Originally Posted by PEC-Memphis
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.
I'm not saying that one should use birdshot over buck or vice versa. What I am saying is I have seen several people who were shot by accident with birdshot form >20ft who were hurt very bad. Of the 3 I have seen who were shot from <15ft in a defense situation with birdshot all three died in the trauma bay. Just saying