if $hit hit the fan what load would you rather have? buck shot or slugs?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by pluspforyou38, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. pluspforyou38

    pluspforyou38 New Member

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    thinking about stocking up on one or the other
     
  2. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Depends you have a rifle? If so i say go with buckshot.
     

  3. pluspforyou38

    pluspforyou38 New Member

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    just a mossberg 500 for now and a ruger p97 45 saving to get an AR but times are hard
     
  4. Shoobee

    Shoobee New Member

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    Slugs work well for grizzlies. 00-buck works well for everything else.
     
  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Wow, that's a specific question. If all I had was a shotgun, I'd stock up on buck shot. I just think its a little more versatile.
     
  6. hmh

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    Are you talking about a self defense situation? If not wait on the ar and go with a 10/22. You can get a 10/22 good scope and 1,000 rounds of ammo for around or under $320. Imo
     
  7. Buckethead47

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    If you are using it as home defense, I would not shoot a slug inside my house. You will find that slug inside your neighbors house. buck shot is a good home deference round.
     
  8. oli700

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    You’re asking about SHTF scenario so most of the over penetration issues are out the door.
    Out of your Mossberg, probably cylinder choke, you will have to wait for the threat to get close for the buck to be depended on to stop a threat you might get lucky and get a pellet or two in the right spot beyond 25 yards. If the threat was armed with a good pistol you would be in their range as well. If they had a carbine in pistol caliber they would engage you before you could reliably engage them and if they had a rifle then…well you get the picture.
    With slugs you can engage at 100 yards or so and still have enough power to end the threat or you could use up close and end a threat, if you practice a lot you could stretch that out another 50 to 100 yards depending on the load you are shooting.….if I could only have one it would be slugs.
     
  9. Buckethead47

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    this is either A a really big open house or B a gun fight in the middle of a parking lot. In house there are to many ways people can get caught in the cross fire. I have a daughter and over penetration is a big thing. And like I said neighbors. They are both useful in their own ways. so really it might be better to stock up on both. I was thinking of just hd shtf scenario. But for any shtf scenario, it's best to have multiple kinds of rounds.
     
  10. oli700

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    Your talking HD....he is asking SHTF....end of society. I can see shtf in an HD scenario but I believe the OP isn’t asking about HD, in the someone in my house 7 yards away since
     
  11. kfox75

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    IMO, just get both. Each has its own use, so use it accordinly.
     
  12. purehavoc

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    If the SHTF I dont want either I want a rifle that will reach way out , the further the better ,
     
  13. Shoobee

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    That's not enough. You would need something for close-in defense.

    A short barrel shotgun would be the best. A semi-auto pistol would be second best. Both would be ideal.

    A long-range rifle would be in 3rd place.
     
  14. purehavoc

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    Might be your 3rd choice but its going to be my first choice every time , Scoped AR 15 for 200-300 yard shots and back up sights for up close encounters
    However speaking of shotguns , 00 buckshot here , Slugs do the job and you have more range but you got a little more area with the 00 than a slug . They both will do a wonderful job and the slugs will be much cheaper
     
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  15. orangello

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    Slugs all the way.
     
  16. mrm14

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    I'd have to say 00 buck. Kind of hedges your bet. 000 buck is also available but theres less pellets in them unless you get 3-1/2" shells. I do keep slugs though for bears.
     
  17. Buckethead47

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    Okay shtf here is like a bug out scenario okay I get it now. like nuclear holocaest/ zombie apocalypse. Then any and all. A few of my friends have a bug out plan. Old 80s suvs with big tires with spares they have old trucks with big tires they with a few drums of gas and spare tires. Both have a vmm a .df a 12 and 20 ga shotguns. They said those were the most common rounds. And they have a few hundred of each round. So if you are preparing for that both rounds will come in handy equally.
     
  18. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If you are stocking up, why not both? I like a 4-1 ratio of buck to slug. I cast my own of both and load as fast as I can afford components. Nearly 6 K in buck at the moment. I was just loading some 10 pellet 00 buck tonight.
     
  19. pluspforyou38

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  20. gmaster456

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    For me its split about 40/60. In my area slugs are more practical and cheaper, while buckshot is typically more expensive and harder to find. Both have their place, and its important you have both. What you need more of, only you know.