20 gauge shotgun for home defense??

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    20 gauge shotgun for home defense??

    Hey guys and gals, just wondering if a 20 gauge shotgun would be suitable for home defense. I have a bad shooting shoulder, so a 12 gauge is pretty painful to shoot. I'm also on a bit of a tight budget, so I'm thinking I can pick up a decent used 20 gauge shotgun for like $200? Right now my home defense gun is a .38 with a laser on it, and lately I've been thinking that having only 6 shots of .38 might not be enough if the S ever really hits the fan. What do you guys think??

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    For that price, you should get a new one.

    However, you may be better prepared for a protracted period of civil unrest by spending the $ on decent ammo.

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    I suspect that most folks when confronted with the business end of a shotgun will not really worry too much about what gauge it is. A 20 gauge is capable of bringing on a world of hurt so should be fine. JMO...
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    A non-semi 20 ga is gonna mess with your shoulder just as much as a 12. Either go with a 410 or save your pennies for a semi-auto 20 or an AR.

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    I prefer the Mossberg 500c 20 ga.I removed the plug added a barrel mounted flash light and pistol grips which now makes it much shorter and easier to handle inside the house. It is my backup to my CCW while I'm awake but becomes my primary at night.Everything else stays locked up.I say if you don't have a shotgun you should go ahead and get one.Mossbergs are inexpensive and if their good enough for the LE and Army then you know their dependable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nedrgr21 View Post
    A non-semi 20 ga is gonna mess with your shoulder just as much as a 12. Either go with a 410 or save your pennies for a semi-auto 20 or an AR.
    Oh I have an AR... I just don't want to use it for home defense cuz then in the event of a shooting, u have to give it over to the police for God only knows how long. I do keep 2 mags fully loaded tho. Just in case something REALLY hits the fan.

    But wait, a 20 gauge kicks as much as a 12 gauge??
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    Quote Originally Posted by thechriskarel View Post

    But wait, a 20 gauge kicks as much as a 12 gauge??
    No...a 20 gauge packs only 50% of the recoil of a 12 gauge, but throws out about 75% of the payload. A number 3 Buck load is pretty much the best load out there, and that is what I load in my 20's at home. Having been a police instructor for both handgun and shotguns I can say a 20 gauge will serve you well.
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    A 20 ga weighs less than a 12. Fire buckshot from each and you'll get a whallop from each. This is just like putting an airweight 38 into the hands of someone with arthritis is a bad idea.
    From Chuck Hawks website:
    .............................................Gun wt..... Recoil energy
    20 gauge, 2.75" (1 at 1220)....... 6.5.... 21.0
    20 gauge, 2.75" (1 1/8 at 1175).. 6.5.... 25.0
    20 gauge, 3" (1 1/4 at 1185)...... 6.5.... 31.0
    12 gauge, 2.75" (1 at 1180)....... 7.5.... 17.3
    12 gauge, 2.75" (1 1/8 at 1200).. 7.5.... 23.0
    12 gauge, 2.75" (1 1/4 at 1330).. 7.5.... 32.0


    May be time to do a risk assessment/balance of negatives - what are the real odds of having to use any firearm vs effect of losing your AR for a period of time vs being physically able to keep using your chosen firearm in an encounter for the full encounter. Plus, think of the ammo advantage with a couple of 30 rnd mags.

    If you want a shotgun to not mess with your shoulder, think Benelli auto - but that's as much green as an really nice AR.
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    If you ever have to use a shotgun to survive an attack recoil will not be a consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJK View Post
    If you ever have to use a shotgun to survive an attack recoil will not be a consideration.
    Understood, but I'd also like to shoot it for fun sometimes. Or at least to become familiar with the weapon.

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    I love my Mossberg 500c 20ga. The recoil is VERY tame.
    I keep it loaded with Turkey Shot. They gunna be a turkey, im gunna treat them like one.
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    Here's another thought: I posted the physics part of the issue, however, some may feel the 20 ga kicks much less because the gun fits them so much better and it's easier to quickly get it into a proper shooting position. I'll admit handling a 20 is a whole lot easier than a 12 - I ain't a big guy, and my 12 ga can be a bit unweildly.

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    I should ask have you though about a 12 gauge with a recoil pad and low recoil ammo ? 12 gauge is cheep even the soft shooting stuff and the guns that fire it can be had cheep. From what I have read semi auto guns of a certain type have less recoil then pumps, ( I will need to look and see exp what gas mec , maybe someone here now..).

    410 shotguns have little kick but I personal would not trust a 410 if shtf.. Unless I knew ext what patterning and penetration it has ..

    Why not get a double stack 9mm semi auto? A bretta 92fs or s&W 5906 can often be found cheep and can have very big mag (17-20) and you can get a laser grip etc for both? Also those guns weight a ton so low recoil and if all else fails hit them with ...

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    A 20 gauge is more than enough for a HD shotgun. Check into the mossy 500s.....
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