I picked up a like-new 870 compact (youth model) in 20 gauge for a great price from a guy on my MI gun owners forum. It had too much kick for his son for bird hunting. I think I made the right choice. It's small, easier to maneuver and shoulder for me and the girlfriend, and holds an adequate amount of shells (4). It's got the wood grips and stock, which I like in case I have to go to court and they try and present my shotgun as some sinister weapon tricked out with extras by some gun nut (which they obviously can't say). I've decided to go with #3 buckshot to load it with based on this: http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot22.htm and other research. Question is- what brand, and should I go with a plated pellet load or not? I'm not interested in any more penitration, as the standard lead seems to do the job without blowing through a wall too bad- at least not as bad as the pistol calibers (I must admit I was shocked by that). Does the coated stuff offer anything more tactically than the standard stuff? Will it increase penitration? Thanks. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!