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    Nothing wrong with the 20ga at all for HD. Maybe a bit lighter than a 12ga depending on model. I used to rely on a Mossberg 500a in 20ga for my HD shotty. #2 buck was what I kept in mine. If anyone would ever think the 20ga is that much less of a viable alternative to the 12ga, just remember that some models will chamber the 2 3/4" or 3" shells. The Rem 870 and Mossy 500s usually come with those chambers. Difference in recoil will depend on selected ammo, and weight of shotgun, as well as hard plastic butt pad or rubber butt pad, etc.


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    Apologies, all - thread already running here.

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    I for one refuse to stand in line to get shot by a 20 ga loaded with buckshot or even #5 shot for that matter.

    If you have trouble getting buckshot grab some T's, BBB or BB shot it is waterfowl season so you should be able to get that at your local hunting store and they will kill!! The modified choke that comes with it will work great.

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    At 20 to 25 feet it does not matter the choke or for that matter which number of shot. At 24.3 yds I shot a perp behind the ear with a 20 ga number 6 (used for rabbits) and the pattern where it entered was the size of a silver dollar. Penetration was about 4 inches into the cranium. That perp never got into my garden and ate my vegetables again (white tail).
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    A short barrel is nice, but you don't need any of the "tactical" stuff. Spend the money on ammunition and practice.

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    I'm going to regret jumping in...........but:
    An 18 1/2" barrel would be a good idea for HD. Makes it easier to move around your house.
    How can someone recommend a 18 1/2" barrel for mobility, but insist that a full stock is in no way an inconvenience.
    My HD shotgun has an 18 1/2" barrel AND a pistol grip. (with the Knoxx grip)
    Now that's mobility. Let the flames begin. I'm ready!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guns and more View Post
    I'm going to regret jumping in...........but:

    How can someone recommend a 18 1/2" barrel for mobility, but insist that a full stock is in no way an inconvenience.
    My HD shotgun has an 18 1/2" barrel AND a pistol grip. (with the Knoxx grip)
    Now that's mobility. Let the flames begin. I'm ready!
    Because in an HD scenario, the longer barrel is of no advantage? While the stock provides a significant one? Just MHO.
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    You may be able to find the barrel at Cabela's or MidwayUSA.

    Honestly, a basic 870 Express is an excellent home defense weapon in stock trim. Put a tight coke in the tube, get some #4 Turkey loads, or some buck shot and it is good to go as is.

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    As for that shotgun rack for the bed, you can pretty easily make one out of PVC pipe and wood for a lot cheaper
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