I’ve been thinking of getting a new home defense 12 gauge shotgun it’ll be my first one to what is the best one to get for a lower than 300 budget
I love Mossberg 500 Cruiser with pistol grip. Very handy in home defense situations. Unfortunately you cannot find it new below $400 …
Mossberg Maverick 88 Cruiser seems to be something that fits your budget:
Mossberg 500. It’s the AR of the shotgun world. Tons of aftermarket. Multiple calibers available. Don’t overlook a pawn shop gun. A good deal can be found hiding in plain sight.
You can’t go too far wrong with a Mossberg 5XX or a Remington 870. There are plenty of parts available to update the gun with as your budget allows.
I really dislike the internals of the Mossberg 5XX series of shotguns. Too many free floating parts that have to b held “juuust " right to get it to go back together. I prefer the Remington 870 series in general and they like AR’s are Lego’s for big kids. The action release lever is in front of the trigger guard not behind it and the safety actually BLOCK’s the trigger as opposed to some flat bit of metal that interferes with the trigger. The 870 Wingmaster used to be available in a plain parkerized finish w/ a 26” choked tube that could be chopped off at 20" right at the vent rib joint for fairly cheap but I’m not sure about current pricing.
Mossberg is good. Mav88 are cheap and work well. I am partial to the Rem 870. Look for the 870 Express, or used 870’s in the pawn shops. LOTS of them around here for a bit under 200. Might be a little scuffed up, but leaves you with some for ammo and any upgrades you want.
For home defense, hard to beat a good shotgun.
William228, look around for a police supply shop. Alot of older retired Rem.870 already setup with extended tubes,open chokes and side saddle round carriers. I picked one up for $175.oo. Or as others suggested hit the local pawn shops and gun shops to see what they have. If your patient a decent gun will show up or you could ask them to notify you if one comes in.??? Don’t know if a police supply will sell to civilians where you are located but worth a try. Good Luck! A shotgun is an awesome Home set. Weapon.
I have to jump on the Remington 870 train. I love mine and have had her since 1992. I recently added the Magpul stock and fore grip. It is reliable and has never once had an issue.
Thanks everyone for the advice
@William228 That is what makes this community great is the collective knowledge and the willingness to share it.
You cannot go wrong with a Home Defence Shotgun , you can fire birdshot, buckshot and slugs.
A 12ga. will take down any game in North America, 2 legged and 4 legged.
Stick to your budget and you can upgrade later if you feel you need to. I have 7 and they make up the core of my firearm survival plan. Stay safe, Bruce and Nancy.
Get a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 with a stock and an 18 to 20 inch barrel. You can find police trade ins at your local gun store from time to time. Pistol grip shotguns are good for hip fire, which we all know is wrong, because we have to aim as we are responsible for every pellet that leaves our muzzle.
The next step after getting a shotgun is to grab a few different brands of buckshot and see what kind of buckshot holds a tight pattern coming out of your gun. My Mossberg likes federal buckshot with flight control wads. Birdshot is fine for practicing reloads, but according to ballistics gelletin testing, it is a poor choice for HD.
Started with the 5XX and they are fantastic. Currently 590 A1, which is their flagship and military approved edition. I bet that once you get the 500 and use it for a few years you will dream of upping to the 590 A1. Both are excellent for home defense. My personal fear is that during a bump in the night I will pause like a deer in the headlights trying to pick between my shotgun and my M4! Train with both and I assure you that being on the wrong end of my response wouldn’t be pleasant. LOL!
I have a friendship with Mossberg and I look for shotguns that might be at the end of the
line some. I found a 26" Mossberg 535 12 gauge that can use 2.75 “, 3.0”, and the famous 3.5"
magnums. please remember your CHOKE system. ( 3 ) screw in type into the Barrel .
Cost: $ 300.00 + on the money.
1 Maverick 88 18.5" Barrel $188.00
1 Maverick 88 26" Barrel $188.00
I did not want 3 costly Barrels and a the pump shotguns cost less. I got the full firearm.
The 18.5 " barrel is and open choke and uses rifle slugs.
After decades of overspending–I buy a lot of dependable guns used (I have the money to buy new, but I’m trying to be frugal). Look for a used Remington or Mossberg. In my experience, both are reliable and will do the job.
I do the same thing. Mossberg really put out a great shotgun. The 500 and the Maverick 88
are great to have in different barrel length and a full choked 12 gauge works well too. I love the
10 to 12 yard distance with 12 Ga. and 2 to 4 shot and 3" ammo. The 18.5 " barrel, open choke barrel,
has a liking to 12 gauge rifle slugs with some weight behind them.
One more here as well for the short-barreled 870. A very reliable 12 gauge defender.
Old school 870 Wingmaster above.
There are two levels of 870’s, Express and Wingmaster. You will find the Wingmaster to have a better action.
Im curious as to what type of shotgun you prefer for home defense? thanks
Pistol grip, pump action, no stock, short barrel.