12 ga HD? Opinions Please.

12 ga HD? Opinions Please.

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    12 ga HD? Opinions Please.

    Looking to trade in my Mossberg 500 34'' hunting 12 ga, and my new Hi-Point 995 for a home defense/clearing 12 ga shotgun. Opinions on models?
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    I keep a NEF (New England Firearms) Pardner Pump around for home defense. It's light and easy to carry around (18.5") , and relatively inexpensive.
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    Get a shorter barrel for your Mossy! Then you can change up if the need arises.
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    yes, get a shorter barrel. or buy a used remington 870 for the house with a 18 barrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm View Post
    Get a shorter barrel for your Mossy! Then you can change up if the need arises.
    +1

    I have a Mossberg 6 shot with a 6 position stock and pistol grip for HD. Just get an 18" barrel and if you really feel the need, a collapsible/multi-position stock.
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    Shorter barrel is the cheapest way to go. If you want a change, I love my 870P Magnum, 18" slug barrel with rifle sights. Devastating home defense, killer with a one oz. slug out to 200 yards or more.
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    Anything 20 inches or less will be pretty handy - but if you're clearing you won't want to be without a light, which means an automatic, which means expensive...plus the light. I keep my shotgun in the bedroom usually - there's a light and a handgun if I need to go have a look around. Just my $0.02

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    Quote Originally Posted by aus71383 View Post
    Anything 20 inches or less will be pretty handy - but if you're clearing you won't want to be without a light, which means an automatic, which means expensive...plus the light. I keep my shotgun in the bedroom usually - there's a light and a handgun if I need to go have a look around. Just my $0.02

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    Just get a 18.5" Mossberg 500 barrel to replace the 34" and call it good. It is what I use!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNBurl View Post
    Just get a 18.5" Mossberg 500 barrel to replace the 34" and call it good. It is what I use!
    +1.

    Consider a folding stock to switch out when you're keeping it in "home defense mode". Switch back to full stock and long barrel for range/hunting. I have a Mossy 500 and love this setup.

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    Yep, a new barrel should only cost about 100 bucks leaving you plenty of money to spend on ammo. :)
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    Solid advice Mercalf! +1 on the shorter barrel and tactical stock. Go to Mossberg Shotgun Barrels and scroll down to this:

    MOG90015 Mossberg Barrel, Model 500, 6 Shot, 12ga, 18.5 inch, cylinder bore, bead sight for $89! (Same place you saw the Choate stock....)

    So, for around $125, you can keep your current shotty, get a new barrel and a new stock.........and more ammo!
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    Thanks, everyone for the advice. My problem is that my Mossberg is a 500a, which means it holds only 2+1. Removing the stopper will only give me a 3, or 4+1 depending on what rounds I'm using. I've been snooping around online, and I really like:

    1) GunBroker.com guns: Mossberg JIC (Just In Case) 500 Cruiser Kit 18.5" (item: 92263900 ends: Feb-13-08 0559 PM)
    2)GunBroker.com guns: Mossberg Tactical Model 590 12Ga. (item: 91684128 ends: Feb-15-08 08:47:24 PM)
    3) GunBroker.com guns: Remington 870 Express 12ga 18in 7shot 3in cham (item: 92184507 ends: Feb-14-08 07:52:09 PM)

    If I can trade in the Hi-Point and pay a smaller fee for another shotty, I wouldn't mind having two. However, would it be unwise of me to trade both in and get an 18'' tactical 7 or 8+1 setup?

    (Oh, as far as the flashlight: some stocks are available where the racking handle has a flashlight molded inside...it's what the police use)
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    mossberg, excellant choice imo. good shotguns.
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    This is what I have been considering for home defense. It's considered an AOW which falls under the NFA, so will need to see if it's legal in your state. There is a $5 tax that is added onto the price since it is an AOW.
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