Over at the Loadout Room, Travis Pike outlines some solutions to the weaknesses faced by your average shotgun. He writes:
Addressing the Weakness
The first weakness is range. We can’t change the principle of the weapon, we can’t give a shotgun the same range as a rifle. So what we have to do is mix both proper equipment and proper technique.
This is why we have a good and proper set of sights. I prefer the ghost ring LPA adjustable rear rifle sight, and a good solid front sight. A bead sight works well, don’t get me wrong, but if you want to maximize both range and accuracy a good set of adjustable sights are perfect. When you choose an adjustable set of sights you want to dial them in for your slug of choice. A good set of sights can only get you so far.
The next step is experimenting with a variety of slugs and finding what works best for you. I like the Winchester PDX standard slugs, they tend to shoot the best from my Mossberg 930 SPX. Start working on your marksmanship, get behind that gun, and start practicing with slugs. Learn how to shoot those slugs. When it comes to slug training you can treat it as rifle training. The same basic marksmanship and tactical methodology works almost the same.
Again we can only extend the capability of the shotgun so much. If you begin adding larger and larger magazines and longer tubes the weapon will get heavier. The weapon will start to become more and more unwieldy. I keep my tube at 7 rounds plus 1 in the chamber.
The key to being a successful shotgunner is being good at reloading, and topping off. You need to learn how to load fast, and efficiently. Topping off is the art of keeping the shotgun ready to go at all times. There are different methodologies to this, but the general the shoot two, load two is the most widely accepted method. It is pretty self-explanatory. Mastering the reload from a weapon’s side ammo carrier, or from a belt, pouch, or whichever you choose to reload is critical.
Read lots more from Pike here.