Shotgun slugs for self defense?

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    Shortened 870 12 gauge loaded with #1 buckshot in the safe room mounted behind the headboard. Enough to take the perpetrator without over penetration risks.

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    You have to remember that other family members may be in the house. If you use something like that other people may get hurt.

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    If you live in boonies of Alaska and you're concerned about polar bears and grizzlies breaking-in and attacking you in your home slugs are great. I'd stick to 00 buck for normal HD. I do keep a couple of slugs available in a butt cuff on my HD shotgun for extreme measures though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulJ View Post
    Thanks Paul... good read

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    Slugs want penatrate as bad as a .308 Win but still to much for general HD use in my opinion.
    From what I've seen, the slug would actually penetrate much more through solid objects (walls, doors, houses, etc.). Because of the bullet weight and velocity, the 308 if much more likely to break up if it hits something solid like a piece of lumber. Though the slug and a 150 grain 308 make pretty close to the same energy, the slug does it with a much slower moving approximately 438 grain projectile making it more likely to resist shattering on impact.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snakedriver View Post
    If you live in boonies of Alaska and you're concerned about polar bears and grizzlies breaking-in and attacking you in your home slugs are great. I'd stick to 00 buck for normal HD. I do keep a couple of slugs available in a butt cuff on my HD shotgun for extreme measures though.
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