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havent taken a pic, got this one from google.




Remington 870 magnum 20 gauge with the 20" barrel

i was talking to alot of people about what is best for home protection, and it seems like some people were 'pistol guys' and some were shotgun guys for home defense.

i never have been around guns or anything so i wasnt comfortable with eaither really, but i went to gander mountain with the intent to buy a baretta px4 storm (awesome pistol btw) .40 cal and after talking to 5 or 6 customers and the 2 gun sales guys there i decided to go with a shotgun. the biggest thing that made me switch was a guy there made a great point to me about if someone breaks in, your going to have so much adrinaline and fear and all that your hands are going to be shakey. and for me personally, i think that is right. maybe not everyone, but for me it would be right. so i wanted to find a shotgun with a short barrel, relitively light weight, incase worst came to worst and i had to manuver in the house. so this is the one i decided on.

what do you guys think? good choice?
 

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Those are great Shotguns, take a gun safety course and hook up with some friends that shoot. Learn your weapon.
 

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If properly maintained your Grand kids will be shooting that gun with their kids long after your time.
 

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speaking from experience and more than a couple deployments and years in the infantry...i loved my short barrel shotgun when clearing rooms...learn your weapon and get comfortable with it...thats what is important. Take a safety course and make sure you can load and correct a malfunction in a hurry...lessons learned the hard way.

Congrats....and welcome to the gun owners club.
 

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I love my 870, I have synthetic stocks which makes it fairly light. Awesome for home defense.
 

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all i can say is there is probably nothing scarier then the sound of a shotgun be racked in pitch black darkness.

then there's the whole pistol; small; compact; accurate.

but i rather have a shotgun in arms then a pistol any day in a house. cuz you know when you pull that trigger that the person on the other side of the barrel is no longer living. the nice thing about that 20 gauge is that it has a small spread so most of the shot is going to hit waht your aiming for.
 

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I have an 870 20ga, my 12ga is the one set up as an evil HD shotgun, but the 20 has potential.

Get some #4 buckshot, bird shot is for BIRDS, not home defense! Add some slugs to the mix.
I keep mine loaded buck, buck, slug, buck, slug, buck, slug just in case the range changes.

Think about a side saddle or at least a butt cuff to keep some spare rounds onboard. Shotgun shells are fairly bulky so it's nice to have some with the gun and not in your pocket/elsewhere.

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=220521&t=11082005
http://www.tanksrifleshop.com/rem20ga.htm

"Butt cuff"
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=594028
You can probably find the same thing at K-Mart, Wal-Mart, or any sporting goods store.

Keep it safe from kids who aren't trained and nutcases. Enjoy your Remington!

Forums you might find relevant:
http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/index.php
http://www.thehighroad.us/
 

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IMHO, the best available tool for home defense is the Taurus Judge models.

http://www.taurususa.com/products/gunselector-results.cfm?series=41

They are small and maneuverable but with a big punch, which is what you need in tight quarters.

My problem with the shotgun, well at least a “legal length” shotgun, is that in tight quarters wielding a shotgun may be an issue. Or the perpetrator may get close enough for the shotgun to be ineffective. Like if he steps out around a corner, out from a closet, etc.

That won’t happen with a pistol, and then combine to that, the Judge can shoot buckshot with 3 #000 pellets (or 5 pellet of #00 buckshot). Granted the .410 doesn’t have the knock down of a larger round, but it will still do a considerable amount of damage at close range.

It’s a shame sawed off shotguns aren’t legal as that is by far the best for home protection. :D

But just my opinion. :thumbsup:
 

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except for the short barrel, it looks just like the one i have in my closet ready to go. i've had it since i was 16 and i'll pass it off to my oldest when i get put into the ground.
 

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Shotgun worked for this woman.

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I keep the indoor guns loaded with ammo that won't penetrate the walls, to minimize danger to (innocent) others.

A shotgun is great, if you're the only guy in the neighborhood; I'd really hate for someone to start busting off slugs in the middle of the night... :)

They make some nice home defense ammo; check into it.
 

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I keep the indoor guns loaded with ammo that won't penetrate the walls, to minimize danger to (innocent) others.

A shotgun is great, if you're the only guy in the neighborhood; I'd really hate for someone to start busting off slugs in the middle of the night... :)

They make some nice home defense ammo; check into it.
my uncle uses believe there named hydroshocks in his .45.

i'm lucky in the sense i only have one neighbor i could hit. the other one is on the other side of a solid brick wall shotgun ammo aint gonna penetrate something like that.

i would never saw the barrel of a shotgun it ruins a gun you probably payed a good amount of money for.
 

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my uncle uses believe there named hydroshocks in his .45.

i'm lucky in the sense i only have one neighbor i could hit. the other one is on the other side of a solid brick wall shotgun ammo aint gonna penetrate something like that.

i would never saw the barrel of a shotgun it ruins a gun you probably payed a good amount of money for.
Hydrashoks are evil. Well, beyond the fact that believing that a brick wall is substantial protection...A low recoil and low penetration shotgun shell is NECESSARY for any firearm to be used as home defense. If you dont believe in that, you shouldnt possess a loaded firearm.
 
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