I have a remington 870 that I want to setup as a camp bear defense shotgun. The 26" barrel is just waaayyy too long and I want something more suitable for close range, wet your pants, trying to hit anything brown/black type situations. Which barrel should I purchase? And, which slugs should I use? I have thought about it quite a bit and do not plan to load buckshot and slugs, I will be loading strictly slugs. I want the first shot to count in close quarters so I am leaving buckshot out of the equation.
I ask because my family will be camping with my quite often this year and I want something with a little more punch than just a 44 mag, and if need be, I want something that my wife can shoot too. My 329 isn't that firearm, and hope to get her out on the range with the slug gun for practice.