It’s not hard to justify a shotgun in a survival setting. My choice would be a police model 18 inch barrel, cylinder bore choke, three inch chamber with an extended magazine … in 12 gauge. This gun has been around for decades and has been proven in many harsh conditions. In just this one platform you have a short range rifle (100 + yards) with a rifled slug, a great self-defense and hunting round with 00 or #4 buckshot and a small game load with anything from #8 to #4 birdshot. Door breaching ability is also among the shotgun’s assets. I have personally taken small to medium size plains game with 12 gauge using buckshot in Africa. I prefer a fixed stock and either a standard front sight bead or simple rifle style express sights. A copy of this excellent firearm lives in my vehicle at all times.
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