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Home Defense Shotgun Ammo

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    Home Defense Shotgun Ammo

    Just acquired a Mossberg 500 Blackhawk 12 ga Tactical shotgun which can handle 2 3/4 and 3" shells. Leaning toward Federal
    2 3/4 magnum 00 buck which contain 12 pellets. From what I've read 3" magnum is overkill and heavy recoil. Looking for recommendations as this type of weapon is new to me. Thanks for the help.
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    I'm using Federal low recoil flight control 2 3/4" OO Buckshot because I haven't found anyone selling my favorite #1 buckshot.
    Very tight out to 25 yards. 3" pattern at 20 feet. Yes, you do have to aim a shotgun.
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    They are a great choice. Very lethal and less recoil. I have the same shotgun, and while tolerable the 3" rounds will definitely rock your world with more recoil

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    Currently using Winchester PDX 1 with 3 00 pellets over a 1oz slug. Kicks pretty hard but makes a hole the size of a baseball from 10'.
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    Any 00 buck will get the job done. I like to pattern my shotguns. I prefer a load that will still be pretty tight at 40 yards. Figure out which slugs your gun like also.
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    For home defense, stick to 2 3/4" loads. They are plenty good enough to get the job done, kick less, and I think cycle better.

    I like the win od green hull mil spec 00 buck. Any cheap rifled slug from remington, federal, or winchester will work, as well. 2 3/4", as well.
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    My Home Defense shotgun gets stoked with #4 BUCK.

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    RIO has a 2-3/4" #4 Buck that is lower recoil since it only has 21 pellets RIO Buckshot Ammunition : Cabela's

    During these four months of winter I use #1 Buck Remington® Express® Buckshot : Cabela's

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    I have a Mossberg 500 Tactical as one element for HD. It's loaded with #3 bird shot. My goal is to stop/remove a threat whether it's from them leaving or the alternative. Besides, it's easier to spackle over #3 holes in the wall than 00 Buck.
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    It isn't cheap, but #1 Buck is the ticket for a HD Mossy 500. Easy to find online and you only need a few boxes. Train at the range with .00.
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    I like the Federal Flight control stuff and the #1 buckshot has been on backorder for eight months!
    Can't find it anywhere. Standard #1 buck is readily available though. Meantime it's the Federal flight control oo Buckshot
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    Here's what happened to me when I was shooting 00 buckshot at the range. One pellet ricocheted back off of a target frame about 15 yards away and hit me in the chin. Felt like somebody cracked me in the face with a hammer. Didn't have a mirror handy and it just felt like a ragged bloody mess when I reached up and touched it. Had to walk over and have guy a shooting an AR tell me how bad it looked to him. Wound up driving home (jacket covered in blood) and going to the hospital for stitches. An inch higher and I would have lost teeth. A few more inches higher and would have lost my eye and/or my pulse. It all happened so fast I thought the gun blew apart. Took me a few minutes to figure it out. Right before I went to the hospital, my boss called to see if I could come in for overtime. Told him, "I can't. Just shot myself in the face." He was a little speechless for a second.


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    Buckshot to be sure; skip the magnums, though. I recently experimented with the Federal low-recoil "tactical" LE buckshot, and I was impressed with both the pattern and the low recoil. My friend took a picture of me shooting the 18" 870; one empty shell is in the air and the second is coming out of the chamber on the ejection stroke. I'm locked on target as if I was shooting a .223 - virtually no muzzle rise or enough recoil to push me far back. Pattern-wise, all 9 pellets remained inside an 8-inch circle at 11 yards, which corresponds to the longest indoor shot I have in my current house.

    According to Federal, you don't give up much with the reduced-recoil loads:

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    Now that will be a scar you can tell story's about! Glad you weren't hurt worse.

    Personally I use #4 buck with a Mod choke. It gives me a nice tight round pattern out to 35 yards. That's the length of my grass and the light cast from my porch. Id also use turkey, and goose loads out to the same distance. I have used all three loads on Coyotes, Coons and Wild Dogs, and Id be confident it would take the fight out of anyone else shot with them! DR

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