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Old 03-07-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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I'm planning to purchase a shotgun. Probably the Mossberg 88 12 gauge. I have zero experience with shotguns.

My questions:

1. What ammo is best for HD?

2. Should I use the same ammo for range shooting or is there a more economical choice that will still help me become proficient with the HD ammo?

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Old 03-07-2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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From what I have read, basically any load will work.

Even birdshot acts similar to a slug at typical HD ranges.

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From what I have read, basically any load will work.

Even birdshot acts similar to a slug at typical HD ranges.
Thanks ams556. Which of the 2 would be more economical?
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http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102699

Here's a good read on here about effective range and grouping using buckshot
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By range use, do you mean shooting skeet/clay pigeons? If yes, then use target loads, like #8 shot or something.

If you want to shoot bull's eyes or milk jugs filled with water, etc. you could use birdshot, buckshot or slugs.

The least expensive will definitely be the target loads.

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Use buckshot for home defence, many people believe that birdshot is effective. But if your life is on the line it is easier to trust buckshot.

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Nonsense on the birdshot acting like a slug at close ranges. For hd, if your neighbors aren't close, use 00 buck. Royal buck makes cheap ammo that performs very well. Most indoor ranges will not allow anything smaller than 00 buck, at least in my area. Birdshot #8 is great for clays and upland birds. If your neighbors are close, I'd go with the heaviest bird shot you can find. You want to stop the threat, not just cause a nasty flesh wound that will still keep him in the fight. You can find "military grade" 00 buck made by Ohlins (Federal) at most lgs or Wal-Mart for that matter. It's cheap enough to use at the range and still massively effective at incapacitating a bg in a home invasion.

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By range use, do you mean shooting skeet/clay pigeons? If yes, then use target loads, like #8 shot or something.

If you want to shoot bull's eyes or milk jugs filled with water, etc. you could use birdshot, buckshot or slugs.

The least expensive will definitely be the target loads.
At the range I would be shooting bull's eyes.
I believe I've read birdshot would not be the best choice for HD.

Does the ammo I use at the range effect proficiency if slugs are used for HD? In other words, does the ammo correspond to the feel or handling of the gun or does it not make a difference?

How would you list birdshot, buckshot and slugs by price low to high?
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At the range I would be shooting bull's eyes.
I believe I've read birdshot would not be the best choice for HD.

Does the ammo I use at the range effect proficiency if slugs are used for HD? In other words, does the ammo correspond to the feel or handling of the gun or does it not make a difference?

Any shotgun ammo will help you get accustomed to the recoil, how the gun operates, etc. The amount of recoil will be influenced mostly by th powder charge. Powder is measured in drams in shot shells. A shell with 3 drams of powder is on the light side. Field loads often have 3.25 drams of powder. 3.75 drams of powder being the highest in most off the shelf ammo, usually for hunting ammo, such as waterfowl, turkey or buckshot.

How would you list birdshot, buckshot and slugs by price low to high?
There is no simple answer to the price question. You can get 25 rounds of field loads for $6.99 or you can spend upwards of $20 for premium grade. Heck some turkey ammo costs $7 to $8 per shell.

All of the choices at BassPro.com will make your head spin.

http://www.basspro.com/Shooting-Ammunition-Shotgun-Shells/_/N-1z0ux5x
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At the range I would be shooting bull's eyes.
I believe I've read birdshot would not be the best choice for HD.

Does the ammo I use at the range effect proficiency if slugs are used for HD? In other words, does the ammo correspond to the feel or handling of the gun or does it not make a difference?

How would you list birdshot, buckshot and slugs by price low to high?
Like gator said, price is all relative. Standard 00 buck and slugs are close in price. Birdshot for target clays tends to be a lot cheaper. YouTube is your best friend if you want to see how certain loads pattern in different guns, barrels, and ranges.

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