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Shell holder on stock or sling?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Navy_Guns, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Navy_Guns

    Navy_Guns Well-Known Member

    Feeding the "around the house" shotgun...

    Option A: 5 round holder on butt stock.

    Option B: 15 round holder built into the (Blackhawk) sling with the rounds at the butt stock end.

    I'm leaning towards B. Heavier if I fill it up, but it won't have shells on my face regardless of which side I'm using. Whaddaya think?
  2. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    Or you could use esstac velcro 6 round holders. Just put some velcro on the side of the shotgun and you can slap one of those on and remove it and replace it with another as needed. I saw them at skdtac and it seemed like an interesting idea.
  3. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    I prefer the stock mount. Fishing rounds off a sling swinging around seems difficult to me.
  4. Isaac-1

    Isaac-1 Well-Known Member

    I like the buttstock sleeve on my 870, it helps counterbalance the Surefire 618 forestock light
  5. JVaughn

    JVaughn Well-Known Member

    I use a buttstock holder, and I keep a bandolier close with around 40 shells in case I need to throw it over m shoulder and go.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    No extra ammo on the sling for sure!!
    It swings wildly, and the more weight with shells you add, the more wildly it swings.

    Then try finding it or the shells in the dark with one hand, and jerking shells out of tight loops with the same hand, while it swings wildly!!

    As for that?

    No sling at all on a "around the house" shotgun is the best option.

    Stuff 5 extra shells in your Jammey's pocket would be better then having a sling and shells banging on the hallway walls while you are trying to catch up with a shell or two mid-sling-swing.

    Or the BG grabs the sling and beats you to death with the shotgun!

  7. KevininPa

    KevininPa Well-Known Member


    Full tube plus five or six rounds in a buttstock. Shouldn't need more than that. Unless you have a questionable source of income or lifestyle! :rolleyes:

    Besides, it's a house gun. What do you need a sling for?
  8. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    My HD shotgun does not wear a sling. 5 rounds of 00 buck on the stock and 5 slugs in the tube.
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I'm thinking if I can't get-R-done inside my house with whats in the mag tube I probably should have practiced with a shotgun, way more, a long time ago!

    I'm not expecting Attila the Hun and his hoards to ride through my house raping & pillaging anytime soon!

  10. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Not the sling for sure, rc already gave you the reasons for that.

    Personally, a sidesaddle on the receiver (your weak side) is the best option. It allows you to reload with your weak hand while keeping the gun trained on a threat.
  11. MattShlock

    MattShlock Well-Known Member

    The sling is a bad idea: filled w/shells it is a heavy pendulum and empty it is waiting to snag on something. But I agree with having "go-to" ammo at hand. Below is an example of 5+5+4, all on board (snapcap in chamber otherwise it'd be another +1). Grab and go. Some other kind of carrier to bring w/you like a belt pouch or a bandolier instead is a second-best option to me personally.

    Attached Files:

  12. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    I know it sounds silly but after trying reciever mounted, stock mounted and sling mounted I think I like a bandoleer best. It is easy to find the correct shells one handed and has no effect on the balance or shotability of the gun at all.

    Buck up front and slugs around back and fill the bandoleer from the bottom so it hangs with the shells down where you can find them. No point filling more than five or six loops front or back if you are not going on patrol in heavy brush. See rcmodel's comment re number of shels needed.

    I would think I would go to my secondary weapon if I ran a shotgun dry in a home defense situation and worry about reloading it next week mostly.

  13. 308win

    308win Well-Known Member

    I have a 5 round Eagle Industries butt stock accessory on my 870HD. With one in pipe and 6 in magazine I may not need the 5 extra rounds but I like to have them and the extra weight helps with the recoil - for what that is worth. I have two slug rounds with base up and three extra buck base down so I can have some idea of what I am reloading. I also have a sling on my 870 but nothing hanging on it; again, that is my preference.
  14. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Butt stock. I'm in the no sling camp for a house gun.
  15. BP44

    BP44 Well-Known Member

    My personal opinion is leave the shells off the shotgun. It looks very tacticool to have them dressed up but I think it's just something else to get in the way. I have been able to get 4 and 5 shots off at a flight of geese before "not sky busting" and I simply have shells in my jacket pocket. The KISS method seems to work for me.
  16. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Lose the sling, it is not necessary inside the home
  17. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    If you really cant get it done in your house with whats in the tube, I'd go with a "5 pack on the rack"

    If you need more than that- you are going to need A LOT more than the protection afforded by the bandolier thats swinging your aim astray.
  18. jp

    jp Member

    personally i believe if you have a sling on your HD shotgun you should use it for retention, do not let the sling hang lose. a shotgun is a two handed weapon... you may need your two hands for something pick up a child... unlock a door .... get a beer out of the refrigerator... :D
  19. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member


    The point of the bandoleer is that it DOES NOT swing your arm or the gun nor prevent you from using the gun however you want.

    I started using one during a course from Moragan Consulting with Bill Jeans. In that course I also used a reciever mounted carrier which like two others in the class of 17 or so shooters failed ( and another bound up the action of a mossberg) I also used a butt cuff and used it as someone else described with the slugs facing one way and buck the other and had the experience of them in my face when trying to shoot left handed and loosing a shell or two during movement. I did not bother with shells on a sling as I played with that a few decades ago and dropped the idea. Actually a coup,e or three shells in the front left pants pocket worked fairly well, but I do not sleep in my trousers.

    Other than looking like one of Poncho Villas henchmen I could find little wrong with with the bandoleer. For use at home I considered adding a flashlight pocket and a cell phone pocket to the bandoleer. WHen the shotgun is being used for home defense the bandoeer rest over the end of the magazine tube for easy access.

    I do like a sling. My rear attachment point is on the "butt" of the "pistol grip" of a traditional stock. This allows very easy muzzle down carry over the left shoulder with the muzzle high enough to allow kneeling and with the left hand on the pump slide. This allows the gun to be brought into action very quickly from a safe and non threatening position. As much as I dislike lights on handguns the shotgun does have a mounted pressure switch activated light. WIth the gun so slung it is very easy to operate a flashlight with the right hand so as to not point a loaded light equiped shotgun at the kid that got up for water at 02;30 hours and decided to take a side trip to the living room and knocked over a lamp: just to see if he is a threat. With the weapon so slung my manipulating hand is also free for mucking about with door locks and gates (those of us out in the country also check on things that make the multi-thousands of dollar a head live stock nervous at night) or even comfort a kid that got up to get a glass of water at 02:30 and is stumbling around the living room 75 per cent asleep and guide him or her back to bed.

    Unfortunately I have not put a lot of thought into gaming either with real guns or at the game station, just day to day life in the real world.

  20. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

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