Shotgun Ammo--Buckshot

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    Question Shotgun Ammo--Buckshot

    Can someone direct me to an website where I can learn about the different types of buckshot. In particular, the difference among 0, 00, 000, and #4 shot. I thought that it was pellet size, however, I stand corrected. One person told me it was about shot pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavDoc View Post
    Can someone direct me to an website where I can learn about the different types of buckshot. In particular, the difference among 0, 00, 000, and #4 shot. I thought that it was pellet size, however, I stand corrected. One person told me it was about shot pattern.

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    No you were correct, it is the size of the pellet.

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    It is pellet size 000 is the largest and #4 the smallest.

    Different brands will have different pattens
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    It looks like I received some bad advice. I was originally told that 00 9-pellet buckshot for my 12g was a good home defense round. So, I started to buy a box or two each trip to Wally World. Is this round a good choice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavDoc View Post
    It looks like I received some bad advice. I was originally told that 00 9-pellet buckshot for my 12g was a good home defense round. So, I started to buy a box or two each trip to Wally World. Is this round a good choice?
    Well every situation is different, but most all LEO dept use 00 buck. So if it's good for them, it's good for me....
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    I stock up with 00 Buck. 9 pellets at a.30cal? Pretty nasty and effective.

    A shooting down my street (good shoot) the guy used 00buck in a double barrel and shot both at the same time.....nearly cut the guy in half. Threat stopped.

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    Sounds good to me. ATG has a good price on some LE 00 made for the Italian Caribineri and other police departments. I will use it for the range. Delivered, it would be about 70 cents/round. Remington and Winchester would be about $1 per round.
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    #4 buck or larger is good.

    If you are worried about shooting through your walls I would use #4 buck

    If you want to shoot through walls I would use 000
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    I actually keep my HD shotgun load with #4 Buckshot. More pellets and a little less penetration for a miss. I do keep several boxes of 00 Buckshot around in case I have to go outside.

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    2 3/4" 00 buck mainly for me. Slugs are nice also. 9 pellets in the 2 3/4" loads and if you want more, 15 in the 3" magnum loads. I have some #2 steel shot, and I really like the pattern that leaves at the range on a cardboard target out of my 12ga 870. When I had my former Mossy 500 in 20ga, I always had it stoked with #4 shot.

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    This is also good info once you get the "size" thing sorted out.

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    I'm using a Winchester Model 1300 12 gauge with a 18 1/2 inch barrel. It kicks like a mule. Good enough to take out a BG if the situation warrants so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbiker View Post
    This is also good info once you get the "size" thing sorted out.

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    So, if you had a choice between 00 and #4 and you can only buy one box of ammo at this time, what would your choice be? Both are the same price.
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    I settled on the #4 buck after a lot of research and conflicting opinions. I ordered reduced recoil #4, 2 3/4 shells through Sportsman's Guide and found their service (and price) very good.
    I think the #4 shot has less danger of penetrating walls. I believe the shell holds 28 pellets, vs the 9 pellets of #00. Both travel at the same speed, and I wouldn't want to be hit with either.
    Shotgun shells from Wal-Mart were more geared to hunting and I found the marking on the Winchester box to be unreadable. (nothing to tell if it is birdshot or buckshot, no reduced recoil.)

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