Honestly... I really think you need to evaluate your playing style, I naturally assumed this would be a topic ripping on how OP shotguns are but underpowered, really? Shotguns wreck in this game dude.
Obviously there are some maps where they are better than others just as in any game but there is nothing unbalanced about the shotgun currently and improving it in anyways even as much as I'd love it (fresh off a 37-8 TDM game on Freight with the Bulldog) would just make things grossly unfair.
If you really want to be using a shotgun though I'll gladly throw a couple tips your way to help you do better hopefully.
- If you aren't using Dead Silence, anyone and everyone you will ever have a chance of killing will hear you coming from a mile away.
- Stay out of sight, try and come from behind them, once you are seen choose a different route.
- Use corners to your advantage, if you get someone chasing you take one and then hug it as he passes you.
- Muzzle Break helps with range but try not to engage until you know you're close enough to finish the target.
- This should be a given but hipfire all the way, I've yet to look down the sights of my shotgun.
- If you aren't using Amplify and some form of gaming headphones you will be at a huge disadvantage when it comes to any CQC, 90% of your kills are going to be coming from hearing footsteps and putting yourself in their path.
- Try running straight combat knife as practice to just get the gameplay down, once you are able to go positive consistently and you make the move up to a shotgun it will make things like childs play.
Good luck man
Its good enough with Steady Aim and hip firing that I really feel like aiming down the scope at all is just a waste of a few milliseconds you could already be gunning the guy down, in addition you have much better mobility as your firing. My exact setup is Steady Aim, Dead Silence, Amplify, Ready Up, Agility, and Marathon. I've tried switching out a few but nothing really compares to be able to sprint around endlessly at high speeds, you can close on people faster, and in other situations you can escape and be on the other side of the map before the person who was shooting at you knows what happened.
Tried the exact same setup earlier with a bulldog and, well, its dramatically different from my usual "aim+fire" approach (where I used to rely on the "one big bullet" rather than using shotgun as hipfire weapon). Its fun, its fast, its effective at close ranges and I immediately got my operation completed. Funny how dramatically different these two appoaches are.
Thanks for the setup! Even though I reached same setup independently, I completely agree, its great!
As an alternative way of using shotguns, try them in tandem with the perk Overkill. Use whatever primary weapon you wish for range like an AR/Sniper/SMG, and use the shotgun as a "secondary primary". This way you start the match (and every life thereafter) able to be effective from more ranges.
For players with higher skill in the game, this strategy isn't as effective as you get to learn how to use many different weapons well enough outside of their intended range, but it doesn't hurt to try it out and see if it works for you.