Friday, December 23, 2011

My thoughts on multi-gun shotguns

Also, a popular subject because of the growing popularity in multi-gun, are shotguns.   This is my take on Tactical or Limited division shotguns (they are the same)

In general:
12 ga is by far the most popular gauge, although there are some 20s.  20s are lighter as a rule and have less recoil.  20 does make major, and would be a lot better for women or people with slight builds.  They do however, have less shot generally and slugs can be harder to find and more expensive.  The semi-auto is necessary to be competitive.  Pumps are cool for hunting and home defense but they are not competitive for action shooting.

There are 3 really popular shotguns I have noticed in multi-gun lately.  The Benelli M1 and M2 are very popular, and are extremely light and reliable, but I think they have more recoil than the other popular guns.  The Remington 1100 or 11-87 are have been around for a long time, and are pretty inexpensive but they are more particular about cleaning.   The FNH SLP is the only one pretty well ready to go right out of the box, but they are also particular about cleaning.  For the record the Winchester X2 and Browning Gold are the same basic gun as the FNH, but you don't see a lot of them dressed up for competition.

The most important feature is reliablility.  Next is capacity.  You need your gun to hold 9 rounds total, or 8 in the tube and 1 in the chamber.  Extensions are available from many good companies though Nordic is the most popular. Barrel lengths between 21 and 24 seem to be the most popular.

Extended bolt handles and bolt releases can be added  to almost any of the guns.  It is very desirable to enlarge the loading port so it's easier to load quickly.  It may also be necessary to weld up the carrier so it is longer and more square, or replace it with one that has been done, so it doesn't bite your thumb as you're loading.  I like some kind of rifle type sights so that I can shoot slugs accurately.  Some guns like the SLP come with them, and they can be added by various methods to any vent rib gun too.

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