Favorite 12 gauge home defense load?

Favorite 12 gauge home defense load?

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  • 1 Ounce slug

    3 3.00%
  • 000 Buckshot

    2 2.00%
  • 00 Buckshot

    47 47.00%
  • 1 Buckshot

    26 26.00%
  • 4 Buckshot

    20 20.00%
  • Birdshot BBB-4

    1 1.00%
  • Birdshot 5-8

    3 3.00%
  • Less Lethal

    0 0%
  • Slug/Buckshot Combo (Winchester PDX1)

    5 5.00%
  • Double round ball

    0 0%
  • Other

    1 1.00%
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    Favorite 12 gauge home defense load?

    For those of us who choose a 12 gauge as our home defense gun, what is your favorite load?

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    2 3/4" Win Mil Spec Buckshot.
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    Here's my choice.

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    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).
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    Federal Flight Control #1 Buckshot
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickBurkhardt View Post
    Federal Flight Control #1 Buckshot
    Double 00 buck. Where I live over penenstrating aint a worry.
    Actually i prefer something i can shoot thru an interior wall and still get the job done on a BG if situation called for it.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    If 00 buck is good enough for the police and military, I figure it'll cover my needs.
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    2" #1 Buckshot
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    This comes up pretty regular here on DC. Below is a discussion that includes quite a bit on shotgun loads used for HD/SD and another with some hunting applications.

    Suburban Homestead defense - Long gun considerations

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