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Recommended 20 Ga. Shotgun ammo for Home Defense?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Coffee Dog, May 31, 2013.

  1. Coffee Dog

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    Howdy- I own a 20 gauge Mossberg Cruiser shotgun used to protect the home. I am undecided between using slugs or
    Buckshot. What Brand & type of shotgun ammo do you
    recommend for a 20 gauge shotgun to stop a home invasion.
    Time to grab a cup of Java.:wavey:
     
  2. Gunnut 45/454

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  3. Coffee Dog

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    Thank-you Gunnut for the great read on the 20 gauge.
    Another cup of Java wouldn't hurt me now.:wavey:
     
  4. thetoastmaster

    thetoastmaster NOT a sheepdog!

    I agree, plane Jane #4 buck is about as good as it gets (not in a bad way) for twenty gauge. I wouldn't feel under-gunned loaded up with it.
     
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  5. M 7

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  6. countrygun

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    The limited choices make it an easy answer. IMO it's a pity that the big ammo makers don't do some experimenting with the 20 like they have done with the 12. I think there is a lot of untouched potential with the 20.

    Like many have noted the 20s are usually on a lighter frame and my wife and I have found that our 20 ga bird guns kick as much, with #4 buck loads as our 12s with tactical buck loads, BUT the lighter 20s handle noticeably faster and I would gladly take that trade off because the 20 wouldn't be short of anything with a "tailored/developed" specialty HD/SD load.
     
  7. Coffee Dog

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  8. M 7

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    Sure.
     
  9. method

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    If you have Dick's Sporting Goods around you, the one nearest me had plenty of 2.75" Remington #3 Buck on the shelf last week
     
  10. Coffee Dog

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    Thanks for the ammo info. Soon as I have me Java I'm off
    to Dick's Sporting Goods. Nice store.:wavey:
     
  11. Groundhog34

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    IMO #3 or 4 buck. Any leading brand: federal or winchester would work.
     
  12. J_Rico

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    I settled on this load.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/95...uge-2-3-4-4-buckshot-shot-24-pellets-box-of-5

    We added a 20ga to the house and I did some (very) informal testing to find a load that suited. Recoil was a major concern as this was intended for my wife or daughters to use. It is the Mossberg Youth 500 and pretty light.

    Most of the 20ga buckshot loads I tried kicked as hard as my 12ga. This Federal load was much lighter kicking. Patterned well out of the Mossberg also.

    With a cruiser style shotgun, recoil could be a concern. I have never fired one, so really do not know.
     
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  13. hvyhawler

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    I use Remington 3 inch Nitro Mag #6 shot for grouse hunting, it's what I load in mine....I use a youth model side by side...Reason being is if I have to use it, the shot will be what ? 10/20 feet tops...the pattern will not open up very much at that distance and I believe it will stop the threat, if not, I think the second barrel will, if not my son will be there with either my Sig 1911 and or my Sig 229, depending on where he is in the house at the time.. Truthfully regular old low brass # 6 shot has to work at those distances also. To me all of those fancy loads are designed to separate me with unnecessary expenditures. "Run whatcha brung"
     
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  14. method

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    Awfully stout load for grouse, but would you shoot a deer at 10-20 feet with it?