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Old February 2nd, 2010, 05:18 PM   #136
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I certainly hope that all you shotgunners have practiced getting your shotgun from out under the bed after you just woke up from a sound sleep! I would certainly like to see the video of that episode. YOU may as well have put the shotgun in the garage for the bad guy to use.

The last damn place you want a shotgun or self-defense weapon of any kind is under the friggin bed savvy!!!

I keep my 590 Mossberg (ghost ring sights) right next to my bed, standing tall, waiting for my hand to grab that shotgun in less than .5 sec. time. It is already loaded with a shell in the chamber, hope that doesn't make some of you jellyfish uneasy. Hells Bells, I don't even have to get out of bed, just wait on that sucker and it's lights on and 911 call after the PERP is down.
I keep my pistol on the nightstand ready to rock & roll, it's a 10mm Glock.



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Old February 2nd, 2010, 05:31 PM   #137
 
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Old April 8th, 2010, 01:41 PM   #138
 
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mossy 500 with 18.5 inch barrel just loaded up with some 3 inch turkey rounds dont need any big bb's going to the neighbors house.
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1st, The intimation of the action being racked,
2nd, Send one 3 Remington Nitro Turkey 1-7/8 of #4 shot and
3rd, Send as many as will take to stop of 3 Winchester 00 Buck


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Old April 10th, 2010, 07:16 AM   #141
 
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The short barreled shotguns made especially for turkey hunting work quite well on that turkey that is trying to get into your house..I use an 870 with pistol grip . Looking to start handloading 3 1/2 in mags. There is no such thing as too dead .
When I was a boy , noboby ever locked their house..Where did we go wrong?
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Old April 10th, 2010, 10:10 AM   #142
 
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One more vote for the Mossberg and 00 Buck

Good thread to keep alive in this day and age!

I like both the "sound" and the effectiveness at close range of a pump shotgun.

I keep a loaded Mossberg Persuader standing nearby, lock it away during the day. I hunted a lot with a Mossberg 500 years ago and figure I can handle it well without thinking. I probably hunted even more with an 870 but this Mossberg was on sale when I decided it was time to have one nearby.

I prefer standard velocity 2 3/4" 00 buck loads for this purpose--magnum 3" or 3 1/2" loads are preferred by many, but I figure I can easily keep this combination on target with more than enough killing power.


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I have a Mossy in 12 gauge loaded with #1 buck by the bed and a Stoeger Coach Gun in the entryway closet loaded with 00.
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For the last 25 years or so I have owned a plain vanilla Mossberg 500A with an 18 in barrel. I load it with buckshot at home and practice with cheap birdshot. I had it out last weekend, along with my Ruger Mk II for practice. I shot some exotic Winchester sporting clays 7 1/2 shot shells just for grins. As I get older and my vision gets lousy, I find a shotgun bead easier to use than a front and rear sight combination.
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Looks like this is a thread that won't die... In that case I'm happy to join in.

I keep an 870 that is loaded with 2 rounds of 00 rubber buckshot, followed by a slug and then lead 00 buck. This is the go-to shotgun for my primary need - black bear and mountain lion. I generally end up hazing these critters 2-3x/yr (out of season). In a pinch, I have no doubt that this set-up will serve me just fine with uninvited 2-legged pests.

For an in-home situation though, I would grab the more accessible, and groggy-user friendly sp101 with the crimson trace grips. Downstairs in the man cave, I have a sig 250 with a M6X laser/light which will work too, but the revolver is my groggy gun and primary in-home defense tool

That being said, the 870 - which has a wood stock with a mercury recoil suppressor, a 18" barrel, high-viz follower, tube extender, and tac light - is a workhorse and has never let me down.
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Mossberg 500 loaded with Winchester low-recoil 00-Buck plus another six on the sidesaddle and four on the butt-stock shell holder along with two slugs (just in case). I prefer the 500 over the 870 for it's ambi-saftey since I shoot long guns left handed.
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Eats anything I feed her and keeps asking for more, but loves MG Buck.
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I picked up a couple years ago an older Remington 870 with factory 20" barrel, cylinder bore and wood stock that appeared to have been subjected to very high humidity as the buttstock was swollen and the finish cracking underneath.

We picked it up for $150, touched up the blue, picked up a new plastic furniture for it, a 3 shot extender and a Hi-Viz fiber front post. It's loaded with Winchester Mil grade 00 and sits against the wall next to my bed.

The only thing I still want to change is the front bead, the fiber optic simply doesn't pick up enough light to be effective at night. I'd like to find a tritium bead to replace it with. The bolt came from the factory either chrome plated or nickel, dunno which. I may either replace it or find someone who can strip it for me. Since it's HD it's no big deal but it clashes with the rest of the setup.
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In the good old days, the bad old guys would cut off a pump at the magazine cap or the double barrel at the end of the forearm, and hide the gun under a coat...some even cut the stock short and it got even harder to spot...the Law got tired of being outgunned (.38 vs. 12 ga. OO buck is a bad match) and got them outlawed...now it's Fed. law that a barrel of shotgun must be 18", the rifle must be 16", and overall length of either must be 27"...some states require longer...i.e. La. is 20" on shotgun barrels....I'd like the 14" barrel that LEOs use on their entry shotguns, but it'd be a $200.00 tax stamp, toenail exam before getting it, and a hassle everytime it was spotted by an LEO-so 18" is the limit....not that much difference in performance....
Umm, I thought the short shotguns were an AOW and a $5 stamp?
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