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Best home defense rounds

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by W420Hunter, Dec 3, 2010.


  1. W420Hunter

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    Ok so not to long ago I talked my mom into getting a Mossberg 500 for home defense. I would now like to find her the best defense round. A friend of mine showed me these.
    http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/catalo.../12-gauge-slug
    So what do the people of glocktalk think?
     

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    Your link don't work for me... I'd say 00 Buck, any major brand 2 3/4" (capacity) or 3" or 3 1/2" (payload).

    Lotsa novelty loads out there. I had fun with flechettes one time.... :whistling:
     

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    I have Winchester military 00 buck in my shotgun for home defense. Slugs are more for that distance shot. In HD a 9 pellet buck shot will be ideal.
     
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    dead horse alert...

    00 buck for me.
     
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    2 3/4" 00 Buck is what I recommend for typical home defense distances. In my house I have no shots longer then about 10 yards. If you can conceive needing to make distance shots then have access to slugs. I don't so I just keep one slug on the side saddle then the rest 00 Buck.

    Then just whatever patterns best it your gun but at less then 10 yards they should all pattern pretty good. You want to make sure with aimed fire you can keep all the pellets on a man sized target.

    I currently am working through a case of Win Ranger 00 Buck. I have heard good things about Federal Flight Control but any Buck from a major manufacturer should be fine. The bad guy won't be able to tell. :)
     
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    I have mine loaded with Federal Flite Control. Keeps a good pattern and is low recoil which might make it a little easier for her if she needs to get a 2nd or 3rd shot off.
     
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    Low recoil, 12 gauge 00 buck, make her shoot some. Get a shorter length of pull stock as well, a Speedfeed IV-S would be recommended, non pistol grip version.
     
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    I recommend that you go up to the GATE section above and see what the resident expert, Mas, says about which load. He recommends no.1 buck and gives great reasons why. It's what I'd use after reading his comments.
     
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    00buck in my 870 and confident it'll get the job done.
     
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    Good info. Once I work through the case of 00 maybe I will try some #1.
     
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    Ok so this is a pic of the round I was talking about.
    [​IMG]
     
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    HOLY CRAP! Like to see the ballistic gelatin take that!
     
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    goodness....
     
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    Overpriced gimmick. If you want/need a slug (and for HD, you probably don't), just stick with good old Fosters or Brennekes at less than half the price.
     
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    Hell yeah! I'm a big fan of loading broken ashtrays in 3" :supergrin:
     
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    I train and practice with only 00 buck and slugs. I load mine for HD with 00 buck. My current living situation is an apartment though and lately have been reading alot about non lethal shot gun ammo alternatives for close quarter living such as my situation.

    What are everyones thoughts about this?
     
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    So does the 00 stack up better then what I posted?
     
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    Are those safe for city use?
     
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    I think #4 buckshot like Remington ($4.49 per 5-round pack) is as good as anything else, although I've read that the white coat lab types claim #1 buckshot is the optimum load for 12 gauge.

    I'll buy some #1 if I ever find any but regardless, any criminal within 20 - 30 feet of the bad end of a 12 gauge with #4 will regret the experience.
     
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    I wouldn't use any slug in an urban setting, but that may be where the Hexolit slugs have a place, because they don't seem to penetrate as deeply as other types from what I've read and seen online.
     
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