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What do you guys use for your "go to" shotgun and loads at 3:00 AM with a Bad Guy coming through the back door?

I have a Remington 870 Express Magnum 12ga with 3" Magnum #00 Buckshot(15 X .33)... I'm glad I'm not the bad guy!:D
 

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Have an old Mossberg .20 with two slugs and two buck in it-four more on the side-light enough and light recoil enough for my 13-year-old to handle-a youth model of same on layaway for better fit-then the old one will warm my back in the truck. Figure if I have to make a head shot the slugs need to be first-we have a dog and unlikely anyone would get in to grab someone---hard to plan for anything and everything...plan, prepare, and pray-in any order.
 

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We keep a couple of Ithaca mod.37 20ga pumps handy. This is my wifes "favorite shotgun and is cut down 'special' to fit her like a glove................
Oh , they only use basic field loads ,for 'birds'... ha ha

Just gotta love that middle of the night, all in the dark, "clackity-clack" of the pump action being worked, then a nice loud "who's there?"
 

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The only two shotguns I currently own are a Mossburg 500 12 ga pump and a short barreled Baikal/REmington double barrel SxS, also in 12 ga. Either would do for home defense, and do quite well.
 

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Mossberg 500 18". Since mine are usually 4 legged varmints it is loaded with 3 #4 and followed by 2 buckshot just in case.
 

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I've got a Rem.1100 12 ga. and a Stoeger side-by-side 20 ga. with 26" barrels. The 1100 stays in the closet close by but the Stoeger is in the corner near my nightstand. I'm lookin' to sell the Stoeger and replace it with a shorter barreled auto or pump. [8D]
 

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Mossberg 500. Bought it in 77 or 78. It has wooden stock. My friend has one he recently purchased with a plastic stock. We shoot 3 " 00
 

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12ga 870 pump loaded with #1 Buck
 

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No wonder you're having trouble finding a comfy holster-if Josh Randall had had one of those!!!!!!!!! Really wouldn't be bad in 20 ga.
 

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As short as that is it should be real handy. With some practice, which is needed on all arms, 3 rounds should be plenty for home defense. Looks short, ugly and deadly, I wouldn't want to be looking down the weong end of the barrel.
 

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I have a Remington 870HD w/ 18" barrel and 2 round extension and factory synthetic stocks. I changed out the plastic trigger assembly for a beautiful NOS aluminum Wingmaster one. I also added a Vang Comp big button safety and a steel magazine follower out of a police magnum. I keep it loaded with Remington Express 2-3/4" 00 Buck; 6 in the tube, empty chamber, action unlocked and safety off. Simply rack the slide and it's ready for action.
 

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Mine holds 4 X 3" Remington 00 Buckshot, chamber empty, action unlocked, safety off. Pick it up, pump it and you're ready... In 20 seconds, I could send 60 .33 caliber "rounds" to a bad guy...
 

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That's the way I truck carry-picture a repairman's truck with who knows what behind the seat and even in a scabbard the safety could be bumped off-the way I carried in the cruiser (which we just called the po-lice car)--grab it-rack it-boom-no safety to fumble with till I decide I need it...at home-full load and safety on-standing in its own little corner-noone to touch it-besides, I can repair sheet rock -- not truck metal!
 

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I've had a Mossberg 500 for about 30 years, holds 8 2 3/4 or 7 3 inch in 12 guage. Friend bought one about ten ior twelve years ago. We stocked up on 3 inch mags with 00. I think each shell holds 15 shots. Clue me in RNettles.
 

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White Dog, I have the same gun as you and I always keep some .00 buckshot for it. Something about a Pump .12ga Shotgun that gets peoples attention when you rack a shell into it. :D
 
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