Federal 2.75in. #4 Magnum Buckshot (34 pel.)
This is a discussion on 3" Magnum 00Buck vs 2.75" 00Buck within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; something to watch about your shotgun in a house Just about any firearm you use inside a house will penetrate thru 2 1/2" sheets of ...
3" Magnum 00Buck (15 pellets)
2.75" 00Buck (9 pellets)
Just about any firearm you use inside a house will penetrate thru 2 1/2" sheets of sheetrock.But 00 buck will seldom penetrate all the way thru a body,and in a lot of cases Birdshot will not penetrate deep enough to penetrate vital organs and may just piss off an attacker.something to watch about your shotgun in a house
I guess the most important thing is use something that will stop a threat, and practice so you don't miss
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Federal 2.75in. #4 Magnum Buckshot (34 pel.)
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I don't think it matters much at in home ranges, but I would, and do, use a shotgun that will shoot EITHER 2 3/4", 3', shells so I don't have to be concerned about what shell I have loaded.
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I have an Rem 1100 12ga in 3". Although gas operated, still kicks too much for me for controllable rapid repeat shots with 3" shells. Don't want to buy a Benelli to see if better. I'm not that heavy of a guy so I use 2&3/4" shells and in #0 or #1 buck. Using #0 buck gives up a little weight to #00 but more pellets can be fit in. #1 buck is not bad either. Here's a link to one article about payload and recoil of 12ga loads: Home Defense Shotgun Ammo. A #4 buck pellet does not meet the 12" penetration barometer for FBI for reliable stops in vital body structures.
For 3", I'd choose a Winchester 3" Super-X loading in #1 buck with 24 pellets (each is a .30" pellet weighing 40gr at 1040fps). Sort of like 24 .22LR bullets at the same time.
One other thing - and I dunno if its a factor for you - some homeowners need to consider that they might not be the actual shooter. I have a .357 686+, but I just use .38's. If my wife ever needs to use the gun when I'm not around, I don't want her to have to handle the extra oomph of a full-house .357.
"I would like to mention one very important factor in choosing a buckshot load for dangerous game, and that concerns shot size selection. Most people would automatically pick 00 buck simply becuause it's so well know through TV westerns. In fact, the 12-pellet 12-gauge "baby magnum" load of 00 is considerably inferior to the same maximum powder loading of small NO. 1 buckshot in the same shell. The difference lies in the simple and astonishingly obvious fact that at .33 caliber, 00 buck is so large in the shell that there is much wasted space that could otherwise be filled with lead if the bearing surfaces of the big, round pellets didn't have to come into contact with each other. But they must. No. 1 buck is .30 caliber, only ten percent less in diameter than 00 buck and but thirteen grains per pellet lighter. However, because of the way the pellet mass fits into the shotshell, the same shell can fire an incredible seventy-five percent more pellets than the Magnum 00 load! What this means is that when you need help in a big way, you're launching eight hundred grains of lead at better than three thousand foot-pounds at the muzzle with No. 1 buck compared with a bit over six hundred grains and not quite twenty-four hundred foot-pounds with the 00 buck. If you don't reckon that can make a significant difference, you've never had something try to eat you.
One might also bear in mind that eight hundred grains of lead in a swarm has the individual pellet impact area of an umbrella, for even though still in a solid mass at more or less ten yards, it covers a circular saturation point of about a 7-inch circle. Eight hundred grains, remember, equals a .458 PLUS a .375 at point blank, and you've got two barrels of the stuff, minimum."
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I use #1 buck. 2.75 inch. More shells in the tube; more pellets in the shell; meets the FBI penetration standard.
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I'm in the 2.75 inch crowd, but I prefer #4 buck.
27 pellets of .240 never seen it used on a person...but it'll roll a coyote like a sledgehammer.
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