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I got my year end bonus and it was bigger than expected. I am going to get a shotgun. But I don't know jack about shotguns, but I want one for home defense. THe only thing I;ve been told is this: get which ever one you want as long as its a Remington 870. What should I get? What are features to look for?

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Well you said Remington....I prefer Mossberg...look at the link I supplied for you and decide which you want. I'd get the Ghost Ring model if I were you.
 

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both are fine guns but i would favor the Rem for its steel receiver. but what is your intended use for it, hunting, clays, or defense???:confused:
 

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for a SD shot gun, I LOVE my son's model 500 20ga bantam youth model. It is considerably shorter so it's easy to get around corners etc. pretty handy in tight confines. Plus he uses it for hunting obviously. Best of all the price is right. Makes a nice gun if you have nieces, nephews, your own kids to take shooting. I'd get that mossberg pictured if I knew I might go into a fight every day, but you can't beat the youth model mossy.

BTW, I shoot an 870, but it's set up for hunting. Could ude it for SD if needed but the 20 ga is handier.

that's about what you get for $.02
 
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Thanks Jerry. I'll certainly look into it.

PAPA G, I plan to use it for Self Defense. If it works out that I can use it for clays too, great. That would be fun. But primarily it wil be under my bed waiting for a stupid, unlucky individual to threaten my life.

I think the ghost rings are a good idea. Also, it must have a mounted light, or the capacity for one.

Thanks Joe, I am currently looking at the one you linked. Looks pretty sweet.
 

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I have had a Mossberg for a lot of years now. Not that model but it never ever once failed to go bang when the trigger was pulled.
Cant say the same for my Remington. It didnt like the handloads and went into a self destruct mode. It was semi auto and busted a lot of the little stuff inside. I smashed it with a hammer and threw it in the dumpster!! It was only about a year old too.
I vote Mossberg.
 

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Meet the transformer, it was originally like the one pictured by joe but with the marine finish.

The most that I like about mossberg is that there're tons of accesories for it!!
 

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Remington 870...I'd get one made for the Turkey Hunters so that if you ever had to blast someone the Grand Jury and Prosecutor couldn't make a case of you being a trigger happy gunnut wanting to blow somebody away with Mandy's shotgun...btw Mandy nice shotgun :assult:
 
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oh yeah I almost forgot..with the "Full" "Extra Full" or "Turkey Full" chokes you get a better pattern and more range...but then you can't use slugs (lookit the way your barrel looks like a banana peel after you done ate it Earl)
 

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The rem 870 or the Mossy 500/590 shotguns are both great guns. You'll probably have more left in your wallet if you buy the mossy.
 
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I went to Sports Authority around the corner here to check out what they had. I liked the 870 Youth 20 Guage. It was short and light. It was $239.

Right now I;m leaning toward the Mossgerg Marine. I like the finish...and the features. I hope I can wait for a few days to get what I really want before the fever takes over completely...

But I was told by the clerk that in AZ you can only have 3 rounds in a shogtun! He said all of the models have plugs in them, but they can be removed...illegally...sheesh! I thought this was a cowboy state...
 

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PROBABLY...............

a state hunting regulation. but if your gonna be hunting uninvited guest's you can easily remove the plug, just unscrew the magazine end cap, tilt gun barrel down and spring and plug should fall out. put the spring back and screw the cap back on.;)
 

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Yep, that plug is for hunting compliance...don't count when your hunting things that go bump in the night! ;)
 

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Yeah, in PA the hunting regs say 3 rounds, but that's ONLY for hunting. Some clerks don't know anything more than what they need to advise you for hunting uses.

The way I see it, there are three kinds of civilian tactical shotguns:
1. Semi auto
2. Light and compact pump
3. Big and beastly buttstroker pump

1. Semi-autos are neither light nor legal to have with a P-grip and more than 5 rounds. Neither can they use varied loads. Only reason for them is rapid fire capability, and you don't even get that pump action sound that deters many an intruder.

2. If you want light and compact, Mossberg 500 with a barrel flush with the magazine is the best bet period. I'm not too familiar with the related Maverick, but it's similar. CDNN also has trade in Remington 870s for $150 and new Mossberg 500s for $200 dealer cost. For compact storage, folding stock is a good idea, I'd rather have that than sole pistol grip, but in some cases sole grip is fine.

3. My Mossberg 590 with heat shield. It has a bayonet lug and a full standard stock. It's NOT light and NOT compact. It holds 8 shots in the tube and one in the pipe if I so desire. And if I were to run out of ammo or have to go hand to hand, it's better than anything in my collection except C&Rs, which are all a little big for indoor use anyway, as well having way too much penetration.

Maybe you can merge two of these three, but I have a feeling it would be better to go with one of them.
 
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I placed my order! Gonna pick it up New Years Eve.

http://www.mossberg.com/pcatalog/lawprc.htm

I got model 51518. I wanted 51520, but they wouldn't have any for a few months, and maybe I'll find the stock and replace it later if I want. But a folding stock does sound desirable... I'm so excited!
 
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