what's the prefered shotgun gauge for home defense?

what's the prefered shotgun gauge for home defense?

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    what's the prefered shotgun gauge for home defense?

    the 12 gauge seems to be the most popular choice for HD while others say it has too much blast,recoil and risk of over penetration..some recommend the 20 gauge or even the .410 for home defense,what's your opinions? also,are pistol grip shotguns prefered over stock for HD,what are the pros and cons?


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    I trust my mossberg 500 12ga 00 buck.

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    Mossberg 500...........4 Buck......32 count.

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    The perfect shotgun. Is the one you know how to use.

    Mossberg 500 is a good choice.
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    If you can afford an autoloader you don't have to worry about the recoil so gauge wouldn't matter. A pro for that is smaller people and females can shoot them without any trouble. My wife is 110 and she shoots it great.I have a Benelli. I prefer a regular stock over pistol grip. Gives me more options and I know my house and how to clear it if I need to. I also like 12 over 20 gauge because I am not worried about over penetration. I can give you all the pros and cons but it is like any other firearm. Does it work for you and your experience level and your SD situation.

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    AA-12!

    But more seriously. Plain Jane Remington 870 is going to get the most votes.
    Followed by Mossberg 500.
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    hands down favorite is 12 guage 00 Buckshot for me. My wife likes the .223 AR
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    Mossberg 500c 20 guage with Turkey Shot is what I use.... 2500 fps

    They're gunna be a turkey, I'm gunna shoot em like one...
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    I had no doubt the 12 gauge would win this conversation. However, I've fired a 12 gauge before and did not like the recoil on that thing at all. I'd prefer a 410 myself. I suspect a 410 would be just about as effective, especially if it held multiple shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adric22 View Post
    I had no doubt the 12 gauge would win this conversation. However, I've fired a 12 gauge before and did not like the recoil on that thing at all. I'd prefer a 410 myself. I suspect a 410 would be just about as effective, especially if it held multiple shots.
    ever try an auto loader? Sweet for defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by adric22 View Post
    I had no doubt the 12 gauge would win this conversation. However, I've fired a 12 gauge before and did not like the recoil on that thing at all. I'd prefer a 410 myself. I suspect a 410 would be just about as effective, especially if it held multiple shots.
    I didn't like it at first. My shoulder got used to it real quick though. Now 12 gauges are fun!

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    +1 for the 12g R870. I had a Wingmaster at one point that shot clays beautifully with engraved scrollwork and beautiful, glossy woodwork; but that may be a tad long for HD.

    I happen to like the pump because anyone over the age of 4 knows the sound of the action cycling (and probably has a healthy fear of it), and a fleeing cat burglar is less paperwork/court appearances than a dead one IMHO.
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    Recently got a shotgun for home defense, and did months of research before making a purchase. 12ga is certainly the preferred HD setup. People will talk about recoil...but for a home defense gun, do you really care about recoil? Most people would run from the racking sound, let alone 1 shot coming out of it. For practice, just us 2-3/4" low-recoil shells, and recoils not an issue.
    Autoloaders are nice for fast shooting, but they done cycle some types of ammo and more picky about what you use. Pump guns usually don't care what you're using...simply less to go wrong in terms of operation.
    The Remington 870 is the most popular with the Mossberg 500/590/590A1 close behind. But I'd tell you to closely look at the Benelli SuperNova. Again...after a ton of research, I ended up with the Benelli. In MY OPINION, it's just a much, much better made product for the money. Due to lack of accessories at this time, I think it doesn't get as much attention as the others. The previous version, called the Nova, had a few flaws, and that doesn't help either. But if you check out the SuperNova, I think you may like it.
    Pistol grip seems to be personal preference. I didn't like it very much myself, it's just harder to use in the "natural" position the shotgun has made to use. But some people love them. Just have to try both. I would recommend the ghost ring sights over regular sights. I think everyone would agree with that.
    Good luck!!!
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    12 gauge PDX1 in a Mossberg 590A1
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    Quote Originally Posted by adric22 View Post
    I had no doubt the 12 gauge would win this conversation. However, I've fired a 12 gauge before and did not like the recoil on that thing at all. I'd prefer a 410 myself. I suspect a 410 would be just about as effective, especially if it held multiple shots.
    .410 is nowhere even remotely close to "just about as effective" as 12 gauge.
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