Just wondering if there is or will be with Ulduar an alternative to this thing.
Im fairly broke atm, saving up for my Epic Flyer (my warrior was my bastard child bc) so i dont really want to spend 1.5-2k g on this thing. However aside from the quest throwing knives, i havent seen a ranged tanking weap yet. Im currently using the dps gun from 10 man KT. I figure its good enough with threat. But i am losing substantial HP without it.
No clue about a stam replacement, until I bought mine I swapped between my old khorium destroyer, and the blacksmith knives that have hit and expertise on them. If it makes you feel better I have seen the prices going down on the shotgun, bought mine for 1250, might have gotten for 1150 if I didn't do the buyout thing.
There really is no alternative to the Armor Plated Combat Shotgun, nothing can compare with the sheer awesome. However, I used the quest item Dorian's Prybar, I know the Weighted Axe is good too. But ideally you are going to want that Shotgun.
I guess the question is: are you MT'ing a raid? If so, is your raid struggling to keep you up?
The gun is by far the best tanking ranged in the game right now. Nothing comes remotely close. Frankly, if you were a regular tank in the raid, it should be something you pick up ASAP because it is that good. However, if you're just playing casually, then I guess it can take a backseat.
TBH, the alternative to the armor-plated shotgun is being a lesser tank.
Now, if you aren't having problems in raids and/or heroics, then pick up the weighted throwing axe (or Dorian's Prybar) and hope that there will be equivalent or better loot in 3.1. Maybe you'll have more money by then. I had saved up most of the mats by the time I dinged 80, so I had it (and the BS shield and boots) in the first couple days. Maybe you could check the AH every day and purchase the item at the best price...you'd be surprised how quickly you'll have all the mats.