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is 20 gauge adequate for home defense?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by aguywithagun, Dec 25, 2012.

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  1. d-dogg

    d-dogg Member

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    The Mossberg 500 is a fine choice. Available in .410, 20 gauge, and 12 gauge - I own all 3.

    Ammunition is not interchangeable between the 3.
     
  2. Hapworth

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    If I said I was using a 12 gauge reduced recoil tactical load that had five pellets of 000 buck, would you say it probably wouldn't stop a bad guy?

    To the original topic: yes, with the right ammo choice 20 gauge is more than adequate for home defense.

    All the rest is just commentary on platform, accessories, preparation, training and mindset.

    There isn't a shotgun gauge or bore can be named that isn't adequate for home defense when properly applied.
     
  3. MattShlock

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    The size of the gun, especially shorter LOP, and lighter forward weight are what makes the 20 ga. more useful for women and the elderly. Although the buckshot ammo you'll want isn't quite as readily available or diverse as 12 ga., it is around and addequate for sure. Need 12 ga. power? use 3" Mag shells.
     

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  4. gazpacho

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    20 gauge works for me.

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    And if 8 rounds isn't enough, I got 10 round steel magazines also.
     
  5. lefteyedom

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    I recently cut down an old Moss 500, 20 gauge for a lady friend of mine. 19" barrel and 12" pull. Today at the range was the first time she gotten to shoot it. (only the second time she has shot a shotgun)

    At HD ranges she was a natural! fast to the shoulder, positive reloading ect. We used a tape measure and mark the distances to the target that matched distances in her apartment, longest being 39 feet.

    She now is very confident that she can defend her self in her apartment with the 20 gauge pump. This is a great improvement over her 9mm handgun which due to limited hand strength she could not control or operate reliably.
     
  6. Brass Fetcher

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    Buckshot comparison

    20ga is adequate and is also what I use for HD.

    Here is a comparison piece that I put together, shooting the different shot sizes into ballistic gelatin : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhZf_x8Esms

    As someone mentioned earlier, www.custombuckshot.com is a source for about every shot size, loaded into 20ga shells.

    Best of luck,
    JE
     
  7. docsleepy

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    Thanks for that tip on the 20 gauge buckshot! I took a look and that is a wonderful resource.
     
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