keep my single shot H&R. I've done every bit of what's done to it and I'm comfortable shooting it. I've gotten to where i can eject a shell and load another one in about the time it would take to chamber another round in a pump, so why not grab for the lighter gun?

Oddly, I just got through watching "Quiggly Down Under" for the 100th time. :D

February 20, 2012, 10:09 PM
930 spx

pistolero guy
February 21, 2012, 09:06 AM
I own several defensive shotguns:
Benelli M3 and an M4, Rem 870, Mossy 590A1
but for home defense what would I choose? my little short barreled Winchester 1300. Why? because all of my combat shotguns are two unweildly for my wife. the home shotgun has to be quick and light enough for a woman. My winchester is the only one that fits those requirments.

February 21, 2012, 11:47 AM
590 & stuff...

Doug S
February 21, 2012, 01:17 PM
Mossberg 500, common, reliable, affordable.

February 21, 2012, 02:13 PM
Tromix Saiga 12 with 20rd drums since it is just for HD and not clays.

February 21, 2012, 02:19 PM
Mossberg 500 combo. While I appreciate the qualities of the Remington 870, the M 500 is lighter and just as dependable. It's also easier for the wife to handle, and the safety is better for her.

The shotgun is first in line for home defense, enough to deal with the usual rabid or wounded animal - until I can get to a .45....

February 21, 2012, 11:00 PM
Mossberg 500 20ga youth model (Im a little guy) .It sits by my bed every night . Most people snicker when I tell them its a youth model but after they shoot it they like the size& the way it handles . Very easy to manuever around tight corners in a house .

February 22, 2012, 08:36 AM
Remington 11-87, 12 gauge, 28" with a set of choke tubes. I can't believe I'm the only one?

February 22, 2012, 09:24 AM
Tough to beat an 870.With a few different barrels, they can be set up for many different needs. An 18" for HD, Deer Hunting with slugs, put on a Cantilever scope mount barrel, or for general field use or a day at the clays range, put on a 28" vent rib barrel.Can be set up for many different needs in a matter of seconds.:)

February 22, 2012, 11:52 AM
I just picked up a new Mossberg 930SPX and am beginning to really like it. My house gun has been a Mossy 590 mil-spec for a number of years while my wife has the S/S 12 gauge coach gun on her side of the bed. But I carry a 12" barreled 870 with a breacher grip when I travel between the border and Phoenix.

If I had to pick just one, it would probably be the 870 as I can change it pretty much at will. Very versatile platform.

February 22, 2012, 12:38 PM
870 police magnum 18.5 bbl 7 shot. 6 or 8 round side saddle,standard speedfeed stock holding 4 rounds.enough for multiple intruders,and not expensive enough to lose for the shooting investigation.i hate to be caught short of ammo.if your house is in the boonies,a shoulder bag with at least a 25 round supply of back up ammo till the cavalry arrives

February 22, 2012, 02:11 PM
My m2000, but I'd have a 18" barrel. I'd also want a full 25rd shell belt.

February 22, 2012, 04:10 PM
I'd take one of these... :D

Or this... :D

February 22, 2012, 04:25 PM
Easy awnser since I only have one shotgun:

Winchester Model 1300 Stainless Marine 12 gauge pump, 18 1/4" barrell, 5+1, stoked with federal 3" magnum 15 pellet 00 buck, and 5 rounds of PDX1 on the buttstock sidesaddle.

February 22, 2012, 10:11 PM
On duty have used and like Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 (the latter with which I also hunt ducks-geese-deer with different barrels). But like some have said, whatever you shoot a lot and are comfortable with. I like the pumps, but my wife doesn't, she likes the double barrel (her overunder or one of my SxS). Various loads kick differently, choose what you can hit and get back on target quickly (also, if you live in an apartment instead of a house, maybe birdshot vice buck so as not to penetrate multiple layers of sheetrock and whack a neighbor). :uhoh:

February 22, 2012, 10:29 PM
My HomeLand Security shotgun is a Maverick 88 with the 18-1/2" cylinder-bore barrel.


It is the shotugn I have "owned & operated" since 1990

February 22, 2012, 10:36 PM
Remington 870 Wingmaster(or 870P) with either the 18 or 20" barrel.

February 23, 2012, 07:53 AM
Nothing more intimidating than looking at a large bore SXS.:eek:

February 23, 2012, 06:47 PM

i prefer the controls on a 500 over a 870 even though the 870 is probably a better over all gun its not like im personaly gonna wear out a 500.

Still Shooting
February 25, 2012, 01:16 PM
Ithaca Model 37 12ga. Defense gun, 8 rd. capacity. For the "lefties" out there, it's bottom eject, and it takes about 20 minutes to swap the safety to left-hand operation.

February 25, 2012, 01:51 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // For many reasons it would be the Remington 870 Wingmaster my Dad bought me in 1976, a 12ga. MOD. w/ 28"VR barrel.

When hunting season is over just install the 18 3/4" HD barrel and tube extension.

I'd be giving up the 3" chamber and chokes of my newer 870s. The versatility of my Stevens 311 w/ 10" .22cal insert barrel. (the 311 can also be used as a black powder survival tool )but the last to go wold be my old 76 WM.

February 25, 2012, 02:04 PM
Im a mossberg fan, so either the 500 or 590 with 18.5" barrel. In an emergency I feel the controls and safety location are more intuitive than the 870.

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