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Is magnum necessary for a home defense shotgun?

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    Get it back on track. Some of you will notice a few posts have disappeared.
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    I've got the answer I was looking for. Thanks everyone for their input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    I've taken three combat shotgun courses. Never used magnum loads and none of the intstructors ever advocated a need for magnum loads.

    I have a Mossberg 590 A1 shotgun which is chambered for 3 inch magnum loads. However, I always use regular 2 3/4 inch loads in 00 buck, No. 1 buck or regular 2 3/4 inch slugs loads.
    Exactly the same setup in my place. Now I am concerned!

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    Is magnum necessary for a home defense shotgun?

    2 3/4" is plenty fine. No need to punish yourself with 3".

    Only other thing I feel applies to the conversation is this..... Some of the lower end autoloaders like Mossberg will be more dependable with 3" than they will be with 2 3/4" low recoil rounds.

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    There are tradeoff's. 3" mag shells will hold more pellets I'm pretty sure but not positive that's a good thing. With most shot guns you can get an extra round in the tube when using 2-3/4" shells (also a good thing). I'd go for the 2-3/4" also more controllable with less recoil but that's just me. I also mix my load. #6 for first two shells then #00 after that.
    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.

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