#4 Buckshot?

#4 Buckshot?

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    #4 Buckshot?

    Does anyone have any links or information about #4 used for HD?

    I've always leaned towards 00, but a breakdown in communication just bought me some #4. Maybe they are good for something? Otherwise, I'll just shoot them up at the range I guess...

    9 pellets of .33 inch stuff versus 20something pellets of .25 inch stuff? The box calls for just a smidge over 1300fps.
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    I actually use #1 buckshot - best mix of pellet size and weight, number of pellets, and penetration.

    #4 may be a bit light on penetration, but should still do the job.
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    When I was an LEO in the 80's we carried 4 buck in our shotguns
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    It will work fine for home defense. Just about any size buckshot will. When I shot up the 00 I have in mine, I am going back to #4 Buckshot.

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    I load my HD 12 gauge with #4 buckshot.

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    My HD shotgun has #4 in it right now. I think it will do fine.
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    At close range, I like no 4 buck better, for defence.
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    Nothing wrong with #4 buck. Like dukalmighty, my agency's preferred load was #4 buck. It gives less over penetration thru thin walls, especially apartments. Have seen the results of a couple of shootings with #4. They were, no doubt about it, 1 shot stops...

    I keep #4 buck in my HD shotgun.
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    IMO...#2 does rather well in the 12ga, and #4 does rather well in the 20ga. I still load the 12ga HD with the 00 buck though.

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    When someone coming through the front door is hit with #4 buck...it is still a great 'entry discourager', but I prefer 00 buck to discourage in the strongest way...
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    An older article, but well worth the read; Shotgun Home Defense Ammunition
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    I have shot #4 at plastic milk jugs filled with water. The results are pretty devastating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    An older article, but well worth the read; Shotgun Home Defense Ammunition
    That's a good read.

    Thanks to everyone for input.
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    State of Ohio DR&C standard is #4 Buck.

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    I prefer 00 buck, but frankly would not want any part of even bird shot a close range. So #4 should work just fine.
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