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BB or Bird shot #2 for HD?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by sierrafast, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. sierrafast

    sierrafast Coleccionista

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    Any comments or opinions?
     
  2. supermanct

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    1) reduced recoil 00B , 2) 3 inch 1 buck (if you can find it) , 3) BB's
    are my three pics
     

  3. cj5mrt

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    The only reason to EVER use birdshot for home defense is if you are under attack by a covey of quail. Or maybe a rabid parrot.

    Mike
     
  4. sierrafast

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  6. David Armstrong

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    Use buckshot, preferably OO, reduced recoil if available. Avoid magnum loads/3" of any type. Birdshot of any type, as well as BB, is for hunting little critters. My opinions.
     
  7. 93GT

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    000 to #4 buckshot in 2 3/4" is my range of 12 guage given a choice. Right now my 870 is locked away with some nickel plated #4 ready to go and some more 00 buck right underneath it.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I currently have my 870 loaded with 3"Buck shot 00. The 3" holds more pellets than the 2.75. Why should I avoid the 3"?
     
  9. 93GT

    93GT The Ogre

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    Unnecessary blast and recoil for limited performance. Just ask yourself if the juice is worth the squeeze when you go from 2 3/4" to 3". If you find that it is, then keep the three inch. For 0-15 yards I would rather have one extra shell, less noise/blinding flash, my hearing/eyesight, and sacrifice three pellets and 75 fps. Personal preference, YMMV.
     
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    Little gain in performance with a fair decrease in usability. More recoil and blast, less magazine capacity and control.
     
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  11. Remjin

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    2 3/4" is plenty for in the house... 00 buck is probably best, though I keep a few slugs on the side saddle for just in case. I wouldn't go any smaller than #2 shot if you're really looking for more pellets. Reduced recoil 00 works great. A little less oomph for a pretty tight pattern at short ranges.
     
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    93GT The Ogre

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    http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=109958

    You will notice the lead #4 buck averaged 14.5 inches of penetration and a pretty nasty wound cavity. At ranges of 3-15 yards for the furthest straight line distance, I feel pretty good about the little guys doing their job, if I do mine. The fact that they are plated probably contributes to penetration for my load.

    Don't confuse your birdshot with buckshot when picking up shells.
     
  13. Robalero

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    00 Buckshot, nothing less!
     
  14. m24shooter

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    Be advised that the gel used in that test is incorrectly calibrated and over-represents penetration by a range of up to 15%.
     
  15. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Bird shot is for birds, buckshot is for bad guys.
     
  16. GlocknSpiehl

    GlocknSpiehl NRA Life Member Silver Member

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    2.75" #4 Buckshot - 7+1 in my 1300 Defender. SHould give me enough time for the wife to load the SKS with the soft tip 7.62x39 rounds. Now I just need to get a sling/bandoleer for reloads!
     
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    My Rem 870 is loaded with Remington 00 reduced recoil buck shot. As stated above, birdshot is for birds. Buckshot is for bucks trying to rob you & rape your wife. Or worse yet...trying to rob your wife and rape you. :wow:
     
  18. MrMurphy

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    What others have said.

    I personally have no use for magnum shells as i'm not attempting to whack bears, geese or high altitude aircraft.

    My brother is a big guy and not afraid of recoil (6'2, 240lb). He fired TWO 3" magnum shells from his Mossberg after i told him "not gonna be fun" and had enough.

    Considering that for some years due to advice from a friend, he had loaded magnum turkey loads for HD, he now sees that my advice of low recoil 00 Buck was far wiser.
     
  19. SDGlock23

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    I prefer No. 1 Buckshot. Still penetrates well for bad guys and it makes more holes. 00 Buck is easier to find though, and works well.
     
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