Originally Posted by dcc12
Agreed my experience in EMS and Trauma Centers tells me that from room distances birdshot will make a nice rathole wound. Even in the coldest of weather with thick clothing.
But does it work better than 0, 00, or #4 at close ranges?
I don't think that there is a whole lot of argument that these other loads work better than #7-1/2 or #8 under other conditions.
So bird shot may work well under certain conditions, but other loads work better under a wider variety of conditions.
Of course all bets are off for .410 birdshot in a handgun where there is wide dispersion, and little penetration, even at room distances.