So, a female couple that I am friends with want to get a firearm for self defense due to rising crime in their urban neighborhood. Neither has shot much (just in their youth). I plan on getting them a 20 g, I found a good deal on a local Mossberg 500C, but it currently has a pistol grip on it. I plan to re-stock the gun in wood (going with Jack's advice for a "plain jane hunting gun for SD"). Or, maybe as a lark I might do up a pink finish.
I had planned to just put a youth stock set on it, but I can't seem to find a good deal on youth stock sets, which cost upwards of $65. I don't really want to spend this when I can buy a used wood stock set off of ebay for >$10 and cut it down myself.
Question is, is it just a matter of cutting down the length of the stock to better fit a woman (one is 5,"7, the other 5"5)? And how much should I take off (what should the final length be?) I was thinking of getting a limbsaver-type recoil pad for the gun, then cutting it down farther and using the pad to extend it back out.
Also, this is assuming that a regular 500 stock set will fit a 500C? Is that correct?
I was also thinking of loading it with single-aught "0" buck. Any thoughts?