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What Is The Best 12 Gauge Shotgun Load for Home Defense?
Me ^ | November 5, 2001 | NoControlling LegalAuthority

Posted on 11/05/2001 5:07:23 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority

I would like opinions on the best shotgun shell load for use in a 12 Gauge Shotgun when being used for home defense. I have heard of using bird shot, buck shot and slugs - standard or magnum loads. I have heard of progressive loading such as first round-bird shot, second round-buckshot, third round-slugs.

Considerations seem to include whether you want to blow the door or wall down in the process of stopping the intruder.


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To: PoorMuttly

AKA Hooch or Hut Busters. Candy Cane loads were layers of dimes and carpet tacks...due to wet conditions, we sealed the crimp with nail polish. The Ithaca 37 with a duckbill muzzle attachment and pistol grip would only work with NAV issued #4 buck and useless as t*ts on a bull past 6-7 yards depending on vegetation.


181 posted on 08/08/2006 7:46:03 PM PDT by CigarChef
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To: RiflemanSharpe
I love this guy:
182 posted on 11/24/2006 7:54:54 AM PST by JewishRighter
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To: RiflemanSharpe
Sorry, let's try that again:
183 posted on 11/24/2006 7:56:19 AM PST by JewishRighter
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

Bird shot.....point in general direction of soon to be dead person and squeeze trigger


184 posted on 11/24/2006 7:56:20 AM PST by StoneColdTaxHater
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To: RiflemanSharpe
Sorry, let's try that again:
185 posted on 11/24/2006 7:57:20 AM PST by JewishRighter
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To: error99

Nice,
I've got one with a Knoxx, Spec Ops double recoil reducing action that takes all the kick out of it... Holds 8 +1 rounds, to boot....


186 posted on 11/24/2006 8:02:17 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: JewishRighter

I've got that, except mine is not OD/parked....


187 posted on 11/24/2006 8:04:07 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

Within the first 5 to 10 yards it really doesn't matter, so I use birdshot. Also I strongly suggest people go to a range to see how small the pattern is at that range.

Also for those who talk about "sweeping" a house with short barrels etc IMHO you are morons. If you go after a perp in YOUR house you are asking for trouble. If it comes to it I wait in a room behind a closed door with my family behind me. You know your house, and will likely be able to hear them coming. Screw the "rack" sound - the first thing a perp is going to hear is an explosion as soon as they try the door.


188 posted on 11/24/2006 8:05:41 AM PST by freedomlover (Sorry, a tagline occurred. The tagline has been logged.)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

A Remington 870 pump with double-ought buckshot is what I have.


189 posted on 11/24/2006 8:12:28 AM PST by IndyTiger
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To: logos

"At the likely ranges inside a house, it has the same punch as lead or steel bird or buck. At longer ranges it won't kill, but the perp will never, ever forget you shot him, either."

Leave him alive so he can sue you? I don't think so.


190 posted on 11/24/2006 8:23:14 AM PST by dljordan
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

"That would be nice if you wanna piss me off if you wanna stop me you better get a barrel of deer slugs"

If you get shot from ten feet with No. 6 shot you're not going anywhere. It will tear you up really badly and the hydrostatic shock is going to out you down.


191 posted on 11/24/2006 8:26:14 AM PST by dljordan
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
Good morning.
"What say Ye?"

My Remington 870 has two dove and quail loads followed by five OO buck rounds.

A threat that isn't persuaded by the smaller shot will get the buckshot and the door will get replaced later.

Of course I live in a sparsely populated area and don't have to worry about messing up the neighbor's apartment.

Michael Frazier
192 posted on 11/24/2006 8:30:18 AM PST by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

Well...what did you end up going with?


193 posted on 11/24/2006 8:34:59 AM PST by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: ping jockey
I am really getting tired of the "cycling round scares the intruder" bit. In a real home defense situation I definately want suprise on my side and in my home it will always be. I know the layout by heart and can travel in utter darkness. Couple this with good marksmanship skills and a 357 and my odds go considerably. "cycling a round " while an intruder is IN your home could just as likey get your backside loaded full of lead.

Finally, someone with a wee bit of sense.

The first and last indication said goblin should get that you're onto him is a concussive boom and searing pain that lasts just a second (or two at the most).

A warning is for belligerent family members only.
194 posted on 11/24/2006 8:53:54 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: brazzaville

Iside my home the intruder dies. I fire repeadedly until no discernable movement is detected, I check the perp for lifesigns. If any are found I fire once more at close range. Then I call authorities if that has not already occured. Be a real shame to shoot twice , pick up the phone and have one of my family take a finale blow from a dying scumbag.


195 posted on 11/24/2006 6:36:29 PM PST by ping jockey (We have sissy's for leaders and WE will pay the highest cost.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

If your not sure what a 12 gauge will do at the distance you might use it at , do some testing for yourself.
Up close any bb shot acts like a slug (pretty much), just keep in mind whats behind the wall or door ,a slug will go through many walls, small shot ...1 maybe 2 walls. Too many variables, do some testing

#6 to 8 shot should be good for most....imo


196 posted on 01/02/2008 8:21:01 AM PST by Johndavid24
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To: Johndavid24
You do realize you responded to a six-year old post?

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197 posted on 01/02/2008 8:30:45 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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