12 ga. Home Defense-Buckshot Only? (Dupe threads merged)

12 ga. Home Defense-Buckshot Only? (Dupe threads merged)

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    12 ga. Home Defense-Buckshot Only? (Dupe threads merged)

    Is there any reason not to use ammo like Upland Field Range 1-1/8 oz. #4 shot or Heavy Field Load 1-1/8 oz. #6 hard shot for home defense? Within 20-25 ft. wouldn't it be like a solid projectile and very lethal?


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    I wouldnt, theres a reason its called birdshot. Its best left for bird sized game.

    Heres #4 Shot, about 7in penetration



    Heres Federal Classic 00 Buck, about 22in penetration



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    #6 may not have the ability to reach vital organs if the BG is wearing heavy clothing,you are still talking about a buncha small bbs,I prefer 00 buck and 4 Buck minimum,with 00 Buck and slugs in the sidesaddle
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    Yup - birdshot is (not surprisingly) for birds.

    For hardier predators, you need to reliably reach the vital organs, and buckshot is the best bet there.
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    My 12 ga coach gun is loaded with 00 buck. Will that 00 buck go through a lot of stuff? You betcha'...it will go through the first guy, the second guy and possibly the third...
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    Read the following ...

    The Box O' Truth #3 - The Shotgun Meets the Box O' Truth - Page 1

    Especially the summary at the end about birdshot as a defensive round.

    Basically, birdshot is for birds; buckshot is for humans. :)
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    Use 00 buck, when you really want to send the very best...

    I want it to go throught anything and everything coming in through the doors or windows...
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    Actually, I think there is merit in #1 buckshot (.30 cal pellets) as being the "best" defensive load. It gives you 12-16 pellets, vs 9 for 00 buckshot (.34 cal pellets). You get essentially the same penetration, with much greater shot density. Harder to find (I ordered mine online) but worth it, IMHO.

    I agree that birdshot is for bird-size game. Not defense.

    I also do not see the point of slugs at close range. Numerous pellet wounds give greater terminal effects than one slug wound.
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    I use a #6 shot small game load for my first 2 rounds, after which I follow up with Federal low recoil 00 buck. In the distances down my hallway, which I have patterned, it stay within a 2-3" group, follow up shots of 00 buck will finish the job.

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    I use the #4 buckshot for HD.

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    Thanks guys, I'll just use it for practice.

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    00 buck here. Mostly Federal LE w/Flight Control.

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    At 20' to 30' feet, any size shot could be very lethal. This is ,of course, is like the caliber debates that you see on DC. You know, only a .45 will do the job, only hollow point bullets will work, etc. Long ago,when I was in the auto salvage business,we would often shoot at the older cars when closed on Sundays. I know what ALL size 12 gauge shot did to metal and other odd objects. I would not want to be on the receiving end of ANY of it up close.

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    #4 then 00, every other round.

    Looks nice on a sheet of dry wall at in house distances.

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    12 Ga. #4 Buck for me......can't beat 42 pellets per round.

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