2 3/4" Win Mil Spec Buckshot.
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1 Ounce slug
Slug/Buckshot Combo (Winchester PDX1)
Double round ball
For those of us who choose a 12 gauge as our home defense gun, what is your favorite load?
2 3/4" Win Mil Spec Buckshot.
00buck 9 pellet. Pick whatever brand you want in whatever flavor you like.
Low recoil, flight control and all that tactical style stuff.
I run the cheaper Winchester Super X from Wal-Mart. It's quality ammo and will keep a tight pattern within a house.
It's very effective at neutralizing any close threats, but keep in mind the over penetration of it.
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2 3/4 00 Buck.
00 buck pellets are .33cal. There are 9 in one shell. Like shooting a whole magazine of 9mm in one shot...... my shotgun carries 7 magazines. 56 shots. Very effective.
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#4 would be the lightest if that is your need for your dwelling.
00 would be the heaviest of your situation allows it.
I split the difference and went with #1.
Don't even bother with bird shot. #2 express turkey loads might be interesting in a small home ( <15' shots).
2-3/4" #1 Buck, for me. Not as much kick as the #00, a bit better spread, somewhat less penetration (from various independent tests), sufficient ballistics to get the job done (IMO), and I end up with better repeatable accuracy in that load as compared to #00. Works for me.
Well from the very first time I shot them my fave 12G loads are the 1oz Slug first 00 Buck 2nd and last #4 Buck or BB Buck. That was from about 25-30 years ago. Since that fateful day I bought 5R of Slug and 5R of 00 Buck only ONCE have I bought some practice loads of bird shot.
I don't much like the ideer of using 00 or #4 Buckshot to stop intruders. So long as my first rounds hit COM I finger a 72caliber 1 oz ball should grab the attention of the first slime ball breaking into my home. For this scenario I prefer my AK.
Hornady Critical Defence and Hornady Super Performance
Both are 8 pellet 00 Buckshot.
I used a Maverick 88 and fired it from 21'.
Hornady Super Performance are about $13 for 10 shells.
Hornady Critical Defence are about $15 for 10 shells.
If 00 buck is good enough for the police and military, I figure it'll cover my needs.
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2¾" #1 Buckshot
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