In Dead Island, there are two types of shotguns: shotguns and short shotguns. In comparison to the latter, the former holds two more shells, is more accurate, shoots fewer pellets, and seems to reload faster.
If I want to make sure that I don't miss any pellets with a short shotgun, I have to get near point blank range, but this is within the range of a Thug's reach. If I shoot from outside of the Thug's reach, I fear how many pellets are missing in the trade for safety, and wonder if a normal shotgun would be more effective.
To put it objectively, at just outside of the maximum range of a Thug's reach, WHICH shotgun lands more damage (in a single shot) to Thug leg or head? Spread must be taken into account.