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This is a discussion on Do find a shotgun an essential prepper gun? within the Shotguns forums, part of the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR category; Because I can expect 100% reliability every time. I've been shooting 12ga. pump guns and break opens for over 32 years and have never had ...

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    Because I can expect 100% reliability every time. I've been shooting 12ga. pump guns and break opens for over 32 years and have never had a single fail to fire in tens of thousands of rounds. A 12ga. slug will drop a deer like a bad habit at a hundred + yards, or blow the hinges off any door in front of you. Use a selectable choke barrel and somewhere between the 2 3/4" #8 shot, and the 3.5" magnum shells you'll find a perfect round for killing anything that walks God's green earth. As simple to clean and maintain than any machine could ever want to be. And even the craziest crack head is going think twice when looking down a barrel as big around as his eye ball.

    No matter what the problem. AA-12 is the answer. :D

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    I can't think of a single good reason to NOT have a couple of shotguns.
    "You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas". Davey Crockett

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    A 12 ga single shot, a single action revolver and a stout knife on the belt, and just spending quiet time in the woods.
    I like to sit and be still, after 5 or 10 minutes the animals start moving around again. I don't kill anything but time.
    And it's real hard for me to find anything that enjoyable. It brings out the frontier ancestry in my blood.
    "There is nothing so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." Winston Churchill
    "Leave the artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot." Napoleon
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    All I want for Christmas is:

    An RC helicopter with twin full auto 12ga's.
    Gunship AutoCopter

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    It might be said, that a drawback to shotguns is their lack of distance, but it can also be said one of the greatest things about a shotgun is their lack of distance. That bad guy intent on doing harm in your home, a shotgun is all you need to change his plans, but you go shooting that high powered rifle the possibility of putting rounds outside your home somewhere you don't want them to go is real.
    That cold winter morning when you're out trying to put food on the table, and you kick up that rabbit who is leaving the area in a zig-zag high rate of speed, keep the rifles, give me a 12ga with #4 or #6 shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonshinedave View Post
    It might be said, that a drawback to shotguns is their lack of distance, but it can also be said one of the greatest things about a shotgun is their lack of distance. That bad guy intent on doing harm in your home, a shotgun is all you need to change his plans, but you go shooting that high powered rifle the possibility of putting rounds outside your home somewhere you don't want them to go is real.
    That cold winter morning when you're out trying to put food on the table, and you kick up that rabbit who is leaving the area in a zig-zag high rate of speed, keep the rifles, give me a 12ga with #4 or #6 shot.
    Agreed. If you have neighbors you do not want to put a projectile thru your wall, or thru the perp, and have it go across the street, thru your neighbors wall and kill him while he's watching TV.
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    The shotgun is the most versatile weapon in any arsenal. It will kill food that is small, medium, large and dangerous. It will stop a man - even in full body armor at close range and with the correct load you can even disable a target behind a car with one shot. (bouncing 00 buck under the car) It is by no means perfect at all the jobs it can do but it can do all the necessary jobs except snipe a target at 200 yards or more. It is an ideal home defense weapon because it is easy to point in the right direction and hard to point accidentally at your spouse when he/she surprises you. With bird shot it will easily kill an intruder at the ranges inside your home but you still have to aim it at those ranges unless you practice a lot.

    It is the first weapon a person should own and learn to shoot. I learned to shoot a pistol first, then a rifle and finally a shotgun - I still cannot force myself to keep both eyes open and have a hard time hitting birds in flight - with any of my shotguns. (I have hit a grouse in flight with my 3006)




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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCheeseStick View Post
    All I want for Christmas is:

    An RC helicopter with twin full auto 12ga's.
    Gunship AutoCopter


    I wouldn't mind one of those myself. I could patrol my yard from the comfort of a chair and a glass of lemonade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzee View Post
    I wouldn't mind one of those myself. I could patrol my yard from the comfort of a chair and a glass of lemonade.
    Too much work. I just open the door and let the dogs loose.
    I think the best all around survival firearm has to be the 12 ga single shot shotgun. Survival, not home defense, not anti- raiding bands, but survival.
    Years ago The Backwoodsman Magazine (20+ year subscriber here) had an article on native tribes deep in the Brazilian jungle who rely on such weapons to hunt and even do battle with other tribes. They did no maintenance, when an ejector broke they used a stick as a ramrod. If the locking latch broke they used rawhide wrappings that they could slide back and forth to open the breech or hold it closed. old nails can make firing pins.
    The Backwoodsman has, over the years had articles on making your own blackpowder (one recipe used chicken manure) and reloading shotshells with blackpowder using home made tools.
    As long as you have primers you can keep an old single shot running.
    Last edited by rice paddy daddy; 10-16-2013 at 08:12 PM.
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    12 gauge with 3-inch magnum #4 buck shot shells, 41 .29 caliber rounds traveling at 1200 + fps.

    Nothing more deadly for anti person rounds at distance up to 100 yards
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