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    Another vote for the shotgun. I would recommend the Remington 870P (Police) with 20 inch barrel and 7 round magazine. The sights are up to you but I like the rifle sights. They are easier to use when shooting slugs. The 870P should be going for around $500. Three years ago they were selling for $448.


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    I sold one of my two rifles just so I could get a shotgun. I figure that I'll always be able to get some kind of 12ga. ammo.

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    I must be nuts, but I think I'd go for a ruger 10-22, high cap mags, and about 1 billion .22LR rounds for that dollar amount. Add a good bunch of handgun ammo and you have a working stokpile. For $550 you can get started with the other guns, but your ammo stockpile will be obviously limited (Lets face it, you won't have any after a couple trips to the reange with the new toy. Can't blame you there:)). This is the path I've chosen, keeping in mind that a .308 and .223 are coming in the future. It just allows me to have some level of readiness NOW. You can take even deer or Man or bunny or squirrel with the lowly .22 LR, and one thing I'm coming to love is that you can EMPTY the mag ON TARGET as fast as you can squeeze the trigger with both pistol and rifle. 10 round mag? Thats actually quite a devastating amount of damage with mini-mags. 30 or 100 round mags? You could put a herd of deer down.
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    I have many firearms,several handgns in varying calibres,I have 3 AR-15's and 1AR-10 in .308,But if i need 1 gun fer home defense etc. it's gonn be a shotgun that will need to shoot slugs accurate enough to take a deer at 100 yds and shoot buckshot or birdshot depending on task at hand.I would lean towards ither mossberg 500 or remington 870,plenty of after market parts and accessories,and you can hit what you're aiming at with minimal practice

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    I like the shotgun idea too. My pick would be to get a Benelli Nova pump shotgun. IMO it is a far better shotgun than the Remington 870. You should be able to pick one up for slightly over $300 NIB. It shoots 2 3/4", 3", and 3 1/2" magnum shells, came with 3 chokes & synthetic stock (think durable).

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    870 Remington with an extension tube. Depending on which buckshot you load up with 8-27 pellets down range with every pull of the trigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMH View Post
    +1 on the shot gun.
    Have you considered a Mossberg Maverick? Great weapon for the price. Darn near every thing made for a 500 is compatible with the Maverick. And at an MSRP of about $200 you will have plenty of money left over for other “toys” or for stock piling ammo.
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    I've seen the 870 with the 7-round extended tube for under $300. A must have for every gun collection...


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    Quote Originally Posted by SilenceDoGood View Post
    I have $550 and I need a SHTF/home defense gun. ...I'm thinking AK-47 or 12ga.
    Why limit yourself?
    For that price, you could have an SKS and a Mossberg 500. The SKS isn't as "TactiKool" as an AK, but it fires the same round - though more accurately; it's just as tough, and is not a target (yet) as an "Assault Weapon." The Mossberg is less expensive than most, but just as tough (lots of PD's, and the military, use them) and easier for some people to use (especially lefties) because of the top-mounted safety.
    If you're interested in a high-powered rifle, the M-44 (Russian surplus 7.62X54, I think) is equivilent to a 30-06, and can be bought for around $70.oo in "good-or-better" condition. Lots of power, accurate at long range, and cheap. Surplus ammo is cheap in bulk, too. Check out AIM Surplus, Ammoman, J&G, CheaperThanDirt, and some others I can't recall immediately.
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    If you live in an urban environment, I would worry about over penetration with the AK and its ammo. A round might just go through the bad guy, through 2 walls and hit the neighbor's house.

    Shotguns are user friendly and blast does not have such serious penetration issues.
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    I would also vote for the Shotgun. I've had the same 870 for close to 15 years now, its been threw more rounds than anyone could ever count. I've duck/deer/goose/pheasnt hunted, clay shot, target shot with it and it has been the most rugged and reliable firearm I will probally ever own. They are perfect weapon for SD and for SHTF.

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    I think I would be on the shotgun wagon too. Maybe a Mossberg with ghost rings, and lots lots of different ammo. But thats only if it's a one gun scenario.
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    Unless you need to defend your home from invading Cubans and Soviets, a la Red Dawn, AK is out. Shotgun, definitely...12 or 20 gauge. Go to a gun show and pick up a couple used, on that budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck brick View Post
    Why limit yourself?
    For that price, you could have an SKS and a Mossberg 500. The SKS isn't as "TactiKool" as an AK, but it fires the same round - though more accurately; it's just as tough, and is not a target (yet) as an "Assault Weapon." The Mossberg is less expensive than most, but just as tough (lots of PD's, and the military, use them) and easier for some people to use (especially lefties) because of the top-mounted safety.
    If you're interested in a high-powered rifle, the M-44 (Russian surplus 7.62X54, I think) is equivilent to a 30-06, and can be bought for around $70.oo in "good-or-better" condition. Lots of power, accurate at long range, and cheap. Surplus ammo is cheap in bulk, too. Check out AIM Surplus, Ammoman, J&G, CheaperThanDirt, and some others I can't recall immediately.
    Now on to handguns

    Stay safe,

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    Use the DPX ammo for home defense and you won't have over penetration issues.

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