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Shot Size for Home Defense

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by .., Mar 6, 2005.

  1. ..

    .. Well-Known Member

    What would be a good shot size for HD. I'm in an Apartment now but will be in a house in 7-8mos. My local Academy has the usual bird shot #6-#8 and some Remington Buck shot #4-00.
  2. NMshooter

    NMshooter Well-Known Member

    Well, since the shotgun forum seems to be pretty quiet I will try to answer...

    00, 000, or slugs. 2 3/4" only.

    This includes in the apartment.

    The spread on that shotgun is not much at indoor distances, and buckshot penetrates less than most handgun rounds, so I do not see any increased risk.

    You should always have some slugs for a defensive shotgun.

    A whole mess of folks will soon pile on to disagree, but I got here first. :neener:
  3. Frandy

    Frandy Well-Known Member

  4. WillBrayJr

    WillBrayJr Well-Known Member

    Birdshot will work just fine. It also has less recoil to boot! :)
  5. 1911user

    1911user Well-Known Member

    I'll generally agree with NMshooter.

    A common standard is 00 (double naught :D ) buckshot for general use. Have a few slugs handy in case you need a big-bore rifle instead of a shotgun. I normally don't worry about overpenetration with buckshot and pistol ammo, but I'd be really careful with slugs indoors, especially the "sabot" type; those are capable of some serious penetration unless the cover is very dense like metal, brick, or thick wood.

    EDIT: a link that seriously covers the subject: http://www.firearmstactical.com/briefs10.htm
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2005
  6. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    I recommend the Box 'O Truth. If you check out the third article(about shotguns, though I recommend them all) you should find what you seek. In his tests OO buck penetrated less than pistol or rifle rounds. Even those wonder JHPs just turn into FMJs once they are clogged up.
  7. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    I use the low-recoil 00B (3 dram) from Federal in mine.
  8. ..

    .. Well-Known Member

    Good stuff Fenaro
  9. Mauserguy

    Mauserguy Well-Known Member

    I recently picked up a new shotgun, so this weekend I put the 18 inch barrel on it and went out to test her. I set up some soggy telephone books at 20 paces, and let go. Birdshot shredded the telephone books without fully penetrating them. Buckshot went clean through.

    Basically, my conclusion is that buchshot is good when you don't have neighbors, but in a condo or appartment, go with birdshot. It will make a mess of an intruder at close range but will represent less of a danger to your neighbors.
  10. MrTuffPaws

    MrTuffPaws Well-Known Member

    #3 buck

    More than enough on a human target.
  11. homeka45

    homeka45 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, :) good info here, box' o truth added to bookmarks.
  12. Godfather

    Godfather Well-Known Member

    Buck probably won't leave the body unless it's a headshot. But any miss will put it right through several drywall walls. Try the short 12 guages (minishells), smaller that 2 3/4" but would be fine for close range stuff. Test it out on targets to check the penatration. Try lining your walls with corragated steel then covering that with more drywall to cut down on uneeded scatter.

    You could try an SKS or such loaded with frangible ammo. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=29494119
  13. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    Frangible ammo might work but 5.56mm frangible ammo went through eight drywall boards, in the Box 'O Truth tests. #4 buck went through six.
  14. BrobeeBiter

    BrobeeBiter Well-Known Member

    Some ballistic gelatin tests on the firearms page to hopefully help you with your decision at:


    Regardless of what you choose, make sure to get out to both pattern and practice.

    Good luck!

  15. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Well-Known Member

    The mini shells are neat in guns such as a double or single barrel barrel shotguns, they have cycling issues in all autos and even most pumps.

    Steel walls??? :scrutiny:

    Work for the mafia godfather?
  16. P0832177

    P0832177 member

    Get your self some Fed Tactical OO Buckshot and Slugs and call it good! Make sure of your backdrop and do not mess with birdshot!
  17. ..

    .. Well-Known Member

    Thanks fellers, I'm gonna pick up some reduced recoil double ought at the next gun show.
  18. Godfather

    Godfather Well-Known Member

    "The mini shells are neat in guns such as a double or single barrel barrel shotguns, they have cycling issues in all autos and even most pumps.

    Steel walls???

    Work for the mafia godfather?"

    One does not "work for" the Mafia. I know the minishells will probably not work in a semi, but a review I read seemed to make them OK in a pump.
  19. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Well-Known Member

    give them a try in somthing, reveiws can be misleading.

    the only gun ive heard of them working semi reliably in is the winchester 1300, the shells seem to get turned around in other actions.
  20. Bear Gulch

    Bear Gulch Well-Known Member

    Steel #6, in chamber with #4 buck and alternating slugs after that first shot. If I need to go through a wall, I can easily shuck it out quickly. In the same room #6 will be a horrible wound.

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