take a look at the Stoeger Double Defense or Mossberg 500 Persuader..
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I am currently looking for a good home defense shotgun. I don't hunt so I don't really need anything fancy. I am really drawn to the Stoeger coach gun supreme with the interchangeable/removable chokes because I do occasionally shoot trap. What are ya'll's opinion on the coach gun for home defense?
Look fwd to reading posts on the Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme as we're not very familiar with their offerings.
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I have a normal Stoeger Coachgun, as opposed to the Supreme, but I will offer some basic input on the style of shotgun.
For home defense I do still think a coachgun is a viable option with one major caveat. The main advantage it has over a 18.5" barreled pump is that it has a shorter overall length, as well as being lighter weight. A coachgun is about the shortest shotgun you can get without a tax stamp. Two barrels of buckshot can certainly stop a threat as well (remember proper technique with a shotgun with two triggers is to use one trigger finger, and transition triggers between shots). However, the major drawbacks are limited capacity, and a slow reload. So this is where the caveat comes into play, you have to have a solid sidearm back-up. I personally wouldn't want to try to reload a side by side under stress. It would be a dump both barrels and drop it so I could transition to my pistol type weapon.
It isn't really meant for trap or skeet, and I don't know how much the interchangeable chokes will help you there. I do use mine on a regular basis for informal clays, and it does just fine in that setting. But it isn't a serious trap/skeet gun, the way it swings isn't quite right, and the shot spreads out rather fast from mine (granted, with fixed chokes).
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My Mossberg 500 Persuader fills that nich for me. You can pay more for one of the fancier ones, but why. When it gets down and dirty and the guns come out, I'll look to performance over bling every time. I paid $235 and change if I remember correctly; for that price you could get two.
I have the Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme...love the gun, but...
It's not an expensive shot gun, not like some of them. I bought mine, and new in the box, I sent it out to Coyote Cap and had it re-worked for cowboy shooting.
Now I don't participate in cowboy shooting, but the gun is 'butter smooth' after about $200 worth of work.
I made it a quality HD tool. Looking at the business end of a double barrel 12 gauge gets one's attention. Granted, you only have two shots, but it will get a crowd looking for the nearest exit, and I can 'smoothly' reload it pretty quickly.
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Maybe not quite what your looking for but take a look at the mossburg 590a1 series shotguns, these things are built for combat and rough use. I have the 20" 9 shot version. If you can't get it done in 9 shots then you need to go home. It also has a baynet lug making hand to hand combat the best and the heavy barrel can take em out with a hit.
The line inclues a cruieser version and one with a second barrel for hunting or trap. I have used mine for trap and sporting clays for fun and it dd the job.
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I think a coach gun would do fine. Limited ammo and slow reload of it comes to that though. I would pick either a Rem 870 or Moss 500/590.
I've got a 590a1 and like it a lot.
My opinion? Get one of the nice auto loaders like a 930SPX or Rem1100 or Ithaca SKB 300 (or the Winchester 1300 as mentioned above) then buy an extra barrel for your trap shooting. I would say less than $500 on brand new items and maybe a hundred less on used items all together. I just can't seem to wrap my mind around a double duty home defense/trap shotgun without at least swapping barrels.
Thanks for the input. I was looking at the coach gun primarily for the KISS factor of it and never considered a semi-auto until now. The coach gun would probably not be the best choice for trap and skeet(I usually used a friends 870 for that) but as buckeye .45 said it would work for informal clay shooting. I will definitely look into something like the Remington 1100 or the Mossberg equivalent.
I found a used 870 Wingmaster, with an 18" barrel, at a local store. Picked it up for $200
Can't beat it for a HD shotgun.
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My only experience with auto's is the Rem 1100 and Win X3 and I had reliability issues with both. I just like the simple pump for HD.