3" Magnum 00Buck vs 2.75" 00Buck

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; You know, I've always carried the 2.75" Federal Tactical HV 00Bucks in my saiga... pretty much wasn't even an arguement. Today a friend asked me ...

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    3" Magnum 00Buck vs 2.75" 00Buck

    You know, I've always carried the 2.75" Federal Tactical HV 00Bucks in my saiga... pretty much wasn't even an arguement.

    Today a friend asked me what he should get and while showing him I saw some 3" magnum 00Bucks.... Then I thought to myself... How come people don't use these for SD/HD? most LE ones are the 2.75" as well.

    I mean, 9 pellets vs 15 pellets in one shot... Sounds like an obvious choice.

    so I wanted to ask here... does anyone use 3" bucks for SD/HD? I think I might switch to that now. capacity is the same for me since I have a magazine for the saiga.

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    9 pellets is 9 .33 caliber balls making a pretty tight pattern at the range I would intend to use them. In a mossberg 500. So it is about capacity. I have no doubts about the effectiveness. If I had a saiga my opinion may change. I have lots of slugs handy (also 2.75") and a mountain of bird shot laying around... but the 00 is what the 'berg is loaded with right now.
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    As far as caliber/load debates go, this has got to be the least important. If you can hit somebody with 12 gauge 00, then the BG is probably going down. Shoot whatever you want, but seriously, anything that you put in your shotgun will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Shot View Post
    As far as caliber/load debates go, this has got to be the least important. If you can hit somebody with 12 gauge 00, then the BG is probably going down. Shoot whatever you want, but seriously, anything that you put in your shotgun will do.
    it's not really a debate for that. it's a question why people don't use 3" 00Buck which hold more .33" pellets.

    It's like accepting a 1" buckshot with 3 .33 pellets when you could load a 2.75 with 9...

    I'm sure he'll do down with 9 pellets in him, but why not put 15? anything worth putting 9 pellets is worth putting 6 more!
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    I agree. Let's do it.

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    I have 2.75" for my coach gun. That's plenty for someone coming into the house, and I'm pretty sure would highly discourage the next guy in line.OMOYMV
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    Heavier recoil slows down follow up shots.

    Plus, you really don't gain much.

    I'll stick with my low recoil 2.75's.
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    In other shot guns you will loose a round with the 3" and a heavier recoil, but in your case and the saiga it may be an advantage with the 3". And of course the pattern being larger.

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    Right now I am of the opinion that the Judge or the S&W shot pistol are better in home defense. The new 2 1/2" .410 PDX shoots 3 large pellets and BB sized shot. The short barrel spreds the BBs but the pellets go pretty straight. I had a chance to shoot a 2 shot .410 derringer a couple weeks ago and even that 10 oz gun was not too bad.

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    Further, you can mix them with .45 Long Colt.

    Getting back to the initial question. If the 3" magnums can be handled as well as the 2 3/4 there is no contest. If one is going to flinch from the gun with the more powerful cartridge then go with the smaller one.
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    I prefer the recoil of the 2.75" rounds. No need for magnum shotgun loads inside your domicile.
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    But Lindy1933, you can't then beat someone to death with those after your are out - as a joke LOL :-)
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    The magnum rounds may also pose an over penetration issue.
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    Agreed Anglico, but if it is a Zombie ...

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    something to watch about your shootgun in a house



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