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I just bought a mossberg 500!!!! 20" barrel 12 gauge. $300 out the door not to bad. I have never owned or even shot a shotgun (except when i was 8 one time when i asked my grandpa to shoot a bigger gun then the 22.... Boy did i learn my lesson lol) But I was just wondering if anyone had any advise for me? I chose the #4 buckshot for a defense load b/c i live in a apt and just think 00 would be overkill in my apt. Any tips as to training, quick loading, accuracy, any help would be appriciated
 

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Congratulations! I also use #4 shot. You might look into buying a Knoxx SpecOps recoil reducing stock. I put one on my Mossy and it made a big difference.
 

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Practice, practice, practice! And keep in mind that shotgun still needs to be aimed.

Federal flightcontol rounds are worth the price. They will hold a tight group out to 15+ yards. So in a HD situation if your aim is good they will do the job.

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Any size shotgun shell/slug will shoot through walls.

And in the case of 4 shot, there will be more pellets to do so.

Actually, approximately 160 pellets in a 4 shot shell, compared to 9 or less 00 Pellets.

Not trying to be negative, just trying to let you know
 

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afraid i do not even own a camera so no pics. thanks for the idea about classes. BTW John A. I agree with you about all shot will go though walls, but I am worried about going through a person then though a wall. btw I wouldnt use any bird shot, i am useing #4 buck, that is 21 pellets that are .24 cal.
 

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I got the same shotgun myself. Knoxx recoil reducing stock can be picked up at some gun stores for $100 bucks. It's worth it and looks great. If you get the stock also look into getting the Blackhawk rubber grip sleeve. It beefs up the grip and gives you great feel.
 

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The shooting club near me has action shotgun competitions weekly. That would probably be a great training tool. I go there for shooting IDPA/IPSC, and apparently these action shotgun things are basically IPSC with shotguns. That would teach you accuracy, reloading, quick follow up shots with the shotgun, etc.

Might want to check the clubs around you that offer IDPA and IPSC to see if they do action shotgun
 

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trap, skeet, sporting clays, any of the shotgun games will help you with familiarity & handling.

hang out with the guys after the shooting is over & latch on to the guy that gives you friendly advice. I've heard of snobs at the skeet/trap range, but never met one myself. Don't listen to anyone who says "you can't shoot skeet with a 500."

Don't feel bad when you break 3 birds your first time out. Everybody starts somewhere.

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Practice your aim first, then on handling a tactical situation.
You'd be surprised how many people appear tacticool, but have never pulled a trigger outside the range.
Invest in ammo and some courses. It may save your six someday
 

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Practice your aim first, then on handling a tactical situation.
You'd be surprised how many people appear tacticool, but have never pulled a trigger outside the range.
Invest in ammo and some courses. It may save your six someday
Great advice. I'm looking for a tactical shotgun course for myself right now
 

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^^^^^^^^How to turn your shotgun into a 30 lbs survival backback. I was laughing at first, but I kept reading, and I can't tell if it is a joke or not. Reminds me of the ultimate tacticool M4 video posted on another thread lately. But that was clearly a joke.

IMO, things like this turn a tool very good at one thing, into something that can do many things half assed. Sort of like a swiss army knife. 29 shells on the gun is rediculous. An extra 8-10 lbs of stuff that you will likely never need on your shotgun doesn't make a difficult situation with an intruder any easier.

For the OP, it seems you are right on track. I have a 590, live in an apartment, and carry 4 Buck in it as well. It doesn't matter what you use for HD, if you miss the target, it's going into the neighbors house. The next best thing to do is consider the angles for the most likely shots, and where your neighbors sleep, or sit while watching tv. The best thing to do is not miss if you have to shoot.
 
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