Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

hunting shotgun for defense???

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by kmrcstintn, Mar 11, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,236
    I am seeking feedback on a scenario I am contemplating...use my 'hunting' shotgun for defense; I have a Benelli Nova and money is tight...replacement barrels (either Benelli or Carlson's) cost $200 to over $300, so buying a new barrel is out of the question (as well as a dedicated shotgun for defense); would you have a problem with using a hunting shotgun (with longer barrel) for defense if that is the only shottie you had available?!?
     
  2. bluekouki86

    bluekouki86 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    236
    I would use a stick or a can of beans if thats all I had. Any gun will do the job, as will a knife or even a good flashlight and a bat.
     
  3. huntsman

    huntsman Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    Messages:
    3,508
    Location:
    ohio's northcoast
    The SD shotgun is just a marketing ploy to feed the Taci-cool need.

    Any gun company will be glad to sell a standard model shotgun with an 18.5" barrel that they don't need to finish out with choke or threads for more money.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  4. bluekouki86

    bluekouki86 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    236
    Check out my model 12 revival thread, I got that gun for free and put minimal money into fixing it. You don't have to spend $1000 on a remingbenchesterberg with ghost ring night sights and zombie logos.
     
  5. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2003
    Messages:
    3,819
    Location:
    At The Range
    The hunting shotgun will work just fine for defense, the only drawback is with the longer barrel it will be harder to move in confined spaces with the longer barrel.

    bluekouri86 - I have witnessed a canned good placed inside a sock and swung rapidly inflict major blunt force trauma...it was not a pretty sight. In a fight, everything can be a weapon.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  6. CA Raider

    CA Raider Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2012
    Messages:
    244
    if someone points a shotgun at me ... it's for da** sure I'm not going to be debating whether it was a hunting weapon at one time or another. i don't even care if it's a 12-gage, 20-gage or a 410. i'm just hoping i can get out of there before the guy pulls the trigger :)

    CA R
     
  7. foghornl

    foghornl Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Messages:
    7,403
    If a "hunting" shotgun is what you have, then "Run Whacha Brung"...USE IT. It may be a bit unweildy in tight places, but it works.
     
  8. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2003
    Messages:
    4,024
    Location:
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    I have never felt undergunned with my waterfowl guns, with the plugs in. If I need more than 3 shots i think I'll move.
     
  9. jmr40

    jmr40 Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10,212
    Location:
    Georgia
    Having something with a shorter barrel is a definate advantage. I've never been impressed with a lot of the other un-necessary add-ons that are popular. I'd take out the plug and run with what you have for now. I like the Nova guns, but extra barrels just aren't worth the cost on them. When funds permit you can often find used Mossbergs and 870's cheaper than another barrel for the Nova.
     
  10. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,236
    thanks for the feedback...I'm not about tacti-cool, just practical; my Benelli has the factory plug out and I had a damaged aluminum arrow cut down to the same length (as the Benelli plug) to drop in when I need to meet capacity restrictions for hunting...kinda what Mossberg does with a wood dowel rod for their magazine plugs :cool:
     
  11. FIVETWOSEVEN

    FIVETWOSEVEN Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    5,068
    18" is tacticool? Seriously? Didn't realize that short barrels were tacticool. Police must be doing it wrong.
     
  12. huntsman

    huntsman Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    Messages:
    3,508
    Location:
    ohio's northcoast
    deleleted
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  13. Dirty Bob

    Dirty Bob Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2003
    Messages:
    969
    Location:
    The Great State of Texas
    Training and tactics trump hardware.

    The ideal shotgun use for home defense is "forted up," so the bad guy comes to you. In that scenario, a long barrel is not much of a disadvantage.

    In a situation like the aftermath of a Katrina or Sandy, you could conceivably face a threat in your yard, while watching over a generator or clearing a downed tree, etc. In that case, the longer barrel (well, actually the choke) will probably give you better patterns out to 15 yards or more. Again, tactics and training will keep you safer than a shorter barrel on a shotgun.

    All my best,
    Dirty Bob
     
  14. Husker_Fan

    Husker_Fan Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Messages:
    956
    Location:
    Nebraska
    My SD shotgun is my turkey gun. I take out the turkey choke and put in an IC. Load it with buckshot and put slugs in the butt cuff and call it good.
     
  15. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2005
    Messages:
    8,029
    Location:
    Kingsport Tennessee
    Using "whatever is at hand" for self-defense looks better to random juries that might find a design-intent antipersonnel weapon a little off-putting. I think some prosecutors will weed out of the jury pool potential jurors comfortable with arming for self-defense.
     
  16. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2004
    Messages:
    21,221
    Location:
    AL, NC
    The shotgun will do, if the shooter will do...
     
  17. threefortyduster

    threefortyduster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2012
    Messages:
    155
    Location:
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Read what he said. He didn't say the 18" barrel was the reason. He simply stated that the shotgun manufacturer will sell a gun with a shorter barrel (less component cost), no choke, no nothing (even less component cost) to someone for more money than the comparable "hunting" version. Chill out a little bit and read and understand.

    Besides, how super sweet would you look with flashlights and optics and all that jazz on a wood-stocked shotgun? Terrible. You HAVE to have the black synthetic stock (cheaper than wood) and make it all dark to be truly worthy of defense.
     
  18. 76shuvlinoff

    76shuvlinoff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2007
    Messages:
    2,293
    Location:
    Michigan
    A hunting shotgun will work but I don't hunt. Now what? :eek:
    20" smooth bore 870 with 2 rd mag extension.. I'm debating on the mag extension.

     
  19. psyopspec

    psyopspec Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    4,193
    Location:
    Cape Cod
    This. But you can always cruise your area pawn shops for a rattle trap 870, 1300, etc, if you wanted to get something exclusively for the SD roll on a budget.
     
  20. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Messages:
    1,236
  21. psyopspec

    psyopspec Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    4,193
    Location:
    Cape Cod
    ^ The bill was amended yesterday by the CO state senate. Instead of a round requirement, the standard is now 28 inches of ammunition.
     
  22. browningguy

    browningguy Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    Messages:
    4,615
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    That is wrong in so many ways I don't even know how to address it.
     
  23. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    3,518
    Location:
    CA
    You will be fine. When you can save up first for a shotgun class and then second for a shorter barrel. If possible one should avoid moving about their house anyway unless you absolutely must for kids and such. Otherwise hunker down at defend the bedroom.

    When I travel, I usually have at most one long arm. Usually either a lever action or a pump shotgun. If its a pump it's got the long barrel for clays and I don't bother bringing a shorter barrel.
     
  24. bikemutt
    • Contributing Member

    bikemutt Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2010
    Messages:
    4,141
    Location:
    Vancouver, WA
    I know my shotgun far better than any others, perhaps because I've spent so much time walking the fields with it. It may not be my first choice in a SD situation but its not my last choice either. Browning Citori 28 ga.
     
  25. Kymasabe

    Kymasabe Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2006
    Messages:
    833
    Location:
    Northern by birth, Southern by choice.
    I have a MOssy 500 that I picked up at a local shop years ago. Bought it with an 18 inch barrel for $200. Later that year I picked up another used hunting barrel in good shape, and this year I finally found a nice slug barrel for the gun. Neither barrel cost more than $50 at the pawn shop.
    There are deals out there, you just have to look for them.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page