Remmington 870 for home defense.
Mini 14 for medium range
and a good ole $80 mosin nagant 91/30 for longer range. Thing is a brute and sure does knock em down.
BTW all three of them can usually be bought together for less than a benelli ;-)
sorry to go off topic a bit, but what is about the mosin nagant that everyone talks about? I am new to this, and googled it, but still not sure I understand the mystique of it?
In that caliber choice(5.56)..you might want to build up some cash and invest in an AR platform. I'm looking at either a Colt or Daniel Defense to fill that niche. If you want to go in another caliber direction to stay on budget..look at a Marlin lever-action in 30-30 or a pistol caliber. Either would be a good choice. I have an 870 Tactical as my "house gun" with my G19 to go with it...heard to beat a properly loaded 12 ga for home defense.
The S&W M&P15 Sport has been selling for about $650, so you wouldn't have to stretch the $700 budget to get one of those. Lacks a few of the bells/whistles/amenities of the higher-end AR's, but it's a good deal for what it is. I think you can still get a Marlin 336 at Wally-World for under $400.
Of course, somewhere along the line, (probably due to the sheer amount of them owned by young and novice shooters) they've morphed into the ultimate zombie destruction device of all time. LOL.
BTW, I have five of them, and they all work great. :smile:
No need for a rifle unless you have a big house or farm... Only advantages over a shotgun are less recoil and more capacity. If these are your reasons for HD rifle, for inside house ranges, go for a 9mm or .40 pistol caliber carbine. Inexpensive, good reliability, low recoil, quieter, and easy for wife/girlfriend to shoot.
handguns = concealed carry, and moving inside a home
shotgun = covering the safe room door inside my home
rifle = defense outside the home
Granted, the OP asked about "home defense rifles" but I consider the area around my home to be "home defense" as well.
I've seen a few recommendations for a 30-30. What are the top choices?