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Type of Shell and Mix for your 12 Guage Pump (home defense) - What do you prefer?

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    I keep my saiga 12 with the 10 round mag full loaded with 00 buck I have a 5 round mag with slugs taped to it for easy changeover I don't like the shotgun for long range though if I have to shoot that far A- is it really a threat and B- that's why I have an sks with a 30 round mag
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    2 3/4" or 3"....... either in 0 or 00 buckshot will handle your HD needs.

    Don't get too deep into spliting hairs....... it's a shooty with the specific purpose of Home Defense. It's your BOOM-STICK !
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    00 hornady critical defense in my Winchester defender. I've got my builder on speed dial if needed.

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    Concrete house, 2 3/4 slugs in tube x5 and 3" slugs on stock x5

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    I used to load my Mossberg 590 with nothing but 00 Buck. But b/c of the overpenetration issues in an urban dwelling, I swtiched over to #4 Buck which is also effective but with less penetration.

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    I'm really not too worried about over penetration, if I was I'd be using my savage 93 chambered in .17hmr for my dcw not my mossy

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    As several people have mentioned, #1 Buck in the 12 ga is the best of all buckshot worlds, pellet count and size. 3" #1 buck has 24 pellets and 2-3/4" baby magnums have 20 pellets of .30 caliber goodness. In the end, if your shotgun likes a certain brand of a certain size of buckshot, well do not argue with her. Feed her what she wants.

    My 870 Riot gun has a simple elastic shell holder on the stock with slugs, it is sighted in for these slugs, you never know when you might need to engage a target to 75 yds or so.

    test your shot gun with various loads and see which ones pattern best for you, I like a tight pattern of buckshot as it is at its most effective when all pellets are in a dinner plate sized pattern.

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    Per various articles I've read, I use #1 buck for the 12 gauge and #3 buck for 20 gauge. It's my understanding that these loads (typically... we all know different loads fire differently in different shotguns) will meet the 12" penetration requirement recommended by the FBI, while giving you more pellets.

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    Very Interesting. A bit of an eye opener.
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    I use all LE, low recoil 00 buck, 2 3/4"
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    Go with reduced recoil 00 buck for all shots except the last one. Make the last one a slug. In the heat of a fight, you may lose count of rounds fired, and the extra recoil of the slug will let you know that's your last shot. You can then start to reload or transition to another weapon...

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    I have 4 + 1 rounds of 00 buck in 2 3/4 shells. 5 more rounds on the stock for fast reload. That's 10 rounds or 90 .33 cal balls at 1325 fps. I just can't see for the life of me how anything else would be necessary for home defense.
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    Mossberg 590A1 kept "cruiser ready" with the magazine filled with Hornady 2 3/4" 00 Buck, downloaded by two. Side saddle with 4 more 00 Buck loads, two slugs, speedfeed stock with 4 #7 loads to dispatch critters, snakes n' such.
    Kept downloaded to reduce pressure on magazine spring and to allow me to slip a slug or a load of shot without having to fiddle around. Probably will switch to the Federal 123-1B loads when I can find them


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    8+1 00 2.75" buckshot with 4 2.75" slugs in the speedloaders.

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    I use Remington hypersonic steel shot, size is BB. That gives you 50 or so 18 caliber pellets at around 1700fps. At typical house distances (20-25ft) I wouldnt want to be on the wrong end.
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