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Shotgun Buckshot

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by SCmasterblaster, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I have a M500 8-shot 12ga shotgun backing up my G17 here in Hartford, VT. I have it loaded with a special load that has a 12ga slug as well as three 00-buck pellets. I was thinking of No. 1 buckshot because I read where it uses the shell volume most efficiently, but I am concerned about the smaller buckshot's penetration ability, especially through apartment doors and windows. I'll bet you know which buckshot is best to use.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Given its penetration, I wouldn't be using slugs at all for apartment defense. I've always been partial to #1 buck as a home defense load for the 12-gauge.