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What is the best 12 gauge round for HD

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by gym, Oct 6, 2013.

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  1. gym

    gym member

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    I have Winchester 2 3/4" 00 buck, but just saw a tube video with a half dozen different choices. What are you guys using?
     
  2. GarySTL

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    00 buck

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  3. btg3

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    The consensus was previously established as 2 3/4" 00 buck.
    Let the re-hash begin.
     
  4. Hypnogator

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    I would go with #4 Buck, especially if excessive penetration was an issue. At accross-the-room distances, the shot column is practically a slug anyway. :eek:
     
  5. steveno

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    here we go again
     
  6. M2 Carbine

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    I favor 00 Buck.
    A LOT of 00 Buck. :D

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  7. nathan

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    Gold standard is ....whats mentioned above.
     
  8. donato

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    I like Remington Express (2 3/4" Magnum) #1 Buckshot.
     
  9. beatledog7

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    00 buck, 2-3/4.
     
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    2 3/4 00 buck
     
  11. P5 Guy

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    #4 buckshot 12 gauge 2 3/4.
    That is like 20 0.220" balls at 1400 fps. OO buckshot is 9 0.355 balls.
     
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  13. M2 Carbine

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    HD can mean different things for different people.

    Across an average room any Buckshot will do a good job.

    My personal HD is out to 35 yards or a little more. So I favor the bigger 00 Buckshot, up to 12 ball Sellier & Bellot 2 3/4 inch shells.
     
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    I'll add to the fun. High base buckshot loads are a solid load with a lot of recoil. It will get the job done and a little bit more. I'm not too keen on the giant blast these loads produce. For distances inside the house any load is going to be one solid clump of lead pellets, it takes a few yards for the pattern to spread. With that being said, any load with say number 4 pellets and up is going to be a serious blast of lead. Personally I'd shoot some number 4 2-3/4 loads and be satisfied.
     
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  15. LeonCarr

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    Federal Flitecontrol 00 Buckshot is what I use.

    The Winchester 00 Buckshot you are currently using will work just fine for Home Defense.

    I do recommend pattern testing different loads in your shotgun at the max range a shot may be possible in your home, to make sure you have a load that will keep all of the pellets inside the upper torso at that range.

    I do not recommend birdshot for self defense or home defense under ANY circumstances. It does not reliably penetrate deep enough to stop a human being.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  16. Rob0321

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    I use the Federal LE #1 Buck, at 15 yards it is still one ragged hole out of my 870.
     
  17. ugaarguy

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    Find some buckshot that's #4 size or larger which patterns well in your gun at the max distance you need it to shoot. Everything else is going to be splitting hairs.
     
  18. Hangingrock

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    With out being argumentative I'll ask this question for my own edification. Is this statement based on personal experience/experimentation or a documented study?
     
  19. Ohen Cepel

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    I go with #4 since I'm looking at indoor use only and worry some about over penetration.
     
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    Yea, I must agree Fowl Shot 'tis far too feeble beyond the muzzle.

    Any Hail Shot will do within the confines of my humble cottage.

    Best reserve my 22 gauge buckshot pellets for deer and boar.
     
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    Another vote for Federal #1 buck.

    But I think anything between #4 buck down to 00 would do just fine as long as its on paper at ten or so yards.
     
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    The Firearms Tactical Institute report recommends #1 Buck


    http://www.firearmstactical.com/briefs10.htm



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  24. Louca

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    OK, the OP has asked two questions. The first one in the subject line, "what is the best 12 ga round for HD?" is practically impossible to answer universally (although we all think we can); the second one, "what are you guys using?" is much easier to answer and can be 100% factual.

    I use 2 3/4 inch #2 buckshot.
     
  25. gym

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    Thanks for your responses
     
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