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Well, since I'm up and apparently unable to sleep anyways:

I was wondering what kinds of modifications you would [and conversely would NOT] do to a pump-action shotgun with the intended duty of home defense...

What's good, what's bad, and what is just downright ugly [and either good or bad] in your opinion? Inquiring minds wanna know, ya know.

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Id save up and trade it in for a semi auto Rem 1100 with an 8 shot mag extension.
 

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Get the shortest barrel possible, other than that leave it alone. You can add all kinds of gadgets and gizmos but they just look cool, they don't help much, in a home defense gun keep it simple. For saftey sake you can fill the tube and leave the chamber empty for storage, it only takes a seond to rack a round when you need it and incidently a pump shotty being racked is one of the most intimidating sounds in the world.
 

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Jeremy said:
For saftey sake you can fill the tube and leave the chamber empty for storage, it only takes a seond to rack a round when you need it and incidently a pump shotty being racked is one of the most intimidating sounds in the world.
I read an interesting article that said something along the lines of "Yes, but for the intruder who is breaking into your house and is already armed, you just gave away your position, and now they may start shooting at your first."

Me? We've got a Surefire on the barrel and just order a Knoxx pistol grip that is supposed to reduce recoil enough that you can shot the 12ga 870 one handed. We'll see...
 

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So many people are scared to shoot 12Ga shotguns one handed... Now I know you cant use it for anything but everyone talks about it. with my remington 870 12Ga with a folding stock I shoot it one handed a fair amount just messing around, I dont have the Knoxx grip or anything on it but people buy them for that.

As for shotguns mods... two that im messing around with.
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I don't think I could handle my 870 one handed, and I know my fiance can't for sure. That's why I picked up the Knoxx grips. We enjoyed going to the range but the recoil was so rough on her she stopped wanting to go (big bruises after one day, shooting full load rounds) and we haven't gone since.

So, hopefully they will work enough to get her back on the range. :)
 

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If you're getting bruises from an 870 you're not shooting it right. In training we shoot close to 1,000 round a day (900 00 Buck and 100 Slugs), through 870 magnum expresses.
 

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I've got the Express, and we were using low-load slugs for the most part. That wasn't too bad. One day we picked up some full-load slugs accidentally and it nearly killed us. We've got it pulled up against the shoulder snug, and the guys at the NRA range even showed us how to do it.

Is there some guide somewhere that has a better way?
 

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I've got the Express, and we were using low-load slugs for the most part. That wasn't too bad. One day we picked up some full-load slugs accidentally and it nearly killed us. We've got it pulled up against the shoulder snug, and the guys at the NRA range even showed us how to do it.

Is there some guide somewhere that has a better way?
1: What type of build are you and her; skinny, stocky etc.? How long are your arms?

2: Do you shoot from the bench or offhand?

3: Do you feel the recoil on your shoulder or on your cheak or both?

Any stock with pistol grip will help reduce "felt" recoil. The pistol grip give you a different holding point which make your hand and arm work like a shock absorber. Instead of taking all the recoil on your shoulder it spreads through your hand and arm also.
 

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1: What type of build are you and her; skinny, stocky etc.? How long are your arms?

2: Do you shoot from the bench or offhand?

3: Do you feel the recoil on your shoulder or on your cheek or both?

Any stock with pistol grip will help reduce "felt" recoil. The pistol grip give you a different holding point which make your hand and arm work like a shock absorber. Instead of taking all the recoil on your shoulder it spreads through your hand and arm also.
We're both thin folks. I'm 6'4 and 160, and she's 5' 8" and 120. We've both got fairly long arms, I suppose?

We shoot offhand (standing).

The recoil is felt mostly in our shoulder where the buttstock is up against us. I've never noticed it on my cheek.

I'm hoping the pistol grip Knoxx setup will help since it has the mechnism inside of it. I'll let you know once they get here.
 

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I'm about 5'4"-5'5" 200, i'm a stubby lil fat man and i <3 my shotgun. I know I've already said this, but there something intimidating about shooting targets 100-150 yards away and not needing a spoting scope.
 

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Jeremy said:
1: What type of build are you and her; skinny, stocky etc.? How long are your arms?

2: Do you shoot from the bench or offhand?

3: Do you feel the recoil on your shoulder or on your cheek or both?

Any stock with pistol grip will help reduce "felt" recoil. The pistol grip give you a different holding point which make your hand and arm work like a shock absorber. Instead of taking all the recoil on your shoulder it spreads through your hand and arm also.
We're both thin folks. I'm 6'4 and 160, and she's 5' 8" and 120. We've both got fairly long arms, I suppose?

We shoot offhand (standing).

The recoil is felt mostly in our shoulder where the buttstock is up against us. I've never noticed it on my cheek.

I'm hoping the pistol grip Knoxx setup will help since it has the mechnism inside of it. I'll let you know once they get here.
The stock fit sounds ok for you at least, if the length of pull, (distance from end of recoil pad to trigger guard, 14" is US standard) is to long or short you strain to get proper sight picture and usually the gun will pound your cheek bone unmercifully.

Try relaxing your upper body and leaning forward so that your strong shoulder is in line or ahead of your weak side knee, and be sure to keep your upper body free/relaxed, if your not dong this already. This allows your body to roll with the recoil of the gun rather than taking a blunt hit right on your shoulder.

With your knoxx, I'm guessing it's adjustable, try shortening the length of pull for her. A little trick is to put the recoil pad into the crease of your elbow with your hand on the grip and trigger as if you were firing with your finger comfortably reaching the trigger. This should be pretty clost to the length of pull you need.

Also a shooting shirt with padded shoulder is a good item to have, you can pick up a padded T shirt for 10$
 

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I put an ATI 6 position CAR 15 style stock with pistol grip on mine. soon i'll get an 18 inch barrel and shot extension...i also have a weaver rail and a red dot sight on it as well. plus a light mounted on the barrel
 
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