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Whats your guys opinion. Used to duck hunt and deer hunt a lot so have plenty experience with shotguns. Never really got into hand guns have shot plenty though. So shotgun or hand gun? Don't want to spend a fortune but want something dependable
 

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Kids in the house? Pretty sure you have a couple. I’d go shotgun with number 7’s. Personally I like autoloaders for home defense. Don’t fall for the bs about racking the slide on a pump gun scaring the bad guy. Keep one in the chamber and out of reach of the kids.
 

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Mossberg 500 with 18" riot barrel, take the plug out and load it with 6 rounds of #6 or 7.5 shot. At 20' there won't be much left after a couple of center mass hits. Leave the safety off with nuttin in the pipe.. only takes a couple of seconds to rack one. 00 buckshot will go through walls and possibly harm your loved ones. You'll sleep better with it within reach..
 

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I'm going to go against the flow here. I personally don't prefer a shotgun for home defense simply because it has a longer barrel that takes some room to maneuver. In an emergency situation, give me something I can keep close and wield more easily. I keep a Taurus Judge revolver in my nightstand. It's loaded with 5 .410 shotgun shells (home defense loads of course), and it will also take a .45 Colt cartridge.
 

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870 compact model (shorter barrel) in 20 gauge, loaded with #3 buckshot (20 pellets). Holds 3+1 with plug removed.

I actually did a lot of research recently on the load and the #3 buck will definitely get the job done while minimizing over penetration. Slugs will go through all your walls and probably your neighbors too if they live close.

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I keep my every day carry gun in my bedside drawer with a stream light flashlight next to it. The EDC gun goes from my waist at the end of the day to my bedside drawer and back to my waist when I leave the next day. During the winter a bolt action .223 gets added to the mix for shooting coyotes at night when the motion detectors go off outside the house.
 
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