Best Tactical Shotgun?

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    Best Tactical Shotgun?

    I want to get a tactical shotgun for HD and fun at the range, but I know very little when it comes to brand quality. I assume certain brands like Beretta , FN, Benelli must be of high quality but the are costly and have low capacity. What about the domesic brands like Remington, Mossberg, etc? I would like it with a pistol grip, etc. the Mossberg 930 is a good example. What's the best tactical shotgun for the price? best value and quality? Also, is semi-auto preferable or worth it?

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    Semi- auto is up to you. Personally, I would have to say Mossberg 500, in .410, 18.5"bbl. Load it with some 00 buck, or heavy bird (if you're in an apartment/worried about over penetration- even if you have neighbors across the street), and be happy. You should be able to pick one up for less than $350, and ammo is fairly inexpensive.

    Also, it's something really easy to handle recoil, not likely to blind/deafen you if you have to use it in a small room/hallway. Also, it's easy to teach the wife/girlfriend how to shoot, AND it would make a good 'starter' gun for the kids due to it's ease of use.

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    IMO....the best is the one you don't have. Semi auto? Save that for the movies....get a pump and use it well.
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    I went for the Mossberg 500 Home Defense in 12 ga. It comes with a pistol grip and stock so you can change it out yourself. It has an 18-1/2" barrel and a shielded barrel. It takes 3" shells and goes for under $300 bucks in parkerized finish.
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    Personally I never liked a pump action. Just one more thing to think about and it takes you off target every time you pump it. I prefer point and shoot and the reliability of something like a Mossberg 930 is excellent. (I prefer it without the pistol grip) and the safety is right where it should be. The recoil is less also with the semi-auto making it much easier to keep on target.
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    remington 870 is the way to go. you can find good used ones and build it to your likeing.
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    i can rack my 590sp without taking it off target...pumps are very reliable n thats what i need a shotgun for
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    Visit the best tactical schools in the country & you'll find the vast majority of students & instructors still shooting pumps. Among the pumps, predominately the Mossy 500 series & the Remington 870. Also note most of 'em DON'T have pistol grips. You can go ANY way you'd like, but I put substantial weight in the equipment used by guys who...do this for a living.
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    I like the 500 better than the 870 (I have both) but it is entirely personal and due almost solely to the placement of the safety
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    Mossberg 930 SPX. Magnificent gun.
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    I have a Benelli m4 and would probably choose an 870 for home defense if I didn't prefer ARs.
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    Plain old Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 are the standards. Nothing tactical about them. They're just simple pump shotguns. I added a light, Magpul AFG and side saddle on mine. Or you can leave it as is....Simple works.

    500's and 870's are very affordable and very good, reliable, quality shotguns.

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    I have the Remington 870. As a matter of fact, I have 3. Here is the one I use for home defense.





    I have shot the mossberg 500. Nice gun also, I just prefer the 870's
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    I really like my older bare-bones basic, no frills Ithaca Model 37 w/ the Deerslayer RIOT/Police barrel but, these days I'd probably opt for a Mossberg if I had to buy one tomorrow.
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    If you want a pistol grip get a Remington; Mossberg controls are designed for a standard stock and are more difficult to reach with a pistol grip stock. A pump is fine if you are on a budget, you work the pump during recoil, so it doesn't really slow you down (plus pumps are less finicky about ammo). If you are on a budget take into account any accessories you plan on getting; such as a weapon mounted light (a necessity for a HD gun, IMHO).
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