I like shotguns. I have owned one since I was 15 - a Remington 870 was the second firearm I ever bought (right after a Ruger 10/22). I have used them for skeet, bird and small game, deer, and in combat. I have no doubt as to their effectiveness, IN THEIR ROLE. I just think that their role in SD is relatively limited, and that there are better alternatives in many situations. But that is all neither here nor there - the point at hand is simple: a 00 Buck pellet does not have as much energy as one might suspect. That alone shouldn't bruise any egos, but then again things seldom go as they "should."