MODS! Sorry if this is in the wrong place, the long gun forums were too specific for what I'm asking. I'm having a terrible time trying to decide on shotgun vs rifle for my first long gun. I presently only own 1 gun, a 4" 9mm, and I'm looking to get something that does the things that the handgun can't. I don't have a whole lot of money to spend, and I'm trying to keep it under $600. THE SHOTGUN Mossberg 50579 500SP 12 20 CB 8SH SYN PGK $320.00 SHIPS FREE Really liking the looks of this package, and for $320 shipped, I don't think it can be beat. Seems like a great reliable starter shotgun. The thing is, it wouldn't really be used for anything other than home defense and maybe the occasional hunt, and it's effective range with buckshot isn't that much greater than the pistol. However, I do like the stocklessness (word?) of the cruiser grip, which would make it a great HD alternative to the 9mm. THE RIFLE Who knows? This is where I need some help XDers. I don't know a lot about rifles, the only 2 I've shot were 22lr and 30-30 lever action. I do know that I want a semi-auto for my first rifle, as it will, like the shotgun, do double duty for HD and hunting. I would like it in a caliber that is effective on deer, but with as low recoil as possible, as I highly value quick follow-up shots. 5.56 seems like it would be about right for me, but I can't hardly find anything under $800, which is just out of my budget. If anyone has any suggestions on a good starter AR-style rifle, please offer it up. I'm open to all suggestions. Thank you!