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Your favorite shotgun HD load

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by beforeobamabans, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. beforeobamabans

    beforeobamabans FYPM

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    Many say the shotgun is the best home defense weapon, what load do you choose for HD and why?
     
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    Federal managed recoil flight control 00 buck.

    Prints the tightest no flyer groups in most of my shotguns.
     

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    I like the Federal 12 gauge 2 3/4" 00 Buckshot (12 pellets @ 1290fps) and keep it loaded in my 870.

    According to the Schwartz bullet penetration model, it should be good for 21.15 inches of penetration and permanently crush a total of 6.49 ounces of soft tissue.
     
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    hORNADY TAP 00 BUCK 1600 FPS, AND FEDERAL 00 BUCK VITALSHOK

    because make a nasty wood channel
     
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    SG actually have preferences like other guns. You should try a few diff loads & "pattern" them. I like the various low recoil #00 buck, but they all do not hit POA & some pattern tighter than others. Just for indoors, I like #4 buck. You get 27, 24 ca projectiles arriving enmass, coverng 6"-7" @ 21ft.
    If the fight moves outdoors, then the #00 has an advantage. The heavier/larger pellets will have more momentum as the range increases & fewer will hit, so the larger pellets will provide greater tissue damage. The avg riot choked 12ga spreads roughly 1" per yard. So @ 30 yds, you'll be lucky to land half the shot charge on target.
     
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  7. beforeobamabans

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    Great response, thanks Fred. I recently discovered my deceased father's 1967 Light 12 A5 and want to activate it as part of my HD arsenal. I will try a variety of loads as you suggest. I like the description of #4. I know the CW with autos is to stay away from low recoil loads but, I've shot this gun years ago and my memory is it kicking like a mule. I know this gun has two recoil setups (moving the friction ring to the opposite end of the recoil spring) so I'm hoping it will function reliably with a softer load. Any A5 veterans try this?
     
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    Before I lost my Mossberg in a boating accident it was loaded with #1 buckshot, which replaced the #4 buckshot it used to carry. With HD shotguns there's not the same concern with effectiveness as there sometimes is with handgun self-defense rounds. But every edge is just that --- an edge.
     
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    Reason I say pattern it, I tried two diff brands of non buffered #1 buck. Both pattern like crap in my 870 riot bbl. @ 10yds, lots holes in the pattern, w/ about half the shot missing. the 11x17 paper I use top pattern. All pellets should land center on that @ 10 steps. I am sure buffered shot would be better, but then it cost quite a bit more than most low recoil #00.:dunno: So #4 buck indoors, devastating w/o a huge concern for overpentration from pellets that may miss. Whatever you decide, stick to some size of buckshot, never birdshot.
     
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    Any 0 or 00 buck. Because it's 0 or 00 buck.
     
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    Federal 12 gauge 2 3/4" 00 Buckshot

    i don't need 3 " magnums for home defense.
     
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    I will take your advice, as you're one of the wisest GT members around. Just so happens I'm going with a friend on Friday to shoot his 1967 vintage Wingmaster he just bought for $300 so I'll take along some of my leftover shotgun ammo to test, just in case I ever buy another shotgun.
     
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    You realize not much stops a 12ga slug, including the BG you hit with it. A very poor choice for anything but a backup round, like a guy wearing body armor? I carry two in my Speedstock holder, everything else is buckshot of some kind.
     
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    After I've emptied my HK45C and two extended 10 round mags
    of Winchester Ranger T-Series 230 gr +P 45 and the fight continues?

    Then the gloves come off and it's slug time.
     
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    I like #1 and #4 buckshot the best. I have plenty of 00 but it's not my preferred choice.
     
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    2 3/4" Winchester #4 Buck out of a Benelli M2 with a Mod choke.
     
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    Any 00 buckshot at at least 1200 fps. With a center-mass shot at 15 yards or less, your attacker won't know the difference.
     
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    Federal flight control wad #1 or 00. Right now...LE132-1B

    (in both pics POA = POI)

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