I'm looking for opinions on an 18.5" 12 gauge for strictly home defense. I've been doing a lot of searching and reading here and still have some questions.
-Is a semi going to be less reliable than a pump (enough so to stick with a pump)?
-How about magnum loads? Do I need them? I notice that the Remington 1100 semis won't accept magnums? Any semis that do?
-What's the deal with Mossberg's Marinecoat? They say it helps make a smoother action as well as being more durable.
The big contenders from reading here and my travels to local gunshops/shows are variants of the Mossberg 500, Remington 870/1100 and possibly a Saiga 12. I'm leaning towards the Mossberg 500 Tactical 6 shot w/Marinecoat (OK, it looks cool):
I'd also like to snag a deal on a Saiga 12 if I can. The Saiga looks like a lot of gun for the money even though the price is creeping up. I also like the safety location on the Mossbergs better than the Remingtons. Any must have changes to either that I should do for a HD shotgun (various chokes, sights, etc.) outside of adding a tactical light? Any others to consider?
Thanks for any input.